Jammers preserve unbeaten away league record---just!!
By dave garwood
Maldon and Tiptree squeaked home by the skin of their teeth to defeat an hard working Tilbury side who were a little unlucky not to have picked up at least a point
Tilbury FC v Maldon and Tiptree FC Saturday 9 March 2019 Bostik League One North
Jammers boss Wayne Brown made just the one change to the starting line up from Tuesday's impressive win at AFC Sudbury with Oluwatobi Coker coming in for Kojo Awotwi.
Conditions were far from ideal with a strong wind blowing across the pitch and both sides struggled to get any cohesive play going and it came as somewhat of a surprise when the Jammers took the lead after 8 minutes. After Oluwatobi Coker had done well down the right before winning a corner the flag kick, from Laste Dombaxe, was played short and low for Jack Cawley to flick the ball into the net just inside the near post. Dombaxe then saw a fine 25 metre drive go just over before the Jammers were thankful to keeper Ben McNamara (pictured) for two fine saves within 6 minutes to prevent goals for the home side. The first saw the keeper plunge low to his right to push out George Sykes's shot after the front man had got possession close to goal then the second, shortly after, saw Sykes again free in front of goal from where he again got a shot away but McNamara was equal to it and again managed to push the ball away. The visitors responded and almost added to their lead when a great run by Matthew Briggs down the left ended with him passing inside to Dombaxe who curled in a great effort from the penalty area edge but the ball struck the cross bar before rebounding over. From that point on, with one major exception, the play became rather scrappy with neither team able to construct anything dangerous with the result that the play tended to be bogged down in midfield. The one exception came in the 33 rd minute when Tilbury were awarded a penalty for a foul right on the edge of the area. Dockers captain, Lewis Smith, stepped up to confidently put the spot kick into the back of the net. Play continued to half time in the same mode with little danger of any more goals.
Half Time Tilbury FC 1 Maldon and Tiptree FC 1
Tilbury made the better start to the second half with their hard pressing game giving the visitors players no time on the ball and the home sides tendency to play the ball quickly up to their forwards caught out a strangely slow reacting Jammers defence. On 52 minutes Tilbury took the lead when a disastrous bit of defensive play from the visitors saw the ball gifted to Sykes and he did extremely well to keep possession, hold off a defender and round McNamara before firing home from a wide angle. Tilbury's tails were up now with Sykes keen to score more goals against one of his previous clubs and he almost took advantage of some more slack play in the visitors defence but luckily for them McNamara again saved well from Sykes's shot. Tilbury's Oli Spooner then saw his curling effort from the edge of the penalty area go just wide of the far post before Smith moved along the edge of the area before seeing his shot blocked. After not really threatening Maldon and Tiptree at last came alive and Jorome Slew did extremely well to gain possession of a long ball forward before cutting inside and seeing his firm strike just kept out by home keeper Rhys Madden's legs. The 66th minute introduction from the substitutes bench of Eddie-Louis Dsane proved to be a masterful tactical switch as, only ten minutes after coming on, he hit a wonderful strike from all of 30 metres that hit the back of the net before many people realised what had happened. The Jammers now looked a completely different side as they went on the hunt for the winner and they almost succeeded from a right wing corner that fell into the goalmouth where Cawley's flick was back heeled towards goal by Liam Hope but Madden got down to make the save. Another right wing corner after 88 minutes lead to the Jammers being successful with their goal hunt when the ball landed amongst a forest of legs and Coker got the bouncing ball into the net with an overhead kick.
Final Score Tilbury FC 2 Maldon and Tiptree FC 3
Maldon and Tiptree's next game is a local derby at home to Coggeshall Town on Saturday March 16 KO 3 pm