Tilbury 2 Waltham Abbey 1
TILBURY secured a place in the FA Cup Second Qualifying round place with a hardworking performance over fellow Ryman North side Waltham Abbey.
Tilbury made two changes from Tuesday’s draw at Redbridge with Jake Pooley returning at the heart of the defence and super sub Danny Francis up top, after his three goals coming off the bench.
Francis did not wait long to show his selection was successful one, as he scored after only three minutes. Ryan Blackman picked up the ball on the half way line and played a splitting through ball to Francis who slotted home.
Both Conor Mead and Ryan Blackman linked up well on the right giving former Docker Bradley Barnes a difficult afternoon. Abbey had a good chance on 18 when Coley crossed but was denied by a Chico Ramos save.
The same two players were in action only two minutes later when Ramos made another good save.
The visitors drew level on 35 minutes when Tom Bruno fired a free kick straight into the net from 25 yards giving Ramos no chance. Before the break Mead fired a strong effort just over.
Tilbury started the second period strongly and inside the first two minutes Daniel headed over from an Aaron Waters corner. Another corner on 51 was the key moment of the half with the ball bobbling around the box, the ball fell to Sam Cutler to volley home to score his second important goal of the cup run and resulting in the winner. Tilbury continued to push and substitute Harry Cook hit just wide from a Waters cross
In the final moments of normal time Ramos made a great save when Bruno fired at goal and minutes into injury time Abbey keeper Whincup who was still up from a corner, shot at goal and it took a great header off the line by Mead to deny him. The game ended on a sour note with a sending off for Chris Sargent for violent conduct for raising his hands to Harry Cook.
After the game delighted Dockers manager Paul Vaughan said: “I’m really pleased with the work ethic of the side, we defended well against a good attack and it’s great for the club to make progress in the FA Cup.”