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Tuesday 29th July – Tilbury 3 – 1 Thurrock
Tilbury inflicted a rare defeat over Thurrock at Chadfields on Tuesday night thanks to a inspiring display by Jason Fontaine, and some poor defending by the away side.
Thurrock left the blocks all guns blazing, and when Greg Lincoln’s clever shimmy created space on the right, his pin-point cross was headed home by Phil Anderson after just 74 seconds.
The start may have worried the Dockers’ faithful as a potential repeat of last season’s 1-5 pre-season defeat crossed minds but just ninety seconds later Anton Stevenson got in behind Phil Anderson and Matt Paine and his chipped shot lobbed Andrew Young from 18 yards.
In the 54th minute, the home side took the lead when Paine gave the ball away, Fontaine’s cross from the left found Clinton Hodge who once again beat Paine and tucked his shot in at the near post.
Just as Tilbury had done earlier in the game, it looked like Thurrock may grab an equaliser within two minutes as Rob Swaine’s long ball found Che Stadhart who turned his marker but shot wide of the far post.
Fontaine was causing the Fleet full backs Kenny Clark and Anderson problems all night whilst switching from left to right and minutes later almost set up Hodge for a second but his right wing cross was narrowly missed by the midfielder whose spectacular scissor kick could not quite connect with the ball.
However, in the 64th minute Tilbury killed the game off when Erkan Yusef was given the benefit of the doubt by the referee after the linesman had raised and lowered his flag for offside. Yusef’s deep cross was met by man of the match Fontaine who bundled home from five yards.