Boss at double
Tilbury 0 Arlesey Town 2 PLAYER-manager Darran Hay scored twice to lead his side to only the third league victory on their travels this season. It would have been difficult to imagine heavier conditions than those existing at Tilbury on Saturday in one of
Tilbury 0 Arlesey Town 2
PLAYER-manager Darran Hay scored twice to lead his side to only the third league victory on their travels this season.
It would have been difficult to imagine heavier conditions than those existing at Tilbury on Saturday in one of the few games to survive the weather.
Arlesey reverted to a more recognisable line-up with James Gray returning to defence and Wayne Mills up front to partner Hay.
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Following the interval, the visitors totally dominated proceedings and after the Blues missed several chances, Hay scored twice to record an excellent victory.
The win was soured though in the last minute as Paul Bloss was stretchered off following a bad foul with a dislocated shoulder.
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For the first period of the opening half, Arlesey were on the receiving end with Bloss twice saving them with goal line clearances but as the interval approached, the Blues gained a semblance of control.
Tilbury were first to show from a corner that was not cleared, Bloss kicking the ball off the line and Jamie Gray the home player denied.
Then Gray unleashed a shot from 25 yards that beat Jack Rashid but not the crossbar, with the follow-up falling to a Tilbury player who was adjudged offside.
Bloss again saved the visitors as Tolan took an inswinging corner from the right which caused a melee.
Arlesey came more into the contest and two free-kicks from Lee Tekell found James Gray whose headers went narrowly wide.
The break allowed the visitors to regroup and Hay drew a superb save from home keeper Neil Dean when he headed goalwards from an excellent cross from Bloss.
Tilbury saw an intricate move end with a long range shot from Jones that narrowly cleared the bar but generally they failed to come to terms with the conditions.
Arlesey hit the woodwork when a Tekell free-kick was headed against the bar by man of the match Steve Dogbe.
But the Blues went ahead in the 72nd minute as a Tekell corner was headed goalwards by Gray. Although it was cleared off the line, Hay returned the ball into the net.
Seven minutes later, another Tekell free-kick allowed Hay to glance the ball into the net to give Dean in the home goal no chance.
The visitors had little trouble in holding out apart from the incident involving Bloss.
Blues squad: Rashid, Leon, Bloss, McElroy, Dogbe, Gray, Tekell, Clarke, Hay, Mills, Charalambouis, A Fehmi, Townsend, Read, Barnett, Rydeheard.