Six of the worst for the Blues
Arlesey Town 2 Tilbury 4 ARLESEY Town ended a season which promised so much but delivered little with their sixth straight loss. The Blues ended the campaign with caretaker manager Matt Corbould in charge after Darran Hay opted to leave well before Christ
Arlesey Town 2 Tilbury 4
ARLESEY Town ended a season which promised so much but delivered little with their sixth straight loss.
The Blues ended the campaign with caretaker manager Matt Corbould in charge after Darran Hay opted to leave well before Christmas with the play-offs in sight and poor results then forced his successor Danny Honeyball to leave.
Tilbury's win ensured another season for them in the Ryman League Division One North.
The Dockers got away to the best possible start by taking a two-goal advantage in the first 15 minutes before the Blues got back on level terms.
After the break, the home side were awful and could have lost by a bigger margin, ending the game with 10 men for the second week running.
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Tilbury took a seventh minute lead when a free-kick from the left was nodded into the path of Smart with a shot that appeared to take a deflection.
Then in the 15th minute, Luke Howard, who had been named the supporters' player of the year prior to kick-off, brought down the onrushing Smith.
King took the spot-kick but the Arlesey keeper made a fine save, only for the penalty taker to be given a second opportunity from the rebound from which he made no mistake.
The Blues gradually got their act together and in the 29th minute, a cross from Stuart Beevor was headed home by Leon Gutzmore.
Gutzmore almost produced the equaliser when his fierce cross-shot was beaten away by visiting keeper Richard Wray.
Arlesey were not to be denied and in the 39th minute, Obi Nene raced through the defence to hold off his marker and slide home the equaliser.
Tilbury started the second half on top and but for a brilliant stop by Howard from a Poole free-kick, the home side would have been behind.
Tilbury went back in front in the 68th minute as a long free-kick travelled into the area and with the home defence rooted to the spot, Smith added the third.
James Dillnutt received his marching orders for the home side in the 74th minute.
Their already uphill task was made impossible when Ryan Oliva, in attempting to clear, headed the ball to Smith who gleefully scored from close range.
Blues: Howard, Dillnutt, Fowler, Clark, Oliva, King, Brown, Osbourne, Gutzmore, Nene, Beevor.
Subs: Tekell, Beale, Okojie, Robinson.