Tilbury defence too strong as Ilford slip to defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:58 12 November 2012

Action from Saturday's clash between Ilford. Pic: Elliot Mercer

Action from Saturday's clash between Ilford. Pic: Elliot Mercer

Ryman One North: Ilford 0 Tilbury 1

Kevin Lucas’ winless run as Ilford boss extended to 17 games as they remain in the bottom three after this 1-0 loss at home to Tilbury on Saturday.

On 24 minutes Jack Stevenson stepped up to take a corner and found team-mate Jack Carlile’s run and his tame shot found a way past Foxes goalkeeper Daniel M’Baku.

The goal sparked some life into the game after a very slow start with both sides starting to test the goalkeepers and, after a poor performance last week M’Baku was back on form, but unfortunately for the home side, so was his opposite number, James Marrable.

It wasn’t just the Tilbury ‘keeper that was impressing the back four infront of him can equally be pleased with the way they held off the Ilford offence.

Just after the half hour mark Raphael Doyle took a shot 18 yards out and Marrable could only parry away into the path of the oncoming Warren Mfula.

It looked destined to find the back of the net but Bradley Barnes stuck a leg out to prevent the equaliser. hosts.

It took a while for the game to get going after the break but by the hour mark Ilford had stepped up a gear with most of the ball being played in the Tilbury half.

But it was that resolute defence of the Dockers that kept denying Ilford any chance of testing Marrable further and when they did manage breakthroughs Ilford were only able to muster up shots from outside the area that never troubled the away side.

As the end of the game neared, Ilford started to open up more and that meant their defence was left open for the counter attack.

The hosts managed to gain a corner in the last minute but it came to nothing and Tilbury almost scored on the counter attack with only Steve O’Hara’s interception from Joel Barnett’s cross preventing the second goal.

And they make the trip to Rush Green tomorrow to face Grays Athletic in what is another difficult tie for the Cricklefield outfit.

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