Ryman Isthmian League North at Ship Lane
Mitchell Young Reports…
Thurrock FC vs Tilbury FC
Thurrock miss out on the last play-off spot due to a 2-1 defeat to local rivals Tilbury and as Needham Market won 7-1 leap-frogged Thurrock and take fifth spot.
A spectacular opening goal from Piers Wixon and a Danny Aldwinckle strike was enough to spoil the party for Thurrock despite a late goal by Rob Gilman.
The home side will now have to pick themselves up and go again next season after breaking their six game unbeaten run and finishing sixth with Tilbury ending the season 16th.
The visitors had the first half chance of the match five minutes in as Joe Christou snap shot was wide of the target.
The home side had their first opening 19 minutes in as Kurk Smith switched the play to Dave Knight who shot on the half volley but straight at James Marable.
A minute before half-time Kurk Smith burst down the left to put a low ball across for Ross Wall but could not get there before the keeper.
The best chance of the half fell to Thurrock’s top goal scorer Knight who was played in by Kurk Smith into space on the left and his shot was tame and comfortable for James Marable.
It was a moment of brilliance from Tilbury four minutes into the half as Piers Wixon hit a volley from a tight angle on the edge of the box which headed straight into the top corner for the away side.
The home side nearly got the vital goal they need through Mark Oneyamah shot which was just tipped over by James Marable.
David Knight had a chance to equalise with just under 15 minutes to play as he was in on goal but for a great save by Marable to deny Thurrock.
Thurrock had a glorious chance with 12 minutes to go to get on level terms as Ross Wall climbed above his marker to head on goal but was palmed away again by in form James Marable.
Tilbury doubled their lead in the 83rd minute as substitute Danny Aldwinkle was given space and cut inside and slotted his shot under Andy Walker.
Thurrock grabbed a goal back with five minutes to play as captain Rob Gilman bundled the ball into the goal from a Mark Oneymah cross.
The visitors absorbed the late pressure by Thurrock to take the three points back down the A13.
Thurrock Line-up: Walker, Clark, Sutton, King, Gilman ©, Girdlestone (Warner 55th), Clark, Onyemah, Knight, Smith (Ibe 55th), Wall
Tilbury Line-up: Marable, Glasgow (Pooley 64th), Nightingill (Aldwinckle 69th), West, Christou, Wood, Blackman, Folarin, Cook, Wixson