Brentwood Town move up to third as they remain unbeaten in six, with a narrow 1-0 home victory over local side Tilbury at The Brentwood Arena.
Sherwin Stanley’s 72 minute goal was the difference as he notched up his 19th league goal of the season, for Brentwood’s fourth straight win.
Brentwood’s first chance was through Tom Richardson with a back heeled for Robbie Rees to run on to but his strike went just wide inside the box.
‘The Blues’ almost scored 24 minutes in as a free-kick by Sam Bantick was flicked on by Martyn Stokes but was hooked off the line and over the bar by Jack Pooley.
A corner by Brentwood, was headed off the crossbar shortly after as Bantick’s whipped in corner was met by the unmarked Alex Akrofi, Rees’ follow-up shot whistled just wide.
Brentwood were denied again by the Tilbury defence, Rees with the free-kick towards the far post for Danny Dafter to head across goal but hacked off the line by the Tilbury defender.
The home side were denied by another goal line clearance as Bantick’s cross was deflected into the penalty area for Akrofi to rise and looped his header over the keeper but not the last defender.
Tilbury missed a great chance just before the break as Ryan O’Rawe’s header was loose and into the path of Neil Richmond but was fired over from close range.
The visitors had the first clear cut shot on goal in the second half as the right back Bradley Webb was aloud time and space and his shot outside the box went just over the bar.
Substitute Sherwin Stanley created a great chance for Akrofi as his half volley hit the outside of the post just inside the 18 yard box.
Brentwood broke the deadlock 72 minutes in as Akrofi lifted the ball over the defence for Bantick to burst goalwards and squared the ball across goal for Stanley to tuck home.
Tilbury piled forward in search of an equaliser, Rees hooved the ball forward and turned defence into attack as Akrofi beat the last defender but clipped his shot just over the bar.
Brentwood held on in the final minutes to keep a second consecutive clean sheet to leave Tilbury frustrated and move up to third.
Brentwood Town Lineup: Ollie Bowles, Christian Mbulu, Louis Baucutt, Martyn Stokes, Ryan O’Rawe, James Love, Sam Bantick (89), Danny Dafter (81), Alex Akrofi, Tom Richardson (65), Robbie Rees
Substitutes: Sherwin Stanley (65), Shad Ngandu (81), Jason Dobbs (89), Andrew Freeman, Daryl Robson
Tilbury Lineup: Jack Giddens, Bradley Webb, Elliot Johnson, Jack Pooley, Danny Smith, Matt Game, Ryan Flack, Jack Carlile, Neil Richmond, Tom Wood, Rimmel Daniel
Substitutes: Eli Benoit, Matthew Keiller, Gary Henty, George Ryan