Dockers return with three points and hope season may have turned a corner

By Mason Hutchinson

27th Nov 2022 | Football

A goal for Tom Salter.
A goal for Tom Salter.

Gorleston 2, Tilbury 5

TILBURY made the long journey to Lowestoft for the second time in as many months desperate for three points.

John coventry's men were without a win in six matches and sat the wrong end of the table, needingto make this 'six pointer' against promoted Gorleston count.

The game started with Gorleston looking the more settled of the two teams with a game plan to execute.

Tilbury took a little longer to settle into the game with no real efforts from either side until on 14 minutes Dockers mounted their first dangerous attack.

A cross from David Knight found the head of Martin Tuohy who flicked his header into the far corner of the goal giving Tilbury an early advantage.

This settled the Dockers immediately into the fixture making them the more dominant side.

Just four minutes on from the Tuohy goal Charlie Morris struck low from 20 yards into the bottom right of Jake Jessup's goal after he got onto the end of a crossed pass from Tuohy.

Gorleston's best chance came from a Charlee Jackson fumble. Jackson spilled the ball out wide of his goal and on chasing to get a hand to it appeared to have given away a penalty but referee Ben Green waved away the shouts from the Gorleston players.

Tilbury were once more set on the attack pressing the Gorleston goal. A cross from Martin Tuohy didn't bounce right for Knight who couldn't connect.

In Gorleston's attempt to clear the ball it took a rebound off Morris into the path of Tuohy who slotted home for his second of the afternoon and a three goal advantage for the Dockers going into the break.

The second half started similar to the first, this time Gorleston had the first chance from a free kick on 55 minutes.

The ball was swung in from the left side on for Joshua Okpolokpo to head wide of the target.

The Dockers extended their lead further on 63 mins, a loose ball picked up by Knight on the left hit a low hard cross for man of the match Tom Salter to smash home from close range resulting in his jubilant celebration.

Gorleston refused to give up the game, making the most of a free kick deep in their own half a long delivery by Jessups found the head of Ross Gilfedder who manged to hit the back of the net and pull one back for the battling Gorleston.

A disallowed goal for Gorleston followed, again a long delivery from Jessups took everyone by surprise bouncing over the head of Jackson and into the net.

Unfortunately for Gorleston it was an indirect free kick. Not too long after Gorleston reduced the deficit further a goalmouth scramble eventually gave George Keys an opportunity to strike and get Gorleston back to two goals behind with five minutes remaining.

As the fixture ebbed away Tilbury not yet done for the day launched another attack. Tom Salter with pace into the box was judged to have been brought down in the box with the linesman calling a penalty and referee Green pointing to the spot. Substitute Darnell Kithambo steps up to strike the spot kick home giving Tilbury five and very much needed three points.


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