Dockers suffer heavy home defeat at hands of leaders

By Mason Hutchinson

5th Mar 2023 | Football


Chris Millar - consolation on a day of little joy.
Chris Millar - consolation on a day of little joy.

Tilbury 1, Hashtag United 8

MANAGERLESS Tilbury completed a week of turmoil with a hammering at the hands of league leaders Hashtag.

The club went into the match following the sudden departure of manager Scott Dash. Coach Mark Royal stepped up to take control on matchday, but he has also now left the Dockers.

The match saw the return of keeper Harry Girling and Kobe Yeboah also made a new start in Dockers' colours.

Hashtag started the game showing why they were league leaders, as they went ahead after just 15 minutes. Olly Miles burst down the right-hand side and managed to make his way to the by-line, before playing a cut back toward an unmarked Jermaine Francis. Francis calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner to put Hashtag 1-0 up.

Their lead was doubled soon after due to Tilbury not learning from their mistakes. An identical chance saw Miles cut the ball back once again, this time to Pedro Carvalho who emphatically fired into the top right corner.

The visiting fans had to wait all of 3 minutes before their side put the ball in the back of the net again through Olly Miles who turned from provider to scorer. Carvalho's corner was an outswinger and found the head of Miles who was unchallenged in the air.

Miles then scored his second of the game just before halftime to give The Tags a 4-goal lead going into the break. The goal came from another Carvalho corner which was sent over everybody's head and looked to trickle out of play until Anderson kept the attack alive by playing a low ball across the face of goal for Miles to attack and score from close range.

The away side made it 5 in the 50th minute when Kiangebeni spread play out wide to former Docker, Toby Aromolaran. Toby stood up his defender before swinging in an early cross which was perfectly weighted and bent around the back of the Tilbury defence. His cross was pinpoint to Jermaine Francis, whose improvised finish flew into the top corner to secure his brace.

The Dockers would find a consolation though when Cheyce Grant and Garrett-Douglas linked up well down the right flank. Garrett-Douglas forced his way through the yellow wall until he was stopped in his tracks on the edge of the penalty area. The defender's challenge would only be cleared as far as Chris Millar, who whipped a wonder strike across his body and into the left side netting.

However, any hope of a Tilbury comeback was soon nullified when a Pedro Carvalho corner was once again not dealt with by The Dockers, as the ball fell to Hashtag's new signing, Nathan Smith for a simple poked strike from close range. Smith then joined the club of scoring two goals in the game when Aromolaran's shot from 20-yards out was blocked by Salter, which caused pinball inside the box, before the ball landed perfectly to Smith for another tap-in and to extend the scoreline to 7-1.

Then, just to make sure, Hashtag United scored once again in the dying moments of the game, when Olly Miles was played in behind the defence searching for his hat trick. The striker's effort was saved well by Girling, but the keeper couldn't push the ball out of harms way and instead the ball fell to Jermaine Francis. Francis was gifted the simplest goal of his career as he thundered his strike into the empty net to secure The Tags' 5 point lead at the top of the table and to also extend their winning run to 19 matches in a row.

That was all the action at Chadfields and a humiliating scoreline for The Dockers meant that they have lost all their last seven matches.

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