Dockers are held but manager is pleased

Kris Newby, went close several times.

Tilbury 0, AFC Sudbury 0

HONOURS were even at a cold and wet Chadfields on Saturday where Tilbury and AFC Sudbury played out an entertaining but goalless Bostik North draw.

Tilbury made just a single change to their line up from the win against Ware, with Simon Peddie returning from East Thurrock at the heart of the defence.

Both sides had early chances. Kris Newby saw his effort from 25 yards deflected wide, before Jake Clowsley went close with a header for the visitors on 13 minutes. Tilbury had the best chances during the remainder of the half. On 21 minutes Kurt Smith crossed to the head of Adam Vyse and Sudbury keeper Paul Walker made a fantastic save to deny the striker.

Just before the break Toby Aromolaran broke through and his effort towards goal hit the post and fell to the onrushing Smith who stepped pasthis opponent and then crashed his effort off the underside of the bar and away to safety.

Sudbury started the second half well and five minutes in Ollie Peters ran through but he was denied by keeper Clarke Bogard who saved well. The game had a quieter period, before Tilbury stepped it up inside the last five minutes. Kris Newby again hit from distance and Walker had to be at his best to tip over.

A succession of corners late on saw Sudbury defend well and Newby again shot, this time just wide.  As the game was going into injury time Sudbury substitute Panashe Mundawarara hit just wide with a one on one with Bogard.

After the game Dockers manager Joe Keith commented: ” I thought we were a little unlucky. The match was played in difficult conditions and we defended well and I am pleased with a clean sheet against a side who have been in good form.”