Tilbury 3, Canvey Island 0
TILBURY produced a good all round performance to see off Bostik North rivals Canvey Island on Saturday, with former Gulls players Mitchell Gilbey and George Sykes turning in match-winning performances against their old club.
Tilbury went into the game, making two changes to there line up. Sykes replaced captain Kris Newby and new signing Lance Akins replaced the suspended Darren Phillips.
Tilbury started strongly in a wind assisted first half. Sykes hit a low effort at goal after good work from Ryan Ramsey, before former Docker Adam Vyse blocked a goal bound effort from Oli Spooner.
Tilbury had a succession of corners, before they were awarded a penalty on 27 minutes when Sykes got himself into the box, before keeper Harry Palmer took him down. Lewis Smith made no mistake from the spot.
It was 2-0 four minutes later when the Canvey defence failed to deal with a cross from Smith and leaving Gilbey at the back post to score from close range.
Canvey’s only first half effort fell on half time when Vyse put Kane Gilbert through, but his lob went over the crossbar.
Sykes should have wrapped things up two minutes into the second half when a long ball sent the striker through on goal, but he miss-hit his shot which went wide of the goal.
However, it was game over with 20 minutes remaining when Ryan Ramsey ran down the left before crossing for the onrushing Tommy Barton to score past Palmer.
Late in the game, Canvey introduced the experienced striker Martin Tuohy and he livened up a lacklustre Canvey side and had a good attempt with seconds to go, but Rhys Madden saved.
At the other end Lewis Smith had a late effort cleared off the line.