Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Tunbridge Wells 1 Erith Town 2

Match 59/17/1509 - Tuesday, 14th November 2017 - SCEFL Premier

Tunbridge Wells (1) 1 Ita 33
Erith Town (0) 2 Jeffrey 75 Cooper 90+2
Attendance: 89

Entrance: £4 Senior
Programme: £2.00
Mileage: 38/3,915

Adam Woodward doesn’t strike you as silver-tongued and the noise that reverberated out of the Erith Town dug-out throughout the game didn’t suggest that they were an arm around the shoulder type of staff. So, one can only make the assumption that the half-time team talk was one from the kick up the backside variety. Whatever, it worked. Erith Town emerged from the dressing room a different team and with a 92nd minute goal turned around the game and if they took the bollocking as a team, boy did they celebrate as one.

Tunbridge Wells started the game on the front foot with Steven Ita bringing a save out of the Dockers goalkeeper, Adam Molloy low to his left. This was followed in the 21st minute with Jack Harris seeing his effort come back from the crossbar for John Shea to fire the rebound wide.

After 33 minutes the Wells got a goal their efforts had deserved when Ita curled a free kick into the top right corner of the net.

A poor back pass allowed Harris an opportunity but he put his shot wide.

With the flea in their ear, the visitors were a different animal from the outset of the second half, completely dominating. But it took until 15 minutes from time for Erith to finally breakthrough with a route one goal. A single punt through the centre from Miles Keiser-Burrows sent Aaron Jeffrey clear to finish into the bottom corner.

The one-way traffic continued with Sid Warden forcing Mohammed Otayo to save low plus Danny Gannon blasting over and sending another opportunity wide.

Jon Pilbeam might have relieved some of the pressure but his touch past the goalkeeper didn’t have quite enough weight to beat an Erith defender on the line.

As the game entered its added time, Erith forced another corner, from which substitute Jack Hooper rose highest, and unchallenged, to plant a firm header home.

England versus Brazil on terrestrial challenge seriously depleted the usual attendance at Culverden with the figure of 83 representing the lowest since 2013.

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