Tag: Tilbury

Not A Terribly Happy New Year At Nuneaton or Tilbury

It only took two days for a familiar old boil that has never been properly lanced to rear its head in non-league football this year, as crowd trouble marred two non-league matches afternoon. These incidents occurred at Liberty Way, at the Blue Square North match between Nuneaton Town and AFC Telford United, and at the Ryman League match between Tilbury and Grays Athletic. Both matches were local derbies to some extent, so perhaps the question that we ought to be asking is of whether high-tension matches should be played on Bank Holiday weekends. It is a question that has been asked before – there was serious disorder at the end of last year’s Blue Square Premier match between Luton Town and York City, which was played on a Bank Holiday Monday – but perhaps the question has become one of whether they can afford not to. At Nuneaton, the trouble was serious enough to have potential ramifications for the club itself in the form of a fine. Perhaps surprisingly, it seems that there were no police present at the match, only stewards presumably hired by the club itself, and the lion’s share of the trouble came at the end of the match after Telford supporters were held back, allowed to leave and then chased back into the ground by people purporting to be home supporters. A supporters coach was...

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AFC Sudbury 3-0 Tilbury

Sometimes, you just get the feeling that something bigger is going on elsewhere. Kings Marsh Stadium in Sudbury, Suffolk is a very agreeable place to watch football – it’s usually football of a reasonably high quality and the beer is cheap and plentiful – but yesterday afternoon everybody’s thoughts were trained elsewhere, a couple of hundred miles or so north-west. We were watching Sudbury play Tilbury, but our thoughts were primarily at Anfield, where Havant & Waterlooville were making Liverpool sweat in a way that few had foreseen. Since our last trip to Suffolk in August, AFC Sudbury have bedded themselves into quite a comfortable position in Division Two North of the Ryman Football League. Dartford, revitalised by the completion of their new stadium last year, head the table, but with a second promotion place on offer to play-off winners, a race is on to ensure at the very least a place in these play-offs. Sudbury have tough opposition – amongst the teams doing battle with them are one of the pre-season favourites Enfield Town and Ware, who won through to the First Round Proper of the FA Cup. There are six or seven teams chasing the four play-off spots and, in spite of their superior resources, Dartford aren’t out of sight in top place being just four points clear at the top of the table. Springtime is coming,...

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