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Cambridge City slip to defeat against Tilbury on opening day of Isthmian League campaign

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Nathan Olukanmi looked a threat in the first half. Picture: Keith Heppell
Nathan Olukanmi looked a threat in the first half. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge City suffered an opening day defeat to their Pitching In Isthmian League, North Division season.

Brian Moses got the only goal of the game in the first half to give Tilbury a 1-0 win.

It was a bitty match where neither side could really put their stamp on the game.

City certainly had the territorial advantage, but were not really able to test Tilbury keeper Harry Girling.

Nathan Olukanmi had looked City’s most dangerous attacking outlet.

His pace was leaving Tilbury in his wake, and was drawing the fouls from the visitors.

But they just could not turn it to their advantage.

It was not long after one such dangerous run on the wing that the Tilbury took the lead.

A long kick from Girling was met by a poor back header from a City defender, and fell into the path of striker Brian Moses, who got his shot away on the angle on the spin to beat Dan George at his near post.

City struggled to carve open any clear-cut chances for the rest of the half, and the only other sight on goal from either side fell to Moses, who got in after a well-worked move and had to be denied by George.

It was a tepid start to the second half, but the catalyst for City seemed to be a miss by Tilbury.

Lewis Smith had burst through clear on goal but as George advanced, the striker put his effort wide.

Minutes later, Ryan Sharman was first crowded out after a slick move down the left by City, and then had a header go just wide.

Sharman’s flick-on put debutant Robbie Gibb away in the area, but Girling was equally to the shot and the follow-up was cleared.

Gibb then went close with a curling effort from the edge of the area.

In the 75th minute, Tilbury substitute Cameron Brodie was shown a red card.

Sharman stooped in for a header, but the Tilbury man was dismissed for dangerous play for a high boot.

As City attempted to make the extra man tell, Gibb had a sight of goal inside the box, but Girling was equal to it.

In the closing stages, tempers threated to boil over as City became desperate for an equaliser.

They perhaps should have had it in the 90th minute, when a cross arrived at an unmarked Jarid Robson at the back post, but the midfielder put his header over the bar.

Cambridge City: George, Ofosu, Simpson, Wood, Gent, Gardiner, Robson, Olukanmi, Gibbs, Sharman, Davis.

Substitutes: Ingrey (Davis, 59), Knight (Olukanmi, 67).

Tilbury: Girling, Boswell, Worrall, Kendall, Burns, Agyakwa, Barton, Moses, Spooner, Phillips, Smith.

Substitutes: Ogunwamide (Barton, 67), Brodie (Agyakwa, 67), Turpin (Phillips, 69).

Bookings: City - Wood (foul, 41), Knight (unsporting behaviour, 85); Tilbury - Phillips (foul, 25), Burns (foul, 35), Moses (unsporting behaviour, 85), Kendall (foul, 88).

Red card: Tilbury - Brodie (dangerous play, 75).

Referee: Emily Heaslip.

Attendance: 250.

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