Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Thurrock 3 v 2 Eastleigh

David Bryant was the pride and hero for Thurrock this afternoon with three goals in another exciting performance by Thurrock, trailing for most of the game but taking the lead when it mattered most, the win sees them maintain there unbeaten run of three home wins and two away draws, which takes them joint top of the division.

The first half saw Thurrock have plenty of possession but wasted opportunity by trying to punt the ball long allowing the tall centre backs of Eastleigh to easily deal with the situation.

When Thurrock did play the ball to the feet they looked more impressive, but it was Eastleigh who took the lead in the 12th minute when Anthony Riviere pounced on a loose ball just on the edge of Thurrock box and drove a left footed shot that curved around the outstretched hand of Joe Woolley and into the net.

Eastleigh justified their lead as they always looked dangerous when on attack, but this season Thurrock have a new resolve about them and on 29 minutes levelled the score when David Bryant found a way past his marker despite being pulled back he managed to turn the ball into the net.

They only remained on level terms for nine minutes before big Tom Jordon squeezed the ball home under the keeper after a deflected shot found him unmarked on the six yard box.

Although Thurrock went into the interval trailing they came out far from dispirited as they pushed forward looking for an equaliser.

It came in the 66th minute when David Bryant followed Fola Orilonishe as he made his way down the right flank and met his cross perfectly to head Thurrock level.

Eastleigh continued to look dangerous but Thurrock were now playing the ball on the ground and much better than the first 45 minutes.

The winning goal came in the 83rd minute and again it was star man Bryant this time it was Matt Bodkin who supplied the cross at the second attempt and Bryant ran in from the left to slot home his third and become the first Thurrock player to score three in one game for over three years.

The agonising remaining minutes seemed to last a life time as the referee added an additional three minutes which turned into four before the whistle went.

Manager Hakan Hayrettin was pleased with the result but had to tell the players a few truths at half time with a verbal tongue lashing that certainly change their second half performance.

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