Bill Robinson reports from Ship Lane……..
Three more points were added to Thurrocks tally as they got back into winning ways against a weak Weymouth eleven. They made hard work of it, the bright quick passing game seemed to be a distant memory as pass after pass went a stray, frustrating the eager strikers who had already struck the bar from a David Bryant effort.
Weymouth grew in confidence as Thurrock failed to penetrate a defence that has conceded 23 goals in 8 games nearly averaging four a game. It was no surprise when it was Weymouth that opened the scoring, awarded their first corner of the match the cross came over and it was the head of Josh Klein-Davies unmarked that flicked the ball just enough to find the corner of the net with keeper and defenders stranded.
Just before the interval Thurrock manager Hakan Hayrettin changed his main striker by replacing Paul Olima with Leon McKenzie and within minutes of entering the game the danger was clear when McKenzie struck a right footed shot that glanced the cross bar and away to safety.
Half Time 0-1
The Second half started with Weymouth camped out in their own half, more by choice than due to Thurrocks pressure, but these tactics allowed Thurrock to improve on their own game giving them more time on the ball and their passing game came back.
In the 64th minute the equalizer finally came, Leon McKenzie was aloud room on the right flank he made his way into the box were he fired in a shot that was initially blocked but the ball fell into the path of Phil Anderson for a simple tap in.
Thurrock stepped up the tempo after the goal and were the more dominant side pushing on looking for a winning goal. It was Matt Paine who became the hero when he fired them into the lead with splendid left foot volley that sailed into the top of the net after 75 mins. The move came out of nothing but Paine’s determination to get to the ball first made the difference and his decisive strike from 20 yards proved to be the winner.
Weymouth looked a beaten side and Thurrock were happy to play out time to collect the three points, it was an important win to bounce back after losing there unbeaten run earlier in the week and sees them back into a play off place in 5th position.