Thurrock travelled to Canterbury for their second East Premier League game of the season after an unlucky defeat the previous week to Chelmsford. Tees found themselves 2-0 down early on in the first half but after some good work from Katie Jacks which earned a penalty corner, Miriam Nichols scored with a thundering shot into the left hand corner.
On the stroke of half time, Canterbury went 3-1 ahead from a great penalty corner strike themselves. Despite the score line, Tees continued to battle in the second half and were rewarded early on when Nicola Pugh gained a penalty flick for being cynically brought down when she was clean through on goal. She picked herself up and dispatched the flick with confidence giving Thurrock real hope of a comeback.
Unfortunately, whilst Thurrock were pushing for an equalizer, Canterbury scored their fourth and the final goal of the game leaving Tees with a 4-2 defeat. Player of the Match in this bruising encounter was Carol White for her resolute defending. A special mention must go to Charlene Curtis who made her fist team debut for Thurrock after moving from Basildon in the summer.
Next week the ladies have their first home game of the season against a Dereham team who have won both of their opening matches. The game starts 2.00pm at Palmers.
Thurrock Ladies 1st Team Captain
Thurrock Men 2nds 1 – Old De Ferrians 11
Thurrock’s second team fully expected a very hard match, but didn’t think they’d end up conceding eleven goals.
To say that this division 6SE tie was a mismatch would be a massive understatement, as Old De Ferrians are a side who were playing in East League division 1 only three years ago, and won 20 out of 22 games last season, so Thurrock’s 2nd string, made up of some promising kids and willing adults never really stood a chance, and neither will most other sides this season.
That said though, there were some signs of promise for next week’s match at Colchester. Gary Ginsburgh had to cover in defence when George McAllister hobbled off injured, and finished the game strongly at centre back. The visitors had a penalty flick saved, and the score could have been much worse.
Mike Fleming grabbed a consolation goal near the end, and looks like he could do a lot of damage this season up front with Jimmy Venus.
As bad as the score looked, T’s shouldn’t be disheartened.