THURROCK I 3 – 4 CHELMSFORD III
This Div 3SE NE14 Hockey sponsored tie was always going to be a hard game and full of action and it didn’t disappoint. The first half was a game of missed chances and some sloppy goals. Chelmsford opened the scoring with a well-worked move 10 minutes in. Thurrock then got to grips with the game and started to play some nice hockey resulting in two open goal misses and some great saves from the keeper but then Tees equalised with a quick ball out from Tommy Ing, straight to Andre Rudder who slipped in Steve Abbott to give Stephen Edwards a tap in goal his seventh goal of the season.
Thurrock then kept on pressing and were awarded a short corner which Jacob Agoro converted to make it 2-1 to Thurrock. They then eased off and with a bit of unfortunate defending Chelmsford were awarded a short corner just before half time which they converted, 2-2.
The second half came and Chelmsford turned the game on its head and scored two goals in the space of five minutes, 2-4. Thurrock were completely shell-shocked and just could not get their game together. But with some good battling work they got a goal back from some lovely one touch play from Man of the Match Jorden Salmon, Andy Sargeant and Steve Abbott to allow Matthew Gaut to deflect the ball into the back of the net, 4-3. The last 10 minutes saw Thurrock trying to break down the visitors but Chelmsford held on to win 4-3. Fortunately for Thurrock the teams in third and fourth in the division lost and they stay second.
Saturday Thurrock face bottom of the table Brentwood at Palmers, 11 am.
Thurrock IIs 3 – 2 Romford II 2
At the halfway point in the season, the 2s welcomed Romford on saturday for a tie which looked on paper as though it would be a very close affair. Romford started the day in sixth place in the NE14 Hockey Division 6SE, four points ahead of Thurrock in seventh, and true to form there was very little to separate the two teams on the pitch.
Romford had the opening chances, but it was Thurrock who opened the scoring, Dave Shatwell laying the ball off to Declan Millane who ran wide and centred for Jimmy Venus to send the ball crashing into the bottom corner.
Thurrock looked the most likely to get the second, but a mistake by Ben Knowles left an easy shot for the talented Romford striker to draw level.
The second half was as close as the first and again Thurrock took the lead when Jimmy Venus crossed for Matt Leaver to fire home. The Ts then extended their lead through Ashley Snell’s third goal in four matches, however they were never safe, and a bad tackle by makeshift defender Kevin Appleyard led to a penalty corner, which the visitors converted. Appleyard redeemed himself at the final whistle when he cleared a goal bound shot off the line, so the 2s go to within a point of Romford in the league, with a record that reads played 11, won 5 and lost 6. Captain Keith Mager has set his team the challenge of improving on that record for the second half of the season.
The opposition named centre back Gary Ginsburgh as man of the match, but credit should also go to Liam Appleyard, Gary Venus and Jimmy Venus for their outstanding contributions.
The 2s are away to unbeaten Old De Ferrians this Saturday 2 pm start.
THURROCK III 0 – 6 OLD DEFERRIANS II
After a 14-0 win last week Old Deferrians were in a buoyant mood for this NE14HOCKEY sponsored Div 9 game and from the start, Thurrock were under heavy pressure. The visitors led after 10 minutes when an attack down the right wing was rapidly switched across for the centre forward to score inside the far post. Five minutes later a hotly disputed short corner saw them add a second goal. Thurrock gradually got into the game with Matthew Skinner linking in midfield with Liam Birch to carve opportunities for centre-forward Michael Fleming however a strong Deferrians defence backed up by a series of saves by the keeper prevented any further score before half time. Within two minutes of the restart, Thurrock conceded a third goal when they failed to cut out an attack on the left and the ball was slammed into the net from the edge of the area. Five minutes later Deferrians scored a fourth from well-worked short corner. The visitors moved the ball around skilfully and veteran centre-back Mark Mager had to raise his game to cut out the relentless onslaught. Thurrock then lost a player when full back Jorden was sent off for descent and Deferrians capitalised on the weakness by adding a further two goals. Once back to full strength Thurrock battled hard to hold the visitors at bay and prevent any further score. Tees are fourth in the table one place and three points behind Saturday’s opponents.
Next week Thurrock play East London at Palmers at 12.30.
Saffron Walden 2 – 0 Thurrock Ladies 1’s
This was probably Thurrock ’s worst performance of the season against the team who at the start of the day were directly below them in the league table. It could have been different though had the Tees taken one of their three early chances through Miriam Nichols, Nicola Pugh and Katie Jacks but a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing kept the scores at 0-0. Midway through the first half Thurrock were punished with the fast attacking play of Saffron Walden catching Thurrock ’s defence and taking the lead. The home side clearly gained confidence from this goal and had further chances to extend their lead before half time but they were thwarted by some fine saves from goalkeeper Karen Richardson. Thurrock offered little attacking threat in the second half and spent much of the time defending against this galvanised Saffron Walden team. Their pressure paid off when a second goal was scored from a penalty corner which Thurrock failed to clear. This goal put any hopes of a positive result beyond Thurrock and the score remained at 2-0. Player of the match was Louise Pike.
Tees will hope for a much improved performance at home this weekend against Canterbury which is a 2 pm start at Palmers.
THURROCK II 1 – 3 COLCHESTER II
Next game Saturday away to Southend II
EAST LONDON II 2 – 2 THURROCK III
Next Saturday away to Brentwood Academy