BRAINTREE I 0 v 5 THURROCK I
The first half of this game was very close with end to end action, with both teams’ defence putting up a strong display, resulting in a half time score of 0-0. Thurrock came out strong in the second half and it was not long before Jacob Agoro beat the keeper to put Thurrock in the lead; shortly after Matt Gaut picked up a pass from Captain Steven Abbott and scored the second goal of the match. Steven Abbott then took a penalty flick which was won by Jacob Agoro to take the score to 3-0.
Thurrock kept applying pressure resulting in a dazzling reverse stick goal from Stephen Edwards and yet another impressive goal from Matt Gaut. The final score was 5-0 to Thurrock, with the defence keeping yet another clean sheet. Jacob Agoro was man of the match and it was a strong all round performance from the whole team.
Next Saturday at Palmers (12.30 push back) sees second in the table Tees playing the team in third East London I who just managed another 1-0 win for the second week running. A win for the home side would put them in a very strong position to take the second promotion place behind runaway leaders Plashet with only three games to play. There are four games starting at 11 am with the Ladies II, and followed by Mens I, Mens II and finishing with Mens III. The club would welcome support from anybody wishing to see entertaining games of hockey and admittance is free.
Maldon & Little Baddow II 1 v 3 Thurrock II
Thurrock started the game strongly with Jimmy Venus and Liam Birch both having early chances to take the lead but both chances were slightly off target. Thurrock continued to pressurise Maldon, but failed to break the deadlock as half time approached. Stand in Captain Michael Murray woke the team up with a firey half time talk, and just after the break the T’s were awarded a penalty flick after Neil Donovan’ shot was saved on the line by a defender’s chest. Murray stepped up and promptly made it 1-0 with a low flick into the bottom corner. This inspried the T’s second string and young Liam Appleyard played a great pass into Luke Danbrook who inturn set up Murray for his second. Maldon hit back quickly with a fast break and neat finish to make it 2-1. But it was Thurrock who finished stronger when Liam Birch and Michael Flemming combined some smart passes and a good reverse stick finish from Birch to finish the game.