Monday, February 26, 2024

Staines Town 3 v 0 Thurrock

With both teams needing a win to stand any chance of a play off place it was important to get a good start and when Staines took the lead in the fifth minute Thurrock had an even greater mountain to climb.

The Staines goal came from a through ball from midfield by Andre Scarlett that split the Thurrock defence, Paul Olima tried to recover ground but it was 17year old John Marquis that run onto the ball, from just inside the eighteen yard box he shot, Keeper Joe Woolley partially saved with one hand but the power of the shot meant that the ball still finished in the back of the net.

Thurrock pushed forward, creating chances and looking dangerous on the break, but their moves kept breaking down with the final pass being either to short or to long.

David Bryant had Thurrock’s best chance of the half just on the half hour, he was put through one on one with keeper Louis Wells who was quick to react and managed to push away Bryant’s first attempt and as the ball flew upwards Wells again recovered to collect.

The longer the game went on Staines took more control and John Marquis bagged his second goal in the 62nd minute. Staines were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area wide on the left, as the cross came in, it was Marquis that was quickest to move and hit a first class volley straight into the far side of the net.

Then with only five minutes remaining Matt Paine tripped Marc Charles-Smith inside the box giving the referee an easy decision to award Staines a penalty.

Marquis stepped up and hit a poor side footed shot that was saved by keeper Joe Woolley, but the referee decided that the penalty should be retaken.

This time Marquis blasted the ball into the left corner of the goal completing his personal hatrick and giving Staines a comfortable three points.

With two home games remaining for Thurrock and the play off chances gone they will be out to play for pride on Tuesday against Hampton & Richmond and next Saturday against Bromley, to end the season.


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