THURROCK kicked off their new season with the visit to Ship Lane of League 2 side Barnet FC, with their new manager Mark Stimson, who has built a squad of players that some very familiar to our local sides.
Both sides had a number of trialist on display all out to impress at this early stage of the season.
The game was played at a fast pace and was competitive at times, Barnet looked the stronger side but Thurrock looked dangerous on the break.
It was Barnet that broke the deadlock after 10 minutes when the impressive Barnet left back Jordan Parkes broke through from midfield to fire a left foot shot past Woolley in the Thurrock goal.
Barnet came close to extending their lead on 28 minutes when Joe Devera put the ball through to Harry Baker in the Thurrock box, he turned back inside and fired in his shot that was well saved by Joe Woolley.
The second half saw both managers Hakan Hayrettin and Mark Stimson make significant changes to their line ups and the initial effect on the game was to make it a little fragmented.
Barnet’s Danny Hart twice hit the bar first in the 51st minute and then from a free kick on 68 minutes as Barnet pushed on to seal the win.
The Thurrock strike force of Paul Olima and Lee Roache seemed to work well together and responded to the challenge when on 72 minutes a through ball from Olima to Roache saw the young striker shoot across the face of the goal and into the corner of the net.
Barnet again hit the bar with only 10 minutes remaining from the head of Ricky Holmes, but when the final whistle went both managers and the crowd seemed satisfied with the performance of both teams.
Next up for Thurrock is the visit of West Ham XI on Saturday 17th July ko 3:00pm