Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Thurrock 1 v 4 Dagenham and Redbridge

Bill Robinson reports from Ship Lane……………..

The score line may not impress the Thurrock supporters but Thurrock once again but on a fine display of football in the first 45 minutes and could easily have been 3-0 ahead with a little more luck.

But in the second half, plenty of changes of personnel by both managers and the newly promoted Daggers showed their class and the difference between the two sides was clear.
The game was very open at the start and Thurock had their fair share of possession and when Matt Bodkin fired in his second wonder goal of the season on 22 minutes the expectations of the home crowd grew, and with it the Thurrock chances.
On 25 minutes Lee Roache maneuvered himself into the box on the left and hit a tremendous shot that was goal bound until keeper Chris Lewington dived to his left and finger tipped the ball around the post, a great save, but some how the referee award a goal kick.
Just sixty seconds later Roache should have doubled Thurock’s lead, this time the move started on the left with Michael Barake, who was having a great game, he weaved his way around two Dagenham defenders before crossing the ball hard and low straight across the six yard box for Roache to race in and as his outstretched leg hit the ball somehow it went over the bar.
Just after the half hour Dagenham levelled, it was Matt Bodkin deep in his own penalty box tackling Paul Benson when the referee adjudged him to have fouled in the challenge and awarded the Daggers the penalty. Benson’s spot kick sent keeper Deniz Mehmet the wrong way for the equaliser.

In the second half a number of changes were made by Dagenham and Thurrock and this is when Dagenham really turned up the momentum and pressure on the Thurrock back four.

On 47 minutes Graeme Montgomery scored possible his luckiest goal, when a goal line clearance hit him low down on his back and rebounded into the net.
Thurrock were beginning to struggle to keep pace with the vistors as they looked very sharp and quick and capitalised on the slightest error made by Thuurrock.
On sixty nine minutes Montgomery was on target again this time with a shot that started from a corner and beat Mehmet in the Thurrock goal.
Finally with just five minutes left on the clock Danny Green finished off a move that had seen the Thurrock defence pulled from right to left and as Josh Scotts cross came over Green was clear to side foot home number four.
Manager Hakan Hayrettin was pleased with the performance as we move ever closer to the start of the new league season. Up next for Thurrock is Chesham United at Ship Lane on Saturday with a 3:00pm kick off.


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