Bill Robinson reports from Meadow Park…………..
Boreham Wood took the lead in the twelfth minute, a short corner quickly taken saw a long ball to the far post where Stuart Blackbune headed back towards goal and Elliott Godfrey was thereto head a looping header over keeper Andre Foster for the opening goal.
Boreham Wood continued to threaten the Thurrock goal as the Fleet struggled to clear their own half, and could easily have extended their lead with a couple of promising attacks.
Thurrock should have equalised in the 34th minute when a fabulous turn by Bodkin down the right flank found Lee Roache whose shot come cross was inches away from the toe of Cliff Akurang and an open goal but the ball ran wide of the post.
Thurrock equalised in the fortieth minute when Matt Bodkin broke from the half way line an went on a solo run, he looked to have lost control but his speed found him inside the full back and he shot from just inside he edge of the box across the goal and into he back of the net.
A free kick just before the break saw Thurrock take the lead with a Lee Roache goal. The free came over from the right the ball was headed on by Akurang and Conor Okus cries from the Wood for a foul went without reward and the ball fell for Lee Roache to side foot home from close range.
Second half was more end to end with little creativity by either side a tactical change in midfield was made by Manager Hakan Hayrettin as Bakare was substituted for Reiss Gilbey.
In the 65th minute Thurrock were reduced to ten men when Rob Swaine made a very late tackle on the Wood captain Mario Noto his crunching tackle earned him a straight red.
Reduced to ten men Thurrock put Akurang back into centre back position with now little men going forward Boreham Wood took the advantaged and pushed on for an equaliser.
With only eight minutes on the clock remaining Thurrock had a golden opportunity to seal the victory, Joe Collins was put through on a break and was one on one with the keeper unfortunately his effort went wide of the goal.
From that goal kick the ball found Junior Dadson wide on the left his cross inside put Elliott Godfrey clear and his shot beat the keeper for the equaliser.
Boreham Wood kept pushing forward looking for a winner and with five added minutes Thurrock’s nerve was being tested.
Yet both side could have found a winner and when the final whistle went with Thurrock inside the Boreham Wood penalty area it looked like the referee was happy with a draw.
Thurrock: Andre Foster, Craig Pope, Arron Waters, Rob Swaine, Kenny Clark, Matt Bodkin, Conor Okus, Lee Roache, Cliff Akurang, Joe Collins, Michael Bakare.
Subs: Paul Olima, Lawrence Yiga, , Ryan Stalley, Alfie Wren, Reis Gilbey