Thurrock’s run of three consecutive losses is the worst for four seasons when they crashed to defeat at the hand of in-form Chingford on Saturday. Confidence in the Thurrock camp is at a low at this present time and injuries to key personnel has not helped their cause but for the first 25 minutes of this match Thurrock held the upper hand in both possession and territorial advantage and kept the home side well on the back foot. They played some great rugby but the only thing they lacked was they were unable to score. As always in these situations Chingford’s first foray into the Thurrock half resulted in a converted try, a lead that stayed at 7-0 until injury time in the first half when the home side added a further score wide out to lead 12-0
The second half started badly for Thurrock as a second half blitz from the home side put the result beyond doubt as they conceded 3 quick fire tries and found themselves trailing by 33 points with more than a quarter of the match remaining. At this point 17 year old colt Jake Bedding was sent to make his senior debut, his first senior 20 minutes was one that augurs well for the future, at the same time evergreen Lee Herrington replaced the injured Bradleigh Rettigan.
Thurrock showed character in the remaining part of the match and although conceding a further try added a try of their own from Earl Gorman. They continued to press only to give away an interception close to the Chingford line whose player ran fully 80 metres to score in the corner. Thurrock still came back for more and their best move of the match created a try scoring opportunity in the corner only for Darryl Worster to lose the ball has he was diving over the line, probably a moment that summed up their day, but they should take great heart and look to return to winning ways when they entertain TABARD at home this Saturday.
TEAM: Worster, Farrell, Stanley, Gorman, Porter, Madden, Breese (Bedding 60m) North, Carey, Rate, Woodward, Banks, Timson, Crowhurst, Rettigan (Herrington60m). Rep Pease,
This week, Thurrock host TABARD Kick Off is 3.00 pm