THURROCK I 7 v 1 WAPPING III
This game saw a Thurrock team unrecognisable from the previous week in the NE14 Hockey Div 3SE. The home side were dominant through the game and produced some of their best hockey of the season. However it was the away side that took the lead against the run of play with a well worked short-corner. Their lead only lasted for a few minutes as Matt Gaut broke through Wapping’s midfield and defence with the ball falling to Jacob Agoro to level the scores.
Just before the half-time break Thurrock took the lead through a short-corner with Nick Sheard steering the ball home.
Thurrock came out in the second half firing on all cylinders and soon increased their lead after Nick Stapleton intercepted the ball and gave the ball to Matt Gaut who found Jacob Agoro at the top of the D for his second goal of the game. Agoro completed his hat-trick after Matt Gaut drew the keeper out of his goal to leave Agoro with an open goal.
Thurrock’s defence of Danbrook, Ing and Sargeant halted any counter attacks, giving the ball to Jordon Salmon to feed the attackers. Captain Steve Abbott squeezed in another goal and Christian Jenkins skilfully beat the defenders and the keeper, reversing the ball into the net.
Man of the match Matt Gaut completed the scoring, passing the ball into an empty net from a tight angle after beating the keeper.
Tee’s lie second in the table, one point behind Maldon & Little Baddow, who drew 2-2 with third placed Clacton 1
Next Saturday away to Chelmsford 3, 2pm
Mens I – Div 3SE
1. Maldon & Little Baddow 1 5 4 1 0 17 7 10 13
2. Thurrock 1 5 4 0 1 20 6 14 12
3. Clacton 1 5 3 1 1 18 12 6 10
4. Waltham Forest 2 5 3 1 1 11 9 2 10
5. Upminster 2 5 2 2 1 8 9 -1 8
THURROCK II 11 v 1 ROMFORD II
Another great win by Thurrock see them claim back the top spot in NE14HOCKEY Div 6SE thanks to their positive goal difference, they are on 15 points with Brentwood 4 and Saffron Waldon 4.
The game started positively and Thurrock controlled all aspects of the match from the outset, with goals from Tommy Madden, Dec Milane and veteran Kevin Appleyard taking Thurrock to the break 3-0 to the good.
After a positive re-group and an intake of fluid, Dec Milaine scored straight from the restart to knock all wind out of the Romford’s sails, this led to what
can only be considered a goal frenzy from Thurrock’s top goal scorer, netting a further six goals and re-writing the THC record book. This now takes him to 14 in five games.
It was a solid performance from Thurrock with only one slip up, as Tee’s got a little complacent and were caught on a rare break, Thurrock then hit straight back with new boy Matt Skinner finding the backboard to make it 11-1 and the whistle.
Thurrock 2XI have now scored more goals than any other team across the SE divisions.
Man of the match Dec Milaine had this to say: “It was a good performance all round, I’ve been in good form lately and am really please with my performance
today, it’s always nice to break records.”
Next week Thurrock play Saffron Walden in a top of the table clash at Palmers, 12.30 pm
Mens II – Div 6SE
1. Thurrock 2 5 5 0 0 27 4 23 15
2. Brentwood 4 5 5 0 0 25 6 19 15
3. Saffron Walden 4 5 5 0 0 20 10 10 15
4. Maldon & Little Baddow 2 5 4 0 1 16 9 7 12
5. Witham 3 5 4 0 1 17 13 4 12
OLD LOUGHTONIANS ACADEMY 2 – 8 THURROCK III
Thurrock started strongly in this NE14HOCKEY Div 8SE game and were in the lead after five minutes when a hit out from defence was picked up by Michael Fleming who made a solo run from the half way line before firing past the advancing keeper. The home side played a series of skilful passes to move the Thurrock defence around their area however the final shot was blocked by keeper Andy Gaut and cleared up the pitch to Jimmy Venus who played a one-two with Fleming before slipping the ball inside the post for Thurrock ’s second.
Five minutes later Loughts finally got on the score sheet with a well-practiced short corner routine. However their joy was short lived and a hit out from Thurrock defence was collected by Fleming who drove forward into the area and drew the keeper before passing to Tom Tilby who scored from a narrow angle. Within a minute of the restart Thurrock added a fourth goal when Sam Webb intercepted a Loughtonian pass and dribbled the ball up the field before passing to Oliver Smith who delivered an inch-perfect pass for Fleming to score.
The young Loughton side dominated the midfield playing a string of skilful passes however Thurrock’s defence marshalled by Tony Smith playing his first game for 20 years, were alert and prevented the ball entering the D and moved it through to supply Venus to add two goals in as many minutes for his hat trick. Half-way through the half the skilful Loughts forward weaved through the Thurrock defence and flicked into the net from close range.
However Thurrock were not prepared to throw away the game and played possession hockey to leave the opposition chasing shadows and Fleming seized on a centre by Declan Salmon to claim his hat trick and make it 7-2. In the final minute Fleming emphasised Thurrock’s victory with a solo run from the half-way line culminating in a shot from the edge of the D that left the keeper rooted to the spot. They are now in sixth place, just four points behind second placed Upminster 5.
Next Saturday the Thirds are away to Waltham Forest 4, 11.30 start
Mens III – Div 8SE
1. Saffron Walden 6 5 4 1 0 19 5 14 13
2. Upminster 5 5 3 2 0 14 2 12 11
3. Old Loughtonian Woodsmen 5 3 2 0 13 3 10 11
4. Rochford Casuals 1 5 3 2 0 11 1 10 11
5. Wapping 8 5 3 0 2 20 14 6 9
6. Thurrock 3 5 2 1 2 15 15 0 7
Another disappointing week for the ladies section of the club. Last weekend all the ladies’ teams lost and also struggled to field three teams.All three teams
are sitting near the bottom of their respective leagues.
This weekend the ladies were able to field three teams more comfortably in part thanks to the return of three students home from university: Sarah Judd, Becky Grant and Rachel Wallis.
The First XI went to Colchester with the luxury of 12 players! The girls fought well but were no match for their opposition and came away with heads low after a 6-0 ‘wapping’ quoted captain Tessa Eng.
The Seconds had an early start at Wapping and very quickly the early morning ‘cobwebs’ were blown away! The ladies were carrying injuries but thankfully were in the position of being able to field 13 players. The opposition had a strong, young, fast and very fit team. The match was well fought and despite being without a few key players the ladies began to work as a unit. KAREN LUCKING rounded off another fine performance by scoring the consolation goal in a 1-3
The Thirds played against East London who have always proved to be difficult opposition and Saturday was to prove to be no different. A last minute change to the line up meant that Kerry Dent had to play in goal for both 2nds and 3rds. The opposition were at full strength and in fact fielded a squad of 15 players to Thurrock’s bare 11! The game was played in good spirits and against the run of play Thurrock’s captain Jackie Simmonds put the ladies ahead from a shot at the top of the circle. The defence then had to hold tight and great defence from Dent, Deb Lakey, Jude Hare and Laura Nicola kept the onslaught to a minimum. Eventually their equaliser came from set play and the game was even.
The ladies showed fine spirit and player of the match Jo Gates scored after a good solo run from Debra Blaimey.
Half time the ladies were jubilant! Their excitement was short lived as yet another goal came from the same well worked set play!
A great result from the ladies 2-2.