Rugby: Thurrock 38 v 3 Brentwood

Thurrock bounced back to form with this emphatic derby victory at Oakfield on Saturday. Buoyed by their gritty win the week before against Tabard, Thurrock looked much sharper and much more confident than they have done in recent weeks. Thurrock had the better of the opening exchanges and was rewarded when a poor clearance kick was run back by Darryl Worster and a perfectly timed pass to Sam Porter gave the space to jink round and score close to the posts,

Aaron Burns against the wind just failed with the conversion. It was still Thurrock making most of the running and play but Brentwood did start to mount a few attacks close to the closing stages of the first half, but a great defensive display kept them out and when James Flavin broke from just five yards from their own line his break nearly created a try scoring opportunity for the home side, as part of the back row that looked sharp with Bradleigh Rettigan and Ben Timson to the fore. From a scrum in the middle of the park Thurrock doubled their lead when Sam Porter joined the line and gave a perfectly timed pass to skipper Darryl Worster to score wide out.

An early Brentwood penalty at the start of the second half gave the visitors a sniff of a revival but Thurrock had other ideas and forced Brentwood back in defensive mode. It was one-way traffic in the second half as Thurrock scored four tries all of which was converted by Aaron Burns. Second row Chris Banks added the first from strong forwards drive; this was quickly followed by Nathan Farrell who deserved his try after a number of strong runs. Ben Madden added a try after sensing a gap, and it was finished off with an interception from hooker Dan Carey who sprinted 15 metres to score under the posts. Thurrock was able to give Adam Towler his first team debut when replacing Sam Porter with just over 15 minutes to go.

A much better day for the Thurrock faithful, who hope that they can continue this vein of form when they visit STEVENAGE this Saturday, coach leaves the club at 11.45am

TEAM: Worster, Farrell, Stanley, Gorman, Porter (Towler 61m), Madden, Burns, North, Carey, Partridge (Rate 71m), Banks (Woodward 68m), Loka, Timson, Flavin, Rettigan

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