Hockey: Clacton 0 v 2 Thurrock

WITH most other games being cancelled due to the winter conditions, the mens 1st XI travelled to sunny Clacton in a top of the table clash. The Tee’s went into this game with a dip in form and looking for a good win against the old foe Clacton.

This clash was always going to be a fast paced physical game, but it was Clacton that were the quickest out of the blocks putting the Tee’s defence under pressure, but this was mopped up by the defence time and time again. This frustrated the home team as every strong passing attack was rewarded with nothing.

After the first few minutes the Tee’s upped their game and put together some fantastic passing moves of their own coming close numerous times but were thwarted by a resolute Clacton defence.

The Tee’s came out after a inspiring half-time team talk and their tenacity was rewarded in the second half time when Captain Steve Abbott pounced onto a rebound and rifled a low shot past the keeper to give the team some breathing room. The two teams traded attack after attack for another 20 minutes, with

Man of the Match Keeper Andy Gaut making a string of saves to deny Clacton an equaliser. After an injury to striker Jacob Agoro, 1st team debutant Dave Leeks took to the field to stretch his legs.

With two minutes left on the clock Matt Gaut popped up in the D to deflect the ball past the keeper to seal the points for a hard fought win.

The Men’s 1st XI next host Upminster at 11am at Palmers before the mid season break.

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