Thurrock 2 v 7 Dover

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Bill Robinson reports from Ship Lane……

Two disastrous defeats in as many days must leave the Fleet management wondering were the “Happy” is in Happy New Year.

With three changes made from Saturday’s line up, Thurrock were out to put that result behind them, they started brightly and looked to be regaining some pride and passion and when David Knight put them in front after 15 minutes the signs looked good.

The goal came from a run down the right by Matt Bodkin who beat off his marker and pulled the cross back from the goal line, with David Knight running on to it his header hit the underside of the bar before crossing the line.

Thurrock only had the lead for five minutes before the Adam Birchall Show started, the Dover striker equalised on 20 minutes and then put them in front two minutes later and went on to collect another three to bring his tally to five goals in a marvellous display that left Thurrock bewildered and despondent.

Just before half time Ben Hunt scored from a volley about 16 yards from goal, his shot was so accurate that keeper Joe Woolley had no chance to save.

Adam Birchall completed his hatrick early in the second half and with Barry Cogan also getting on the score sheet the demolition was all but complete.

At one stage it did look like Dover could score at will as they pulled the Thurrock defence apart, but Thurrock continued to push men forward and with the very last kick of the game Lee Roache reduced the deficit with a fine run inside the Dover box before blasting the ball into the roof of the net.

Worrying times at Ship Lane as they remain in the relegation zone and with a pile up of fixtures coming up in January and February it could be the making or breaking of their season.

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