Thurrock 2 v 4 Farnborough

Bill Robinson reports from ship lane….

Thurrock will be disappointed with the way they defended here today in a game that sees Farnborough remain in second place but it was the visitors that spent most of their time defending.

The signs were good when Thurrock took the lead in the 7th minute, Matt Bodkin’s free kick was headed out by the Farnborough defence but only as far as Joao Carlos who then rifled in a shot from 15 yards out.

Unfortunately the lead lasted less than a minute, Farnborough went straight into attack and equalized, a cross came in low and hard from the right and the static Thurrock defence watched as Dean McDonald struck home the equalizer from 12 yards out.

The visitors went ahead five minutes later, Thurrock were denied a penalty after Rob Swaine was fouled in the box and the quick breakaway out of defence saw Thurrock caught short at the back and a simple pass to Keize Ibe saw him toe poke the ball pat Joe Woolley.

The game was still going from end to end and Dean Cracknell was denied an equaliser by a smart save from visiting keeper Michael Jordan on 24 minutes.

The lead was then doubled on the half hour when Bradley Bubb latched onto a poor backpass that left keeper Woolley exposed and Bubb rounded Woolley to make it 3-1.

Thurrock’s new found strength of character was still visible and when another Bodkin free kick on 43 minutes was floated into the box and Thurrocks player of the month Rob Swaine rose above all to head into the far corner.

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Once again Thurrock where caught with a quick goal after a restart, within three minutes of the second half Farnborough extended their lead. The goal came from a free kick wide on the right close to the by line. The ball went deep to the far post where James Smith was unmarked and he headed in from close range.

Thurrock dominated possession throughout the second half, manager Grant Gordon tried to change things around with two substitutions but the Farnborough defence remained solid and despite some half chances by Knight Cracknell Richards and Olima there was no more goals and the visitors went home happy with all three points.

The game then petered out and late on Paul Olima was very harshly sent off for two bookable offences by a referee who had a very poor game.

Thurrock: Woolley, Pope, Harwood, Clark, Swaine, Tejan-Sie, Bodkin (Olima 62), Cracknell, Richards (Stalley 83), Knight (Hodges 68), Carlos Subs not used: Scanlon, Flynn

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