Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Shock defeat for Mens’s 1st X1 at Chelmsford

Mens I: Thurrock 2 v 5 Chelmsford

After some tough games over the past few months Thurrock were hoping for an easy game against Chelmsford who sit at the bottom of the NEHOCKEY Div 3SE.

Unfortunately things went from bad to worse after Chelmsford found their way past the T’s keeper for the fourth time. Thurrock did manage to score again from a Steve Abbott penalty flick but unfortunately Chelmsford replied with another goal making it 5-2 at the final whistle.

Next Saturday the Firsts are away to Waltham Forest at 1pm

Mens II Saffron Walden 2 v 5 Thurrock

Thurrock took the long trip to Saffron Waldon on Saturday, knowing that anything short of a victory would end their title hopes.

They started the brighter team, and were rewarded with a goal within the first two minutes with Michael Murray converting from close range. This should have
settled the young Thurrock side, however for some reason their decision making was poor in the middle stages of the half and they had to battle for position.

In fact Tees were lucky to go 2-0 up thanks to Rick Smith managing to deflect the ball on the reverse stick into the goal. Another from Michael Murray made
it 3-0 and Thurrock were starting to look set, however a touch of fortune for Saffron Waldon saw them pull one back before the half-time whistle.

Jeff West was unlucky not to add a fourth before the break with a clever flick from the top of the area beating the keeper, just to see it going the wrong side of the upright.

After a half-time team talk, Thurrock regrouped and made a few tactical decisions and started to play as they can, and were rewarded again with Michael Murray tapping in from close range from a pin-point pass from Liam Birch. The home side then hit back after Thurrock failed to pick up the extra man to make it 4-2 and continued to press, however Thurrock broke away again through Liam Birch, with Michael Murray slotting away his fourth of the game. The game then ended 5-2, the 2s eighth victory on the trot.

Next week will be the game of the season with the Tees taking on league leaders Brentwood IV, with the winner taking top spot in the NE14 hockey

Division 6SE. The match will start at 11am at Palmers College.

Mens IV: Thurrock 5 v 6 East London

If Thurrock are able to field a 4th XI next season, then this friendly against a strong East London side will give men’s club captain Andy Sargeant the
confidence to let the next batch of the borough’s young stars play their own natural game.

It is credit to youth coaches Tessa Ing, Louise Parrott and Luke Danbrook that Under 14s Tom Archer, Will Davis and Joe Harvey, all products of the Thurrock
Academy, were the stars of the show, with Harvey even scoring one of Thurrock’s five goals, coolly reverse flicking the ball home.

East London sent a mixture of talent, the best of whom usually play their hockey in NE14 Hockey Div 5SE, higher than Thurrock’s 2nd XI.

The 4s were unlucky not to finish the first half with the scores level, but two very late goals put East London 4-2 up.

Thurrock’s defence, marshalled ably by Dave Leeks, were kept busy by the talented attackers from the capital, but the Tees midfield of Archer, Davis,
Harvey, Jonathon Wisbey, and the tiny but tenacious George Horgan outplayed their counterparts, showing maturity beyond their years.

Despite two late goals, Thurrock couldn’t quite overcome their experienced opponents, losing 6-5, but gaining major praise from the sporting East London
team.

The 4s will be playing again this saturday, 3.30pm push back at Palmer’s. This would be an ideal opportunity for anybody over the age of 13 who would like to give hockey a go, to turn up and play a game. All are welcome at THC.

Ladies II

THURROCK II 3 – 2 HARLOW I
A tense match and the ladies knew that they would be playing a talented and fast team. The Ladies were at almost full strength and found themselves in an equal competition despite the difference in positions in the league; Thurrock being at bottom and Harlow being in the top half. The game was like a seesaw; end to end hockey.

Ally Hadley in goal was outstanding and kept the forceful attack at bay.

Eventually the goals came but in true spirit it was nail biting. The Ladies’ scorers were Sally Willett who scored a penalty, Karen Lucking blasted home a
short corner and the ever-fast Lauren Marshall scoreda fine solo goal. The game was so tense and the ladies had to hold on to their 3-2 lead for the last 10
minutes. During this period player of the match Katie Lawrence was inspirational to her team mates. A well earned victory.

Ladies III
HARLOW II 0 – 1 THURROCK III

A great victory for Thurrock in this bottom of the league clash. The Ladies had a full strength squad and were able to play with confidence. The game was
entertaining and keenly fought. It was also a ‘seesaw’ of events and many players put in fine performances.

Becky Grant was truly inspirational to her teammates with her constant running and words of encouragement. Grant was put through by captain Jackie Simmonds who then beat three players and slipped the ball to Grace Millane to neatly place the ball past the keeper.

The Ladies utilised their squad to maximum benefit and kept the Harlow attack at bay.

Player of the match, the ever young Jude Hare was ‘awesome’ in defence and constanly beat her young opposition! In the final eight minutes the game became
tense as Harlow threw everything at the T’s defence. The opposition’s spectators were very vocal and motivated their team to push the Ladies to the end. When the whistle went Thurrock celebrated in style and quite rightly should be proud of their performance. Unfortunately next week the Ladies play top of the league Waltham Forest with yet again a depleted team.

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