Thurrock 1 Havant & Waterlooville 1
Blue Square Bet South
Bill Robinson reports from Ship Lane……
A tough and gritty battle for a full ninety minutes finally ended Thurrock’s goal drought and earned them a valuable point after going behind against the run of play.
A goalless first half was entertaining but with out any real chances being created by either side, the strikers were chasing back deep desperate to keep the visitors from scoring.
Danny Hockton had the best chance of the half when he got his head on the end of a cross but was unable to direct it other than straight at the keeper.
The second half was much the same, Thurrock having the greater possession but failing to hit the target when an opportunity came along, Matt Bodkin, Jamie Richards and Danny Hockton all missed the target.
On 65 minutes Havant changed their striker up front off went Tariaki and on come Danny Williams, six minutes later and much to the surprise and disappointment of the Thurrock supporters it was Williams that ran through two Thurrock defenders to scramble in the opening goal from close range.
With time running out Thurrock pushed forward in numbers looking for a justifiable equaliser.
Thurrock were awarded a free kick mid way in the Havant Half, Reece Harris took the kick, his cross failed to penetrate the area, Havant defence partially cleared only for the ball to be sent back and wide on the right, Kenny Clark collected the ball and his cross shot eluded the keeper at his near post and dropped over the line for a well earned equaliser at the far post.
At the final whistle Thurrock may see this as two survival points lost where as Havant will travel home pleased with the evenings work and a point.