By Bill Robinson
Thurrock 1 Maidenhead United 2
Maidenhead leapfrogged Thurrock in this important ‘six-pointer’ and put their hosts into the relegation zone after a controversial game at Ship Lane.
With only four minutes on the clock referee Mike George awarded the visitors a penalty after Craig Pope was adjudged to have impeded Max Worsfold. Anthony Thomas dispatched despite Joe Woolley going the right way.
Thurrock then started to get on top and the brilliant Matt Bodkin went close with a free kick that was tipped over the bar by Steve Williams in the visitor’s goal.
The goal was coming and from a corner Lee Boylan’s shot was pushed into the path of Dean Cracknell by Williams and Cracknell put the ball into the goal.
On 41 minutes the roles were reversed and Boylan had a volley saved by Williams after Cracknell’s excellent through ball.
A minute into the second half Thurrock had a great chance to take the lead after a goalmouth scramble but Cracknell hit his close range shot against the bar.
Thurrock were completely dominant but unable to fashion many more chances and Maidenhead were good on the break with Paul Olima lucky to stay on the pitch after a last man foul that saw him given a yellow card.
In the first minute of injury time Maidenhead struck on the break and Max Worsfold curled a left foot shot into the top corner of the goal.
With the last attack of the game a long through ball was sent in by Chris Bush and a Maidenhead defender looked to have handled deliberately in the penalty area, inexplicably the referee gave it the other way resulting in a Maidenhead win and a worrying week ahead for Thurrock.