Blue Square Bet South
Thurrock 0 v 0 Ebbsfleet Utd
Bill Robinson reports from Ship Lane………..
Thurrock survival fight goes to the last kick of their final game next week after a tough battling performance against play off opponents Ebbsfleet United.
A win was important for both teams at opposite ends of the table but with other results both teams were satisfied as Ebbsflleet booked a play off position and Thurrock live to fight another day.
For any neutrals in the 647 crowd it was a great game to watch with constant end to end action and missed opportunities by both sides raising the excitement.
The opening exchanges were dominated by the visitors restricting Thurrock to break away attacks. On one such attack in the 16th minute Paul Olima came close to scoring when his clever flick hit the bar and went away to safety.
The visitors came close to taking the lead on 37th minute when Ricky Shakes fired in a low cross from the right, the ball fell kindly to Calum Willock but his shot from 8 yards out flew high over the bar.
In the final few minutes of the half both teams lived dangerously, first on 41 minutes when a Ebbsfleet corner was not cleared and a goal mouth scrambled resulting in the ball being cleared of the Thurrock goal line before Lynval Duncan finally cleared to safety.
Then with the final kick of the half Lee Boylan turned and hit a volley that went straight into keeper Preston Edwards welcoming arms.
In the second half the visitors piled on the pressure looking to secure a victory, but Thurrock were able to contain them thanks to keeper Joe Woolley who once again made a number of first class saves.
To many chances created by Ebbsfleet ended with the ball finishing in the car park perhaps a little more accuracy may have paid more dividends.
With only eight minutes remaining Danny Hockton had the best chance to open the scoring, a super cross came in from the right but unfortunately Hockton failed to get his head onto the ball with the goal at his mercy.
In the final minutes with Thurrock pushing men forward Ebbsfleet exploited the gaps at the back and created enough chances to win the game the closest being from Joe Howe who from 10 yards blasted the ball against the bar and over for a goal kick.
At the final whistle Thurrock were disappointed with just the one point but with hope that a win next week may be able to save them from relegation.
Thurrock: Joe Woolley, Craig Pope, Reece Harris, Paul Olima, Lynval Duncan, Matt Bodkin, Dean Cracknel, Jacob Mingle, Joao Carlos, Danny Hockton, Lee Boylan.
Subs: Jamie Richards, Lee Hodges, Tom Murphy, Manny Sackey, Lee Flynn