Rugby: Reality check as Thurrock beaten by Brentwood

LONDON 1 (N)

BRENTWOOD 20 v 11 THURROCK

Thurrock league season crashed back to earth with a mighty bump at neighbours Brentwood on Saturday. Thurrock can have no complaints as they were second best for most of this game to a very intense side wanting to win. Despite playing with the elements downhill and the breeze at their backs, they were soon behind to a converted try as the home side showed their intent. Thurrock slowly clawed their way back into the match and was rewarded with a try from Jake Barrand, but the conversion was wide. Just before the break Thurrock took the lead when Michael Stanley had a penalty in front of the post to lead 8-7 at the break.

The lead changed hand twice with a penalty from either side as Thurrock led narrowly at 11-10 going into the last quarter .The turning point came when captain Darryl Worster was yellow carded for not releasing, Brentwood took the lead from the resultant penalty and soon took advantage of the extra man as they scored a try wide out after a long spell of pressure, and to add insult to injury the conversion was made from the touchline meaning the losing bonus point which Thurrock still had was lost with the lead now 9 points. Thurrock must now take stock and hope to resurrect their fortunes at home to Braintree this week at Oakfield kick off is 3pm

TEAM: Worster, Farrell, B.Stanley, M.Stanley, Barrand. Rudgeley (Porter 62m), Cook, North, Durrance, Rate, Boshier (Kyle Tucker), Cooper-Hicks, Timson, Garth Tucker , Rettigan Rep Murphy

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