Witham 1sts 31 v 19 Thurrock 4ths
DESPITE the return of legend Barry Magnurson to Thurrock colours, this was not be the 4th teams day.
Despite many cry offs before the game, Thurrock put a team together, many playing out of place, and turned up at Witham fit and ready for the first League game of the season. It also included two sets of father and sons in the side, namely Steven and Jack Bridger and John and Elliot Keefe.
The first half was a very even affair. Witham did take the initial lead through their dangerous, pacy wingers, it was Thurrock who turned round the leaders 12 – 14 at half time, thanks to two well worked forward catch and drive tries from Liam Walsh and captain Tony Millsom and two touchline conversions from Luke Cotter. The scrum and line were working well.
The second half was different affair. The hot conditions and big, wide hard pitch certainly had a detrimental affect on a considerable number of Thurrock’s aging team. This, coupled with a couple of missed tackles, the taking of wrong options, led to a few easy tries for Witham, most of which were under the posts and were scored while influential no 10, Luke Cotter was off the field receiving stitches. The last score went to Thurrock though, from a well taken linking run from Elliot Keefe.
Thurrock can take some heart from this performance, as they never gave up against much younger and therefore fitter opposition. Quite a few more players should again be available next weekend, where Thurrock 4th team entertain Writtle College at home in their League.