Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Football: Thurrock off bottom in great away win at Farnborough

Bill Robinson Reports from Rushmoor Stadium……

Thurrock made hard work of their victory but three valuable points away from home delighted manager Robbie Garvey who still wants more from his squad. We should have had three in the first half and buried them in the second was his comments after the game.

As early as the fifth minute Alex Osborn looked to have opened the scoring when he found space on the left and inside the box his first shot was saved and his second went wide.

Osborn continued to threaten the home defence and once again in the 18th minute came close, this time put through by Reece Harris he was just inside the box when he shot and the ball struck the crossbar and away.

Farnborough had their moments and came near to breaking the deadlock in the 21st minute when Tony Garrod drove a low shot in and a fine one handed save by Craig Holloway low down at the far post.

Just before the break Alex Osborn again had a great chance, this time Glenn Poole send in a through ball Osborn was one on one with the keeper he tried to lob the ball over but the keeper once again saved well.

HT 0-0

The second half followed a similar pattern Thurrock looking the better side and maintaining the greater possession.

The home side were still looking to make a significant impact on the game and in the 54th minute a fine attacking move nearly lead to them scoring when Garrod struck a shot that rolled agonizingly along the Thurrock goal line but kept out.

The break through came in the 58th when a free kick mid way in the Farnborough half was knocked on and Lee Boylan reacted first and managed to

Side foot the ball wide of the advancing keeper.

Five minutes later Thurrock extended their lead with a Paul Terry goal, the ball went over to the far post Boylan tried to shoot the ball came out and Terry gently lobbed the ball over the defence and into the back of the net.

Thurrock continued to look for more but as time went on they began to drop back to defend their advantage giving Farnborough the chance to move forward but even with four minutes of added time played no further goals came.



Thurrock: Craig Holloway, Adam Gemili, Reece Harris, James Smithy, Paul Terry, Glenn Poole, Dean Cracknell, Ben Bowditch, Alex Osborn, Lee Boylan, Steve Ferguson

Subs: Rikki Burbridge, David Hughes, Dee Okojie, Loui Hazelwood, Danny Hockton


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