Mens Hockey: O’Reem injury as Thurrock go down to Southend

Mens 1

THURROCK MENS I 1 v 4 OLD SOUTHENDIANS I

The mens injury problems continue apace with Liam O’Reem dislocating his shoulder and having a ride in an ambulance to hospital. With three players missing through injury and four others unavailable it seems that nothing can go right for the Mens 1 side. The good news is that captain Steve Abbott, recovering from an operation on his leg, had a run out for the Seconds and came through unscathed and Andy Sargeant had the plaster removed from his ankle, hopefully making a return in the New Year. The game against Old Southendians I ended with a 1-4 defeat with Christian Jenkins scoring T’s consolation goal late in the game after dominating the visitors for the last 20 minutes. Man of the Match was Tommy Ing.

This Saturday the Firsts are away to Witham I at 1.30 pm

Mens 2

Thurrock 5 v 3 Old Southendians

The Seconds played a mid table clash against old Southendians, winning by 5 goals to 3 to leapfrog their opponents in Division 5SE. Darren Higgins scored a hat trick, while Liam Birch and Steve Abbott got a goal each. Man of the match was Jordan salmon.

This weekend the Seconds are away to Upminster III, 1pm start

Mens 3 PHOENIX III 3 v 4 THURROCK MENS III

Thurrock went into the lead after only five minutes when Michael Fleming played a one-two move with Ricky Smith to beat the Braintree defence before hammering the ball into the net. A run on the left by Josh Brody led to a pass to Freddie Taylor who dribbled into the D and played a measured pass which Ricky Smith pushed over the line before the keeper could react. Within five minutes, Phoenix got onto the score-sheet with an attack down the right.

The ball appeared to have been over hit but the speedy winger pulled it across the area for a forward to beat debut keeper Joe Harvey at the far post. The game flowed from end to end with both teams squandering chances before Jimmy Venus maintained his goal-a game record when wrong-footed the full back before scoring with a reverse-stick shot. In the second half Phoenix reorganised their formation and had more of the play putting in a series of shots which Harvey had to work hard to keep out.

Thurrock weathered the onslaught and Gary Venus moved the ball up the field before passing out to Smith who quickly slipped the ball for Fleming to get his second goal. With 10 minutes to go Thurrock had the smell of victory in their nostrils and pushed forward. Unfortunately a quickly taken free hit by Phoenix led to a breakaway and a three-man attack.

Although Harvey saved the initial shot, the rebound fell kindly for the second man to push the ball over the line. This inspired the home side and they pushed forward to dominate the Thurrock defence to soon added to their score from a well-taken short corner. In the last minute Phoenix mounted a strong attack which led to a flicked shot which was destined for the top corner of the goal but Harvey capped his man of the match display by diving across to push it around the post.

This week Thurrock play Old Southendians 11.00 at Palmers

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