Thurrock 1 v 2 Staines Town
Blue Square Bet South
Bill Robinson reports from Ship Lane……
THURROCK boss, Robbie Garvey stepped down as boss of Thurrock FC after a last minute free kick saw Staines snatch three vital points in a must win game for both clubs.
Garvey, who had been manager for just a few months, resigned just after the final whistle as the team seem to be hurtling towards relegation.
A lack lustre performance by both teams in the first forty five minutes showed the nerves that both teams have in this vital relegation six pointer, a must win for both sides to avoid being left behind in the drop zone.
Few chance were created by either side but those that did come were wasted by poor finishing.
On 17 minutes Ali Chaaban forced Thurrock keeper Craig Holloway into making a fine save from his twenty yard shot as Staines kept looking dangerous on the break.
Lee Boylan had a couple of chances just after twenty minutes first firing high over the bar from 12 yards then a minute later just failing to get enough power onto a Steve Ferguson cross giving the keeper an easy save.
Staines broke the deadlock in the 28th minute, the move started with a corner on the right which was driven in low and cleared by Paul Terry the ball came back into the Thurrock penalty area where Mark Nwokeeji shot and Jake Goodman followed up and squeezed the ball home passed the diving Holloway.
Both teams seemed revitalised in the second period with Thurrock dominating the early exchanges.
There pressure paid off in the 53rd minute a quick breakaway out of defence found Lee Boylan wide on the left, as he cut inside and shot, Jamie Guy followed the ball and managed to divert it into the back of the net.
The game took o the look of a cup tie as it flowed end to end with some exciting football by both sides.
Just when it look like both sides had settled for a draw Staines won a free kick in the 90th minute, Adam Everitt took the kick and blasted the ball straight into the top corner of the net giving keeper Holloway no chance.
A disappointing defeat for Thurrock against fellow strugglers opening up gaps at the bottom of the table.
Thurrock : Craig Holloway, Paul Terry, Reece Harris, Alex Lacey, James White, Stuart Thurgood, Steve Ferguson, Sam Cutler, Jamie Guy, Lee Boylan, Kevin McLeod.
Subs: Dean Cracknell, Drewe Broughton, Alfie Wren, Alex Osborn, Antonio Gonnella