Rugby: Narrow win for below par Thurrock

LONDON 1 (N) Eton Manor 15 v 24 Thurrock

They say good teams can play below par and win, that is exactly how Thurrock fared in this match at the New Wilderness, but you must give credit to the home side that played an aggressive forward game keeping Thurrock on the back foot. In fact their opening 20 minutes spell denied Thurrock the ball and deservedly scored two unanswered tries the later converted to give them an early 12-0 lead.

Thurrock dug deep and started to get into the game but all that they mustered was a penalty chance which Mike Stanley gratefully accepted to reduce the arrears by 3 to 9 points. The remainder of the half was a battle in the middle of the park with neither side making a scoring chance.

A further penalty just after the break extended the home sides lead and it looked as if Thurrock were facing their second defeat of the season. But they grabbed some inner strength and gradually got on top and in a scintillating 15 minute spell turned the game on its head, Mike Stanley broke through to score, the replacement Dritan Loka was in support to score under the posts, and Sam Boshell added the third wide out after a poor clearance kick gifted Thurrock the chance which they gratefully accepted, Mike stanley kick all 3 conversions, the last one from the touchline which importantly put Thurrock 3 scores ahead.

Eton Manor chased the game in the closing minutes but enforced mistakes let Thurrock remain the league leaders, and stretched their lead at the top following Colchester losing at Brentwood.

TEAM: Worster. Boshell, B Stanley, M.Stanley, Farrell (Gorman), Rudgeley, Cook, North, C.Rate (Durrance), S.Rate, Cooper-Hicks, Kyle Tucker, Garth Tucker, Timson (Loka), Rettigan

THIS WEEK THURROCK ENTERTAIN BRENTWOOD, KICK 3PM, Brentwood the only side to defeat Thurrock early in September. Your support welcome for a key game to Thurrock’s season

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