Rugby: Bumper crowd sees emphatic win for Thurrock

LONDON 1 (N) THURROCK 40 v 20 Brentwood

Thurrock welcomed close neighbours Brentwood to a festive Oakfield on Saturday, and the large crowd see the home side avenge the defeat they suffered early in the season. It was however the visitors they opened the scoring with barely 10 minutes played, in a period which the Brentwood forwards dominate possession and a string of penalties kept them on the front foot as Wylie went over for a try, converted by Whitehead.

Thurrock gradually worked their way back into the match, and the home side backs looked dangerous from all over the field, it was Michael Stanley that broke through and reduced the defecit, with an unconverted try. This spurred Thurrock on and a further try gave Thurrock the lead when an attempted penalty kick was well wide but Bradleigh Rettigan was alert to the situation and touched down in the corner with the visitors left looking bemused.

It was then debutant Frankie Neale that got his name on the score sheet with a weaving run see him score in the corner, and Ben Stanley added a fourth and a bonus point try just before half time, this followed a Whitehead penalty for the visitors to leave the score at the break 20-10 to Thurrock.

Thurrock continued to where they left off and it was Michael Stanley that added another try shortly in to the second half, before Whitehead added a penalty for Brentwood, but Stefan North crashed over from a line out move and this time Stanley converted. At 32-13 Thurrock looked good for their victory, but a Woodcock try converted by Whitehead put them back in contention.

Stanley kicked a penalty to widen the gap, and then brother Ben added his second try of the afternoon to wrap up in the end a deserved win, and now Thurrock enter the holiday period as league leaders, and continue their quest on 7th January when they visit Braintree

TEAM: Worster. Boshell, B Stanley, M.Stanley, Neale, Rudgeley, Cook, North, Durrance, S.Rate, Cooper-Hicks, Kyle Tucker, Garth Tucker, Loka, Rettigan

Rep Timson, Bevans-Royston, Farrell

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