Sutton United 1 v 1 Thurrock
Blue Square Bet South
Bill Robinson reports from Gander Green Lane….
With everyone except those at Thurrock assuming that relegation is a given Thurrock came to Gander Lane looking to surprise everyone and for all three points. Once again manger Lee Goodwin rotated players in his squad and if Lady Luck was to play apart on behalf of Thurrock then all three points would have been justified.
The first half was a battle in the middle of the park with only the Thurrock goal being threatened.
Evenly matched both managers must have been happy as the players came off at the interval all square.
The game opened up in the second half when out of the blue Thurrock broke away and scored in the 47th minute. The ball came out of defence and found Lee Boylan who cleverly picked out Ben Hunt, who ran through the defence rounded the keeper and from a tight angle planted the ball into the corner of the empty net.
Thurrock looked good for their lead and seemed comfortable in possession and where never troubled by the Sutton attack.
On 63 minutes a cross was sent low into the Thurrock box where the ball struck the hand of Rob Gilman, much to the disappointment of Thurrock and surprise of Sutton the referee awarded a penalty.
Craig Dundas took the kick driving the ball hard and chest high to keeper David Hughes right, Hughes pulled off a fine save to keep Thurrock in front.
It looked like the game was going in favour of the visitors but the longer the game went on the strong Sutton team started to gain momentum and dominated the last 20 minutes.
The Home side seemed to be winning all the free kicks and the dangerous crosses coming from them causes many problems for the Thurrock defence.
The referee advised that an additional three minutes of play would be played and the inevitable happened, the ball was played out wide to the right, Moses Odubajo took the ball to the goal line before putting over another cross, it was headed back across the goal where Simon Downer headed into the far top corner of the net.
The final minute saw a disappointed Thurrock team hold on for a valuable point but still rooted firmly to the bottom of the tabele.
Thurrock: David Hughes, Reece Harris, Warren Goodhind, Rob Gilman, Paul Terry, James White, Stuart Thurgood, Luke I;Anson, Sam Cutler, Ben Hunt, Lee Boylan
Subs: Jamie Davis, Ben Bowditch, Alex Osborn, Anthony Furlonge, Daniel Okah.