Hockey: Men’s firsts dig out draw

Mens 1
CROSTYX II 2 – 2 THURROCK MENS I

With Thurrock’s run of injuries taking its toll on first team players and Crostyx heavily strengthening their second team this was always going to be a tight game. Thurrock started the brighter of the two teams having some excellent chances but the striking trio of Matt Gaut, Christian Jenkins and returning Captain Steve Abbott just could not convert them. As the game went on Crostyx became stronger and won two short corners and converted them both to put the home side 2–0 up. Thurrock finished the first half under pressure but Gary Ginsburgh, Tommy Ing and Luke Danbrook stayed strong to hold out until half time.

After a stern team talk Thurrock came out fighting in the second half, the midfield of Kyle Taylor and Nick Stapleton worked hard and it started to pay off. Tees were awarded a short corner and Matthew Gaut drag flicked the ball into the top corner to put the away side back into contention. Thurrock then kept on pressing and putting the opposition under pressure but just could not find the finishing touch. With the last move of the game some slick passing between Dec Millane and Matt Gaut allowed Millane to square the ball for captain and man of the match Steve Abbott to score his first goal of the season to put the two teams level.
On Saturday Thurrock face Wapping at Palmers, 12.30 pm start

Mens 2

COLCHESTER III 3 – 1 THURROCK MENS II

Thurrock had the best of the opening 15 minutes and did not allow Colchester to put any attacks together but with most of the possession they could not find a way through the Colchester defence. It was the home side that did start the scoring with a breakaway goal that stunned the Thurrock side, the goal gave the home side confidence and it was now wave after wave of attacks but some fine saves from captain Keith Mager and defending from Sam Webb frustrated the attackers. Just before half time Michael Hewing converted a short corner to bring the scores back level with a unstoppable strike. Both teams looked to take the lead in the second half and both had chances to do that but it was Colchester that scored two goals in the last 10 minutes to take all three points.

This Saturday Mens II are home to Wapping VI at Palmers, 2 pm start

Mens 3

THURROCK MENS III 4 – 2 BRENTWOOD VI

Thurrock started this East Division 8SE game with only 10 men and found themselves behind in the first minute when a defensive mix-up allowed the Brentwood forward to run unchallenged into the area and shoot past Danny Hick. Once they were at full strength, Thurrock began to link passes together and Michael Fleming collected a pass from Himesh Patel and dribbled through the defence before slipping the ball past the advancing keeper. A threatening attack by Brentwood was cut out by Declan Salmon and the ball was hit out to Freddy Taylor who made a speedy run on the right before passing inside to Jimmy Venus who hammered the ball into the net.

A half time substitution saw Lawrence Jackson play his first game of the season and within 5 minutes he made an impact by collecting a pass from Josh Bridges and weaving through the Brentwood defence before flicking into the roof of the net. Thurrock were dominating the game and the Brentwood keeper was forced into a string of acrobatic saves to prevent further score. Mid way through the half, a breakaway by Brentwood led to the award of a short corner. The shot was stopped but crept over the line to the dismay of the Thurrock defence. Thurrock worked hard and a tackle from Ethan Pinion on the
Thurrock 25 metre line led to the ball being quickly slipped to Dave Everett who played a one-two with Josh Bridges before passing wide to Freddy Taylor who beat the full back and cut into the D and passed to Fleming who scored to make the final score 4-2.

The Thirds are away to Southend III on Saturday at 4 pm

Minis

Thurrock Hockey Club’s Mini section were back at Palmers College on Sunday 22nd January playing in their fifth tournament of the 2011/2012 season. Combining with Southend Minis the Under 10 and Under 12 boys and girls teams played counterparts from Brentwood, Maldon and Witham hockey clubs. There were strong competitive games in all sections, in the Under 10’s the girls three results were a draw and two wins 1-0, 0-0 and 3-0 the scorers were Daniel 1 (kindly helping the girls in the first game) Annabel 1 and Claudia 2. The Under 10 boys also drew one and won two of their games 0-0, 2-0 and 4-0 in the last game with a strong performance overwhelming Brentwood. The scorers for the boys were Jamie Speers 2 , Ben Bridger 2, Tömas Eastwood 1 and again but this time for the boys Daniel 1 (so 2 in total).

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