LONDON 1 (N)
THURROCK 52 v 25 NORTH WALSHAM
THURROCK welcomed strugglers North Walsham to Oakfield making their first visit since 1984. Thurrock elected to play with the very cold breeze at their backs and got off to the best possible start as Michael Stanley charged down a clearance kick and Charlie Russo starting a game for the first time in 4 seasons reacted the quickest to score under the posts, Frankie Neale stepped up to add the simplest of conversions. Borrett pulled a penalty back for the visitors, but two moments of magic gave Thurrock the upper hand.
Firstly a chip over from Ian Rudgeley was collected by winger Sam Boshell to score close to the posts, and moments later Thurrock had a penalty 8 metres from the Walsham line, Michael Stanley instead of going for the corner chipped over the top of a static defence and sprinted to touch down close to the dead ball line, Neale added both conversions. The visitors come back well and scored a try against the run of play with Austin crossing for an unconverted try.
Thurrock continued to press and gained the bonus point when Ian Rudgeley went over and Neale continued his 100% success rate with another conversion to make the score 28-8 at the break
Thurrock now with the stiff breeze in their face were kept under early pressure by the visitors, and again sloppy penalties made their cause harder, and Tibbatts went over after a few minutes of concerted forward pressure. Thurrock however came straight back with a devasting spell of great running rugby, and scored tries from Boshell, Josh Cook and Russo, Neale converting the first two but his attempt on the later drifted wide, this gave the home side a great 47-13 cushion. You would think that a team trailing by that score line would lose interest, but they showed great resolve and were rewarded with two late tries from Hyde and McCall the former being converted by Borrett gave the visitors a bonus point. Thurrock however broke the 50 point mark in either side of the two Walsham tries, when Ben Stanley won the race to touch down in the corner, Neale failed to convert from the touchline. Another good performance from the home side cementing their place at the top of the table, and now turn their thoughts on a difficult trip to Colchester
TEAM: Neale, Boshell (Farrell 65m), Gorman, M.Stanley, B.Stanley, Rudgeley, Cook, North, Durrance, Bevans-Royston, Loka (Cooper-Hicks 60m), Kyle Tucker, Timson, Russo, Flavin, Rep C.Rate
This week Thurrock travel to COLCHESTER in the top of the table clash. Kick off at Mill Road is at 3pm