Thurrock 1 Maidenhead United 1
Blue Square Bet South.
Bill Robinson reports from Ship Lane…..
THURROCK failed once again to make any progress on catching those teams above them by dropping another two points when victory was there for the taking.
After forty minutes of play an unfortunate accident occurred to the Maidenhead keeper Billy Lumley, when he collided with the goal post and suffered what looked like concussion, after a long delay he left the field of play and was replaced by makeshift keeper Mark Nisbet, who never looked comfortable between the sticks.
Thurrock stepped up the pressure as they played through the added eight minutes of added time trying to test Nisbet as soon as possible. After six minutes of added time Thurrock were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Maidenhead penalty area when David Knight was brought down by Leon Soloman.
Ahmed Deen stepped up to take the kick, his left footed shot went over the wall and straight into the top corner of the net giving any keeper no chance.
Coming out for the second half we saw Luke I’Anson being replaced by Paul Terry and an air of expectancy of more goals as Nisbet continued to look vulnerable in the Magpies goal, saving a close range effort from David Knight with his shin.
Unfortunately Maidenhead had other ideas and remained solid at the back and despite a few long range efforts Thurrock could not extend their goal advantage.
On 63 minutes Manny Williams blasted home the equaliser, the move came down the right flank and when the ball came over it was Alex Wall who had two shots well saved by David Hughes but the ball ran loose into the path of Williams who finished off from close range.
Thurrock’s best chance to win the game came on 80 minutes when Paul Terry’s goalbound effort was headed clear by Bobby Behzadi.
At the final whistle the disappointment was evident failing to test Nisbet properly in the second half may well haunt Thurrock at the end of the season if those extra two points prove to have been invaluable.
Thurrock:David Hughes, Warren Goodhind, Nathan Ashton, Rob Gillman, James White, Stuart Thurgood, Luke I’Anson, Sam Cutler, David Knight, Ben Hunt, Ahmed Deen
Subs: Daniel Okah, Ben Bowditch, Lee Boylan, Kyle Asante, Paul Terry