Basingstoke Town 3 Thurrock 0
Blue Square Bet South
Bill Robinson reports from The Camrose…
Thurrock once again turned out needing to get all the points, after three consecutive home games and collecting only two points very few people could how they would improve on that tally.
All went well for the first 15 minutes but then after 18 minutes the home side broke the deadlock when Tim Sills broke through and fired past keeper David Hughes from 20 yards.
Thurrock then looked like a relegated side for the next few minutes as Basingstoke scored at will adding another two goals They increased their advantage on 27 minutes from the penalty spot, keeper Hughes came out and unfairly challenged resulting in a booking and a penalty.
Wes Daley stepped up and converted the spot kick.
With Thurrock still stunned a long ball over the top of the visitors back four found.Shaun McAuley unmarked who notched up number three for the home side on 30 minutes.
Thurrock pulled themselves together and stopped the slide and went in at half time hoping for something better in the second period.
Manger Lee Goodwin made changes in the second half and Thurrock looked better for it, but with Basingstoke assuming job done, this allowed Thurrock to get back into the match hitting the woodwork on three occasions before Ahmed Deen reduced the deficit in the 85th minute when his corner went straight into the goal beating keeper Ashley Bayes at the far post.
A far better performance in the second half but still no points to show for all the effort leaving Thurrock rooted to the foot of the table and no sign of reducing the the eleven point gap to safety.
Thurrock: David Hughes, Ben Bowditch, Nathan Ashton, Warren Goodhind, Rob Gillman, Paul Terry, Stuart Thurgood, Sam Cutler, Ahmed Deen, David Knight, Lee Boylan.
Subs: Ben Hunt, Daniel Okah, Jamie Davis, Kyle Asante,