IT MUST have been a long journey home from Cornwall for relegation-bound Thurrock as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Truro City.
A first half goal from Marcus Martin and second-half strikes by Martin Gritton on his return to his former club and substitute Adam Kelly with his first goal for Truro eased them to victory reports ThisisCornwall.
Fleet had keeper Ross Kitteridge to thank that it wasn’t far worse as he made a string of fine saves.
Truro took the lead after 13 minutes when Marcus Martin headed home at the far post from Scott Walker’s deep cross after Thurrock failed to clear his corner.
However, towards the end of the half the Essex side came into the game and Ollie Chenoweth did well to block Lee Boylan’s low drive with his legs.
And it was Chenoweth who was at the centre of the game’s turning point at the start of the season.
First he did superbly to save David Night’s powerful shot and then from his clearance kick Gritton beat Kitteridge to hook the ball over the keeper’s head and into the net to make it 2-0.
It was virtually game over and the only real surprise was that City did not add to their tally other when Gritton’s persistence gave Kelly the chance to slide the ball into the empty net ten minutes from time.
City: Chenoweth; McConnell, Ash, Pugh, Walker, Yetton (Cooke 73), Broad, Martin, Afful (Kelly 73), Hayles (Vassell 81), Gritton. Sub (not used): Watkins.
Thurrock : Kitteridge; Deen, Ashton (Gilfedder 77), L’anson, Goodhind, Thurgood, Terry (Hughes 54), Cutler, Knight, Boylan, Nesbitt,
Subs (not used): Deen, White, Woodward.
Half time: 1-0.
Goals: Martin (14) 1-0, Gritton (47) 2-0, Kelly (80) 3-0.
Referee: Mark Pottage (Gillingham, Dorset).