LONDON 1 (N)
THURROCK 104 v 0 CHINGFORD 0
Yes the score is not a misprint, Thurrock ran in 15 tries in what was an outstanding performance, a performance made even better as Colchester’s failure to secure a bonus point meant that THURROCK won the league and celebrations ensued on hearing the result from Mill Road.
Thurrock’s fantastic support was just catching their breath from some outstanding rugby played against a well below par Chingford team who was just blown away on the day. Tries came at regular intervals during the whole of the match as the home team amassed a lead of 57-0 at the break, and despite a blip in the first few minutes of the second half when Thurrock became over anxious but soon regained composure. The whole team were the stars, but the scoring accolades went to Frankie Neale who had a personal tally of 37 points consisting of 2 tries an early penalty and 12 conversions, this equalled the all time record for individual points in a match held for 20 years by Steve Edwards, two players got hat tricks Bradleigh Rettigan and Nathan Farrell and also a brace for Michael Stanley making it 26 for the season.
Other players to add their names were Stefan North, Ben Timson, Ben Stanley on his 99th 1st XV game, Josh Cook and Sam Boshell helping to celebrate his 21st birthday in style. Ian Rudgeley quickly dropped a conversion to complete the scoring as Thurrock chased their record breaking win, the biggest ever in league competition by Thurrock since the league formation in 1989. ‘’Director of rugby Ralph Henderson praised those involved all the players, injured captain Darryl Worster, coaches Mike Wilkins & Jamie Daisley, Manager Kevin Hymas, and assistance coach Dan Bowden and A team manager Mike Dunk for making this season such a great success’’
The other big factor has been the unrivalled support not only big crowds at home, but the large travelling contingent who have been to all games this season a big thanks must go to them.
It was also a nostalgic day, the reunion of the 1972 Essex Cup Winners, and the book signing of former player and para-olympian Danny Crates held before the game made it a day to remember. With three league games to go the players focus is now extending their unbeaten run and a further 100 points to pass 1000+ for a league season.
TEAM: Neale, Farrell, B.Stanley, M.Stanley, Boshell (Barrand) Rudgeley, Cook North, Durrance (Carey), Bevans-Royston, Cooper-Hicks, Flavin, Timson, Russo (Loka), Rettigan
This Saturday Thurrock make a short journey into Kent to play Old Colfeians based at Lee in South East London, kick-off is at 3 pm