Sunday, May 19, 2024

Hockey: Thurrock in seventh heaven over Havering

Havering 0 v 7 Thurrock

THE day started with a strict no swearing or moaning policy which was violated on many occasions before, throughout and after the game costing some players quite a lot of money! the team talk prior to the start revolved around no complacency even though the opposition had started their season with 2 losses.

The game started quite evenly but the break though came about 10 minutes into the first half with a lovely set up from Kyle Taylor who passed it square to his brother, and eventual Donkey (explained later), Jak Taylor who slotted it home on the near post. 1-0 Thurrock.

Thurrock then kept up the pressure throughout the first half with Christian Jenkins bagging himself a very nice first half brace including a tap in on the far post having been set up by Steve Abbott and a lovely individual run having played a 1-2 with Liam Birch and rounded the keeper very nicely.

Half time and Thurrock were 3-0 up but the team talk revolved around sensible calling off the ball and simple passes.

The second half started and Christian finished off his hat-rick with another rounding of the keeper. The pressure kept coming from Thurrock with the midfield duo of Nick Stapleton and Dan O’Shaughnessy holding the pressure well. Another topic in the half time talk was to play wider and the two wingers of Jak and Kyle Taylor listened and hugged the sidelines and played the ball around well.

The 4th goal came from a great break from a 16 when Jordan Salmon passed it quickly to Jak Taylor who ran down the centre, passed it right to Andre Rudder (making his first appearance of the year) who managed to get it through to Christian Jenkins, he then took it into the D and drew the keeper off his line and slipped it left for Jak Taylor to smash it home from all of 2 yards.

The 5th came from a great cross from Andre Rudder from the right with Liam Birch slotting it skilfully passed the keeper to the far post.

Again more pressure from Thurrock and possibly the worst reverse shot you will see in a long time from Andre Rudder resulted in the 7th and final goal for Thurrock.

The donkey moment came in the last couple of minutes when Andre Rudder slotted it left at the top of the D for Jak Taylor to completely spaff the ball so far wide the corner flag was ready to feel the impact!

The game ended on a very positive note with the opposition umpire congratulating the whole team on a very good performance.

One last joke was played on the captain Steve Abbott when a comment last week explaining how no one ever turned up to hockey with change to pay for match fees resulted in Danny Hik making the effort to go to the bank and get bags of £6 in 20p pieces. Steve did not appreciate this


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