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Sunday Football: Deportivo leave Linford wandering

FC Deportivo Thurrock 5 vs 2 Linford Wanderers

COMING off the back of a 7-2 win in their first game of the season, FC Deportivo Thurrock were looking to continue a strong start with today’s fixture against Linford Wanderers.

The game kicked off in pristine footballing conditions with clear skies and the slick home turf of The Springhouse in Corringham giving both sides the opportunity to play some football on a sunny Sunday morning.

Linford were quickest out of the blocks and found the net after 10 minutes when a free kick from outside the box skipped across the ground and bobbled in front of the Deportivo keeper and span in off of his outstretched hands.

After some encouraging words from the team, Depor were straight back into the fight, with some good teamwork and a powerful run forward from Richard Tombs, a square ball sent over the goalkeeper was finished off by Lewis Williams to tie the game at 1-1.

Both teams headed off at half time with everything to play for but Fc Deportivo knew that they needed to find the upper hand fast and take the game by the scruff of the neck.

The manager Chris ‘Frank’ Gilbody decided to keep things as they were and take the first 10 minutes of the second half to try and find their feet.

This quickly paid off when a darting run into the box by Lewis Williams saw him unjustly taken down by the Linford right back and a penalty awarded by the referee. A short run up from Williams provided a neat finish into the bottom corner and saw Deportivo take the lead for the first time in the match.

A quick change brought Jack Moore on to the field and a reshuffle of the side gave Deportivo a new attacking threat.

As Deportivo pressed on, the Linford defense were having trouble dealing with the strength of the Deportivo forwards and Williams quickly found the net again from a cross that found it’s way past the keeper and gave Deportivo a 3-1 lead.

This gave Deportivo the desire to put the game beyond the reach of Linford, with Rich Tombs getting himself on the score sheet with a trademark booming finish to take it to 4-1.

With still around 30 minutes to play Linford gave themselves a little hope when their centre forwards finally made a breakthrough and brought the score back to 4-2 with a smartly taken finish.

A few more changes put some fresh legs onto the pitch for Depor and they were soon pressing for another goal. Williams was again fouled in the box in almost exactly the same position as before and swiftly took the resulting penalty to take his tally to 4 goals and finish the game off with a 5-2 win for FC Deportivo Thurrock.

Both sides provided some good football to watch on an unseasonably warm October morning and Deportivo are now two for two at the start of the season.


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