Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Sunday League Football: Deportivo still at 100%

Deportivo Thurrock 8 v 2 Ventura

DEPORTIVO headed to Belhus Park to play their fourth league game of the season against Ventura, who at the time find themselves at the bottom of division three. At such an early stage of the season, league positions are not a great reflection on the majority of the league, but Deportivo set out with high hopes against a side they have faced many times over the past few seasons.

Deportivo were the quickest off the starting line, with extensive pressure being put on the Ventura back four from Lewis Williams and Richard Tombs, who after missing last week’s cup win found themselves put straight back into the starting eleven. The early pressure soon paid off when an excellent through ball found Tombs with only the keeper to beat and confidently sliding it home to give Deportivo the lead. Another goal soon followed with strike partner Williams finding the net in a similar manner and resulted in another strong finish. Now with a two goal lead after only 15 minutes, Deportivo were looking comfortably in control of this away fixture.

Ventura however, were soon finding their footing and beginning to press on to the Deportivo defence. After a brief spell of pressure around the box, Ventura found themselves halving the deficit with a superb finish from the Ventura no.10, beating a fully outstretched Dan George to hit the back of the net.

This was the wake up call Deportivo needed. After a very strong start to the season, it could have been so very easy for them to get above themselves and to lose focus on the game in front of them. After a quick re marshalling of the defence, Deportivo were soon back in the driving seat. With the centre forwards and midfielders peppering the goal with shot after shot, it wasn’t long before one found the back of the net with another excellent spell of play allowing Tombs to grab his second of the game.

With Deportivo back on top, the chances just kept on coming, with the remainder of the half seeing Williams finish off a first half hat-trick and Deportivo coming off at half time 5-1 up.

After a quick team talk and a few underlying problems discussed at half time, Deportivo came out unchanged with their minds firmly set on putting the game to bed as soon as possible.

The second half began as a much tighter affair with both sides having a few chances just after the break, but again it was Deportivo who struck first after substitute Stephen Brooks worked his way into the box from the left and smashed in a confident finish to make it 6-1. Ventura were quick to respond however when goalkeeper Dan George was beaten one on one after some confusion arose as to whether he could handle the ball from an unintentional back pass.

The game was still well under the control of Deportivo and after a few more substitutions to freshen up the attack, it wasn’t long before the game was wrapped up with another well taken effort from the left by Brooks, with Tombs finishing off the game with a hat trick and a well deserved 8-2 victory for Deportivo Thurrock.

With another tough fixture against Tyrells Hall Pirates coming up next week, this week’s win is another strong step forward for Deportivo who will be looking to take the three points and solidify their position at the top of the league.


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