Thurrock 5 v 1 Cray Wanderers
THURROCK jumped three places up the Ryman Premier table after Tuesday’s emphatic victory against Cray, who appear to be in freefall and certainly had no luck at Ship Lane.
The visitors were forced into a substitution inside the first minute and then conceded a penalty when Charlie Stimson was fouled and Stuart Thurgood slammed home the spot kick for a third minute lead. The second came from a speculative effort from Luke Wanadio on 21 minutes, though it owed much to an uneven bounce that deceived keeper
Andy Walker, who was then left flat-footed when Danny Green smashed one in from distance just three minutes later.
A straight red card for Joe Vines on the stroke of half-time compounded Crays’ misfortune, though Vines could have little to complain about for his high, studs up mistimed lunge on young Stimson. It was one of the few decisions erratic referee Michael Smith got right.
Harry Honesty made it 4-0 for Fleet in the 52nd minute and although Paul Vines replied shortly afterwards, Thurrock had the last word when Wanadio completed the nap hand in added time.
Afterwards home manager Mark Stimson said: “We had talked about starting bright and couldn’t have made a better start. After that things fell into place as we would have wanted. We had encouraged the side to shoot on that and that came off with Luke’s goal and Danny Green’s goal.
“Give some credit to Cray, they fought hard but we performed well. Hopefully now we if we can keep producing the quality we have shown we will be in a much healthier position than we are.”