Hockey: Thirds little bit rusty after two month break

Thurrock 3rds 0 v 2 Clacton

AFTER eight weeks, Thurrock returned to action in Div.7SE against a strong Clacton team which is pushing for promotion. In the early stages, it was the home team who played the better hockey and forced the visitors into defence. Michael Fleming was unlucky not to score when his shot which beat the keeper, shaved the outside of the post off a defender’s stick.

When Clacton mounted an attack Tom Archer worked tirelessly in defensive midfield to nullify the threat. Midway through the half Archer suffered an injury which forced him to be substituted and Thurrock had to readjust their formation.

Within minutes Clacton took the lead when a quickly taken free hit was not cleared and was picked up by the speedy forward whose reverse stick shot flew into the net. Thurrock battled back but, despite some excellent attacking play, were unable to beat the agile keeper.

In the second half Thurrock continued to have the majority of the play and gained a series of short corners, but the visitors held strong. When Alex Thompson intercepted a pass in midfield, he drove forward beating several players before delivering an inch-perfect pass to Fleming whose shot flew past the keeper only to hit the post and rebound out of the D to a Clacton player who propelled the ball up the field to a colleague who dribbled into the area before smashing the ball goalwards.

Thurrock keeper Danny Hick made a diving save, however, the ball rebounded back to the forward who made no mistake with his second shot. An attack by Clacton was cut out on the Thurrock 25m line by Dave Leeks who then ran three quarters of the field before passing to Fleming who beat three players before hammering the ball inches wide.

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