Monday, March 20, 2023

Hockey: Close but no cigar for Thurrock

By Steven Abbot

Redbridge 0 v 1 Thurrock

What a frustrating game. From start to finish!

THURROCK turned up nice and early ready for a good warm up and a confident start…the first bit went well…the second not so much!

The game started OK for Thurrock with some good chances but nothing clear. It was Redbridge that took the lead around 10 minutes into the game when Thurrock’s defence lacked a little composure and Redbridge managed to squeeze the ball under Andy Gaut.

Then came the frustrating part…the rest of the game! chance after chance after chance came for Thurrock but the ball just wouldn’t go in!

The half time team talk was to not let them get another in case they shut up shop so we had to go out and try and press them. But nothing worked. Attacking short corners didn’t work well as the injections did not go well, whilst the ones that did make it to the top of the D, the strikers couldn’t manage to score.

The second half was more of the same. Thurrock tried everything and even tried throwing the kitchen sink at Redbridge but they were having none of it. They had a solid defence which was not going to be broken down. The tall centre back used his long aerial ball to break down the pressure which Thurrock had not come across previously and struggled to deal with at the back.

0-1 the game ended in favour of Redbridge and Ilford. Some points to note were Thurrock going back to bad ways in regards to moaning at the umpires…not good! Andre Rudder being carded and sent off by his own team mates before he got himself sent off at the side of the pitch. Man of the match went to Jordan Salmon for yet another outstanding performance in the centre of the park and Donkey went to Andre Rudder for his outstanding coaching performance!

Onto next week which sees Thurrock travel to East London which will be a very tough game.


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