Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Hockey: All the fours for the thirds

THURROCK 3rd 4 v 4 REDBRIDGE + ILFORD 3rd

Thurrock started strongly and forced the visitors into defence. After 10 minutes a cross by Aaron Saunders was met by Matthew Skinner who hammered the ball past the keeper.

Thurrock maintained their domination and added to their score when Olu Akinwande received an inch-perfect pass from Alex Taylor and left defenders in his wake as he dribbled through before flicking into the net. Thurrock were cruising and restricting Redbridge to long range shots which keeper Danny Hick easily dealt with. With two minutes to go Redbridge were awarded a short corner which was going wide until a defender’s stick deflected it into the goal to make the score 2-1 at half time.

Thurrock continued to have the majority of the ball after the break and Akinwande soon extended their lead by converting a pass by Luke Strudwick. A long range shot from Redbridge should have been easily cleared, however, a defender was caught in possession and the ball was smashed into the back of the net. From the restart, Akinwande dribbled up the field before finding Michael Fleming on the edge of the D who rounded the keeper before shooting into the goal. Thurrock continued to have the majority of possession but increasingly found their passes going astray.

With ten minutes left on the clock, an intercepted pass allowed a speedy Redbridge attacker to drive into the area before passing to a colleague whose shot crept inside the post. It was the visitors who were playing the better hockey at this stage and they soon levelled the score from a well-taken short corner. With growing confidence, Redbridge began to move the ball around skilfully leaving Thurrock chasing shadows and glad to reach the final whistle without conceding any more

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