Hockey: Thurrock whipped by Witham

WITHAM 3rd 12 v 1 THURROCK 3rd

WITH several regular players unavailable, Thurrock faced the team lying top of Div. 7SE having dropped only eight points all season.

With no recognised keeper, youngster Luke Strudwick volunteered to don the kit. The home take had the first push back and attacked strongly, however defender Neil Donovan made a timely tackle and quickly moved the ball up for Dave Everett to beat two players before passing to Michael Fleming to dribble into the area and hammer the ball past the keeper for the lead after 10 minutes.

Witham were spurred into action and drew level within five minutes. Encourage by their goal, Witham piled on the pressure and Thurrock found themselves trailing by five goals by half time.

Although they battled hard after the break, Thurrock were penned in their own half and conceded a string of short corners from which Witham added three more goals. Thurrock’s woes were compounded by three own goals.

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