Sunday, September 24, 2023

Football: Thurrock’s great escape gathers momentum

Ryman League Premier Division

Cray Wanderers 0 v 1 Thurrock

Bill Robinson at Hayes Lane

TWO wins and six points in three days for Thurrock brings some relief to their relegation worries, in what was billed as a must win game, still a long way to go but the signs are looking better.

A poor first half in which neither team deserved to be in front, Thurrock playing 4-5-1, still having a lot of possession but not able to break down the Cray defence to test their keeper.

HT 0-0

Just before the hour Danny Green was through on goal from a Charlie Stimson ball, the keeper managed to save the first shot with his legs and the defender cleared deep as Green tried for the rebound.

Thurrock finally broke the deadlock in the 75th minute when a mix up between the Cray defence and Charlie Stimson allowed Stimson to lob the ball over the advancing keeper and into the back of the net.

Substitute Loui Hazelwood nearly doubled their lead in the 85th minute when he fought his way past a couple of defenders before firing in another low drive that the keeper saved.

So at the final whistle Thurrock moved up one more position to keep their survival hopes a realistic option.


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