Ryman Div One North
Thurrock 5 v 1 Harlow
THURROCK put on an outstanding display to win comfortably against a Harlow side who had started the season in good form.
It was Mark Stimson’s men who took the initiative early on when Joel Nouble headed home Anton Blackwoods cross in the 9th minute. Just 5 minutes later Thurrock extended their lead when Brad Warner started and finished a move which involved Lewis Perkins (pictured) and a ball across from Nouble to make it 2-0.
Thurrock were in real command in the first half and should have made it 3 in the 26th minute when terrific work by Perkins running with ball at the Harlow defence allowed him to feed Spence who was put clean through but hit the post.
It was Perkins again who wowed the Ship Lane crowd with a magnificent strike on 32 minutes after beating a Harlow defender and shooting from distance into the roof of the net.
The Fleet continued their first half dominance and should have been 4-0 up at half time when they were awarded a penalty in the 42nd minute after a Harlow defender handled a Nouble shot. Ben Smith hit the resulting spot kick low and the keeper parried to keep Thurrock from extending their lead.
It was Harlow who converted a penalty right on the stroke of half time 45 mins + 1 to make the score 3-1 at the break.
Harlow came out with more drive at the start of the second half however it was The Fleet who went further ahead when Lewis Perkins produced a superb lob over the Harlow defence for Lewwis Spence to pick up in the box and slot past the Town keeper to make it 4-1.
Things got even better on the stroke of full time when the two substitutes Jordan Clark and Callum Ibe combined to make it 5-1. Clark making a run down the left flank and fed Ibe to put the 5th home for Thurrock with practically the last kick of the game.
A truly memorable performance by Thurrock and extends our unbeaten run to 3 matches with 7 points from our first 4 games and moves us up the table to 8th.