Hockey: Thirds become seconds and then hit for six

THURROCK 2nd 0 v 6 OLD SOUTHENDIANS 4th

AS Thurrock failed to have enough players to field a second team for the third week in a row, the third team were forced to resign from Division 9SE and permanently take over the fixtures in Division 6SE against a strong Southend team.

Thurrock were under pressure from the start and went behind after 10 minutes from a well-struck short corner. After 20 minutes Southend added a second as a result of a penalty flick awarded for the ball being stopped by a foot on the line.

Thurrock worked hard to hold back the strong attack and hold the score to 0-2 at half time. In the second half Thurrock made more progress up the field and Lawrence Jackson was unlucky to see his shot rebound off the post after dribbling past four defenders. However Thurrock were soon to concede a third goal from a short corner. Within minutes, the visitors were awarded a second penalty flick. However, on this occasion, Danny Hick’s dive prevented the ball crossing the line.

This encouraged Thurrock to increase their efforts and Jay Lamb played a one-two with Ryan Jones before passing to Dave Shatwell whose shot was pushed around the post by the keeper’s stick.

As Thurrock pushed forward, they left themselves open to a number of breakaways which gave two goals in quick succession to the visitors. Thurrock refused to be daunted and Olu Akinwande made a strong run through the centre before slipping the ball to Jackson whose shot hit the post and then rebounded for him to shoot again and hit the other post. With 2 minutes to go, Southend forced a short corner from which they added a sixth goal

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