Clacton 2nds 6 v 1 Thurrock 2nds
DUE to a shortage of players, Thurrock travelled to this Division 6 SE fixture with only 10 men and so were under pressure from the start as the strong Clacton side moved the ball around to create openings.
After 10 minutes a well-struck short corner gave the home side the lead. Soon afterwards Clacton were awarded another short corner which was accidently blocked by a player on the line and a penalty awarded. Thurrock’s agile keeper Garry O’Donohue ensured that at that point Clacton were thwarted, diving full length to deflect the ball over the bar off his stick Thurrock were briefly inspired by the save and attacked strongly down the right wing, however the Clacton keeper dived full length to deflect Declan Salmon’s shot around the post.
The resulting corner was intercepted and moved quickly up the field catching Thurrock’s defence overstretched and although O’Donohue saved the initial shot, the rebound fell kindly for an attacker to push the ball over the line. With two minutes of the half left, a Clacton short corner made it 3-0 at half time. Clacton came out after the break and attacked in numbers soon gaining a short corner which O’Donohue saved but the ball was not cleared and was scrambled over the line.
Clacton continued to press forward and anther short corner produced a fifth goal. Thurrock were not ready to throw in the towel and Matt Skinner broke down the left wing before passing to Jay Lamb whose made a slick pass to brother Jake in the D. His shot hit a defender’s foot and, from the resulting short corner, Mark Mager scored Thurrock’s first goal of the season.
Incensed by their error, Clacton made a strong attack and a shot which was saved, however, the umpire had spotted an infringement and, despite Thurrock’s protests, awarded a penalty. Although the flick was taken well, O’Donohue was up to the task making a dive to push the ball wide of the post.
In the final minute, a mis-hit clearance by a Thurrock defender allowed the skilful forward to seize on the ball and beat O’Donohue for a sixth goal