THURROCK 2nds 0 v 5 Harlow 1sts
WITH several key players unavailable, Thurrock struggled to match a strong Harlow side and were under pressure from the first whistle with defenders George McAllister, Mark Mager and Aaron Saunders having to work at full stretch to hold back the relentless attack.
After 10 minutes the visitors went into the lead from a short corner and added a second soon after wards with a shot from the edge of the D which flew into the roof of the net. Thurrock worked hard and Bradley rust was unlucky to see his shot go inches wide after receiving a pass from Jake Lamb on the right. Sadly progress was short lived and Thurrock were forced to defend in numbers to prevent Harlow adding to their score.
Sadly, after 25 minutes a well-struck short corner crept in at the post. In the last minute of the half a shot from the edge of the area looked to be going wide but struck the post and rebounded perfectly for the inrushing attacker to make it 0-4 at half time.
A change of formation in the second half allowed Thurrock to gain more possession and gain a number of short corners but they were unable to turn them into goals. Midway through the half a rash tackle by a Thurrock defender led to the award of a penalty for Harlow however keeper Danny Hick was in top form and made a reaction save to prevent the ball passing over the line. This inspired Thurrock and they played some excellent hockey to put the visitors under pressure After 25 minutes a shot from close range appeared to be covered but a defenders stick deflected the ball into the net for the only goal of the half.