Ryman Div One North
Thurrock 1 v 1 Maldon and Tiptree
Bill Robinson reports from Ship Lane…..
IT was the referee who made the first impact in the game with his continuous whistle which resulted in three Thurrock players booked in the first twenty minutes.
The football only came alive in the last ten minutes of the half first when Thurrock conceded a free kick on the edge of their own penalty box. The kick was blocked by the defensive wall but sent back into the danger area where there was a scramble for the ball which eventually fell to Spencer Harrison who drove it high into the top of the net.
Thurrock quickly responded and within two minutes levelled the score when Ricardo Santos rose above all to head home a splendid goal finishing off a fine move that deserved a goal.
Just before the break Charlie Stimson received a second yellow card for deliberate hand ball, trying to punch the ball into the net, so he joined his father and manager Mark Stimson who had been sent from the dug out just a few minutes earlier by the referee.
The second half resumed where the referee had left off with him issuing six more yellow cards four to Malden and two for Thurrock, whilst both teams tried to play tough but fair football the whistler continued to slow the game down.
The game lost its flow but Thurrock held on for a well deserved point, Malden fought hard to get all the points but Thurrocks defence and keeper Andy Walker always looked and remained solid
Finally booking tally Thurrock six yellow one red, Malden four yellows plus both teams had a official sent from the dug out.
In the end the score was level but the man of the match was referee Mr Stuart Franklin
Thurrock : Andy Walker, Lewis Clark, Anton Blackwood, Ricardo Santos, Rob Gilman, Loui Hazelwood, Robert Clark, Luke Stanley, Ross Wall, Charlie Stimson, Lewis Perkins.
Subs: Reece Ottley, Callum Ibe, Brad Warner, Harry Matthews, Connor Martin
Thurrock 0 Malden &Tiptree 1 (Spencer Harrison 40mins)
Thurrock 1 Malden &Tiptree 1 (Ricardo Santos 42mins)
Thurrock Charlie Stimson 2 x Yellow Cards Sent OFF