Rugby: Thurrock progress continues with Barnes-storming win


THURROCK entertained BARNES on a dank November day, but the both sets of supporters were thoroughly entertained in what was a 10 try bonanza. The afternoon started well for the home side when prop Lewis Brunger crashed over wide out and Frankie Neale stepped up and added the conversion. However the visitors did not take long to hit back and within five minutes were level when centre Hersey went over, MacIntyre added the extras.

This sparked a good spell for the visitors firstly with fellow centre Van Buuren going over them minutes later a dropped ball fell kindly for winger Wilde to run in unopposed, both scores being converted by MacIntyre. At this stage the visitors looked comfortable but Thurrock dug deep and started to run some phases and the forwards again worked the Barnes defence and James Flavin went over to score, Neale again added the extra points. Thurrock went looking for another score in the closing stages of the half, but then a brace of yellow cards meant Thurrock were down to 13 men, and they held out until the final seconds when after a number of phases the numerical advantage finally told as there was acres of space wide and a chip over the top gave the easiest of tries for winger Wilde, the conversion was the last kick of the half again from MacIntyre to make the score 28-14

Again Thurrock started the second period on rousing fashion and Thurrock centre Jono Skelton went over with Neale adding the conversion, to bring Thurrock with 7 points. But once again and still only with 14 men, Sharpe added another try for the visitors, it seemed it was not going to be for the home side, this time though the conversion was pushed wide. Thurrock now with their backs against the wall again re-grouped, Gorman had come on at the break and a storming run, stopped by Barnes captain and back row Smyth, but the blow meant he had to leave the field, his run however galvanised Thurrock and tries from Lewis Brunger his second and Chris Banks both went unconverted gave Thurrock the try bonus point and the extra point for being within 7

But Thurrock looked the more likely winners as the game entered a very nervy closing moments, with just two minutes an infringement form the Barnes forwards gave Neale the chance for a shot at goal with a penalty from which he made no mistake, a second consecutive home win as Thurrock now led by one point at 34-33, but as usual Thurrock do it the hard way and with time almost running out were awarded a kickable penalty, Thurrock players and supporters held their breath, and mighty roar told you that the kick had drifted wide, a long clearance kick ensured that was the last of the action and a 5 point in the bag for the home side, which they just about probably deserved.

TEAM:Neale,Farrell,Skelton,M.Sullivan,(Gorman40m),Barrand,Meek,Jones, Brunger, Durrance, Bevans-Royston, Loka, Ellis, Russo, Flavin, Banks.

Rep: Hulse, Keefe,

Thurrock next week travel to TONBRIDGE JUDDIANS kick off will be 2PM

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