Thurrock 17 v 14 Brentwood
THURROCK welcomed neighbours Brentwood to a very cold snow filled sky and the hardy faithful were treated to a good game of rugby despite the atrocious conditions.
Thurrock were strengthened by the return of Kealan Henry, Alex Jones and Earl Gorman and Coach Ali McKenzie started in the front row giving some invaluable experience to the team, at the other end of the spectrum !8 year old James Millsom made his debut at full back.
As expected the visitors having first use of a strong breeze down the pitch played their normal forward dominant game and had the better of the opening exchanges with Thurrock giving away far too many penalties which Adam Thomas was able to convert both to give Brentwood a 6-0 lead. Thurrock at last strung some phases together and a fine break from the base of the scrum by No8 Sebastian Roche made good ground blind and a perfectly timed pass gave Alex Jones the opportunity to score close to the posts, Jake Barrand added the conversion to lead 7-6 but that was the best passage of play in the first half for the hosts, as Thomas added a third penalty and close to half time they scored a simple try through winger Arran Stanier, this time Thomas conversation was wide.
The second period Thurrock certainly had the advantage with an ever increasing wind but Thurrock despite having territorial advantage all half just could not make the break-through, with the clock ticking down Jake Barrand slotted over a penalty knowing that a try could seal victory, the home side had to wait until 4 minutes from time, fantastic work in the loose from Joss Nunn and James Flavin stole the at a ruck and quick ball through the backs gave Freddie Russo the chance to score and winger run behind the posts to touchdown and be congratulated by the whole Thurrock team, Barrand added the conversion, as Thurrock endured a nervy 3 minutes to record a win and maybe just maybe the pendulum is swing back the Thurrock way.
Next Week IPSWICH V THURROCK kick off 2.15