Weekend Hockey Reports
Thurrock 1s, who are still fighting to stay out of the relegation zone, played away to a well established Wapping 3s, who are pushing for promotion in the 3 South East league.
Thurrock started off with a positive attitude that was short lived with a few harsh decision going against them, leading to the home side taking the lead.
As an aggravated Thurrock side pushed hard winning a short corner which glanced off the post after a flick from captain Tom Ing. Wapping countered and was awarded another controversial short against the away side and was deflected in by a defender, the 1st half came to an 4-0 end.
The 2nd half didn’t start too well either after Julian Thake tried to head the ball which ended in a couple of steristrips and a 15 minute sit down which took the bare 11 down to 10.
Whichever resulted in a counter attack taking the score to 5-0.
Jeff West took a bit of dignity back by slotting home a short corner.
The final goal came from a Wapping short corner and a bit lack of communication between the post man and keeper.
The final score ended 6-1. With Tom Ing taking Man of the match, and a joint vote for Nick Stapleton and Andy Gaut walking away with Donkey.
On to next week, Thurrock need to take home 3 points from the University of Essex.
Division 7 South East. Thurrock men’s 2nd team v Phoenix 3rd team. 5-0 to Thurrock.
Despite struggling to get into the rhythm of the game early on, Thurrock finished the first half strongly with two goals from Olu Akinwande. Most of the second half revolved around a strong midfield battle that both umpires did well to keep on top of two rare goals from Dave Everett poaching at the back post and a first 2nd team goal of the season from Ryan Jones set up by Akinwande sealed the score line.
The result did not reflect the competitiveness of this game, Thurrock simply made the most of their opportunities.
THURROCK 3rd 1 PLASHET 1st 12
Against the runaway leaders of east Div 8SE, who have a goal difference of plus 158, Thurrock were always going to struggle and spent the majority of the game defending. The only two highlights were a saved penalty from keeper Danny Hick and a goal from Bradley Rust
Ladies 1s started the day needing a win and a 3-1 win is what they got! By far not the best Ts performance, but a well fought victory from amazing saves by Alison Hadley, to a hard and well aimed flick from Nichol Chapman. Goals also came from Leah Purser having turned the goal keeper and Katie Jacks with a superb touch in the d to direct the ball home.
Special mentions must go to Sally Appleton and her untouchable speed upfront, and Emily Wynne for taking several for the team.
Ladies 2’a. No report
Drew 2-2 against a strong Colne side
Ladies 3rds 3
Becky Grant scored 2
Jade Franklin. 1
We beat 2nd in league!!!
Special thanjs to Charlotte Adnams and Laura Reynolds for stepping in as joint captains