Thurrock Men’s 1XI (1 – 5) Redbridge & Ilford 1XI
Thurrock started in a buoyant mood after lasts week win, but were immediately put on the back foot by the fast flowing visitors. The defence held strong from a siege of short corners which where thwarted by the T’s defensive unit of Tommy ‘Gun’ Ing, Mike Hewing and Andy Sargeant.
Unfortunately a slip at the back left a striker at the back post to slot it home to give first blood to the visitors and not long after the same happen again. This lead to a period of sustained pressure by the T’s, after a quick break away the visitors earned a penalty corner which they converted on the whistle for halftime.
The mood was good and after a great team talk the T’s took to the pitch a full minute ahead of the opposition. The second half started the T’s pressured and it paid off with some great work in the midfield of Jeff West, Steven Edwards, Nick Stapleton and workhorse and man of the match Ethan Pinion who was in inspired form. Then the forward line of Matt Lever, Freddie ‘Hollister’ Taylor and the goal scorer Ash Snell who coolly slotted the ball past the prone keeper.
Then the visitors pushed again with wave after wave of attack which lead to a shocking goal when Andy ‘was picking up daises’ Gaut allowed the ball to roll past his foot for the easiest goal the visitors will ever score.
With time running out the visitors added a fifth and final goal to seal the points. The T’s still have their fate in their own hands go to 2nd place Southend to spoil their party next weekend.
Man of the match: Ethan Pinion
Div 7 South East. Colchester men’s 4th team v Thurrock men’s 2nd team. 1-0 to Colchester.
With a lot of players unavailable this weekend, Thurrock just managed to get 2 teams out on Saturday. With the 3rd team game cancelled, a number of young 3rd team players made their 2nd team debut, and didn’t look out of place. Sadly though Thurrock lacked a goal scorer to convert any chances they had. Colchester did have the better of the play, but stand in goalkeeper Dave Leeks had an outstanding game and was clearly Thurrock’s man of the match. The 2nd team are at home next Saturdayto Upminster.
No men’s 3’s game today.
Ladies 1s vs Holcombe 2s 1-2. Was always going to be a challenging game against a team fighting for promotion however the Ts did themselves proud with the best defensive performance of the season. Notable performances from the 4 members of defence Ali Hadley, Sally Ellis, Nikhol Chapman and Emily Wynne, with an excellent goal by Leah Purser.
No ladies 2’s report yet.
Ladies 3rd. 0
Old Southendians 1
A well contested game and one that the ladies did not deserve to lose..Becky grant and Paige Green both went close on a number of occasions.Katie Lawrence was deservedly named as player of the match for her endless running and supportive play.
Ellie Harvey put in a fine performance at the back with some strong hitting clearances.
Due to a technicality Ts were awarded the win for this game.
Next week the ladies play Brentwood away.Ts recent performances are taking them away from the relegation zone and they are looking forward to their final 3 matches of the season.