Thurrock 21 v 24 Old Priorians
THURROCK’S injury ravaged season ended in yet another home defeat but they can take some comfort from a much better second half performance. With the last game of the season at home the club were hopeful to finish on a high but a poor 1st half performance summed up by centre Marcus Spremulli pulling a hamstring in the warm up enforcing the home side to make late changes.
The first half looked like a typical end of season game with nothing to play but the visitors played with freedom and played a running game from the start Thurrock’s first up tackling was poor and the visitors ran in 4 tries two of which were converted.
Turning round 24-0 down Thurrock introduced Joss Nunn back from injury, also Jake Barrand made a welcome return, the second half was all of a sudden it was a different game with Thurrock now in the ascendancy tries, came from Earl Gorman and Alex Jones both converted by Barrand and then with five minutes to man of the match
James Flavin charged down a clearing kick and reacted quickly enough to touch down, Barrand again added the conversion and it was game on, but it was too much too late and they blew their chance of another comeback win when not securing their own line out just five metres out.
It is obvious to all that Thurrock need to recruit in the summer break in order to mount a challenge in the league next season.