Thurrock 1sts 5 v 4 Maldon 1sts
East Men’s League. Division 7 South East.
Thurrock 2nd 4 v 2 Colchester 4ths
Thurrock got off to a poor start again, conceding in the first minute. They, however pulled themselves together quicker this week and began to put Colchester under pressure.
Two first half goals from Liam Birch took Tee’s in to the break in the lead. The second of Birch’s goals being a superb instinctive volley.
The second half started a little more even and Colchester pulled the game back level from a penalty corner strike.
Thurrock soon regained the lead when Birch became provider, setting up Callum Harvey’s chance which he struck cleanly into the corner. The win was sealed late on when Olu Akinwande’s shot was stopped on the line by a defenders foot, giving
Thurrock a penalty flick that skipper Mark Mager put into the top left hand corner.
Men’s 2’s are away to Saffron Waldon next Saturday.
Thurrock 3rds 2 v 0 Southend 4ths
Last week. Thurrock were unable to field a team so had to concede their game, but this week there were no such worries and from the start they pushed Southend into defence.
After 10 minutes Thurrock were awarded a short corner which was struck by Bradley Rust. Although the keeper made a save, Alex Taylor seized on the rebound to claim the first goal of the season. Southend came back but excellent defensive work by Hayden Keeler Stone, George McAllister and Aaron Saunders backed up by several reaction saves by Mark Harvey kept them at bay.
Thurrock linked together well to cut out the visitor’s passes and mount strong attacks which Southend had to work hard to repel. After 25 minutes a shot by Ryan Jones was stopped by the keeper but Max Blake reacted quickly to hit the ball just inside the post. In the second half, Thurrock maintained their momentum and were awarded a series of short corners but the Southend keeper made some outstanding saves to prevent any further score.
Next week the opposition are Old Southendians 12.30 start at Palmers
Ladies 1st team lost to local rivals Havering 1-5
Thurrock Ladies 2nds 8 v 0 Waltham Forest 3s
Thurrock went down to 10 late in the first half and Waltham Forest came back stronger in the second half but Thurrock were able to maintain a clean sheet!
Player of the match was awarded to Louisa Harrison.
Brentwood 4ths. 5 v 0 Thurrock 3rds.
Thurrock began their season with a disappointing loss.
The ladies made an impressive start and for the opening 10 minutes they were the stronger team. The game became a little scrappy and Ts gave away a number of penalty corners.
Ts were unlucky to conceed two own goals as the back lune of Jude Hare and Viv Thomas fought furiously. Laura Nicola was in fine form at the back but had to leave the pitcheck due to a recurring injury.
A reshuffle was needed and player of the match Chloe Brady and new captain Charlotte Adnams were outstanding as they linked up so well to cover the loss.
Stand in gk Jodie Mcgregor was excellent and she made a number of great saves to keep the scoreline down.
Nicola returned to field but Thurrock were unable to close the deficit.
Ladies are at home next week at 11.
The ladies supporters were in fine voice!