Weekend Hockey Reports
Blackheath 2 v 0 Thurrock Ladies 1’s
Thurrock Ladies 2s 0 v 1 Upminster
Thurrock Ladies 3rd 0 v 2 Phoenix Ladies
The ladies began this game, yet again, with only 10 players.
The team put in possibly one of their best performances the ladies supported each
other so well. The defence was tight and the back line of VIV THOMAS, CHARLOTTE ADNAMS and LAURA REYNOLDS thwarted so many attacks.
GK Eira booth did not have too much to do but when called upon she made decisive clean saves.
Chloe Brady was commanding as sweeper and linked up so well with the midfield of Paige Green and Katie Lawrence Which enabled newcomer Diane Nicola to pick up the ball and put in some penetrating passes to the attackers.unfortunately the defence were unable to stop a fine individual goal.
The team was outstanding as no heads went down and they continued to fight back.
Part way through the 2nd half the team lost a player. This initially unsettled the team but yet again they quickly rallied.
The defence was caught out and conceded a 2nd goal.
Player of the match SHANNON HARVEY played a fine game and caused havoc fir Phoenix.
The ladies should take inspiration from this performance as some fine hockey was played and the ladies went close on many occasions and they certainly kept the phoenix very busy.
Mens 1’s beat a very strong 9 man Phoenix team 3-0 taking them to the top of their league.
East Men’s League. Division 7 southeast. Plashet men’s hockey team v Thurrock men’s 2nd team. Thurrock lost 10-1.
Second place Thurrock came up against 1st place Plashet, still with a 100% record. From the off Plashet completely dominated this game and showed the difference in quality between themselves and the rest of the division. It was 4-1 at half time thanks to Jordan Salmons flicked short corner beating the Plashet keeper in what was one of only a few times he was involved in the game.
The second half was even worse for Thurrock as they failed to keep up with Plashets movement and quick passing. The game was however played in a good spirit and Thurrock look forward to returning their hosts hospitality in the new year.
CHELMSFORD 6th 6 THURROCK 3rd 1
On a pitch which was covered in puddles, Thurrock found it hard going in this Division 9SE fixture. After 5 minutes a powerfully hit short corner gave Chelmsford the lead and two minutes later the Chelmsford centre forward weaved through Thurrock’s defence before scoring from close range.
Soon afterwards the centre forward seized upon a Thurrock clearance and flicked goalwards. The ball was going wide but an alert Chelmsford attacker deflected it into the top of the net. A short corner completed the centre forward’s hat trick.
Just before half time the same player hammered the ball into the net to make it 5-0 at half time. A change of formation in the second half helped Thurrock to get more into the game and Aaron Saunders was unlucky to shoot just wide. Chelmsford responded and a short corner gave the centre forward his fifth goal after 45 minutes. Thurrock began to play better hockey and push the home team into defence which eventually produced a consolation goal from Ryan Jones but despite their efforts Thurrock were well beaten,