Sunday, June 16, 2024

Hockey: Weekend reports

Thurrock Ladies 3rd 1 v 7 Southend and Benfleet.

The Ladies began the game with the disadvantage of only having 10 players.

The game began with a fast pace. CHLOE BRADY was on magnificent form.She broke down the attack and sent some long penetrating passes through to the hardworking SHANNON HARVEY.

Southend took full advantage of Thurrock’ s shortage andcplayed the ball out wide and scored from open play.

Goalkeeper EIRA BOOTH was kept very busy in thievery cold conditions. She made a number of saves.

The defence worked tirelessly with youngster ELLIE Harvey playing with such assuredness which belied her youth.

As the girls went in it was great to see the ladies continue to fight. their determination was rewarded when BRADY received a corner and her thundering shot was picked up by captain CHARLOTTE ADNAMS. Who then placed the ball past thevGK.

Despite the large deficit. It was wonderful to see the team NEVER give up.


East Men’s League. Division 7 southeast. Redbridge & Ilford 3rd team v Thurrock men’s 2nd team. Thurrock won 5-0.

A first half goal from Darren Clarke was the only difference at half time despite Thurrock dominating the play.

The second half saw Thurrock convert their possession into goals, with strikes from Jay Lamb, Liam Birch and Olu Akinwande. Darren Clarke rounded off an impressive performance with a second goal toward the end of the game.



Thurrock started strongly and forced The Otters to defend in numbers. On the rare occasion that the home team entered the Thurrock D, defenders Hayden Keeler-Stone, Joshua Lamb and Aaron Saunders were strong to reverse the flow.

In the 30th minute a Thurrock hit seemed to be going wide but rebounded off the post and Ryan Jones seized on the ball and dribbled towards the goal line before being fouled as he shot. Thurrock were awarded a penalty corner and captain Aaron Saunders powered the ball into the goal on the stroke of half time.

The Otters reorganised their formation in the second half and pressurised Thurrock forcing Dave Leeks into a string of reaction saves to preserve the lead. Facing a biting wind, Thurrock had to work hard as the home team attacked in numbers but man of the match Hayden Keeler Stone ensured that Thurrock maintained their slim lead.


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