Football: Thurrock produce amazing victory against league leaders

Ryman Div One North

AFC Sudbury 0 v 4 Thurrock

THE result of the day in the Ryman North came at the Wardale Williams Stadium where Thurrock produced a stunning opening to the match to take a four goal lead against the runaway table-toppers and then held on to a clean sheet despite being reduced to ten men midway through the second half.

Thurrock took the lead after 12 minutes when Sudbury’s Ryan Henshaw put through his own goal after he diverted Joe Christou’s shot under pressure from Ross Wall and the lead was stretched three minutes later by Tom Cummings, who rifled home from outside the box after a corner was cleared to mark his second game for Fleet since joining from Grays with a goal.

On the half hour Michael Toner made it three for the visitors when he fired the ball home after a goalmouth scramblehad seen two Lewis Clark shots blocked and a blistering start was rounded off by Ronnie Winn’s 35th minute goal which came after the youngster latched onto a long ball, rounded keeper James Baker and side-footed home.

Sudbury’s Luke Callander and Ben Robinson were cautioned to make it a half to forget for Sudbury.

Sudbury improved after the break but the visitors contained them with some ease, even after Clark got his marching orders just after the hour for two yellow cards, continuing his protest after receiving a caution for a foul and getting a second yellow for dissent.

The win moved Thurrock within six points of their hosts – and with two games in hand a tantalising title chase looms for Mark Stimson’s side.

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