Letchworth 18 v 14 Thurrock
THURROCK came back to earth with almighty bump losing to a very determined home side whose defence was not much short of heroic, however victory for Letchworth was marred by a serious injury to Tattinda Gurrere the winger had already scored the first try in the first half, the game being delayed for 15 minutes while he was receiving treatment. Both sides produced an excellent game of rugby in turgid conditions of rain and wind of which Letchworth had the elements in their favour, Parsons kicked two penalties before the try, he then added the conversion from wide our for 13-0 lead at the break.
Thurrock probably thought they had done enough keeping the score to a narrow margin, and to much amazement of the travelling faithful Daniel Thompson went over to score close to the posts, the ball touched down only for a tackle after the touchdown the ball squirted out and the referee awarded no try, however Freddie Russo finished a fine move behind the posts, Tim Blundell converted to make it 13-7 and in the driving seat. But the home side managed to get into the Thurrock 22, and scored a try from Johal totally against the run of play.
Consistent pressure was applied by the visitors and although Letchworth held firm for five minutes a missed tackle let Bradleigh Retigan through in the centre, Blundell converted to make it 18 – 14. The last few minutes were tense for Letchworth who tried to keep hold of the ball but managed to lose it several times to Thurrock who in turn spilled it in a desperate attempt to get the winning score. The referee blew for full time there was a yell of delight from the touchline for what was a big victory for the home side. It was also a day for Thurrock say goodbye to Jarrett Crouch, Hagen Mumba and Daniel Thompson whom return home following their spell at Thurrock RFC.
Thurrock have week off and their next game is home to Barking (6th March) which is a league and Essex Cup encounter the score from the league match will also be the result for later.