Sunday, January 29, 2023

Hockey: Ladies Thirds humble Harlow

Thurrock Ladies 4 v 2 Harlow

Thurrock have continued their impressive run of performances to avoid relegation.

A late illness of s player meant that the ladies had to play with omly 10. This issue did not dampen the ladies spirits.

A feisty start was had when both teams were fighting for supremacy. It took a short corner for the ladies to go ahead. T’s are playing with such confidence and it was clear that corner striker FAY TUFFEE was going to score. Her shot was as usual unstoppable.

Ts enjoyed their lead and threatened to increase their lead. Unfortunately T’s were unable to stop Harlow from scoring with a high deflection that keeper LAURA reynolds managed to get a hand to.

A switch was turned on and T’s struck back.

Another short corner and JO DISS was on hand to fire home a loose ball in the circle.

Then it was ABBIE POLLOCK’S turn to add to the score sheet from yet another loose ball after a short corner.she worked hard in the circle and thoroughly deserved her reward.

The 4th goal came from open play after TUFFEE sent searching ball through to the ever dangerous SHANNON HARVEY. HARVEY weaved her way through and slipped the ball to JACKIE SIMMONDS who drew the keeper out and then flicked the ball into the far corner.

Just before half time TUFFEE received another corner. This was fired with such force that it rocked the upright but didn’t cross the line.

The 2nd half saw the defence pushed to its limits but CHERYL BROADBENT MARSHALLED HER TEAM so well that the onslaught was truly squashed.

Unfortunately a momentary lapse allowed Harlow to sneak a goal back.

A wonderful performance.

TUFFEE and BROADBENT were joint players of the match in a team of stars!

Men’s 1’s lost to Wapping 2-3. Wapping have now gained promotion.

East Men’s League. Division 7 southeast. Southend men’s 3rd team v Thurrock men’s 2nd team. Southend won 3-2

Thurrock threw away their likely second place finish by losing for the second time this season to local rivals Southend. Plus with 3rd place Rochford beating leaders Plashet, Thurrock are now 3rd on goal difference.

In a tight game it was 2-2 at half time with goals from Steve Abbott for Thurrock and former Thurrock player Tom Madden for Southend.

The second half remained tight, but a Southend short corner was well flicked into the

Thurrock goal to give the lead.

The last 10 minutes was mainly played in the Southend half with a number of scoring chances not taken in part due to a strong performance from the Southend keeper.

Thurrock 2’s play their final home game of the season Saturday against struggling Redbridge and Ilford


The home side started the stronger and skilfully moved the ball around in the Thurrock

half to pull the defence out of position and went into the lead after only ten minutes. Thurrock gradually got up to pace and battled hard to cut out Crostyx passes and exert pressure at the other end with both Bradley Rust and Dudley McNamara seeing shots go just wide. Just before half time Crostyx were awarded a controversial goal from a short corner shot which did not appear to have passed outside the area before being hit. In the second half Thurrock stepped up their tempo and forced Crostyx into defensive mode. Midway through the half Aaron Saunders intercepted a pass on the edge of the Thurrock D and quickly moved the ball up the field to Tom Archer who provided an inch-perfect ball for Byron Wood to score. A heavy hailstorm caused the game to be suspended for 10 minutes but Thurrock resumed as they had ended and dominated the game but the home keeper pulled off a string of acrobatic saves to maintain his team’s lead


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