Ryman Div One North
Ware 0 v 1 Thurrock
Report by Mike Tongue
Thurrock travelled to Wodson Park and found the pitch in a pretty bad way which didn’t allow either team to play much delicate or intricate football so a direct approach was the order of the day.
Nonetheless Thurrock were nearly on the score sheet in the first few minutes, firstly Reece Morgan threads the ball towards the edge of the area, Ware keeper Ashley Harris is outside of his area and tries to shepherd the ball but Mark Onyemah pounces, gets a toe to the ball which rolls just wide of the post. Minutes later the ball takes a wicked bounce over Harry Cook’s knee but he manages to regain control before being fouled. Cook gets the free kick over the wall but it is directly at Harris who gathers comfortably. A long ball out of defence is played by Cook to Onyemah to burst into the area but a bobble as he shoots see the ball harmlessly wide.
Ten minutes in and Ware get their first chance from a free kick but the ball is blazed well over. Thurrock respond as Bobby Mason finds Ronnie Winn who in turn sends the ball onto Onyemah, a diagonal pass into the area sees Cook get a toe to the ball but Harris is there to gather again. Perry Dunn heads the ball clear for Winn and Onyemah to combine again; Onyemah returns the ball to Winn as he gets into the area but only to be tackled.
The game bogs down in midfield for a while before Joe Christou unleashes a shot that has the sting taken off as it deflects off three defenders and rolls through to Harris. Jordan Clark gets in another block and clears long for Winn to chase down but again it is the alert Harris who claims the ball at the edge of the area.
It is another free kick that gives Ware a fabulous opportunity as a powerful header is wide of the goal and again it prompts Thurrock to another chance of their own as Christou wins the ball from a Ware throw in and pings to Glenn Poole who takes a snapshot that is an inch wide of the post. Poole gets the next chance as well but his free kick is a foot higher than the bar. Thurrock play their way through Ware’s midfield until Poole finds the defence splitting pass for Onyemah who slides the ball under the keeper only to see it hit the far post and come out again. A flurry of action in the final minute of the half as Christou again cuts out the ball and finds Cook who hits a grasscutter that has to be finger tipped past the post for a corner. Ware break in numbers as they clear the ball but Remi Sutton keeps a close eye and puts in the tackle to stop Ware in their tracks.
Ware ring the changes at half time with two substitutions and a change of formation but Thurrock adapt swiftly and soon Onyemah is holding up the ball in the corner before passing back to Sutton to find Christou who is tripped and the free kick comes to nothing. Perry Dunn and Richard Halle see the ball safely through to Mason before Onyemah is released again along the left wing and plays back to Sutton; Sutton returns the ball which Onyemah dummies but it is cut out. Once again Christou intercepts the Ware pass out of defence and brings the ball forwards before finding the pass of the game into Winn’s path. Winn finds himself one on one and confidently strokes the ball into the net.
Thurrock continue to apply the pressure as Winn, Onyemah and Charlie Stimson pin Ware’s defence into their own corner forcing a poor ball out which Christou again is on like a flash at the edge of the D feeding Stimson who shoots straight at Harris.
As the game progresses Thurrock drop deeper letting Ware have more of the ball and the back four are kept busy with Reece Morgan having to get across the box to clear and Mason takes a number of clean catches from corners whilst trying to find a second goal on the counter attack.
Thurrock maintain their composure to see out this far from classic game; taking home the three points, that moves them to fourth place, level with three other clubs on forty points.
Ware: Ashley Harris, Jack Mace, Alaa Oudji, Ryan Hervel, Jordan Odofin (Kambo Smith 45), Tom Bradbury, Josh Oyinsan (Laurance Vaughan 71), Murat Karagul, Brian Haule (Aston Goss 45), Gareth Price, Evandro Delgado
Thurrock: Bobby Mason, Reece Morgan, Remi Sutton, Richard Halle, Mark Onyemah (Michael Pindy 80), Perry Dunn, Joe Christou, Glenn Poole, Jordan Clark, Harry Cook (Charlie Stimson 58), Ronnie Winn
Scorer – Ronnie Winn (59′)
They return to league action on Saturday away at Norwich United.