Ryman Div One North
Norwich United 0 v 2 Thurrock
Report by Mike Tongue
Thurrock make it four out of four as they move into second place
A dreary, drizzly day for this Ryman One fixture but a clean sheet and a further three points to move into second place had lifted the mood by the end of the afternoon.
An early chance in the second minute, Glenn Poole plays a short corner with David Cowley, receives the ball back and whips a cross onto Richard Halle’s head, the header is blocked but drops to Charlie Stimson who sees his shot blocked to safety. A few minutes later and it is Halle heading clear from his own area as Norwich United dink a ball in from the left wing.
Jordan Clark, Joe Christou, David Cowley and Glenn Poole keep Norwich pinned in their own half but clear cut chances are hard to come by until Reece Morgan takes a thirty yard shot on sight that is over the bar. Clark takes control of the ball at his own D and travels down the left wing before Thurrock try to switch the ball to the other wing but the final ball to Reece Morgan is cut out. Joe Christou however gets hold of the ball and lays it square to Poole; a glance and then he puts his foot through the ball and Norwich keeper Andrew Wilton can only watch as the ball flashes past him as it curls inside the left hand upright.
And a moment later it’s nearly two as Christou is floored by a foul tackle. Poole takes the kick and once again unerringly finds Halle who is just wide. Cowley is next to break up play and he sends the ball out to Remi Sutton who dribbles with the ball to the opposition box and then jinks between two defenders before crossing, Christou helps the ball along but it is just behind Mark Onyemah but he is still able to get the ball under control and set Christou again but his cross drifts behind.
United clear a Thurrock corner and Tim Henery sets off on a mazy journey down the pitch shadowed by Reece Morgan who shepherds him out of danger allowing an easy clearance by Perry Dunn.
The first minute of the second half sees Thurrock get another chance to extend their lead. Reece Morgan is again tracking back before putting in the tackle and coming away with the ball. A direct ball out of defence for Onyemah to take towards the corner flag and then play back to Sutton in support. Sutton feeds Stimson with his back to goal so he back heels the ball to Onyemah whose knock beats the keeper but also agonisingly outside the post.
Norwich United have a rare foray into Thurrock territory and win a corner. The ball is only half cleared and a vicious shot is sent in and cleared off the line. Thurrock respond within minutes as Stimson threads through to Sutton and his shot curls wide. A couple of minutes later and Thurrock nick the ball from a Norwich throw. Stimson plays the ball to Christou who fires in a low hard cross that Wilton does well to grab ahead of Stimson. Jordan Clark chests the ball into Cowley’s path and an ambitious lob is cleanly taken by Wilton. Clark is again strong stopping the next United move forwards before Bobby Mason takes a confident catch from a powerful ball in from the left wing. Perry Dunn is up for a Thurrock free kick and as the ball comes out he unleashes a fizzer that stings Wilton’s fingers as he pushes the ball clear.
Halfway through Ronnie Winn replaces Onyemah and picks up the ball in the middle of the pitch, a touch out to Stimson before he sprints to the penalty spot but Stimson’s ball in has a touch too much pace. Morgan nicks the ball and streaks forwards through the middle of the pitch before seeking out Winn, a touch back to Cowley who curls the ball inches over the bar.
Mason has largely been a spectator but remains alert to drop to his right to collect a low shot before sending the ball downfield again. Stimson holds the ball just inside United’s area and has his feet taken away, giving referee Mr. Walchester an easy decision and a penalty is awarded. Jordan Clark steps forward, strikes powerfully to Wilton’s left and the ball is nestling in the back of the net.
Thurrock see out the final ten minutes to record their fourth win and fourth league clean sheet on the trot.
Norwich United: Andy Wilton, Mohammed Yusuf (Steve Shipley 65), Matt Brown, Lee Mason, Andy Eastaugh, Sam Watts, Ben Jones (Jamie Speller 55), Shaun Wones, Adam Hipperson, Tim Henery, Joe Jackson (Liam Jackson 55)
Thurrock: Bobby Mason, Reece Morgan, Remi Sutton, Richard Halle, Mark Onyemah (Ronnie Winn 68), Perry Dunn, Joe Christou, Glenn Poole (James Goode 77), Charlie Stimson, Jordan Clark, David Cowley
Scorers – Glenn Poole (32′), Jordan Clark (82′)