Hockey: Mixed weekend for Thurrock Ladies

Thurrock Ladies 1s 0 vs Southend 1s 7

Thurrock 1s were ready to put up a hard fight against 2nd in the league Southend 1s and the unexpected warm weather wasn’t going to deter them. Thurrock started well and plenty of play between Lou Parrott and Natalie Beardwell in the middle threw a strong Southend side out. At half time the score was 1-0 to Southend and Thurrock were keen to keep it this way. Unfortunately, Southend came out with extra energy than Thurrock in the second half and capitalised on Thurrock’s tired (and warm) state. Team performance was strong throughout and Thurrock look forward to a double whammy this weekend with Upminster at home on Saturday and Maldon away on Sunday.

Thurrock Ladies 2s 1 vs County Wanderers 0

Thurrock earned a well-deserved win against County Wanderers at a sun-drenched Palmers. The first half produced chances for both sides with Thurrock defending well and looking threatening in attack with Alison Bonner, Louisa Harrison, Jade Franklin and Sasa Naidoo creating opportunities. The score at half time was goal less and both teams started the second half with further attacking intent. Thurrock continued to keep the Wanderers at bay and on a break, a great ball by Sasa to Alison was taken on the edge of the D where she showed great composure to take it round the goalkeeper and slot the ball into the far corner. Thurrock’s determination in defence continued to thwart the opposition, so the scoreline remained at 1-0 until the end of the game. A great team effort which can now be taken into the rest of the season.

Well done to Alison Bonner for her player of the match performance.

Thurrock Ladies 3s 0 vs Waltham Forest 3s 3

It was a cold, frosty but luckily sunny morning on Saturday and although some parts of the astro were still somewhat chilled, Thurrock Ladies 3s were determined not to let the weather stop this already rescheduled game.

The match started with both teams sharing the possession and were attacking and defending with equal determination. Sophie Runcorn had a new strike partner as Lucy Cowman joined her upfront. Both girls had some great runs and troubled the Waltham Forest defence the entire game but just didn’t have the lucky deflection or bounce of the ball to capitalise on all their hard work.

Waltham Forest were awarded a short corner for a foot in the D and Thurrock kept out the shot but a fortuitous flick across the face of the goal fell to their waiting attacker on the post who whacked the ball past the Thurrock keeper and 2 defenders on the line. After the half time break Thurrock were still hopeful of getting something from the game but Waltham Forest scored again. Thurrock then had to go down to 10 players when Jackie Simmonds took a very hard hit ball on her knee. She is made of stern stuff and after 5 minutes of ice she was back on the pitch defending. Thurrock then had deja vu and a short corner was awarded against them last play of the game. Waltham Forest capitalised on this and scored again.

Girl of the game vote was tied between Lucy Cowman, Charlotte Mailey and Millie George.

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