THURROCK Ladies 1s had a double header this weekend. Two 11am pushbacks on Saturday and Sunday. Thurrock played Braintree on Saturday morning and from the outset Thurrock were playing some strong hockey with plenty of passing between them. Natalie Beardwell and Joey Taylor commanded the centre of the pitch and Braintree were only able to stop them in their tracks a handful of times.
Although this didn’t lead to any goals as the score at half time was still 0-0. Thurrock’s coach could only ask for more of the same in the second half, which is exactly what Thurrock did but managed to turn their work into goals with Louise Parrott scoring a hat trick to bring the final score to 3-0. Thurrock came out strong again on Sunday using Saturday’s result as the boost they’d needed. Wapping were taken by surprise as they were sitting comfortably 2 places above Thurrock in the league and thought they’d gain an easy 3 points from this fixture. Meera Sud and Gemma White were both unstoppable against Wapping’s midfield and their defenders. Again, Thurrock played the ball around the pitch excellently and were able to come away with a 4-0 win and a clean sheet after 2 tiring but rewarding games. They play Colchester away for their final game of the season on 7 April.
Thurrock produces one of their best performances of the season in beating Harlow to earn a well-deserved three points. After pressure in the first half at Harlow’s end, Alison Bonner produced a great strike to give Thurrock the lead. The score remained the same until half time. At the start of the second half, Thurrock began in determined mood and after some great teamwork, Alison Bonner scored another to put them 2-0 up. Soon after, Louisa Harrison scored a quick third and then Thurrock scored once again through a fabulous finish by Sasa. Despite further chances for both teams, the scoreline remained at 4-0 with Thurrock defending several Harlow short corners well. Thurrock will now hope to repeat this performance next week at Basildon.
Thurrock ladies 3s took on East London 6s on Saturday afternoon. Thurrock started very brightly and attacked right from the first whistle. They soon got a reward for their determination and Sally Taylor put the home side 1 goal up. This jolted East London into action and they stepped up the pressure. This meant midfielders Izzy Overy, Jess Mager, Millie George and Sally Taylor had to switch from attack to defence. East London equalised despite the usual heroic defence from Tracey Martin, Sally Willett, Abby Pollock and Laura Nicola. East London then went on to dominate the possession and the scoreboard. Final score 1-5. Girl of the game was a family affair again as sisters Tracey Martin and Sally Taylor tied for 2nd place. The overall winner was Abby Pollock.