Thurrock 26 v 20 Tottonians
THURROCK welcomed Southampton based Tottonians to Oakfield had who started the game well with most of the play for the first ten minutes, but stout defence and poor handling assisted the home side to deny a couple of scoring chances. Thurrock came back into the game, when Brad Retigan made a break and offloaded after making the visitors twenty-two.
After a couple of phases, the ball was spun out wide for Daryll Worster to score wide out, with Sam Stanley just falling short with the conversion. The visitors gain came back with some sustained pressure inside Thurrock’s half eventually Thurrock were offside in front of the sticks, and Robbie Searle slotted the penalty 5-3 after twenty-three minutes.
Direct from the restart a knock on meant a Thurrock scrum made a break off the resulting scrum before Dan Stone and Daryll Worster exchanged passes for the full back to score his second try, this time converted by Stanley. To stretch the lead to 12-3. A penalty from the visiting 10 Robbie Searle on the stroke of half time meant the score at the break was 12-6
Thurrock began to gain an advantage in the scrum during the second half and after sixty minutes Tottonians were penalised for standing up in the scrum. Ten metres out from their own line, Thurrock opted to scrum again, five metres out and after two pick and go’s stand in scrum half Dylan Fearon who replaced Jake Bedding at the break through injury went over for their third try, and Stanley made no mistake with the extra’s, to extend the lead to 19-6
But the visitors came back strongly, and despite being down to 14 men following a yellow card for punching, they gained a line out fifteen metres out Rogers came into the line to slice through the cover and score under the posts, Searle converted to reduce the deficit again to 19-13.
Thurrock came back and launched a sweeping move as the Tottonians defence hesitated and they shipped the ball along the line for Dan Stone to score their bonus point try as he rounded to score close to the posts to make Stanley’s job routine to convert easier and extend the lead to 26-13
Sometimes Thurrock never make things easy for themselves, giving away four penalties in their own twenty-two, each one of which was run by the visitors, after the fourth penalty Thurrock’s Tom Wileman was yellow carded and the home side played the last 5 minutes with 14 men
Tottonians ran the ball but were turned over by Thurrock whose joy was short lived as they span the ball out from the ruck. Searle intercepted the pass despite looking a long way offside to score under the posts, converting his own try to narrow the score to 26-20 with two minutes remaining.
The visitors tried desperately from the kick off, but Thurrock defence held firm and held on for a bonus point win.