Hockey: Thurrock Ladies beat Colchester

Thurrock Hockey

THURROCK LADIES 2s 2 – CHELMSFORD 4s 1

THURROCK produced an excellent battling performance to come from behind and beat Chelmsford, therefore maintaining their chance of promotion. In a fairly even first half, both sides created some good attacking play and Tees nearly took the lead with a great run and cross from Emily Crown on the right, which just eluded Alison Bonner in the middle but was met by Charlene Curtis at the far post who couldn’t quite direct her deflected shot on target. Sasa Naidoo, Sarah Judd and Becky McKenna also had promising situations but could not quite convert these.

Chelmsford were also threatening in attack and deputising goalkeeper Laura Fishleigh made some assured saves and was well protected by the defence of Lisa Simmonds, Katy Martin and Cheryl Broadbent who were making some excellent challenges. Towards the end of the first half, Chelmsford took the lead with a powerful shot from a penalty corner and this remained the score until the break.

Thurrock started the second half in determined fashion and were the much stronger team. From a penalty corner, the initial strike was blocked but was well met by Bonner who deflected the ball into the path of McKenna who found the net with a calm finish. Thurrock continued to attack and look for the winning goal and after another great run by Crown down the right earned a penalty corner, Fay Tuffee smashed the ball home through the goalkeeper’s legs from a direct thundering shot. Chelmsford pushed for an equaliser but the defence of Fishleigh, Simmonds, Martin and Broadbent continued to make key challenges to limit their opportunities. Thurrock remain second in the league on goal difference behind Romford. This Saturday they face Wapping away where they will hope to continue their good run of form.

THURROCK LADIES 1s 2 – COLCHESTER 2s 0

Thurrock faced bottom of the league at home on Saturday and came out ready to maintain top spot of the league. The game started slow with both teams unable to capitalise on many opportunities. Thurrock remained strong and some great play through the middle between Gemma White, Lou Parrott and Leah Purser upfront meant Thurrock took the lead not long before half time. Thurrock knew they needed to keep their composure as Colchester were going to come out fighting. The second half Thurrock flagged slightly and the standard dropped as people grew more and more tired but we managed to keep heads high and plenty of effective passing throughout the team meant Katie Jacks was finally able to find the back of the net and leave Thurrock with a comfortable 2-0 win. Man of the match Charlotte Adnams. They face Wapping away at Lee Valley next week.

THURROCK LADIES 3s 6 – OLD LOUGHTONIANS

After their crushing defeat last Saturday Thurrock Ladies 3s were just glad to have a full team with two substitutes after Abby Pollock made her dash across Essex straight from work to be there. Thurrock Ladies 3s started brightly and attacked Old Loughts goal right from the pushback. Thurrock were soon awarded a short corner and their set piece worked perfectly and Chloe Brady struck the ball straight past their keeper. Thurrock has the luxury of playing Sally Taylor in her natural position of striker and she had clearly missed it as she soon got herself on the scoresheet not once but twice! Thurrock had several other chances which saw Hayleigh Deex, Lucy Cowman, Sophie ‘Dave’ Runcorn, Millie George and Charlotte ‘Phil’ Mailey get close to scoring but the post or the keeper denied them. Old Loughts tried to put together attacks but Izzy Overy was everywhere in the midfield and cut out whatever came through the middle. On the odd occasion they did get through Thurrock’s defensive Jess Mager, Tracey Martin and Laura Reynolds stood firm! Old Loughts only had one shot that was wide meaning that keeper Claire Brosnan was only an enthusiastic supporter. Chloe Brady scored Thurrock’s 4th and Sally Taylor clearly had a taste for it and scored Thurrock’s 5th and 6th. Girl of the game was obviously Sally ‘cartwheel’ Taylor.

THURROCK MIXED 2 – BRENTWOOD 6

On a not so chilly day, the mighty Thurrock mixed team stepped out onto the Brentwood astro hoping for their first win of their debut mixed season.

With their strongest fielded team so far, there was potential and aspirations were high.

Thurrock started very strong, keeping a well drilled Brentwood side at bay. With some great solo skills from Steven Edwards, Thurrock came close to starting the goals but were unlucky.

Despite some sensational defensive skills from Sarah White, Charlotte Adnams and Tommy Ing, it was Brentwood who broke through and drew first blood.

After re-grouping, Thurrock found their feet and through some great link up play between Lou Pike and Lucy Cowman, Thurrock began to stretch the Brentwood defence and with the support of the sometimes forgotten Sasa Naidoo, Thurrock got ever closer to breaking the Brentwood defence.

Brentwood hounded the Thurrock keeper Ryan Jones and even with him making some amazing saves, Brentwood added two more goals before a long awaited half time whistle.

Thurrock started the second half with high hopes, but these were soon to be dashed with two quick Brentwood goals, and with ten minutes played, Brentwood added their sixth and what was to be their final goal.

Thurrock brought in the switch play option, and this created opportunities from the left with some great skill from Ben Clarke with the support and experience of Natalie Beardwell going forward, which gave Thurrock their first short corner, but were unlucky to not score.

It took a bullet ball from Ing, finding Cowman up front and unmarked to start Thurrock’s goals of the game. With what can only be described as the longest run from a Thurrock keeper, Andy Gaut, whose services were not actually required as Cowman needed no support and coolly slotted the ball home.

Brentwood looked to score again to cancel out Thurrocks goal, but some super tackling from Hayleigh Deex and George McAllister, Brentwood found no way through.

Thurrock found their mojo, and through some aggressive play and quick passing from midfielders Edwards, Pike and Tuffers, Thurrock found themselves in the Brentwood defence. Some great skills from Ricky Smith gained Thurrock a final short corner which Sarah White spanked home with ease.

After a thoroughly enjoyable game hosted by Brentwood, Thurrock now look to their next match away to Witham.

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