Thurrock 24 v 22 Brighton
THURROCK earned their 3rd consecutive win with a last ditch Tani Loka try, and a conversion from close to the touch-line from Sam Stanley, the whole ground was in silence knowing it would be the winning kick and it turned into joy as the supporters noise gave those not directly behind the kick that it was good, so In a game that ebbed and flowed with 2 teams giving 100% commitment to the final whistle, and it was the home team that was elated and the visitors deflated after a creditable effort.
In front of the club’s sponsors Thurrock went ahead with a Sam Stanley drop goal which was the only score of a very physical defensive effort from both sides until the visitors drew level with a penalty in front of the posts, then an opportunist try from a line out which Thurrock stole but could not get the ball away at the base of the scrum and Brighton crept round and touched down, the conversion was short in what was a stiffening breeze for the visitors to lead 8-3
Thurrock bounced back but try scoring opportunity went begging with a knock on with the line in sight but after some good work in the forwards the backs made use of the created space and Dylan Fearon ghosted passed his opposite centre and a sweetly timed pass inside for Darryl Worster to score, Stanley converted to lead 10-8 at the interval.
Thurrock got off to a spectacular start to the second half when second row Tani Loka scored the first of his two tries with a great pick up from a ruck and sprint through the middle a fully 30metres to score under the posts, Stanley added a conversion to extend the lead to 17-8. Brighton looked to counter but as time went on they got a try from a catch and drive and there was lots of confusion of the conversion which looked wide but the home touch judge somehow decided it was over so it’s now 17-15 and the visitors was buoyed and minutes later a bubbling ball just inside their own half was collected and fed to the Brighton winger to sprint home to score in the corner, the conversion was this time perfect and Brighton were leading 22-17 with 5 minutes to go until the final play for Loka’s second try rounding off a good week for the second row after the birth of his daughter Olivia.
Thurrock are again home this week when they entertain LONDON CORNISH kick off at Oakfield is 3pm