Hockey: Thurrock Ladies remain on top


THE ladies rallied well this week after last week’s bruising affair. Still without captain and goalkeeper Claire Brosnan, T’s were delighted to have Sally Willet volunteering to stand in goal. She made some timely saves in the first half to keep her team mates in the game. The game began quite evenly and as the game progressed it was good to see confidence and belief being restored in the team

The back line was outstanding as they thwarted any attacks that were made! This performance inspired the midfield to push forward and some penetrating runs from Lucy Cowman caused unrest in the Crostyx defence. Chloe Oakley and Sally Taylor equally caused issues with their constant running upfront.

Izzy Overy and player of the match Sophie Runcorn created a very solid central midfield and consequently for the majority of the game they broke down the Crostyx attack. The scoreline did reflect the lack of shots on goal for either team.

Constant Rolling substitutions were used throughout the game and it was great to see so many players show versatility by playing in different positions. An inspiring performance by all.


Still sitting at the top of the league, Thurrock came out keen for that to remain the same as the end of season draws closer. They started strong whilst battling the winds at Mile End Stadium and some great play between Lou Parrott, Natalie Beardwell, Katie Jacks and Katie Lawrence meant the possession was all Thurrock’s during the first 10/15 minutes. A short corner saw Lou Parrott score Thurrock’s first goal which boosted the team even further. East London were keen to match the score line but Ali Hadley kept them at bay effortlessly with defenders Sarah White, Emily Wynne and Sally Ellis on fighting form also. Thurrock’s 2nd and 3rd goal came from Katie Jacks which she was rewarded with after some great skills to work her way through most of their midfields and defenders. Player of the match was awarded to 3 players: Lou Parrott, Joey Taylor and Katie Jacks which reflects the great performance put in by all the team. A great win for Ts and the pressure is still on to keep that top spot! They play at home next Saturday against Wapping 4s for the penultimate game of the season.


Thurrock found it hard against the strong Southend squad and went behind after only 10 minutes from a penalty corner. Thurrock continued to battle but found it hard to break out of their own half with forwards Liam Birch and Henry Hudson being limited to rare breakaways and being repelled by the Southend defence. With five minutes to go, a shot before half time from the edge of the D was saved by a dive from Ryan Jones but the ball fell for an attacker to push the ball over the line. Thurrock started the second half in a more determined mood and Birch was unlucky to see his shot beat the keeper only to shave the outside of the post. A well-worked penalty corner gave the visitors a third goal mid-way through the half. Thurrock gave their all to get on the scoreboard but were hampered by the loss of midfield dynamo Ben Clark with a hand injury. In the last minute of the game, Southend added a fourth goal from a penalty corner.

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