AFTER THE disappointment of last week’s draw at University of Essex, the 1s were keen to get back to the sort of form that they started the season in, and what better team to do it against than NE14Hockey Div 3 title rivals Redbridge & Ilford. With Jacob Agoro back in attack, and Steve Abbott fully fit, Tees set out to pressure the Redbridge defence from the start.
Tees started this game with four players missing: Christian Jenkins and Steve Abbott still injured; goalkeeper Andy Gaut out for the rest of the season after last week’s injury and Jacob Agoro unavailable due to work commitments. Andy Gaut’s position was filled by the 2’s keeper Keith Mager who played a few games last season and fully justified his promotion. These injury problems have played havoc with the team’s bid for promotion
It was the T’s first game to start the second half of the season in the N14Hockey Div 3SE with a hard game against Crostyx IIs. With a win against Upminster last week every one wanted to carry on the performance into this game, but with Christian Jenkins still unavailable with a badly torn hamstring and captain Steve Abbott out with a recurring back injury it was always going to be an uphill struggle.
After a seven week layoff, Thurrock returned to NE14HOCKEY Div 8SE to face a strong Wapping side who pressed forward from the start. After only five minutes, Thurrock were behind when a cross from the left was not cut out and fell perfectly for an attacker to flick the ball past keeper Mark Harvey. The Thurrock defence worked hard but some skilful stick work by Wapping saw them pulled out of position and a well-struck shot from the edge of the area crept inside the post to make it 0-2 after 12 minutes.
This clash was always going to be a fast paced physical game, but it was Clacton that were the quickest out of the blocks putting the Tee’s defence under pressure, but this was mopped up by the defence time and time again. This frustrated the home team as every strong passing attack was rewarded with nothing. After the first few minutes the Tee’s upped their game and put together some fantastic passing moves of their own coming close numerous times but were thwarted by a resolute Clacton defence.
For the first time in four years Thurrock were able to field a fourth men’s side for this friendly against Upminster VI who normally play in NE14HOCKEY Div 9. Upminster made the early pace and went into the lead after only 10 minutes. Thurrock gradually got used to playing together and a run up the right by Harry Holloway produced a cross for veteran Dave Shatwell, making a welcome return after a year out due to illness, to shoot just wide.
Mens I xxx SAFFRON WALDON 0 – 8 THURROCK I Thurrock started this game top of the table and finished even further ahead with surrounding teams dropping points. Thurrock started with the ball for the first time this season and did not let Saffron Waldon get a sniff at it. The first goal came in […]
Thurrock started this NE14 Hockey Div 3SE game top of the table. Thurrock then continued where they finished the previous week, with short sharp passing and some very good opportunities falling to the strike force of Steve Abbott, Matthew Gaut and Jacob
The young and fit Redbridge attack were thwarted on many occasions by the solid and mature Thurrock defence and on the occasions when they did break through goalkeeper Kerry Dent
This game saw a Thurrock team unrecognisable from the previous week in the NE14 Hockey Div 3SE. The home side were dominant through the game and produced some of their best hockey of the season. However it was the away side that took the lead against the run of play with a well worked short-corner. Their lead only lasted for a few minutes as Matt Gaut broke through Wapping’s midfield and defence with the ball falling to Jacob Agoro to level the scores.
Things didn’t go quite as planned for the T’s in the first half with Phoenix mainly dominating in midfield with short sharp passes and flowing play. However the T’s had opportunities of their own and with a defence consisting of Luke Danbrook, Tommy Ing and Andy Sargeant shutting the door on Pheonix attackers things looked promising for the second half.
This win puts Thurrock at the top of the NE14HOCKEY Div. 3 SE table on goal difference from Maldon & Little Baddow scoring just one more goal.
Thurrock’s Men’s first XI went into this fixture knowing it would be a hard fought battle to take all three points with the opposition’s recent results.
The score line slightly flattered Thurrock’s Men’s 1st XI as it was far from the normal slick passing side we are used to seeing. However it was the home side that took advantage of a defensive mistake, with Christian Jenkins on hand to tap the ball into an empty net.
Thurrock started the second half as they ended the first, with a centre midfield partnership of Jacob Agoro and ‘Man of the Match’ Nick Stapleton controlling the game and giving the Thurrock wingers and strikers lots of the ball as the pressure built up on their opponents. This pressure then paid off as captain Steve Abbott scored from a well-worked short corner, levelling the score.
SOME clubs have high points and low points but Thurrock Hockey Club seems to plough a steady and committed furrow year in and year out. On the eve of a new season, YourThurrock spoke to Michael Murray about the up and coming season.
Next season’s aim must at least be promotion, and this will depend on our promising young players, like Tom Madden, Gary Ginsburgh, Declan Millane and Liam Appleyard delivering the goods that they are capable of
Hockey teams end the season on high note.
Thurrock continued their push for promotion with a gritty hard fought win over Crostyx.
Hockey Firsts put six past Saffron Walden to put last weeks disappointment behind them.
Last minute heartache for Thurrock v East London.
Two fine away wins for the mens’ teams.
Solid performance from the mens team but the second and thirds get the same medicine
Thurrock send Univ back to school with thumping victory.
Thumping win for 1st’s in a good weekend for Thurrock Hockey.