Thurrock 1 Haringey Borough 1
A point apiece for the play-off contenders
Haringey Borough battled against a somewhat changed Thurrock side to win a point and keep themselves in the play-off hunt but were nearly behind inside the first minute as Glenn Poole shoots from twenty odd yards out but curls wide. Poole again to release Jack Barham on a chase that sees Wil Viner out of his area to slice into touch. Barham is involved moments later climbing high to try and get to a Ronnie Winn cross but Viner does enough to knock the ball off his head.
Terrier like Barham is soon off again chasing down the right wing this time before he is fouled at the side of the area. Poole’s free kick is cleared but Jordan Clark is first to the ball to head back in for Viner to catch right on the goal line.
Haringey had been quick to break on the counter several times and been comfortably dealt with by the back four of James Goode, Richard Halle, George Winn and new signing Joe Bruce but on twenty nine minutes a half clearance is intercepted and pinged back forwards for Ralston Gabriel to run onto and shoot past Bobby Mason to open the scoring [0-1].
Thurrock nearly equalise immediately with Poole playing through to Mark Onyemah on the bye-line, Onyemah pulls back to Ronnie Winn who hits a thunderbolt that stings Viner’s hands as he pushes the ball clear. George Winn takes a throw to Onyemah who flicks the ball over his head, controls it and tries to find Barham but it is just behind. Joe Bruce collects the ball and finds a composed pass for Ronnie Winn who pulls back for Onyemah who can’t keep the ball in play under close attention from the Borough defence. Borough travel down the left wing and Mason has to get down sharpish to cut out the cross. Poole is close again from distance in time added on after Joe Christou’s throw is flicked on by Jordan Clark.
Half Time: Thurrock 0 Haringey Borough 1
Thurrock are at Haringey from the whistle and are passing their way forwards until Ronnie Winn sees his cross cut out. Christou, Poole and Onyemah work the ball and find space for Ronnie Winn whose effort clears the bar. Christou bursts forwards to win the ball and give Poole another sight of goal but again just wide. Ten minutes in and Thurrock debutant, Craig Hall, takes the field replacing Jack Barham and soon gets his first shot on goal but hits Onyemah on the way through.
Borough’s Gabriel gets a great chance to extend the lead after a long diagonal ball finds him and Mason pulls off a great save to deny him. George Winn wins a header and finds brother Ronnie, he touches back to Onyemah who sends a teasing cross for Hall who mistimes his header. But the pressure tells and Ronnie Winn sets Mark Onyemah to twist between three or four covering players and shoots fiercely into the far netting. [1-1]
With their tails up Thurrock set about the Borough goal. Poole swings in a corner to the near post where Christou gets across his man to power a header low to the corner of the goal only to see Viner pull off a worldy to keep the scores level. Ronnie Winn fires in from the right and Rakim Richards slices his clearance and is relieved to see the ball roll past the outside of the post. A throw bounces into space and Reece Morgan sprints forwards to strike goalwards only to see it cannon off of Onyemah back to Jordan Clark who also sees his shot strike a defender and away to safety.
A hard fought game and both teams will welcome the point to keep them in the play-off chase.
Team: Bobby Mason, Joe Bruce, George Winn, Richard Halle, Mark Onyemah, James Goode (Reece Morgan 46), Jack Barham (Craig Hall 57), Glenn Poole, Jordan Clark, Joe Christou, Ronnie Winn
Unused: Michael Pindy, Connor Wheatley, Perry Dunn