Thurrock 2 Romford 0
by Robert Wheeler
Thurrock FC who have already secured a place in the playoffs beat Romford FC 2-0 on Easter Monday in front of a crowd of 173.
The Fleet started the game brightly scoring in just the 2nd minute as Charlie Stimson’s clever flick put Mark Onyemah through who fired the ball across goal allowing Michael Pindy a simple tap in.
Romford first chance of the game came through a Chinedu McKenzie free-kick from a tight angle which was placed wide. At the other end David Cowley’s close control and dribbling was causing problems for the the Boro’s defence.
There were tough tackles coming in from both sides as the game clearly showed it meant a lot to the two sets of players who share the ground at Ship Lane.
Pindy had a chance to double his tally for the game as he got on the end of a long ball, brought it down well. However his shot went wide. Charlie Stimson shot from ambitious range on the half-volley but it went well wide.
After a scrappy start to the game Thurrock were now keeping the ball well and moving it about nicely but decision making in the final third was letting them down.
Remi Sutton from left-back carried the ball well up the pitch but was nearly caught out as possession was lost and Romford broke on the counter attack. Much to the relief of Sutton Greg Akpele shot went wide of the Thurrock net.
The early goal from Pindy was still separating the two teams as the referee blew the whistle for half-time.
The second half restarted and substitute Solomon Coker who had replaced Stimson put a good ball in. However Onyemah failed to get on the end of it.
Thurrock’s defence remained strong keeping the Romford attacks out who were limited to taking shots from distance. At the other end Coker missed a great chance to double the lead after Onyemah’s cut back.
Finally on the 64th minute Onyemah doubled the lead as he gathered the ball in a good area turned and just when everyone thought he had done too much he fired the ball at the goal. The shot was too powerful for Callum Chafer and Mark Stimson’s side had a cushion to their lead.
Coker had a great chance as he was put one-on-one with only the Romford keeper to beat. However his touch let him down and Chafer gathered the ball.
Thurrock continued with fast paced attacks. Pindy who was having a good game made a great run and cut the ball back to Cowley whose shot was blocked.
As the referee called an end to the game at full-time both players and supporters of Thurrock celebrated as another win sets them up nicely as they hope to have a home fixture in the playoffs.
Team: Connor Wheatley, Reece Morgan, Remi Sutton, George Winn, Mark Onyemah, Perry Dunn, Michael Pindy, Ronnie Winn (Christy O'Donoghue 77), Charlie Stimson (Solomon Coker 46), Jordan Clark, David Cowley (Jamie Price 84)
Unused: Bobby Mason, Craig Hall