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Sat 12 Aug 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 178

Thurrock 0 - 1 Margate

By Hazel Woodward

Match Report by Hazel Woodward

There was great anticipation for the first game back in the Premier Division of the newly sponsored Bostik League. Ship Lane looked glorious in the sunshine as we took on recently relegated Conference South team Margate. Steve Watt had totally renewed the Margate squad, mostly with former Maidstone players that had also played with him at Hastings last year, including former Conference South Golden Boot winner, Frannie Collin. Thurrock welcomed back Lewwis Spence and welcomed Dennis Oli for his first League game with us.

The first ten minutes were dominated by Margate and Thurrock spent most of the time defending good Margate crosses from Dave Martin and former Thurrock favourite Matt Bodkin. There were excellent clearances and interceptions from Remi Sutton in the penalty area early on from the Margate pressure.

Next to be alert and clear well was George Winn who had an excellent game. Joe Bruce was also called upon and he played in his usual efficient way. Thurrock continued to stand firm and good work by Lewwis Spence lead to Thurrock advancing down the pitch. However, a free kick to Margate then led to the ball near the Thurrock goal and an amazing save from Bobby Mason with his legs, stopping what would have been a certain goal.

Thurrock were finding it hard to penetrate the efficient 'Gate defence until a long ball out to the left led to a Thurrock corner following good work by Charlie Stimson. The resulting corner flashed across the goal but no-one was able to get in a shot.

An uncompromising tackle from James Goode led to a small fracas in the centre and James was subsequently booked.

A lovely Thurrock passing move in the 19th minute showed the skill we do have on the floor but again no-one could get in a shot. A cross by Reece Morgan was collected by Spence but the 'Gate goalkeeper put enough pressure on Spence and the ball went out for a goal kick. Just after this we saw a Spence special as his bending shot went only just over the crossbar. Another attack led to a free kick being given against Thurrock for a foul on their goalkeeper.

Margate were still attacking and an excellent cross by Dave Martin from the Gate left lead to a shot only just over the bar. Phew! That was close.

We then saw some excellent play by Dennis Oli but again Thurrock could not put pressure on 'Gate’s goal. There were then two good clearances by Joe Christou, firstly from open play and then from a free kick. Following this, Reece Morgan was forced into a good clearance as Margate continued to press forward.

Some good play by James Goode in the middle led to another attack and Thurrock had a free kick taken by Joe Christou which just went over the bar. Thurrock again got into Margate’s penalty area with Charlie Stimson holding up the ball with his back to goal, but the close marking of the Margate defence stopped a shot being played. A further corner to Thurrock was cleared by Margate and soon it was half-time.

Half Time: Thurrock 0 Margate 0

Jordan Clark came on for James Goode at half time but sadly a quick Margate attack and pass from Dave Martin led to Frannie Collin scoring from close range.

Thurrock 0 Margate 1

An incident on the ground off the pitch between the dugouts led to Dave Martin and Reece Morgan being strongly spoken to by the referee. Only Martin was booked, and maybe he can count himself lucky it was only a booking. Thurrock worked hard to attack, and a good cross from Lewwis Spence from the left flew across the area. Then it was Margate’s turn to attack with Bobby Mason having to make a good save.

Most of Thurrock’s attacks were coming down the left side with Remi Sutton and he thought he had forced a corner but a goal kick was awarded. A great central run by Lewwis Spence led his shot being charged down. In the 65th minute Glenn Poole replaced Ronnie Winn. Ronnie had worked hard but had seen little of the ball.

Thurrock had much of the play in the second half but it was so difficult to penetrate the Margate midfield and defence. Thurrock continued to press and win corners and in the 70th minute frantic defending by Margate saw a Joe Christou header cleared off the line by one of two defenders standing on the line after the goalkeeper had punched the ball.

Craig Hall then came on for Dennis Oli. More Thurrock attacks led to further Thurrock corners with good work by Glenn Poole, Jordan Clark and Lewwis Spence. With five minutes of injury time given, Charlie Stimson attacked in the area and did well to win a corner off the goalkeeper who landed heavily and seemed to need treatment on his shoulder. However, he flew out to punch the resulting corner. A further corner was again punched out by the keeper and soon the extra time was over.

Result: Thurrock 0 Margate 1

Margate are a strong, organised side and will certainly be in the top five of the Division. Thurrock worked hard but found it difficult to pass through their midfield which meant players up front were moving and working hard but didn’t see enough of the ball. There were many more attacks in the second half, mostly coming from the left. The ball just didn’t fall for us in the area but there was no lack of effort.

Next match: Tue 15 Aug: Needham Market vs Thurrock: Details here

Key moments

Goal Frannie Collin scores for Margate


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78:00 Sub On
Craig Hall is substituted on for Thurrock
78:00 Sub Off
Dennis Oli is substituted off for Thurrock
78:00 Sub On
Ben Swift is substituted on for Margate
78:00 Sub Off
David Martin is substituted off for Margate
72:00 Sub On
Orlando Smith is substituted on for Margate
72:00 Sub Off
Matt Bodkin is substituted off for Margate
70:00 Yellow Card
Joe Bruce is yellow carded for Thurrock
65:00 Sub On
Glenn Poole is substituted on for Thurrock
65:00 Sub Off
Ronnie Winn is substituted off for Thurrock
65:00 Yellow Card
Lee Prescott is yellow carded for Margate
53:00 Yellow Card
David Martin is yellow carded for Margate
47:00 Goal 0 - 1
Frannie Collin scores for Margate
45:00 Sub On
Jordan Clark is substituted on for Thurrock
45:00 Sub Off
James Goode is substituted off for Thurrock
End of period 1
12:00 Yellow Card
James Goode is yellow carded for Thurrock
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Thurrock
  • Margate
  • 0
  • James Goode Yellow Card 12:00'
  • Jordan Clark Sub On 45:00'
  • James Goode Sub Off 45:00'
  • Frannie Collin Goal 47:00'
  • David Martin Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Glenn Poole Sub On 65:00'
  • Ronnie Winn Sub Off 65:00'
  • Lee Prescott Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Joe Bruce Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Orlando Smith Sub On 72:00'
  • Matt Bodkin Sub Off 72:00'
  • Craig Hall Sub On 78:00'
  • Dennis Oli Sub Off 78:00'
  • Ben Swift Sub On 78:00'
  • David Martin Sub Off 78:00'

Team selection

Mason, Bobby Mason, Bobby
Morgan, Reece Morgan, Reece
Sutton, Remi Sutton, Remi
Stimson, Charlie Stimson, Charlie
Winn, George Winn, George
Bruce, Joe Bruce, Joe
Christou, Joe Christou, Joe
Goode, James Goode, James
Winn, Ronnie Winn, Ronnie
Spence, Lewwis Spence, Lewwis
Oli, Dennis Oli, Dennis
  • 1. Lenny Pidgeley
  • 2. Chris Sessegnon
  • 3. Tom Mills
  • 4. James Rogers
  • 5. Liam Friend
  • 6. Tom Wynter
  • 7. Matt Bodkin
  • 8. Jack Evans
  • 9. Lee Prescott
  • 10. Frannie Collin
  • 11. David Martin
  • 12. Sid Sollis
  • 13.
  • 14. Ben Swift
  • 15. George Brown
  • 16. Orlando Smith
  • 17. Khalil McFarlane

League round up

Other Premier Division results

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Burgess Hill Town
Staines Town
Folkestone Invicta
Dorking Wanderers
Wingate & Finchley
Tooting & Mitcham United

League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. Kingstonian 32 41
14. Enfield Town 34 40
15. Thurrock 35 40
16. Brightlingsea Regent 33 38
17. Dorking Wanderers 30 37
18. Harrow Borough 33 37
19. Worthing 33 35

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