Worthing 1 -2 Thurrock
Thurrock come from behind to bring the points back from the South Coast
In some respects, a similar game to last week with a goal-less first half followed by a goal conceded early in the second half but this time around Thurrock stand firm and come back to secure the win with two goals in three minutes.
Michael Pindy makes the first foray into Worthing territory carrying the ball from his own half and putting in a cross for Charlie Stimson which is cut out to win a corner. Worthing respond and Ben McNamara punches clear before gathering the follow up. Two further attempts follow as first the ball is flashed across the face of Thurrock’s goal and moments later the ball is blazed over the bar.
Thurrock clear a corner and Ronnie Winn plays a measured ball to Charlie Stimson who threads the ball between the defence for Pindy to run onto but he is thwarted by Worthing custodian Covolan who is swiftly out of his area although Pindy is unlucky as the ball cannons off his chest but goes wide of the post.
McNamara is in action again dropping down to save a shot from the edge of the area before Joel Nouble collects the ball on the left wing and pulls back to Remi Sutton who flicks the ball over a defender’s foot to make more ground and finds Stimson inside but he can’t get a clear shot. Sutton is provider again switching the play to Reece Morgan on the opposite wing, Morgan fires in a fierce cross which finds Pindy but he is unable to get the ball under control and Worthing break swiftly bringing another point blank save from McNamara.
As the half winds down Thurrock start to gain an advantage. Ronnie Winn puts a corner onto Stimson’s head which is powered goalwards and Worthing breathe a sigh of relief as Covolan gets across to palm clear. Thurrock halt a Worthing move forwards and break with speed as Stimson and Lewwis Spence combine to get the ball out to Pindy but again Covolan keeps the scores level. From the corner Winn curls the ball in and nearly dips it under the bar.
Half Time: Worthing 0 – 0 Thurrock
It’s an old adage that sometimes half time comes at the wrong time and this seemed the case for Thurrock as Worthing break from the restart and Reece Myles-Meekum drives in and slots beyond McNamara to take the lead inside thirty seconds.
Thurrock respond immediately as Pindy is too strong on the right wing but again Covolan denies the winger. Moments later Lewwis Spence floats in an excellent free kick for Stimson to get across the defence and head inches wide. For the next quarter of an hour or so both sides cancel each other out and at the mid-point Mark Stimson makes a bold triple substitution bringing on Joel Brown-Bampoe, Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves and Timothy Ogunrinde for Nouble, Pindy and Winn. The reward comes ten minutes later. McNamara sends the ball downfield for Stimson to control and find another peach of a ball through the defence for Ogunrinde who keeps his composure to finish well and level the score.
McNamara has to make another important save before Stimson and Ogunrinde again link up with Ogunrinde pushed out to the right wing but he makes a yard to pick out Lewwis Spence who steers his header home from six yards. A clumsy challenge from Morgan sees a penalty awarded. Kieron Pamment steps up but it is Ben McNamara who wins the battle of nerves and keeps Thurrock’s noses in front.
Thurrock comfortably see out normal time but still push on to create a couple of half chances in added time to keep Worthing on the back foot allowing Thurrock to return to Essex with an important three points as an early Xmas present.
Team: Ben McNamara, Reece Morgan, Remi Sutton, Perry Dunn, Curtis Ujah, Joe Christou, Michael Pindy (Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves 68), Lewwis Spence, Charlie Stimson, Ronnie Winn (Timothy Ogunrinde 68), Joel Nouble (Joel Brown-Bampoe 68)
Unused: Toby Smith, Morgan Seaman
Next Match: Tue 26 Dec | Billericay Town vs Thurrock
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