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Worthing
Thurrock
R Myles-Meekums (46')
Full time
T Ogunrinde (78'), L Spence (81')
Sat 23 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 470

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
Attendance: 470

Next Match: Tue 26 Dec | Billericay Town vs Thurrock

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Key moments

46:00
Goal Reece Myles-Meekums scores for Worthing
78:00
Goal Timothy Ogunrinde scores for Thurrock
81:00
Goal Lewwis Spence scores for Thurrock

Highlights

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90:00 +4:00 Yellow Card
Darren Budd is yellow carded for Worthing
90:00 +3:00 Yellow Card
Curtis Ujah is yellow carded for Thurrock
84:00 Saved Penalty
Ben McNamara saves a penalty for Thurrock
84:00 Yellow Card
Reece Morgan is yellow carded for Thurrock
81:00 Assist
Timothy Ogunrinde makes an assist for Thurrock
81:00 Goal 1 - 2
Lewwis Spence scores for Thurrock
78:00 Goal 1 - 1
Timothy Ogunrinde scores for Thurrock
78:00 Assist
Charlie Stimson makes an assist for Thurrock
68:00 Sub Off
Michael Pindy is substituted off for Thurrock
68:00 Sub Off
Joel Nouble is substituted off for Thurrock
68:00 Sub Off
Ronnie Winn is substituted off for Thurrock
68:00 Sub On
Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves is substituted on for Thurrock
68:00 Sub On
Joel Brown-Bampoe is substituted on for Thurrock
68:00 Sub On
Timothy Ogunrinde is substituted on for Thurrock
65:00 Yellow Card
Perry Dunn is yellow carded for Thurrock
59:00 Yellow Card
Ronnie Winn is yellow carded for Thurrock
46:00 Goal 1 - 0
Reece Myles-Meekums scores for Worthing
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As it happened

  • Worthing
  • Thurrock
  • 0
  • Reece Myles-Meekums Goal 46:00'
  • Ronnie Winn Yellow Card 59:00'
  • Perry Dunn Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Timothy Ogunrinde Sub On 68:00'
  • Joel Brown-Bampoe Sub On 68:00'
  • Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves Sub On 68:00'
  • Ronnie Winn Sub Off 68:00'
  • Joel Nouble Sub Off 68:00'
  • Michael Pindy Sub Off 68:00'
  • Timothy Ogunrinde Goal 78:00'
  • Charlie Stimson Assist 78:00'
  • Lewwis Spence Goal 81:00'
  • Timothy Ogunrinde Assist 81:00'
  • Reece Morgan Yellow Card 84:00'
  • Ben McNamara Saved Penalty 84:00'
  • Curtis Ujah Yellow Card 90:00 +3:00'
  • Darren Budd Yellow Card 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

McNamara, Ben McNamara, Ben
Morgan, Reece Morgan, Reece
Ujah, Curtis Ujah, Curtis
Nouble, Joel Nouble, Joel
Dunn, Perry Dunn, Perry
Sutton, Remi Sutton, Remi
Pindy, Michael Pindy, Michael
Spence, Lewwis Spence, Lewwis
Winn, Ronnie Winn, Ronnie
Stimson, Charlie Stimson, Charlie
Christou, Joe Christou, Joe
Worthing
  • 1. Luca Covolan
  • 2. Joel Colbran
  • 3. Sam Rents
  • 4. Darren Budd
  • 5. Jesse Starkey
  • 6. Alfie Young
  • 7. Reece Myles-Meekums
  • 8. Kieron Pamment
  • 9. Jimmy Wild
  • 10. Jared Rance
  • 11. Harvey Sparks
  • 12. David Herbert
  • 13. .
  • 14. Henry Watson
  • 15. Reece Hallard
  • 16. Alex Parsons
  • 17. Joe Clark

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Burgess Hill Town
3
4
Billericay Town
1
1
Tooting & Mitcham United
Margate
3
4
Wingate & Finchley
2
2
Folkestone Invicta
Staines Town
0
2
Dorking Wanderers

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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