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D Oli (3')
Full time
S Kabba (28')
Sat 23 Sep 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 116

Thurrock 1 - 1 Merstham

A point apiece

Thurrock welcomed Mestham to Ship Lane for the first meeting between the two teams.

Thurrock got off to a dream start opening the scoring in the third minute. Dennis Oli got onto a loose ball and used his strength to hold off a defender before picking his spot and slotting home past Craig Haigh between the Merstham sticks.

Two minutes later the lead is nearly extended, Oli wins a header by the tough line and Charlie Stimson takes the ball to the bye-line and flashes the ball across the face of goal inches ahead of Joel Nouble who stretches but can’t get a toe to the ball.

Remi Sutton covers as Merstham probe forwards and shepherds his man into Anthony Furlonge to clear to safety. Sutton is soon down the other end of the pitch to send the ball in from the left wing, Oli flicks the ball on and Furlonge loops a header just over the bar onto the top of the net.

Thurrock soak up a period of sustained Merstham pressure before Reece Morgan wins the ball and finds a direct ball for Oli to chase but Haigh is smartly out of his box to deny. Sutton presses forwards again and a fierce shot/pass finds Oli who can’t get the ball into a shooting chance. Mertsham break down the left wing and a fiery ball in is met at the near post by Sahr Kabba who tucks the ball past Jake Jessup to equalise.

A massive kick from Jessup sets up Thurrock’s next chance, Ronnie Winn wins the second ball and sets Joe Christou who sees his solid shot blocked. One final chance of the half as Adetayo Osifuwa pings the ball down the line for Stimson who finds Furlonge who can’t keep his header under the bar.

Half Time: Thurrock 1 – 1 Merstham

A fiery start to the second half. Another Merstham break down the left wing but Youssef Bamba blazes over. George Winn wins the ball and carries the ball from his own half deep into Merstham’s half before being bundled over out on the touchline level with the box. Oli wins another header nodding to Christou who in turns picks out Stimson. Stimson moves the ball to get more space which gives Haigh the opportunity to grab the ball from his feet. Merstham get Kabba into a shooting position and Jessup is down well to save.

Thurrock move into the ascendancy and the chances mount up. Joel Nouble has a shot from the edge of the area saved, Reece Morgan who man-marked Ryan Hall like a second shadow all game, wins the ball, plays into Stimson and continues his run through the middle. Stimson is alive to the movement and plays first time into Morgan’s path to carry the ball to the edge of the area before being bundled over. Morgan again leaves his man to sprint into space and this time is picked out by Ronnie Winn and sends in a teasing cross but no one can get on the end.

Joel Nouble finds another gear and comes alive running from the half way line to Merstham’s box before being stopped in his tracks by three defenders. Shortly after Nouble sets off on another mazy run and this time gets a shot away agonizingly beyond the far post.

Mark Stimson refreshes the two up top with Leon Antoine returning from injury and Bobby Vaughan coming on for Charlie Stimson and Dennis Oli and they soon link up as Antoine flicks towards Vaughan who is beaten to the ball by the keeper. A final chance in the last minute. Ronnie Winn corner is cleared to Osifuwa who sends the ball to the far post, Nouble squares to Vaughan whose shot slides past the post.

Team: Jake Jessup, George Winn, Remi Sutton, Anthony Furlonge, Adetayo Osifuwa, Reece Morgan, Joe Christou, Dennis Oli (Bobby Vaughan 77), Charlie Stimson (Leon Antoine 77), Ronnie Winn, Joel Nouble
Unused: Jordan Clark, Joe Bruce, Christian Baffour-Akoto
Attendance: 116

Next Match: Tue 26th Sep | Lowestoft Town vs Thurrock

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Key moments

Goal Dennis Oli scores for Thurrock
Goal Sahr Kabba scores for Merstham


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77:00 Sub On
Leon Antoine is substituted on for Thurrock
77:00 Sub On
Bobby Vaughan is substituted on for Thurrock
77:00 Sub Off
Charlie Stimson is substituted off for Thurrock
77:00 Sub Off
Dennis Oli is substituted off for Thurrock
67:00 Sub On
Reece Hall is substituted on for Merstham
67:00 Sub Off
Alex Addai is substituted off for Merstham
63:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Gordon is yellow carded for Merstham
59:00 Yellow Card
Tutu Henriques is yellow carded for Merstham
56:00 Sub On
Dan Bennett is substituted on for Merstham
56:00 Sub Off
Sean Bonnett-Johnson is substituted off for Merstham
End of period 1
44:59 Yellow Card
Reece Hall is yellow carded for Merstham
43:00 Sub On
Tom Kavanagh is substituted on for Merstham
43:00 Sub Off
Jake Hutchins is substituted off for Merstham
28:00 Goal 1 - 1
Sahr Kabba scores for Merstham
3:00 Goal 1 - 0
Dennis Oli scores for Thurrock
3:00 Assist
Charlie Stimson makes an assist for Thurrock
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Thurrock
  • Merstham
  • 0
  • Dennis Oli Goal 3:00'
  • Charlie Stimson Assist 3:00'
  • Sahr Kabba Goal 28:00'
  • Tom Kavanagh Sub On 43:00'
  • Jake Hutchins Sub Off 43:00'
  • Reece Hall Yellow Card 44:59'
  • Dan Bennett Sub On 56:00'
  • Sean Bonnett-Johnson Sub Off 56:00'
  • Tutu Henriques Yellow Card 59:00'
  • Nathan Gordon Yellow Card 63:00'
  • Reece Hall Sub On 67:00'
  • Alex Addai Sub Off 67:00'
  • Leon Antoine Sub On 77:00'
  • Bobby Vaughan Sub On 77:00'
  • Charlie Stimson Sub Off 77:00'
  • Dennis Oli Sub Off 77:00'

Team selection

Jessup, Jake Jessup, Jake
Osifuwa, Adetayo Osifuwa, Adetayo
Furlonge, Anthony Furlonge, Anthony
Nouble, Joel Nouble, Joel
Winn, George Winn, George
Sutton, Remi Sutton, Remi
Christou, Joe Christou, Joe
Winn, Ronnie Winn, Ronnie
Oli, Dennis Oli, Dennis
Stimson, Charlie Stimson, Charlie
Morgan, Reece Morgan, Reece
  • 1. Craig Haigh
  • 2. Michael Abnett
  • 3. Nathan Gordon
  • 4. Jake Hutchins
  • 5. Tutu Henriques
  • 6. Stephan Hamilton-Forbes
  • 7. Alex Addai
  • 8. Sean Bonnett-Johnson
  • 9. Sahr Kabba
  • 10. Ryan Hall
  • 11. Youssef Bamba
  • 12. Malik Onwugbonu
  • 13. .
  • 14. Dan Bennett
  • 15. Reece Hall
  • 16. Ben Harrison
  • 17. Tom Kavanagh

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
11. Tonbridge Angels 34 50
12. Merstham 35 44
13. Thurrock 36 43
14. Kingstonian 33 42
15. Enfield Town 35 40
16. Harrow Borough 34 40
17. Brightlingsea Regent 34 38

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