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Needham Market
R Sutton (33'), A Osifuwa (67' Sent Off)
Full time
Tue 3 Oct 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 84

Thurrock 1 - 0 Needham Market

by Dom Baker

This Bostik Premier League tie saw Thurrock host Needham Market at Ship Lane. Thurrock went into the game having lost narrowly a week ago away in Lowestoft. Mark Stimson’s men were eager to put that result behind them with three points.

The first chance fell to the visitors as Needham striker Jamie Griffiths latched onto a long through ball and found himself one on one with the keeper. George Winn recovered well to put off the number 9 leaving Jake Jessup to smother the loose ball.

Thurrock saw a lot of the ball early on as they looked to control the tempo of the game from the off. Lewwis Spence sat deep protecting the back four which allowed him to spray passes from left to right.

Needham had the first corner of the game which was whipped in with pace to the near post but lashed over by captain Gareth Heath. On the 13-minute mark a heavy touch from Callum Harrison was met by a mistimed tackle from Adetayo Osifuwa which warranted a yellow card. The resulting free kick was cleared by Thurrock’s defensive line but only as far as Billy Holland whose curled effort was tipped wide by Jessup.

On the 18th minute mark Thurrock countered well when Ronnie Winn’s driving burst forward found the overlap of Lewwis Spence. The captain’s shot was blocked well by Jake Dye for Thurrock’s first corner. Minutes later and Thurrock combined well on the counter again. Remi Sutton and Ronnie Winn exchanged passes before the latter struck a left footed shot towards the near post, keeper Daniel Gay got down quickly to push it round the post.

Thurrock continued to press for the game’s opener as Dennis Oli held off his man before fizzing in a ball across the face of goal, just out of reach for Remi Sutton. Moments later Lewwis Spence picked out Jordan Clark’s late run into the box but the midfielder saw his header caught by Gay.

Lewwis Spence was enjoying space in the middle of the park once again. This time the midfielder’s cute ball forward met Remi Sutton’s late overlapping run on the left. The wingback brought the ball down neatly and lashed the ball across goal into the bottom corner.

Remi Sutton (32’)

Needham reacted well to going a goal behind and carved out a good chance when Callum Harrison turned sharply before lashing a 30-yard strike saved well by Jessup who smothered Holland’s rebound.

Minutes before the half time whistle Thurrock almost doubled their lead. Sutton got forward quickly again on the left-hand side and picked out Ronnie Winn with his cross. The number 10’s bullet header was again held by Gay.


Needham Market began the second period by making a change as Harrison made way for Ryan Gibbs.

Moments into the second half and Thurrock received their second caution of the game as Charlie Stimson lunged in on Dye after pressing the visitors back four. The Needham players and bench reacted loudly which resulted in keeper Daniel Gay going into the referee’s book for excessive complaints.

The referee would have to use his cards once again. Fleet defender Adetayo Osifuwa slid in late on Jack Simmons and received his second booking. Thurrock found themselves down to 10.

The Fleet reacted well, Reece Morgan slotted in at right back and Dennis Oli dropped into the right side of midfield. The number 11 beat his man and drilled a cross into the 6-yard box which was cleared. The game was now stretched and truly end to end. The clearance worked its way to the right channel where Spence was booked for a late challenge on the 72-minute mark.

Mark Stimson made his first and second change of the game as Jordan Clark made way for Jamie Price. Moments after, Leon Antoine replaced Ronnie Winn in attack.

Needham Market piled on the pressure since the sending off which forced Thurrock to protect their narrow lead. Charlie Stimson was a lonely figure spearheading attacks as Oli and Antoine were pushed back into midfield.

The visitors continued to push for an equaliser and looked to their bench for help as Jake Dye come off for Max Booth. Thurrock reacted by making their third and final change as Bobby Vaughan replaced Dennis Oli who put in a real shift in both defence and attack.

The board didn’t go up but there was a large amount of time added on. Frustrations grew in the away fans as Thurrock looked set to cling on. Crosses into the Fleet area were collected confidently by Jessup who eased the pressure.

The referee signalled the end of the game on the 95th minute.

Thurrock 1-0 Needham Market. It was a wonderfully worked goal that put the Fleet ahead but it was the team’s resilience that won it. A much deserved three points.

Team: Jake Jessup, Adetayo Osifuwa, Remi Sutton, Joe Bruce, George Winn, Reece Morgan, Jordan Clark (Jamie Price 76’), Lewwis Spence, Charlie Stimson, Ronnie Winn (Leon Antoine 77’), Dennis Oli (Bobby Vaughan 90’)
Unused: Christian Baffour-Akoto, Timothy Ogunrinde
Attendance: 84

Next Match: Sat 7th Oct | Thurrock vs Brightlingsea Regent

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Key moments

Goal Remi Sutton scores for Thurrock
Red Card Adetayo Osifuwa is sent off for Thurrock


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90:00 +5:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jake Jessup keeps a clean sheet for Thurrock
90:00 +2:00 Sub Off
Dennis Oli is substituted off for Thurrock
90:00 +2:00 Sub On
Bobby Vaughan is substituted on for Thurrock
90:00 Sub Off
Jake Dye is substituted off for Needham Market
90:00 Sub On
Max Booth is substituted on for Needham Market
75:00 Sub Off
Jordan Clark is substituted off for Thurrock
75:00 Sub On
Jamie Price is substituted on for Thurrock
75:00 Sub On
Leon Antoine is substituted on for Thurrock
75:00 Sub Off
Ronnie Winn is substituted off for Thurrock
71:00 Yellow Card
Lewwis Spence is yellow carded for Thurrock
67:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Adetayo Osifuwa is sent off for Thurrock
65:00 Yellow Card
Billy Holland is yellow carded for Needham Market
51:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Gay is yellow carded for Needham Market
51:00 Yellow Card
Charlie Stimson is yellow carded for Thurrock
45:00 Sub On
Ryan Gibbs is substituted on for Needham Market
45:00 Sub Off
Callum Harrison is substituted off for Needham Market
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Callum Harrison is yellow carded for Needham Market
33:00 Goal 1 - 0
Remi Sutton scores for Thurrock
33:00 Assist
Lewwis Spence makes an assist for Thurrock
14:00 Yellow Card
Adetayo Osifuwa is yellow carded for Thurrock
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Thurrock
  • Needham Market
  • 0
  • Adetayo Osifuwa Yellow Card 14:00'
  • Remi Sutton Goal 33:00'
  • Lewwis Spence Assist 33:00'
  • Callum Harrison Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Callum Harrison Sub Off 45:00'
  • Ryan Gibbs Sub On 45:00'
  • Charlie Stimson Yellow Card 51:00'
  • Daniel Gay Yellow Card 51:00'
  • Billy Holland Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Adetayo Osifuwa Red Card 67:00'
  • Lewwis Spence Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Jamie Price Sub On 75:00'
  • Jordan Clark Sub Off 75:00'
  • Leon Antoine Sub On 75:00'
  • Ronnie Winn Sub Off 75:00'
  • Max Booth Sub On 90:00'
  • Jake Dye Sub Off 90:00'
  • Bobby Vaughan Sub On 90:00 +2:00'
  • Dennis Oli Sub Off 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Jessup, Jake Jessup, Jake
Osifuwa, Adetayo Osifuwa, Adetayo
Bruce, Joe Bruce, Joe
Winn, Ronnie Winn, Ronnie
Winn, George Winn, George
Sutton, Remi Sutton, Remi
Morgan, Reece Morgan, Reece
Spence, Lewwis Spence, Lewwis
Oli, Dennis Oli, Dennis
Stimson, Charlie Stimson, Charlie
Clark, Jordan Clark, Jordan
Needham Market
  • 1. Daniel Gay
  • 2. Jake Dye
  • 3. Darryl Coakley
  • 4. Billy Holland
  • 5. Daniel Morphew
  • 6. Joe Whight
  • 7. Luke Ingram
  • 8. Gareth Heath
  • 9. Jamie Griffiths
  • 10. Callum Harrison
  • 11. Jack Simmons
  • 12. Ryan Gibbs
  • 13. ,
  • 14. Max Booth
  • 15. Kieran Turner
  • 16. Nathan Munson
  • 17. Keiran Morphew

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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