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Brightlingsea Regent
L Spence (90'), C Stimson (81'), D Oli (28')
Full time
B Hunt (54'), R Rees (47'), G Doyle (18')
Sat 7 Oct 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 128

Thurrock 3 - 3 Brightlingsea Regent

Bostik Isthmian Premier League Fixture #11

Thurrock welcomed last year’s Isthmian One North champions back to Ship Lane. Recent games between the two sides have been close affairs and today was no different with the balance of play ebbing and flowing between each side.

The early chances fell to Thurrock with Charlie Stimson spinning his defender in the first minute and shooting from thirty yards but straight at Brightlingsea custodian Sam Cowler. George Winn’s free kick is headed back across the area by Stimson, the ball gets sliced high in the air by a defender and falls to Joel Nouble who pings over the bar. Jake Jessup’s free kick is flicked on by Dennis Oli for Reece Morgan to side foot over.

Thurrock had been shepherding Brightlingsea’s early attempts to safety but conceding a free kick just outside the area was to prove costly. George Doyle stepped up and powered the ball beyond Jessup’s reach into the top corner.

07/10/17 Thurrock 3 - 3 Brightlingsea Regent
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Joe Bruce thwarts Brightlingsea cutting out a long ball forwards but the ball is thrust forwards again before George Winn blocks it behind for a corner. Thurrock’s midfield gain some traction as the game progresses. Joel Nouble progresses down the left wing demonstrating great strength as he shrugs off challenges and carves through four players before getting a shot away from a tight angle but without enough pace to bother Cowler.

Jamie Price wins the ball in the centre of the pitch and gets Thurrock on the front foot winning a throw. Remi Sutton takes and the ball finds its way to Dennis Oli to spin and shoot in one fluid movement to level the scores.

Thurrock are queuing up to get their noses in front. Stimson jinks his way into the area and puts the ball into the penalty spot, a mad scramble before first Sutton sees his shot blocked and then Cowler is down to save Price’s follow up. The agile Nouble again holds up the ball before setting Stimson who is bowled over at the edge of the ‘D’ but the resulting free kick is cleared away.

A frantic final five minutes. Billy Hunt takes a snapshot from thirty five yards which the unsighted Jessup is glad to see curl just wide of the upright. Joe Bruce finds the ball at his feet from a corner and sees Cowler pull out a point blank save, the rebound sees Regent break away and force a corner which Bruce clears.

Half Time: Thurrock 1 – 1 Brightlingsea Regent

The half time break wasn’t kind to Thurrock as inside a couple of minutes Brightlingsea get the ball in from the left wing and Robbie Rees pokes home from close range. The pain is extended a few minutes later as Joe Bruce loses his footing and Brightlingsea are clean through on goal, Jessup stands tall and imposing and blocks the shot but it falls to Billy Hunt for a tap in.

Thurrock look to reduce the deficit and get back in the game. A huge clearance from Jesup is helped on by Stimson to Nouble, Joel switches the ball to the other side of the box for Ronnie Winn to see his shot blocked. Jamie Price takes control of the ball and seeing a clear path to goal unleashes a fierce shot from distance that Cowler takes no chances with and punches over the bar. But play is still end to end as Jessup pulls out an important save of his own from a strong shot from the right hand side.

Twenty minutes left and Thurrock are still in the hunt. Oli, Nouble and Adetayo Osifuwa pushing forwards pass amongst themselves on the left wing before finding Stimson who draws another save from Cowler. Ronnie Winn’s cross for Lewwis Spence won’t settle and Brightlingsea clear but the goal is coming and it starts again with a Remi Sutton throw, this time it is Stimson who finds the ball at his feet, a touch to control and then he nearly bursts the roof of the net putting everything into the shot.

Ten minutes plus added time, is it enough to get a point? Well, yes it is but not until the last minute of regulation time. Again, the move starts from a throw from Osifuwa this time. The ball pinballs around off shoulders, shins and shirts before falling to Spence. He somehow finds a path to goal through the crowded area beyond Cowler’s despairing dive.

Having got back into the game through sheer determination and never say die attitude Thurrock can smell a victory and intensify the pressure. Oli, Sutton, Winn and Leon Antoine probe Brightlingsea’s defence and win a corner, the ball sails in and is glanced away and as the ball crosses the bye-line the final whistle is blown.

An entertaining game for Non-League day where both teams might feel hard done by not to get all three points.

Team: Jake Jessup, Adetayo Osifuwa, Remi Sutton, Joe Bruce, George Winn, Jamie Price (Jordan Clark 74), Reece Morgan (Ronnie Winn 53), Lewwis Spence, Charlie Stimson, Joel Nouble (Leon Antoine 81), Dennis Oli
Unused: Lewis Down, Oneil Odofin
Attendance: 128

Next Match: Sat 21st Oct | Metropolitan Police vs Thurrock

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Key moments

Goal George Doyle scores for Brightlingsea Regent
Goal Dennis Oli scores for Thurrock
Goal Robbie Rees scores for Brightlingsea Regent
Goal Billy Hunt scores for Brightlingsea Regent
Goal Charlie Stimson scores for Thurrock
Goal Lewwis Spence scores for Thurrock

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90:00 Yellow Card
Dennis Oli is yellow carded for Thurrock
90:00 Goal 3 - 3
Lewwis Spence scores for Thurrock
90:00 Assist
Charlie Stimson makes an assist for Thurrock
84:00 Sub Off
George Doyle is substituted off for Brightlingsea Regent
84:00 Sub On
Jake Wilkinson is substituted on for Brightlingsea Regent
81:00 Goal 2 - 3
Charlie Stimson scores for Thurrock
79:00 Sub On
Robert Harvey is substituted on for Brightlingsea Regent
79:00 Sub Off
Freddie Gard is substituted off for Brightlingsea Regent
79:00 Sub Off
Joel Nouble is substituted off for Thurrock
79:00 Sub On
Leon Antoine is substituted on for Thurrock
73:00 Sub Off
Connor Hogan is substituted off for Brightlingsea Regent
73:00 Sub On
Ricky Griggs is substituted on for Brightlingsea Regent
73:00 Sub Off
Jamie Price is substituted off for Thurrock
73:00 Sub On
Jordan Clark is substituted on for Thurrock
54:00 Goal 1 - 3
Billy Hunt scores for Brightlingsea Regent
52:00 Sub On
Ronnie Winn is substituted on for Thurrock
52:00 Sub Off
Reece Morgan is substituted off for Thurrock
47:00 Goal 1 - 2
Robbie Rees scores for Brightlingsea Regent
End of period 1
40:00 Yellow Card
Freddie Gard is yellow carded for Brightlingsea Regent
28:00 Goal 1 - 1
Dennis Oli scores for Thurrock
18:00 Goal 0 - 1
George Doyle scores for Brightlingsea Regent
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Thurrock
  • Brightlingsea Regent
  • 0
  • George Doyle Goal 18:00'
  • Dennis Oli Goal 28:00'
  • Freddie Gard Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Robbie Rees Goal 47:00'
  • Ronnie Winn Sub On 52:00'
  • Reece Morgan Sub Off 52:00'
  • Billy Hunt Goal 54:00'
  • Jordan Clark Sub On 73:00'
  • Jamie Price Sub Off 73:00'
  • Ricky Griggs Sub On 73:00'
  • Connor Hogan Sub Off 73:00'
  • Leon Antoine Sub On 79:00'
  • Joel Nouble Sub Off 79:00'
  • Robert Harvey Sub On 79:00'
  • Freddie Gard Sub Off 79:00'
  • Charlie Stimson Goal 81:00'
  • Jake Wilkinson Sub On 84:00'
  • George Doyle Sub Off 84:00'
  • Charlie Stimson Assist 90:00'
  • Lewwis Spence Goal 90:00'
  • Dennis Oli Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Jessup, Jake Jessup, Jake
Osifuwa, Adetayo Osifuwa, Adetayo
Sutton, Remi Sutton, Remi
Oli, Dennis Oli, Dennis
Winn, George Winn, George
Bruce, Joe Bruce, Joe
Morgan, Reece Morgan, Reece
Price, Jamie Price, Jamie
Nouble, Joel Nouble, Joel
Spence, Lewwis Spence, Lewwis
Stimson, Charlie Stimson, Charlie
Brightlingsea Regent
  • 1. Sam Cowler
  • 2. Connor Hogan
  • 3. Jake Gould
  • 4. Joe Bedford
  • 5. Connor Witherspoon
  • 6. James Love
  • 7. Freddie Gard
  • 8. George Doyle
  • 9. Billy Hunt
  • 10. Robbie Rees
  • 11. Aaron Condon
  • 12. Ricky Griggs
  • 13. .
  • 14. Jake Wilkinson
  • 15. Robert Harvey
  • 16. Luke Mallett
  • 17. Tom Richardson

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. Kingstonian 46 59
14. Dorking Wanderers 46 58
15. Thurrock 46 57
16. Worthing 46 57
17. Enfield Town 46 56
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49

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