Metropolitan Police 3 - 1 Thurrock
Defeat on the road for Thurrock
The effects of Storm Brian were being felt at Imber Court leading to the archetypal game of two halves with the majority of possession going to the team with the wind at their back.
Thurrock played the first half with the wind in their face and were soon busy keeping Met Police at bay but were still able to get forwards and cause their own problems. Pressure from Dennis Oli wins a throw which is taken by James Goode, he finds Charlie Stimson who flicks the ball up and pings it over his head into the area just behind the onrushing Lewwis Spence.
Jake Jessup’s kick gets through to Stimson forcing Luke Williams to save at his feet before starting a breakaway to force a corner, the ball is only partially cleared and Gavin James toe pokes home from close range. Within minutes the lead is extended as the ball spills from Jessup’s hands and Lloyd Macklin has a simple tap in.
Joe Bruce and George Winn are kept busy in front of goal as the relentless attacks continue. Despite the deficit Thurrock find a few bright moments of their own. Oli takes the ball down and puts it into the area, Stimson, Spence and Jordan Clark pass crisply amongst each other looking for a gap which doesn’t come. Remi Sutton’s throw comes out to Ronnie Winn to shoot over. Clark holds off his man on the right wing before playing back to James Goode to whip the ball in but again just behind Lewwis Spence.
The final minutes of the half see two important saves from Jessup as he first sticks out a leg when one-on-one and then tips the ball onto the bar, one of five times that the woodwork is struck.
Half Time: Metropolitan Police 2 Thurrock 0
Anthony Furlonge replaces James Goode at half time but almost straight away Thurrock’s mountain becomes steeper as Gavin James is in space at the edge of the area and fires across Jessup into the far corner. This is quickly followed by another heart stopping moment when the ball is headed back across Thurrock’s area and Joe Bruce does well to clear at the far post.
The chances start coming for Thurrock. Stimson pulls the ball back for Remi Sutton to cross and this time the ball finds Spence who glances wide. Jamie Price, Jordan Clark and Lewwis Spence play the ball around before Furlonge is played in on the right wing to deliver an inch perfect cross for Dennis Oli and his powerful header draws a terrific reaction save from Williams to push the ball for a corner. Ronnie Winn curls the corner low to the near post and it nearly squirms in.
Thurrock play out of defence and Clark brings it forward then passes outside for Sutton to once more find Spence, a powerful shot stings Williams’ hands as he parries for a corner. Ronnie Winn repeats his earlier effort and this time is rewarded as Lloyd Macklin slices into his own net.
Williams again denies Spence blocking his twenty five yard snapshot and then falling on the loose ball. A scramble on the edge of the area comes wide to Sutton and this time he picks out Oli but the ball is taken off his head.
A flurry of substitutions from both sides and constant pressure from Thurrock matched by Metropolitan Police as the clock ran down. The final chance in added time falls once more to Lewwis Spence as his shot is deflected to safety.
Team: Jake Jessup, James Goode (Anthony Furlonge 45), Remi Sutton, Joe Bruce, George Winn, Jamie Price (Joe Christou 61), Jordan Clark (Leon Antoine 80), Lewwis Spence, Charlie Stimson, Dennis Oli, Ronnie Winn
Unused: Lewis Down
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