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First Team - Match centre

Metropolitan Police
G James (18', 47'), L Macklin (21')
Full time
L Macklin (67' OG)
Sat 21 Oct 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 106

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
Attendance: 106

Next Match: Fri 27th Oct | Kingstonian vs Thurrock [FA Trophy]

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Key moments

Goal Gavin James scores for Metropolitan Police
Goal Lloyd Macklin scores for Metropolitan Police
Goal Gavin James scores for Metropolitan Police
Own Goal Lloyd Macklin scores an own goal


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83:00 Sub On
Ryan James is substituted on for Metropolitan Police
83:00 Sub Off
Bayley Mummery is substituted off for Metropolitan Police
79:00 Sub On
Leon Antoine is substituted on for Thurrock
79:00 Sub Off
Jordan Clark is substituted off for Thurrock
77:00 Sub On
Luke Robertson is substituted on for Metropolitan Police
77:00 Sub Off
Sam Gallagher is substituted off for Metropolitan Police
77:00 Sub On
Jon Nurse is substituted on for Metropolitan Police
77:00 Sub Off
Gavin James is substituted off for Metropolitan Police
67:00 Assist
Ronnie Winn makes an assist for Thurrock
67:00 Own Goal 3 - 1
Lloyd Macklin scores an own goal
59:00 Sub Off
Jamie Price is substituted off for Thurrock
59:00 Sub On
Joe Christou is substituted on for Thurrock
48:00 Yellow Card
Bayley Mummery is yellow carded for Metropolitan Police
47:00 Goal 3 - 0
Gavin James scores for Metropolitan Police
45:01 Sub On
Anthony Furlonge is substituted on for Thurrock
45:01 Sub Off
James Goode is substituted off for Thurrock
End of period 1
43:00 Yellow Card
Lewwis Spence is yellow carded for Thurrock
29:00 Yellow Card
Sam Williams is yellow carded for Metropolitan Police
21:00 Goal 2 - 0
Lloyd Macklin scores for Metropolitan Police
18:00 Goal 1 - 0
Gavin James scores for Metropolitan Police
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Metropolitan Police
  • Thurrock
  • 0
  • Gavin James Goal 18:00'
  • Lloyd Macklin Goal 21:00'
  • Sam Williams Yellow Card 29:00'
  • Lewwis Spence Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Anthony Furlonge Sub On 45:01'
  • James Goode Sub Off 45:01'
  • Gavin James Goal 47:00'
  • Bayley Mummery Yellow Card 48:00'
  • Joe Christou Sub On 59:00'
  • Jamie Price Sub Off 59:00'
  • Ronnie Winn Assist 67:00'
  • Lloyd Macklin Own Goal 67:00'
  • Luke Robertson Sub On 77:00'
  • Sam Gallagher Sub Off 77:00'
  • Jon Nurse Sub On 77:00'
  • Gavin James Sub Off 77:00'
  • Leon Antoine Sub On 79:00'
  • Jordan Clark Sub Off 79:00'
  • Ryan James Sub On 83:00'
  • Bayley Mummery Sub Off 83:00'

Team selection

Jessup, Jake Jessup, Jake
Goode, James Goode, James
Sutton, Remi Sutton, Remi
Winn, Ronnie Winn, Ronnie
Winn, George Winn, George
Bruce, Joe Bruce, Joe
Price, Jamie Price, Jamie
Clark, Jordan Clark, Jordan
Oli, Dennis Oli, Dennis
Spence, Lewwis Spence, Lewwis
Stimson, Charlie Stimson, Charlie
Metropolitan Police
  • 1. Luke Williams
  • 2. Rylan Myers
  • 3. Tom Bird
  • 4. Sam Williams
  • 5. Oliver Robinson
  • 6. Jay Gasson
  • 7. Bayley Mummery
  • 8. Will Salmon
  • 9. Gavin James
  • 10. Sam Gallagher
  • 11. Lloyd Macklin
  • 12. Jeremy Arthur
  • 13. .
  • 14. Luke Robertson
  • 15. Ryan James
  • 16. Sam Hurrell
  • 17. Jon Nurse

League round up

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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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