Thurrock 2 - 0 Harrow Borough
By Dom Baker
Thurrock FC vs Harrow Borough
Before kick-off Harrow Borough sat 13th whilst Thurrock occupied the 21st spot, separated by just 6 points, an illustration of how tight the division is.
The first chance of the game fell to Harrow. The ball was laid back to midfielder Alfie Cain who shot low and hard across the goal. As Jake Jessup failed to keep hold of the shot Remi Sutton slid in to sweep the ball off the line. The goal saving challenge left a mark on the full-back who took a knock in the process.
Harrow started the brighter of the two teams and were committing men forward at every opportunity. Jessup saved well with his feet to deny Sahr Kabba after a mazy run into the box.
On the 17th minute Harrow created another opportunity. After neat build up by Bryan and Cain the ball fell to Pashaj who beat his man but couldn’t keep his effort on target. Just three minutes later and Jessup would be the hero again. A looping ball over the top saw Kabba go through before seeing his shot saved to the keepers left.
Despite the early pressure from Harrow it would be Thurrock who took the lead. Joel Nouble took the ball deep in the opposition half, beat his man and drove a shot across goal beating the goalkeeper and defender on the line.
GOAL THURROCK 1-0 HARROW BOROUGH
Joel Nouble (23rd Minute)
Thurrock were confident after the first goal, they were vividly louder and passing much more crisply. Joel Nouble looked to have the beating of his man every time and The Fleet were utilising that.
Harrow almost replied immediately. Bryan worked the ball well on to his right foot and whipped in a cross for Ryan Moss. The striker’s header crashed against the inside of the post and rolled across to safety.
The game was truly end to end. Just before the half time whistle Thurrock broke forward quickly as Nouble found Lewwis Spence, the skipper laid off to Charlie Stimson whose shot stung the hands of the Harrow keeper.
HALF TIME THURROCK 1-0 HARROW BOROUGH
There were no substitutions at the break and certainly no halt in the tempo. The early exchanges of the second period were just as quick despite the bitter temperatures. Tackles were flying in and the midfield was compact. Although there was little goal mouth action to report it was brilliant to watch.
The first substitution of the game shortly followed as Jeremiah Kamanzi’s match was cut short through injury, he was to be replaced by Jamie Price who slotted in a deep midfield role.
Harrow broke forward soon after when Bryan found Moss who drove into the box but saw his dinked effort clip the outside of the near post. A good chance for the visitors.
Harrow followed with their first sub shortly after. Bajram Pashaj made way for Charles Banya on the hour mark. Stanislaus replaced Richards through injury minutes later.
The 72nd Minute saw Dennis Oli replace Joel Nouble. Oli trapped the ball with his first touch then span and shot with his second but it was well held by Harrow’s number 1. Thurrock needed a goal soon to put the game to bed.
As the minutes ticked on the importance of the next goal grew. Thurrock were counter attacking quickly at every opportunity. Ronnie Winn battled on the left wing the ball found its way to Charlie Stimson 10 yards out who couldn’t keep the ball down. Shortly after Stimson made way for new signing Aruna Kamara.
Harrow replied with a change of their own as Alfie Cain came off for Will Turl.
Turl almost made an instant impact. After Thurrock failed to clear the ball the midfielder struck the post with a fierce volley. The rebound was followed in by Stanislaus but flagged quickly for offside. The visitors were pressing for that last grasp equaliser.
Dennis Oli led the counter attack on the 88th minute and found Winn who jinked past one but saw his shot blocked and out for a corner. You felt that anything could happen in the final moments. The game was still very much end to end.
As the board went up for an additional 4 minutes Thurrock extended their lead. Spence played through Kamara whose 1-on-1 was smothered by the keeper. The rebound fell to Ronnie Winn who took it down smartly and struck the ball into the top corner.
GOAL THURROCK 2-0 HARROW BOROUGH
Ronnie Winn (90 Minute)
The goal secured the win as a tough Harrow side finally showed signs of defeat. Their frustration came out in minor scuffles which results in a couple of yellow cards.
Thurrock earned a deserved 3 points with a brave and solid performance. They battled through the tough periods and took their chances well; the result moves The Fleet two places up the table.
Team: Jake Jessup, Reece Morgan, Remi Sutton, Jeremiah Kamanzi (Jamie Price 58’), George Winn, Jordan Clark, Joe Christou, Lewwis Spence, Charlie Stimson (Aruna Kamara 82’), Ronnie Winn, Joel Nouble (Dennis Oli 72’)
Unused: James Scammell, James Goode
Next Match: Tue 14 Nov | Thurrock vs Lowestoft Town
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