Thurrock 2 - 4 Wingate & Finchley
by Dom Baker
The Fleet hosted Wingate and Finchley on a cold Saturday afternoon as they looked to get back to back wins. Thurrock were keen to build upon their solid result in midweek away at Leatherhead. Before kick-off Thurrock sat 16th in the league with Wingate and Finchley in 10th.
It was the visitors that struck first. An unfortunate, mistimed clearance by Jordan Clark gave Charles-Smith an early opportunity from 10 yards out. The striker still had a lot to do but kept his cool to loop Jake Jessup and score.
THURROCK 0-1 WINGATE & FINCHLEY
MARC CHARLES-SMITH (5’)
Minutes later and Thurrock carved an opportunity to level. A through ball from Ronnie Winn bypassed Dennis Oli but was latched onto by Michael Pindy who saw his shot well blocked. The early exchanges were an example of just how end-to-end this game was going to be. Wingate & Finchley strikers Charles-Smith and Obafemi were posing problems when holding the ball up and interlinking.
Jordan Clark hobbled off for Joel Brown-Bampoe just 15 minutes in following a muscle injury off the ball. The change saw Brown-Bampoe come into midfield as Ronnie Winn slotted in at centre-back.
Wingate made it 2-0 on the 25th minute. Quentin Monville was played through on the right wing and raced forward. The winger cut the ball back for striker Obafemi who neatly slotted past Jake Jessup.
THURROCK 0-2 WINGATE &FINCHLEY
AFOLABI OBAFEMI (25’)
Despite not playing badly Thurrock found themselves 2-0 down, Wingate were clinical when it came to converting chances. However, just 3 minutes later Thurrock grabbed a goal back. Charlie Stimson reduced the deficit by running onto a through ball into the box before rounding keeper Shaun Gore and slotting home.
THURROCK 1-2 WINGATE &FINCHLEY
Charlie Stimson (28’)
The home side were pushing forward in search of an equaliser immediately. Stimson and Oli combined nicely on the left flank but the latters cut-back was too short for Joe Christou. The midfielder then lunged in harshly on Rob Laney and became the player to be cautioned.
Wingate & Finchley showed their attacking efficiency once again before half time. Obafemi jinked past Ronnie Winn, shaped to shoot, then laid the ball off to Laney who burst into the box from midfield. Laney met the pass first-time with a shot into the top corner.
THURROCK 1-3 WINGATE &FINCHLEY
ROB LANEY (38’)
It was the pace of the two-man attack of Wingate & Finchley that was causing problems but Jessup was always quick off his line to recover impressively.
HALF TIME: Thurrock 1 - 3 Wingate & Finchley
There was a noticeable lack of substitutes warming-up at half-time. Warming up seemed relatively impossible in these temperatures.
The third goal hadn’t knocked any confidence out of this Thurrock side as they returned from the break. The Fleet looked to get another goal at every opportunity. A Curtis Ujah header set Dennis Oli through on goal with 20 yards to run into. Just before he pulled the trigger he was seemingly tripped by Ola Williams, nothing was given.
Moments later Wingate & Finchley punished Thurrock again. Rob Laney pushed forward on the right flank and put the ball across for Obafemi at the back post for his second of the game.
THURROCK 1-4 WINGATE & FINCHLEY
AFOLABI OBAFEMI (53’)
Straight from kick off Reece Morgan got forward on the opposite flank. His low driven cross was cut out in the nick of time.
Thurrock’s 2nd substitution of the game saw Joel Nouble replaced by Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves. Wingate & Finchley responded with a change of their own as Quentin Monville is replaced by Reece Beckles-Richards.
On the 67th minute a Joe Christou corner caused havoc in the 6-yard box. The ball flew across the face of goal and once Remi Sutton’s header clipped the bar, Curtis Ujah was in the right place to nod home.
THURROCK 2-4 WINGATE &FINCHLEY
Curtis Ujah (67’)
Thurrock’s final substitution saw Dennis Oli replaced by Timothy Ogunrinde who then led the attack. Remi Sutton burst forward after intercepting but couldn’t convert from the edge of the box. The game was still as end-to-end as it was in the first half as Charles-Smith connected to a Laney cross but somehow knocked it past the post just moments after.
Michael Pindy led the next attack for Thurrock after running into the channel. The striker’s cross was well collected by Shane Gore. In the games closing period Thurrock enjoyed possession and got forwards in waves, they just couldn’t find the net and close the gap.
Pindy got forward again on the right wing and delivered to the back post. The cross was met by Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves who saw his effort come back off the post and his rebound held.
As additional time was announced Ben Pattie replaced March Charles-Smith for the visitors. The striker got cautioned almost immediately for holding onto the ball after a foul.
THURROCK 2-4 WINGATE & FINCHLEY
Wingate & Finchley ran out deserved winners from this tie and go home with all three points. An injury-struck Thurrock never gave up and kept the same intensity and tempo throughout.
Team: Jake Jessup, Reece Morgan, Remi Sutton, Jordan Clark (Joel Brown-Bampoe 13), Curtis Ujah, Joe Christou, Dennis Oli (Timothy Ogunrinde 68), Joel Nouble (Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves 61), Charlie Stimson, Ronnie Winn, Michael Pindy.
Unused: Mark Stimson
Next Match: Sat 16 Dec | Tooting & Mitcham vs Thurrock
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