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J Christou (2', 25'), C Stimson (51')
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J Fraser (34'), G Elphick (56')
Fri 25 Aug 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 147

Thurrock 3 - 2 Worthing

Back to Back wins for Thurrock

By Hazel Woodward

After a good home win over Dorking Wanderers last Saturday, hopes were high on Bank Holiday Friday Evening as Thurrock took on Worthing.

Worthing have had a tough start to this season and have not registered a point. They have had to play all their fixtures away as their 3G pitch is not quite ready. Indeed, tonight’s fixture was swapped from Worthing to Ship Lane, with the return game to be at Worthing on December 23rd. No beach and ice-cream for me then!

Owing to dreadful travelling conditions both ways on the M25, delaying match officials, players and fans alike, the kick off was delayed by 15 minutes. Several Worthing fans had managed to make the journey, and they supported their team vocally throughout. And they had a drum!

Former West Ham youngster Tim Brown was given his second game in goal for Thurrock and Thurrock began the game with energy and a fantastic run down the wing by Ronnie Winn with an excellent cross enabled Joe Christou to shoot superbly from the edge of the penalty area into the corner of the net.

1-0 Thurrock (2 mins)

Joel Nouble and Joe Christou caused many early problems for the Worthing defence and in the 4th minute Glenn Poole shot narrowly wide from distance. Another good run from Joe Christou led to him shooting just wide. A good pass into the area led to an audacious flick from Ronnie Winn which was going in until somehow goalkeeper Lucas Covolan managed to fingertip the ball over the bar.

After 11 minutes Worthing settled and they went close with their first attack. It became an end-to-end game and in the 16th minute Worthing’s Gary Elphick knocked the ball down to Ross Edwards whose shot went just wide.

In the 20th minute good play between Joe Christou and Charlie Stimson led to a shot from Charlie which was very well saved by keeper Covolan just before Ben Pope replaced Lloyd Dawes.

In the 25th minute another Thurrock attack led to the defence half clearing and Joe Christou had another long shot into the corner of the net.

Thurrock 2-0 (25 mins)

In the 31st minute Ruben Schneider had a shot for Worthing which was well saved by Tim Brown. From the resulting corner Matt Boiling headed just over the bar. Three minutes later an excellent through pass from Ben Pope to James Fraser led to Fraser beating Brown for Worthing’s first goal.

2-1 (34 mins)

Worthing continued to attack and Thurrock were grateful for a superb tackle by Jordan Clark. Soon after came a good clearance by James Goode. The clearance led to a further chance for Thurrock as Ronnie Winn passed to Joe Christou but his shot was well saved.

During the 1 minute of injury time there was still time for wonderful play by Joel Nouble who crossed to Charlie Stimson, but his shot went narrowly wide.

Half-Time. Thurrock 2 Worthing 1

Worthing started the second half brightly and forced an early corner. Five minutes later another wonderful run by Ronnie Winn through the middle with an excellent pass to Charlie Stimson led to Thurrock’s third goal as Charlie scored from the edge of the area.

3-1 (51 mins)

Harry Gerard replaced Glenn Poole for Thurrock for his debut appearance. In the 55th minute an excellent cross from the Worthing right by Zac Newton gave a chance to James Fraser but his shot was blocked by the defence for yet another Worthing corner. A minute later a close shot by Joel Nouble was saved by Covolan and cleared by the defence.

Worthing attacked again and the calm and efficient Joe Bruce was called upon to make an important clearance but with their next attack Worthing forced a corner from which Gary Elphick powered home.

3-2 (57 mins)

Soon after Thurrock had a great shout for a penalty as Joel Nouble seemed to be brought down on the right hand side of the penalty area but the referee was unmoved. A good pass from Joel Nouble led to a shot from Joe Christou that was well saved, and a further shot from Harry Gerard was also well saved.

As the game went from one end to another Tim Brown was forced into a good save from another Worthing attack.
For Thurrock Ronnie Winn put yet another good cross in and Joe Christou’s shot went wide. That was followed by a lob from Charlie Stimson from 30 yards out that was caught by keeper Covolan. Joel Nouble chased a lost cause and forced a corner from a Worthing back pass situation but Worthing cleared.

In the 79th minute a Worthing attack was cleared off the line. Phew. In the 81st minute Jordan Clark was replaced by Reece Morgan. Immediately after, yet another Worthing attack sent the ball right across the goal. It could so easily have gone in. Phew again. Following the scramble in the penalty area the ball was cleared.

In the 87th minute Charlie Stimson had a shot saved by Covolan, and soon after Joe Christou had another long shot saved.

With 3 minutes of injury time signalled, Worthing substitute Tony Nwachukwu’s cross from the right looped over Thurrock keeper Tim Brown and hit the crossbar, bouncing back into play. The defence somehow managed to clear.

Final whistle.

Thurrock 3 Worthing 2

A thoroughly entertaining, end to end game. Like Dorking, Worthing continued to attack throughout the game. Joe Christou’s early goals made a huge difference to what could have been a different result

Joe Christou, Joel Nouble, Ronnie Winn and Charlie Stimson were outstanding as can be seen by the number of shots that the team had.

Team: Tim Brown, George Winn, James Goode, Joe Bruce, Richard Halle, Jordan Clark (Reece Morgan 82), Joe Christou, Glenn Poole (Harry Gerard 53), Charlie Stimson, Joel Nouble, Ronnie Winn.
Unused: Bobby Mason, Craig Hall, Adetayo Osifuwa
Attendance: 147

Next Match: Mon 28th Aug | Thurrock vs Billericay Town

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Key moments

Goal Joe Christou scores for Thurrock
Goal Joe Christou scores for Thurrock
Goal James Fraser scores for Worthing
Goal Charlie Stimson scores for Thurrock
Goal Gary Elphick scores for Worthing


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82:00 Sub Off
Jordan Clark is substituted off for Thurrock
82:00 Sub On
Reece Morgan is substituted on for Thurrock
75:00 Sub Off
Ross Edwards is substituted off for Worthing
75:00 Sub On
Luke Brodie is substituted on for Worthing
68:00 Sub Off
Rueben Denyer-Scheider is substituted off for Worthing
68:00 Sub On
Tony Nwachukwu is substituted on for Worthing
56:00 Goal 3 - 2
Gary Elphick scores for Worthing
53:00 Sub On
Harry Gerard is substituted on for Thurrock
53:00 Sub Off
Glenn Poole is substituted off for Thurrock
51:00 Goal 3 - 1
Charlie Stimson scores for Thurrock
51:00 Assist
Ronnie Winn makes an assist for Thurrock
End of period 1
34:00 Goal 2 - 1
James Fraser scores for Worthing
25:00 Goal 2 - 0
Joe Christou scores for Thurrock
21:00 Sub On
Ben Pope is substituted on for Worthing
21:00 Sub Off
Lloyd Dawes is substituted off for Worthing
2:00 Assist
Charlie Stimson makes an assist for Thurrock
2:00 Goal 1 - 0
Joe Christou scores for Thurrock
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Thurrock
  • Worthing
  • 0
  • Joe Christou Goal 2:00'
  • Charlie Stimson Assist 2:00'
  • Ben Pope Sub On 21:00'
  • Lloyd Dawes Sub Off 21:00'
  • Joe Christou Goal 25:00'
  • James Fraser Goal 34:00'
  • Charlie Stimson Goal 51:00'
  • Ronnie Winn Assist 51:00'
  • Harry Gerard Sub On 53:00'
  • Glenn Poole Sub Off 53:00'
  • Gary Elphick Goal 56:00'
  • Tony Nwachukwu Sub On 68:00'
  • Rueben Denyer-Scheider Sub Off 68:00'
  • Luke Brodie Sub On 75:00'
  • Ross Edwards Sub Off 75:00'
  • Reece Morgan Sub On 82:00'
  • Jordan Clark Sub Off 82:00'

Team selection

Brown, Tim Brown, Tim
Goode, James Goode, James
Winn, George Winn, George
Nouble, Joel Nouble, Joel
Halle, Richard Halle, Richard
Bruce, Joe Bruce, Joe
Christou, Joe Christou, Joe
Clark, Jordan Clark, Jordan
Winn, Ronnie Winn, Ronnie
Poole, Glenn Poole, Glenn
Stimson, Charlie Stimson, Charlie
  • 1. Lucas` Covolan
  • 2. Rodrigo Schmitoinger
  • 3. Sam Rents
  • 4. Ross Edwards
  • 5. Gary Elphick
  • 6. Alfie Young
  • 7. Zac Newton
  • 8. Kershaney Samuels
  • 9. Lloyd Dawes
  • 10. James Fraser
  • 11. Rueben Denyer-Scheider
  • 12. Matt Boiling
  • 13. .
  • 14. Ben Pope
  • 15. Tony Nwachukwu
  • 16. Charlie Williamson
  • 17. Luke Brodie

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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