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First Team - Match centre

Staines Town
Full time
L Driver (55'), B Martin (73')
Sat 13 Jan 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 138

Thurrock 0 - 2 Staines Town

Thurrock's little run comes to an end

Thurrock’s unbeaten run in 2018 came to an end as Staines Town score twice in the second half.

Early action as Joe Christou intercepts the ball and feeds Joel Nouble who sees his shot deflected for a corner. Perry Dunn meets the corner with a side foot volley that narrowly clears the bar. Staines Town have their own early chance with Ben McNamara parrying Mohamed Bettamer’s fierce shot into the path of Max Worsfold but the ball bounces off him and wide of the post.

Christou gets in another superb tackle and sends Michael Pindy away on the right wing, his cross is cut out just before it reaches Charlie Stimson. Bettamer twists and turns and fires drawing another good save from McNamara at the near post, the ball works across to Worsford who shoots straight at McNamara.

As in the previous few games Thurrock stand toe to toe and slug it out in midfield and again chances for either side are few and far between until Thurrock win a throw high up the field. Christou finds Stimson who quickly plays the ball into space for Lewwis Spence to run onto but his shot is wide. Pindy turns inside and out to win another corner, Christou again finds a Thurrock player, this time Curtis Ujah who is just over the bar. McNamara has taken a knock to his head saving at the feet but continues and soon has to block another strong effort from Elliot Buchanan.

In the final minute of the half both teams strive to go into the break ahead and McNamara gets his palms stung again before Thurrock progress down the right wing with Pindy who back heels the ball for the overlapping Reece Morgan, his cross is spilt by Herdman but he recovers before Spence can pounce.

Half Time: Thurrock 0 – 0 Staines Town

Ben McNamara is unable to continue for the second half so youngster Toby Smith gets his Thurrock debut and first senior minutes. Ten minutes in Staines Town get their first. Thurrock have a free kick which is blocked and sent directly downfield to break on the left wing and get to the bye line before a low hard cross for Lewis Driver to tap in from 6 yards.

Another Christou throw nearly leads to an equaliser from Spence before Staines get their second. A corner is pinged in and is scrambled around in the area before being bundled over the line despite strong shouts for a foul. Thurrock dig in and battle for every ball but can’t quite find the final ball to get through Staines' defence until ten minutes before time as it all clicks and Thurrock flow forwards deep into Staines half, Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves has quick feet to get into the area and Herdman does really well to keep the shot out of the net.

Staines push on again in the final five minutes and Smith makes two reaction saves to deny any further score.

Thurrock: Ben McNamara (Toby Smith, 46), Reece Morgan, James Goode (Timothy Ogunrinde, 80), Perry Dunn, Curtis Ujah, Joe Christou, Michael Pindy, Lewwis Spence, Charlie Stimson (Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves, 80), Ronnie Winn, Joel Nouble
Unused: Joel Brown-Bampoe
Attendance: 138

Next Match: Sat 20 Jan | Thurrock vs Leatherhead

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Key moments

Goal Lewis Driver scores for Staines Town
Goal Ben Martin scores for Staines Town


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85:00 Sub Off
Mohamed Bettamer is substituted off for Staines Town
85:00 Sub Off
Elliot Baptiste is substituted off for Staines Town
80:00 Sub On
Timothy Ogunrinde is substituted on for Thurrock
80:00 Sub On
Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves is substituted on for Thurrock
80:00 Sub Off
Charlie Stimson is substituted off for Thurrock
80:00 Sub Off
James Goode is substituted off for Thurrock
74:00 Sub On
Jonathan Hippolyte is substituted on for Staines Town
74:00 Sub Off
Max Worsfold is substituted off for Staines Town
74:00 Sub On
Daniel Brown is substituted on for Staines Town
74:00 Sub Off
Lewis Driver is substituted off for Staines Town
73:00 Goal 0 - 2
Ben Martin scores for Staines Town
55:00 Goal 0 - 1
Lewis Driver scores for Staines Town
50:00 Yellow Card
Lewwis Spence is yellow carded for Thurrock
49:00 Yellow Card
Reece Morgan is yellow carded for Thurrock
46:00 Sub On
Toby Smith is substituted on for Thurrock
46:00 Sub Off
Ben McNamara is substituted off for Thurrock
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Thurrock
  • Staines Town
  • 0
  • Toby Smith Sub On 46:00'
  • Ben McNamara Sub Off 46:00'
  • Reece Morgan Yellow Card 49:00'
  • Lewwis Spence Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Lewis Driver Goal 55:00'
  • Ben Martin Goal 73:00'
  • Jonathan Hippolyte Sub On 74:00'
  • Max Worsfold Sub Off 74:00'
  • Daniel Brown Sub On 74:00'
  • Lewis Driver Sub Off 74:00'
  • Timothy Ogunrinde Sub On 80:00'
  • Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves Sub On 80:00'
  • Charlie Stimson Sub Off 80:00'
  • James Goode Sub Off 80:00'
  • Mohamed Bettamer Sub Off 85:00'
  • Elliot Baptiste Sub Off 85:00'

Team selection

McNamara, Ben McNamara, Ben
Morgan, Reece Morgan, Reece
Winn, Ronnie Winn, Ronnie
Pindy, Michael Pindy, Michael
Ujah, Curtis Ujah, Curtis
Dunn, Perry Dunn, Perry
Christou, Joe Christou, Joe
Goode, James Goode, James
Nouble, Joel Nouble, Joel
Spence, Lewwis Spence, Lewwis
Stimson, Charlie Stimson, Charlie
Staines Town
  • 1. Martin Herdman
  • 2. Josh Webb
  • 3. Tyrell Miller-Rodney
  • 4. Sam Hatton
  • 5. Ben Martin
  • 6. Joash Nembhard
  • 7. Lewis Driver
  • 8. Wadah Ahmidi
  • 9. Elliot Buchanan
  • 10. Mohamed Bettamer
  • 11. Max Worsfold
  • 12. Jonathan Hippolyte
  • 13. Conor Hudnott
  • 14. Elliot Baptiste
  • 15. Daniel Brown
  • 16. .
  • 17. Greg Haydon

League round up

Other Premier Division results

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Dorking Wanderers
Tooting & Mitcham United
Wingate & Finchley

League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. Kingstonian 46 59
14. Dorking Wanderers 46 58
15. Thurrock 46 57
16. Worthing 46 57
17. Enfield Town 46 56
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49

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