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R Sutton (37'), M Pindy (41')
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Sat 20 Jan 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 162

Thurrock 2 - 0 Leatherhead

By Dom Baker

This Bostik Premier League tie saw 14th placed Thurrock host Leatherhead who sat in 9th before kick-off. The visitors were looking to stretch their unbeaten run to 10 games and hadn’t lost since a 2-0 defeat at home to the Fleet in December.

Thurrock sported an unusual all yellow kit as Leatherhead arrived in green and it was the Fleet who started brighter. Remi Sutton found Ronnie Winn who span and shot with his left, but fired just over.

The opening exchanges were scrappy as both teams looked to get a hold of the game. Despite the constant rain the pitch was in good condition and held up well. Thurrock looked good going forward with quick, two-touch passing. As for both teams though, chances were hard to come by.

22 minutes in Thurrock struck once again. Joel Nouble danced his way into the box on the left wing before laying back to Winn on the edge of the box. The striker’s effort skimmed the post.

The pitch was slippery, first touches were loose and tackles were flying in. It was clear to see that both sets of players weren’t afraid of battling for 50/50s.

Thurrock looked the most dangerous out of the two teams. On the half hour mark Michael Pindy caused Leatherhead’s defence problems with a direct drive into the box. His cross caused a scramble in the box that Joe Christou couldn’t get on the end of.

Thurrock drew first blood on the counter attack through Remi Sutton. The home side got forward quickly as the left-back drove into the box and finished smartly across the keeper and into the bottom corner.

Remi Sutton (37)

Moments after scoring Thurrock could have doubled their lead. Nouble got forward on that same left side before cutting it back for Christou. The number 6’s strike was blocked in the nick of time.

From the resulting corner Thurrock did double their lead. A scramble in the box saw a Curtis Ujah headed effort deflect off Michael Pindy and into the net.

Michael Pindy (41)

Thurrock had certainly gained confidence from the quick-fire goals and were pressing with intent to win the ball back high in the opposition half. Their play certainly warranted a comfortable lead.


The second half began with a double change for the visitors as Theobalds and Wood replaced Moore and Richards. Minutes into the second period substitute Wood almost reduced the deficit. Striker Midson advanced on the right before picking out Wood at the back post but the winger dragged his effort. Moments later Leatherhead created another good chance.

Tom Derry was set through on goal after evading the defence but was stopped bravely by Ben McNamara’s block. Penalty shouts were rightly waved away by the Referee.

It was clear the message in the away dressing room was to attack at every opportunity, but the Thurrock back four were resilient. Leatherhead’s tactics also allowed for plenty of space on the counter, something the home side could take advantage of.

On the 67th minute Thurrock could have had a third. Lewwis Spence broke on the half way line before slotting a pass to Nouble. The winger beat the keeper but was denied by the post.

Leatherhead made their third and final change as Williams-Bowers replaced Midson, another attacking substitution. Thurrock were defending well and had bodies behind the ball denying any attack. Spence went into the referee’s book for a late tackle.

Despite the visitors’ efforts it was Thurrock that created chances in the second half. Pindy got forward twice in quick succession but lacked the finishing touch, he and Nouble were dangerous on the break.

Pindy was released on the right-hand side once again but pulled up with a muscle problem. He was replaced by Ogunrinde in a like-for-like swap.

Leatherhead got forward in the 83rd minute as Wood beat his man on the left flank. His cross bounced across the face of goal but was cut out coolly by Sutton. Despite the 2-goal-lead, the game was heading for a nervy finish.

The visitors got forward with long-balls but couldn’t get past the Thurrock back four. As defensive performances go, it was pretty much perfect. Another breakaway could have seen Spence get the third but his chipped effort sailed over the bar.


The Fleet could have scored 4 or 5 but ran out deserved winners regardless. A clean sheet is a huge bonus and a reward for professional defending throughout. Ending the 9-game run of Leatherhead is an impressive feat and builds upon recent results.

Thurrock: Ben McNamara, Reece Morgan, Remi Sutton, Perry Dunn, Curtis Ujah, Joe Christou, Michael Pindy (Timothy Ogunrinde 80), Lewwis Spence, James Goode, Ronnie Winn, Joel Nouble.
Unused: Toby Smith, Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves, Joel Brown-Bampoe
Attendance: 162

Next Match: Tue 23th Jan | Margate vs Thurrock

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Key moments

Goal Remi Sutton scores for Thurrock
Goal Michael Pindy scores for Thurrock


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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ben McNamara keeps a clean sheet for Thurrock
80:00 Sub On
Timothy Ogunrinde is substituted on for Thurrock
80:00 Sub Off
Michael Pindy is substituted off for Thurrock
70:00 Yellow Card
Lewwis Spence is yellow carded for Thurrock
69:00 Sub Off
Tom Derry is substituted off for Leatherhead
69:00 Sub On
Reece William-Bowers is substituted on for Leatherhead
68:00 Yellow Card
Remi Sutton is yellow carded for Thurrock
45:00 Sub On
Nathan Wood is substituted on for Leatherhead
45:00 Sub Off
Sammy Moore is substituted off for Leatherhead
45:00 Sub On
D'Sean Theobalds is substituted on for Leatherhead
45:00 Sub Off
Tom Richards is substituted off for Leatherhead
End of period 1
41:00 Goal 2 - 0
Michael Pindy scores for Thurrock
41:00 Assist
Curtis Ujah makes an assist for Thurrock
37:00 Goal 1 - 0
Remi Sutton scores for Thurrock
24:00 Yellow Card
James Goode is yellow carded for Thurrock
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Thurrock
  • Leatherhead
  • 0
  • James Goode Yellow Card 24:00'
  • Remi Sutton Goal 37:00'
  • Michael Pindy Goal 41:00'
  • Curtis Ujah Assist 41:00'
  • Nathan Wood Sub On 45:00'
  • Sammy Moore Sub Off 45:00'
  • D'Sean Theobalds Sub On 45:00'
  • Tom Richards Sub Off 45:00'
  • Remi Sutton Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Reece William-Bowers Sub On 69:00'
  • Tom Derry Sub Off 69:00'
  • Lewwis Spence Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Timothy Ogunrinde Sub On 80:00'
  • Michael Pindy Sub Off 80:00'

Team selection

McNamara, Ben McNamara, Ben
Morgan, Reece Morgan, Reece
Sutton, Remi Sutton, Remi
Pindy, Michael Pindy, Michael
Dunn, Perry Dunn, Perry
Ujah, Curtis Ujah, Curtis
Christou, Joe Christou, Joe
Goode, James Goode, James
Nouble, Joel Nouble, Joel
Spence, Lewwis Spence, Lewwis
Winn, Ronnie Winn, Ronnie
  • 1. Zaki Oualah
  • 2. Sean Clohessy
  • 3. Tom Richards
  • 4. Christopher Arthur
  • 5. Jerry Nnamani
  • 6. Aron Pollock
  • 7. Lee Minshull
  • 8. Sammy Moore
  • 9. Tom Derry
  • 10. Jack Midson
  • 11. Niall McManus
  • 12. Daniel Gallagher
  • 13. .
  • 14. D'Sean Theobalds
  • 15. Nathan Wood
  • 16. Reece William-Bowers
  • 17. Will Seagar

League round up

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Tooting & Mitcham United
Wingate & Finchley

League table

# Team Pl Pts
11. Metropolitan Police 38 53
12. Merstham 38 51
13. Thurrock 38 49
14. Needham Market 37 43
15. Dorking Wanderers 34 43
16. Enfield Town 37 43
17. Brightlingsea Regent 36 42

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