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C Penny (38'), A Addai (54')
Full time
R Sutton (30')
Sat 27 Jan 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 141

Merstham 2 - 1 Thurrock

Thurrock return empty-handed from their visit to the Moatside

Thurrock travelled to Moatside Stadium to take on Merstham.

Early pressure from Thurrock as James Goode releases Jordan Clark on the left wing to twist his way into space and get in a cross which is cleared to Remi Sutton to shoot over. Merstham respond as Alex Addai, who was to prove a thorn in Thurrock’s side all game long, jinks in from the right wing, his shot is deflected behind for a corner. On the twenty minute mark Thurrock thought they had taken the lead, Merstham custodian Ashlee Jones fumbles the ball from Joe Christou’s corner and it looks to have crossed the line but with neither official having a clear view Merstham get the benefit of the doubt and the game continues.

Ronnie Winn brings the ball out of defence before playing into Clark’s feet, Clark shrugs off three defenders before finding Christou, he doesn’t get a clean connection and Jones takes an easy catch. A few minutes later Thurrock open the scoring, Sutton sets off on a familiar charge down the left wing before picking out Timothy Ogunrinde to cross into Christou but the ball is taken off his feet for a corner. Christou’s corner gets caught up between the players in the box and Perry Dunn plays a clever ball back out to Christou. It’s as good as another corner for Christou who swings the ball in once more, it’s half cleared to Sutton who mishits his first effort but as the ball spins back to him he makes no mistake second time around and rifles the ball in off the far post.

Ogunrinde chases down the ball on the right wing and pulls it back to Joel Nouble who holds the ball looking for an outlet before finding Reece Morgan speeding down the right wing, Morgan delivers but the ball is beyond Clark’s outstretched foot.

Merstham equalise in the thirty seventh minute and it is the troublesome Addai who gets past Sutton and drives the ball low across the area where Charlie Penny is on hand to touch home from six yards. Thurrock strive to get into the changing room in the lead. Christou flicks Morgan’s throw onto Joel Brown-Bampoe to shoot but Jones is well placed to save.

Half Time: Merstham 1 – 1 Thurrock

Merstham’s winner comes ten minutes into the second half. Perry Dunn is deep in Merstham territory as Thurrock push forwards, Jones mishandles the cross again but Liam Harwood comes to his rescue and clears downfield to Addai who again demonstrates excellent individual skill as he cuts in from the right wing and fires across Ben McNamara to score. Ten minutes later and again Addai breaks free but this time McNamara pulls off a great save.

Into the final ten minutes and Thurrock’s management make an audacious tactical change switching to three at the back and putting Ronnie Winn into his more natural position up front. It very nearly pays off straight away as Morgan’s throw comes through to Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves for a snap shot just over the bar. Moments later Thurrock sweep forwards with crisp interplay culminating with Winn getting a shot on target but only into Jones’ arms.

A final throw of the dice as Joel Brown-Bampoe drops back to centre half and Dunn moves up alongside Winn which gives Christou space to get a sight on goal but the shot skids wide.

Thurrock: Ben McNamara, Reece Morgan, Remi Sutton, Perry Dunn, Jordan Clark (Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves, 45), Joe Christou, Timothy Ogunrinde (Ibrahim Kehinde, 66), Joel Brown-Bampoe, James Goode, Ronnie Winn, Joel Nouble (Reece Cave, 66)
Unused: Toby Smith
Attendance: 141

Next Match: Sat 3rd Feb | Thurrock vs Enfield Town

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Key moments

Goal Remi Sutton scores for Thurrock
Goal Charlie Penny scores for Merstham
Goal Alex Addai scores for Merstham


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71:00 Sub On
Tutu Henriques is substituted on for Merstham
71:00 Sub Off
Michael Abnett is substituted off for Merstham
71:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Hall is yellow carded for Merstham
66:00 Sub On
Ibrahim Kehinde is substituted on for Thurrock
66:00 Sub Off
Timothy Ogunrinde is substituted off for Thurrock
66:00 Sub On
Reece Cave is substituted on for Thurrock
66:00 Sub Off
Joel Nouble is substituted off for Thurrock
60:00 Sub On
Tom Collins is substituted on for Merstham
60:00 Sub Off
Sean Bonnet-Johnson is substituted off for Merstham
60:00 Sub On
Tayshan Hayden-Smith is substituted on for Merstham
60:00 Sub Off
Reece Hall is substituted off for Merstham
54:00 Goal 2 - 1
Alex Addai scores for Merstham
51:00 Yellow Card
James Goode is yellow carded for Thurrock
45:00 Sub On
Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves is substituted on for Thurrock
45:00 Sub Off
Jordan Clark is substituted off for Thurrock
End of period 1
38:00 Goal 1 - 1
Charlie Penny scores for Merstham
30:00 Goal 0 - 1
Remi Sutton scores for Thurrock
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Merstham
  • Thurrock
  • 0
  • Remi Sutton Goal 30:00'
  • Charlie Penny Goal 38:00'
  • Claudio Ribeirio-Goncalves Sub On 45:00'
  • Jordan Clark Sub Off 45:00'
  • James Goode Yellow Card 51:00'
  • Alex Addai Goal 54:00'
  • Tom Collins Sub On 60:00'
  • Sean Bonnet-Johnson Sub Off 60:00'
  • Tayshan Hayden-Smith Sub On 60:00'
  • Reece Hall Sub Off 60:00'
  • Ibrahim Kehinde Sub On 66:00'
  • Timothy Ogunrinde Sub Off 66:00'
  • Reece Cave Sub On 66:00'
  • Joel Nouble Sub Off 66:00'
  • Tutu Henriques Sub On 71:00'
  • Michael Abnett Sub Off 71:00'
  • Ryan Hall Yellow Card 71:00'

Team selection

McNamara, Ben McNamara, Ben
Morgan, Reece Morgan, Reece
Sutton, Remi Sutton, Remi
Ogunrinde, Timothy Ogunrinde, Timothy
Winn, Ronnie Winn, Ronnie
Dunn, Perry Dunn, Perry
Christou, Joe Christou, Joe
Goode, James Goode, James
Nouble, Joel Nouble, Joel
Brown-Bampoe, Joel Brown-Bampoe, Joel
Clark, Jordan Clark, Jordan
  • 1. Ashlee Jones
  • 2. Michael Abnett
  • 3. Ben Harrison
  • 4. Tom Kavanagh
  • 5. Liam Harwood
  • 6. Simon Cooper
  • 7. Alex Addai
  • 8. Sean Bonnet-Johnson
  • 9. Charlie Penny
  • 10. Ryan Hall
  • 11. Reece Hall
  • 12. Tutu Henriques
  • 13. .
  • 14. Tom Collins
  • 15. Tayshan Hayden-Smith
  • 16. Joshe Antonio
  • 17. Alberto Lubango

League round up

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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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