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Sat 31 Mar 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 139

Thurrock 0 - 0 Leiston

By Dom Baker

The hosts faced Leiston looking for their 5th win in a row after an impressive 3-1 victory last weekend. The visitors came into the tie in good form themselves having gone 8 games without defeat. Before kick-off Leiston sat just outside of the play-off spots in 7th whilst Thurrock recent run saw them climb to 13th. New signing Ellis Brown started on the right flank.

The Fleet were causing problems from the start. Seconds after the whistle Ronnie Winn latched onto a clipped ball, took it round the keeper but couldn’t find the net. The resulting corner saw Jordan Clark win a duel at the front post but put his volley narrowly wide. Thurrock flew out of the blocks.

On the 4th minute the hosts came forward again. Lewwis Spence found an overlapping Remi Sutton who drove into the box but couldn’t capitalise. You could tell from early on that Thurrock were a team with a wealth of confidence.

Leiston responded with the best chance of the half just moments later. A deep free kick was hooked forward and into the path of Jake Reed. The striker found Chris Henderson’s driving run on the penalty spot but blasted the ball well over.

Captain Lewwis Spence was commanding the midfield and won another battle on the 8th minute. He found Ronnie Winn who slid a composed pass into Jordan Clark. The midfielder was 1-on-1 but skewed his effort wide – a real chance for the hosts who would have deserved the lead.

It was a crazy first 15 minutes, I’m not sure how the game was still goalless but it was truly end-to-end.

After taking a corner for the visitors Patrick Brothers picked up the ball from a lay-off and bent the ball with his left foot. It was dipping into the top corner and needed the hand of Ben McNamara to tip it over. Leiston grew into the first half after a shaky start and began to show their quality.

Kyle Hammond went into the referee’s book for a tug on Joel Nouble and moments later Nouble was causing problems again, this time Dominic Docherty was cautioned.

HALF TIME: Thurrock 0 – 0 Leiston

Just 5 minutes after the break Leiston’s Darren Mills replaced Dominic Docherty who had been booked and further warned. Unlike the first half, the opening exchanges of the second were scrappy and much more physical.

Leiston almost took the lead on the 57th minute after a Seb Dunbar cross caused panic in the Thurrock goalmouth. Lewwis Spence’s touch diverted the ball over McNamara but recovered well with a spectacular goal-line clearance.

Thurrock reacted with their first and second substitution as debutant Ellis Brown made way for Timothy Ogunrinde. Shortly after, Reece Cave entered the game in place of Joel Nouble.

On the hour mark, Leiston looked to take charge of this game and were committing men forward. Darren Mills jinked past his man and flashed the ball across the face. A combination of George Winn and McNamara saw it away safely.

Another booking went Leiston’s way. This time Patrick Brothers was cautioned for speaking out of turn. Brothers was then replaced by Christie Finch. Thurrock responded with a change in defence as George Winn made way and was replaced by Joe Oseyemi.

As the game became stretched it was clear that Leiston weren’t intent on settling for a draw.

In the 83rd minute a long ball bounced through the Thurrock back-line and found the feet of Henderson. The midfielder went down after colliding with McNamara but the referee waved play on. Henderson was booked for his protests and then replaced by Joe Marsden.

Play was winding down but the tempo wasn’t slowing. Thurrock broke on a counter attack with 5 minutes to play through Ronnie Winn. The striker went past 2 orange shirts but blazed his shot over the bar.

Leiston went down the other end and earned a golden chance to steal all 3 points. Jake Reed cut inside of Reece Morgan who obstructed the striker’s run, the referee didn’t hesitate this time and pointed to the spot. Leiston’s Jack Ainsley stepped up and passed his penalty wide of the left post – an awful penalty in a high-pressure situation.

The visitors weren’t finished there though. Leiston carved out another fine chance on the 88th minute. A counter attack saw the ball cut back for Seb Dunbar who struck the ball towards the near post, the effort was blocked bravely by Dexter Peter who got high-fives from his entire back 4 as a result.

Thurrock turned defence into attack in the blink of an eye by countering quickly out wide. A driving run from midfield created a 2 on 2 situation in the dying seconds. Winn found Jordan Clark who had only the keeper to beat but forced a fine save from Leiston’s number one.


Thurrock’s first 0-0 of the season certainly wasn’t a dull affair, on another day there would have been a flurry of goals. The Fleet more than held their own against a team pushing for promotion and could have won it late on. A fine display that extends their terrific recent form.

Team: Ben McNamara, Reece Morgan, Remi Sutton, James Goode, Dexter Peter, Jordan Clark, George Winn (Joe Oseyemi 73) , Lewwis Spence, Ellis Brown (Timothy Ogunrinde 60), Ronnie Winn, Joel Nouble (Reece Cave 64)

Unused: Toby Smith, Connor Weston

Attendance: 139

Next Match: Mon 2nd Apr | Harlow Town vs Thurrock

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ben McNamara keeps a clean sheet for Thurrock
83:00 Missed Penalty
Jack Ainsley misses a penalty for Leiston
80:00 Sub On
Joe Marsden is substituted on for Leiston
80:00 Sub Off
Chris Henderson is substituted off for Leiston
78:00 Yellow Card
Darren Mills is yellow carded for Leiston
73:00 Sub On
Joe Oseyemi is substituted on for Thurrock
73:00 Sub Off
George Winn is substituted off for Thurrock
71:00 Sub Off
Patrick Brothers is substituted off for Leiston
71:00 Sub On
Christy Finch is substituted on for Leiston
68:00 Yellow Card
Patrick Brothers is yellow carded for Leiston
64:00 Sub Off
Joel Nouble is substituted off for Thurrock
64:00 Sub On
Reece Cave is substituted on for Thurrock
60:00 Sub Off
Ellis Brown is substituted off for Thurrock
60:00 Sub On
Timothy Ogunrinde is substituted on for Thurrock
50:00 Sub Off
Dominic Docherty is substituted off for Leiston
50:00 Sub On
Darren Mills is substituted on for Leiston
End of period 1
41:00 Yellow Card
Dominic Docherty is yellow carded for Leiston
37:00 Yellow Card
Kyle Hammond is yellow carded for Leiston
16:00 Yellow Card
Byron Lawrence is yellow carded for Leiston
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Thurrock
  • Leiston
  • 0
  • Byron Lawrence Yellow Card 16:00'
  • Kyle Hammond Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Dominic Docherty Yellow Card 41:00'
  • Darren Mills Sub On 50:00'
  • Dominic Docherty Sub Off 50:00'
  • Timothy Ogunrinde Sub On 60:00'
  • Ellis Brown Sub Off 60:00'
  • Reece Cave Sub On 64:00'
  • Joel Nouble Sub Off 64:00'
  • Patrick Brothers Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Christy Finch Sub On 71:00'
  • Patrick Brothers Sub Off 71:00'
  • Joe Oseyemi Sub On 73:00'
  • George Winn Sub Off 73:00'
  • Darren Mills Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Joe Marsden Sub On 80:00'
  • Chris Henderson Sub Off 80:00'
  • Jack Ainsley Missed Penalty 83:00'

Team selection

McNamara, Ben McNamara, Ben
Morgan, Reece Morgan, Reece
Peter, Dexter Peter, Dexter
Nouble, Joel Nouble, Joel
Winn, George Winn, George
Sutton, Remi Sutton, Remi
Clark, Jordan Clark, Jordan
Spence, Lewwis Spence, Lewwis
Winn, Ronnie Winn, Ronnie
Brown, Ellis Brown, Ellis
Goode, James Goode, James
  • 1. Marcus Garnham
  • 2. Kyle Hammond
  • 3. Seb Dunbar
  • 4. Jack Ainsley
  • 5. Joe Jefford
  • 6. Tom Bullard
  • 7. Byron Lawrence
  • 8. Chris Henderson
  • 9. Jake Reed
  • 10. Dominic Docherty
  • 11. Patrick Brothers
  • 12. Christy Finch
  • 13. .
  • 14. Darren Mills
  • 15. Joe Marsden
  • 16. Harry Knights
  • 17. Charlie Beckwith

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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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