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Thurrock
Kingstonian
L Spence (25'), M Pindy (90' Sent Off)
Full time
M Gogonas (19' Sent Off), C Hunte (90' Sent Off)
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 196

Thurrock 1 - 0 Kingstonian

By Dom Baker

The penultimate game of the season saw the Fleet host a professional game for the very last time. This emotional occasion saw Kingstonian arrive at Ship Lane for the 45th fixture of this Bostik Premier League season. Before kick off the visitors sat in 18th but unbeaten in the last 5 games, while Thurrock occupied 15th, just 1 point ahead. The Fleet’s successful season meant that there was little pressure on this game, they were mathematically safe, but everyone involved with the club wanted a win today.

Tommy South led the two teams out accompanied by a rabble of excited mascots, met with a warm applause.

It was an attacking team put out by Mark Stimson with Joel Nouble and Ellis Brown out wide supporting Ronnie Winn and Charlie Stimson. Thurrock looked to attack at every opportunity taking advantage of the space left in behind the Kingstonian defence.

21st Apr 2018 | Kingstonian (H)
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On the 11th minute mark it almost paid dividends. Lewwis Spence picked up a loose ball on the half-way line and looked up to find 4 yellow shirts running into space. His looped ball found Ellis Brown who took it down well but couldn’t evade a last-ditch tackle from defender Sean Francis.

It was a truly exciting atmosphere at Ship Lane, chanting fans and players who could get one on the edge of their seat. Through lack of a better phrase – we were really going for it.

On the 19th minute Kingstonian were reduced to 10 as Manolis Gogonas got his marching orders. An off-the-ball altercation with Charlie Stimson was deemed a straight red offence that was met by little appeal.

Moments later Thurrock created another great chance. Once again it was Ellis Brown who sprung the offside trap and latched onto a looped ball over the Kingstonain back-four. Brown struck a left-footed volley, forcing a top save from opposition captain Rob Tolfrey.

It wasn’t long before Thurrock took advantage of the extra man. Once again Lewwis Spence picked up a loose ball in the centre of the pitch. This time he took a touch out of his feet and unleashed a strike into the very top corner. The team, including keeper Ben McNamara came together to celebrate in the centre circle before the captain pointed to the seat of Tommy South. A beautiful moment and a deserved lead.

GOAL
Thurrock 1-0 Kingstonain
Lewwis Spence (25’)

There was a confidence in everything Thurrock were doing. The Fleet weren’t just keeping the ball but were moving forward constantly, orchestrated by the goalscorer.

Kingstonian reacted by making an early change on the 39th minute as Daniel Ajakaiye made way for Freddy Yao.

Before that substitute could even get settled, Thurrock were attacking again. This time Ellis Brown found some space on the left flank, unleashing another half volley that beat the keeper but also the post.

The Kingstonain change had certainly improved the side after the red card. They started coming into the game just before half-time with a period of possession and set pieces. Toby Ajala collected the ball 30-yards from goal following a cleared corner and struck one with his left foot that skewed over.

Thurrock got in-behind immediately after with Ronnie Winn on the left-hand side, his centred ball was cleared, taken from the toe of Joel Nouble. The resulting corner saw Winn float the ball onto Stimson on the penalty spot. The striker rose the highest but couldn’t keep the ball down.

HALF TIME: Thurrock 1 – 0 Kingstonian

Thurrock made their first change at the break as Reece Morgan replaced James Goode.

Minutes into the second half Kingstonian tested McNamara for the first time. Substitute Freddy Yao collected the ball from deep and unleashed a great strike to the keeper’s right. McNamara got down quickly and Dexter Peter cleared the rebound.

Kingstonian came forward once again just moments later. Striker Faal drove at the heart of the Thurrock defence, rode a challenge from Spence before forcing McNamara into another smart save, this time to his left.

Thurrock’s second change came on the hour mark as Michael Pindy entered the game, replacing Ellis Brown.

The initial excitement of the first half turned to nervousness in the second. The next goal was so important and whilst Kingstonian were committing more men forward, the Fleet were dangerous on the break.

Jordan Clark snapped into a tackle winning the ball on the half way line, he teed up Nouble who found Ronnie Winn’s run on the break. Winn drove into the box and found Stimson one-on-one with the keeper. His strike was stopped superbly by keeper Tolfrey who kept his side in the game. A lightning quick counter attack from the Fleet.

Thurrock’s third and final change saw Timothy Ogunrinde replace Joel Nouble with 10 minutes left to play.

The Fleet could have doubled their lead on the 84th as Jordan Clark found Pindy’s run on the right flank. The winger drove at the by-line and centred for Stimson who just couldn’t quite connect from close-range however.

The game’s last attack saw Pindy bypass two opposition defenders before squaring the ball to Ogunrinde who slotted into an empty net. Celebrations were cut short however, as the linesman’s flag denied a 2-goal cushion.

Kingstonian had one last chance from a corner deep into stoppage time. The keeper came up and into the box but the delivery wasn’t good enough, from the counter attack Pindy drove forward towards an open goal. Connor Hunte took him down viciously and smashed the ball out of play. The resulting free kick was taken and the referee’s whistle indicated a win for Thurrock on Ship Lane’s final game.

Another impressive win with a clean sheet along the way. Thurrock were exciting in the first and resilient in the second.

After the game, the players and management team were applauded off the pitch through a guard of honour

Thurrock: Ben McNamara, Ellis Brown (Michael Pindy 61), Remi Sutton, George Winn, Dexter Peter, James Goode (Reece Morgan 45), Jordan Clark, Lewwis Spence, Charlie Stimson, Ronnie Winn, Joel Nouble (Timothy Ogunrinde 81)

Unused:- Toby Smith, Connor Weston

Attendance – 196

Next Match: Sat 28th Apr | Staines Town vs Thurrock

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Key moments

19:00
Red Card Manolis Gogonas is sent off for Kingstonian
25:00
Goal Lewwis Spence scores for Thurrock
90:00
Red Card Michael Pindy is sent off for Thurrock
90:00
Red Card Connor Hunte is sent off for Kingstonian

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21st Apr 2018 | Kingstonian (H)
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Highlights

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ben McNamara keeps a clean sheet for Thurrock
90:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Michael Pindy is sent off for Thurrock
90:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Connor Hunte is sent off for Kingstonian
81:00 Sub On
Timothy Ogunrinde is substituted on for Thurrock
81:00 Sub Off
Joel Nouble is substituted off for Thurrock
61:00 Sub On
Jason Williams is substituted on for Kingstonian
61:00 Sub On
Michael Pindy is substituted on for Thurrock
61:00 Sub Off
Ellis Brown is substituted off for Thurrock
61:00 Sub Off
Alex Willis is substituted off for Kingstonian
57:00 Sub On
Connor Hunte is substituted on for Kingstonian
57:00 Sub Off
Michael West is substituted off for Kingstonian
46:00 Sub On
Reece Morgan is substituted on for Thurrock
46:00 Sub Off
James Goode is substituted off for Thurrock
End of period 1
33:00 Sub On
Freddy Yao is substituted on for Kingstonian
33:00 Sub Off
Daniel Ajakaiye is substituted off for Kingstonian
25:00 Assist
Ronnie Winn makes an assist for Thurrock
25:00 Goal 1 - 0
Lewwis Spence scores for Thurrock
19:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Manolis Gogonas is sent off for Kingstonian
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Thurrock
  • Kingstonian
  • 0
  • Manolis Gogonas Red Card 19:00'
  • Lewwis Spence Goal 25:00'
  • Ronnie Winn Assist 25:00'
  • Freddy Yao Sub On 33:00'
  • Daniel Ajakaiye Sub Off 33:00'
  • Reece Morgan Sub On 46:00'
  • James Goode Sub Off 46:00'
  • Connor Hunte Sub On 57:00'
  • Michael West Sub Off 57:00'
  • Michael Pindy Sub On 61:00'
  • Ellis Brown Sub Off 61:00'
  • Jason Williams Sub On 61:00'
  • Alex Willis Sub Off 61:00'
  • Timothy Ogunrinde Sub On 81:00'
  • Joel Nouble Sub Off 81:00'
  • Michael Pindy Red Card 90:00'
  • Connor Hunte Red Card 90:00'

Team selection

McNamara, Ben McNamara, Ben
Goode, James Goode, James
Winn, George Winn, George
Nouble, Joel Nouble, Joel
Peter, Dexter Peter, Dexter
Sutton, Remi Sutton, Remi
Brown, Ellis Brown, Ellis
Spence, Lewwis Spence, Lewwis
Stimson, Charlie Stimson, Charlie
Winn, Ronnie Winn, Ronnie
Clark, Jordan Clark, Jordan
Kingstonian
  • 1. Rob Tolfrey
  • 2. Toby Ajala
  • 3. Chris Arthur
  • 4. Manolis Gogonas
  • 5. Sean Francis
  • 6. Dan Bowry
  • 7. Daniel Ajakaiye
  • 8. Greg Cundle
  • 9. Alex Willis
  • 10. Michael West
  • 11. Muhammadu Faal
  • 12. Leo Chambers
  • 13. .
  • 14. Connor Hunte
  • 15. Freddy Yao
  • 16. Jason Williams

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Burgess Hill Town
1
1
Staines Town
0
1
Worthing
Folkestone Invicta
0
3
Hendon
3
0
Merstham
Margate
1
2
Billericay Town
Tooting & Mitcham United
0
1
Wingate & Finchley
2
0
Dorking Wanderers

League table

# Team Pl Pts
11. Metropolitan Police 45 63
12. Harrow Borough 45 60
13. Thurrock 45 57
14. Worthing 45 56
15. Kingstonian 44 56
16. Enfield Town 45 55
17. Dorking Wanderers 45 55

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