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Saturday 30th August – Thurrock 2 – 3 Havant & Waterlooville
Hawks substitute Charlie Henry came off the bench to score a 76th minute winner to leave 10-men Thurrock still without a point after six games.
The visitors took a 13th minute lead after Jamie Collins was fouled by Rob Swaine. Matt Gray stepped up to curl the free kick into the top left hand corner.
Thurrock responded in the 20th minute after a great pass by Michael Spencer was converted by Fola Orilonishe.
Six minutes later and the hosts were in front. As Thurrock counter attacked, goalkeeper Andrew Young’s long throw found David Bryant. Bryant laid the ball back to Jon Docker whose one-two with Lee Flynn released Che Stadhart who slotted home.
The lead was short lived as in the 30th minute, Craig Watkins capitalised on Flynn’s misheader beating Young from close range.
Up until this point, the entertainment was purely relating to attacking football. However in the 32nd minute, as Flynn floated a free kick into the box, Swaine clashed into Kevin Scriven in what was deemed to be wreckless by Havant players and the referee and Swaine was sent off.
It can be argued that this had an impact on the game as chances were scarce until the 76th minute as Henry picked the ball up centrally, beat two Thurrock players before unleashing a 25 yard thunderbolt into the bottom corner.
Thurrock will be bitterly disappointed with the result today as they were every ounce worth a point, but yet again the visitors leave with all three points. Next up Thurrock face Hampton & Richmond Borough on Tuesday night at Ship Lane.
Thurrock: Young, Clark, Flynn, Swaine, Paine, Orilonishe, Spencer (86, McLeish), Docker, Lettejallow, Stadhart, Bryant Subs not used: Hussein, Araba, Read, Gilbert – Booked: Bryant, Lettejallow; Sent Off: Swaine
Havant & Waterlooville: Scriven, Conroy, Gasson (64, Henry), Collins, Elphick, Simpemba, Gray, Holloway (78, Wilkinson), Nightingale (67, Gargan), Watkins, Poate Subs not used: Slabber, Booth -Booked: Collins, Poate, Wilkinson