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Tuesday 22nd July – Concord Rangers 1 – 3 Thurrock
Thurrock ran out 3-1 winners against Concord Rangers on a warm evening where the score line could have been much more favorable for the visitors.
Thurrock took the lead in the 20th minute as Rob Swaine’s superb pass found Phil Anderson on the left who squared to Che Stadhart who tapped in from close range.
Two minutes later and the lead was doubled. Michael Spencer’s corner was dropped by the Concord goalkeeper and Sherman Stanley bundled the ball over the line.
In the 40th minute, Stadhart raced onto Craig Hughes’ through ball, and the experienced front man looked to have notched his second of the game but was denied as Thurrock legend Gary Howard cleared off the line.
Four minutes into the second half and the impressive strike partnership of Stadhart and Stanley linked up again. Stadhart turned provider to Stanley whose deflected effort beat the ‘keeper from close range only to be ruled out by a dubious offside flag.
In the 56th minute, the hosts had something to cheer about as Lee Smith managed to get in behind Phil Anderson and smash the ball home from 18 yards.
Alex Read and Kenny Clark were both gifted one on one chances but neither could convert. However, on 78 minutes Michael Lodge beat the offside trap to restore Thurrock’s two goal lead.
Two minutes later and Thurrock were awarded a penalty as Spencer was fouled. Greg Lincoln, usually so composed from the spot, proceeded in smashing his effort high and wide.
Lincoln continued to threaten with some outstanding passing and could have notched up an assist to wipe out the penalty miss but firstly Matt Paine hit the bar, and minutes later Read’s header was ruled out for offside.