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Saturday 8th November – Thurrock vs Basingstoke
League – 3pm
An excellent Thurrock performance saw them move up to mid table as they destroyed Basingstoke Town 6-0.
The early exchanges saw the visitors on top, but the first chance after 15 minutes fell to Fola Orilonishe but the winger shot straight at Chris Waller in the ‘Stoke goal.
Neither side created anything for the next 15 but the game changed on 33 minutes when the visitors forward Ross Montague was shown a red card for an over the top challenge on Matt Paine. Thurrock then dominated the rest of the half with Orilonishe having a header well saved by Waller before Mark Wright scored a fantastic 35 yard volley on 37 minutes.
The lead was doubled two minutes before half time when Thurrock scored a fantastic goal. Paine played a lovely pass with the outside of the foot to Orilonishe whose cross was smashed against the bar on the volley by Che Stadart, on loan midfielder Charlie Howard was composed as he drilled home the rebound from 12 yards out.
The second half saw the home side dominate, after 52 minutes Leon McKenzie had the ball in the net, only to see if disallowed for an offside. The third goal was coming and it was scored by the impressive Orilonishe with a fantastic rising shot into the top corner.
With 20 minutes left Orilonishe doubled his tally when he was sent clear by McKenzie’s flick and he lifted the ball over the onrushing Waller. Waller then made a good save to keep the scoreline respectable when Stadhart was sent clear but there was nothing he could do when substitute David Bryant scored a flick header from Wright’s cross. Bryant then added a sixth in stoppage time after excellent work from Danny Hart.