• KetteringA14

    The Official site of Thurrock Football Club

    Tuesday 4th November – Kettering Town 4 – 1 Thurrock

    Setanta Shield – 7:45pm

    6Shots on2
    9Shots off6
    14Fouls Against13
    Star ManOrilonishe

    There are 30 league places between Kettering Town and Thurrock and it showed as the Blue Square Premier Division leaders ran out comfortable 4-1 winners of the Third Round Setanta Shield tie at Rockingham Road. 

    It was Chris Beardsley who had the first opportunity of the game just before the quarter of an hour mark, heading a Chris Arthur cross into the hands of Thurrock goalkeeper Joe Woolley.

    Thurrock’s first chance occurred twenty minutes in, when Danny Hart crossed to Leon McKenzie who headed the ball passed Lee Harper and into the net only to be given off side

    The deadlock was broken 34 minutes in by Kettering winger Craig Westcarr. Brett Solkhon delivered an excellent in-swinging cross from the left and Westcarr drifted in from the right, before directing the ball with his head into the corner of the net.

    Kettering continued to pressurise the Thurrock defence, with Solkhon in the thick of it. After playing a one-two with Chris Arthur, Solkhon’s shot was blocked by Thurrock’s Mark Wright and the looping deflection was well saved by Joe Woolley.

    As half time approached Westcarr swung a cross in towards Iyseden Christie, who managed to volley the ball. The resulting effort struck the Thurrock woodwork for the second time in the half.

    The first chance of the second half fell to Thurrock striker Craig Hughes. Hughes attempted to loop a header, from winger Fola Orilonishe’s cross, over Lee Harper, but the ball went over the cross bar.

    On the hour mark Thurrock winger Fola Orilonishe almost grabbed an equaliser when he cut inside running at Tommy Jazsczun. Orilonishe shot early, low and hard towards the near post, but Harper was positioned well to make the save and hold onto the ball. Soon after Kettering did finally double their lead when Westcarr’s corner was swung in, with Solkhon on the end of it, powering a header past Woolley.

    Kettering all but sealed the game, when Chris Beardsley grabbed the third goal, with just 15 minutes remaining. Tommy Jazsczun cleverly played substitute Jean-Paul Marna a through ball down the left flank. Marna intelligently looked up and spotted the run of Beardsley, squaring the ball to the striker, who fired home from close range.

    However three minutes later Thurrock pulled a gaol back. Hart played a first-rate cross field ball towards the run of striker McKenzie, goal side of Kettering’s defence. McKenzie took a touch and set himself before firing past Harper, bringing the score to 3-1.

    Some excellent saves by Woolley kept the score at 3-1.  However Kettering added their fourth and final goal. It was scored by Solkhon grabbing his second of the game, from a Westcarr cross, again with a header.  

  • FisherA30

    The Official site of Thurrock Football Club

    Saturday 1st November – Fisher Athletic 0 – 3 Thurrock

    League, 3pm

    3Shots on5
    1Shots off8
    13Fouls Against12
    Star Man

    Superb Thurrock Batter Fish – A superb Thurrock performance in horrible conditions at Champion Hill saw them move up to 16th in the table.

    The early exchanges were fairly even with the only moments of note being a booking and a cut to Fleet defender Rob Swaine. That changed in the 24th minute when a good cross from Danny Hart on the right led to a goalmouth scramble and Leon McKenzie getting the final touch to force the ball over the line.

    Thurrock became dominant after that and Swaine was unlucky with a header that went just wide with Kenny Clarke trying to double the lead. Fola Orinolishe headed just wide moments later from a corner, the visitors being so dominant that Fisher were hardly able to get out of their own half. The second goal was coming and it was no surprise when the excellent Leon McKenzie headed home from Hart’s fantastic right wing cross. The game was nearly put beyond all doubt in the last minute of the half but Hart’s shot hit the side netting.

    Thurrock started the second half as brightly as they had ended the first and Orinolishe’s shot was well dealt with by Overland in the Fisher goal. Leon McKenzie had a great chance for his hat trick on 70 minutes but his well struck shot went just wide of the target with the keeper beaten.

    The third goal came two minutes later when Hart scored his first goal for the club, a well struck shot from ten yards out. With five minutes to go Fisher had their first clear sighting of goal but Joe Woolley made a smart save to protect his clean sheet.

  • WivenhoeA05

    The Official site of Thurrock Football Club

    Tuesday 28th October – Wivenhoe 5 – 0 Thurrock

    Essex Senior Cup, 7:45pm

    11Shots on3
    6Shots off4
    6Fouls Against11
    Star Man

    An under-strength Thurrock side, deprived of players affected by injury, car accidents and the credit crunch, said goodbye to the Essex senior Cup in style as free-scoring Wivenhoe inflicted the Fleet’s second 5-0 cup defeat against lower League opposition on a freezing October evening.

    Full match report and stats to follow.