Ryman Isthmian League North at Ship Lane
Mitchell Young Reports…
Thurrock FC vs Redbridge FC
Thurrock continue their play-off push as they more to one point off Needham Market with a 2-1 home win over local side Redbridge.
A first half goal from Ross Wall and second half goal from Charlie Stimson was enough to claim all three points, despite Daniel Francis getting a goal back for Redbridge.
Redbridge had the better of the possession in the first 15 minutes with neither side causing either keeper to make a save.
The home side had the first clear cut chance as Kurt Smith headed the ball over the defence to Remi Sutton who had a clear shot on goal but scuffed his volley wide 22 minutes in.
Thurrock continued to press with Charlie Stimson as he teed up a shot for Ross Wall to strike from 25 yards but for a great save down low to his right, Dean Driscoll denied the hosts.
Thurrock broke the deadlock 24 minutes in as Remi Sutton dinked the ball back in the box from a corner to an unmarked Ross Wall who fired home from close range.
The home side looked uncomfortable on the ball until the goal but after that settled down and began to look more confident on the ball.
In the second half Sutton almost doubled their lead as he intercepted the ball in his own half, advanced down the left and played a one two with Stimson but his shot was tame.
Thurrock grabbed a second nine minutes into the second half as Mark Onyemah was given time for a shot on goal which was saved but Wall was alert to the loose ball and shot for Stimson to poke home.
Redbridge felt the goal should not have stood as Stimson had to be offside to tap in from literally the goal line but the goal stood.
The visitors put their frustration to good use as Daniel Francis got one back for Redbridge seven minutes later after he slotted in a rebounded shot from a tight angle.
Bradbury stung the hands of Andy Walker five minutes from time as they were in search of their equaliser.
Thurrock held on in the closing stages to take the victory and make it four consecutive wins and look in good form with a vital game in hand which could be the difference if they take the final play-off spot.
Thurrock Line-up: Walker, Girdlestone, Sutton, Fleming, Gilman ©, Martin, Clark, Onyemah, Smith (Perkins 59), Stimson, Wall
Redbridge Line-up: Driscoll, Bansende (Adamou), Worrell (Parish), Smith ©, Thomas, Good, Thompson, Carlile, Francis, Damali, Bradbury