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Thurrock 3 Dorking Wanderers 2
Posted: 19th August 2017
Disjointed Dorking Wanderers slipped to defeat against fellow Bostik Premier newcomers Thurrock, in a performance lacking cutting edge with just two attempts on target.
A ponderous start saw Dorking closed down quickly by a Thurrock side with a commitment that made up for any technical shortcomings.
It took little more than 15 minutes for the home side to take the lead, as Dorking failed to clear their lines.
A superb Sam Beard block snuffed out the initial danger as the ball was cut back into the box but, as it was whipped back into the penalty area, defensive headers lacked distance and Thurrock’s Charlie Stimson showed the most desire to reach a loose ball six yards out, looping it high into the net.
“The reaction to the second ball was poor,” conceded manager Marc White. ”We’re used to being top of the league at a lower level where teams don't always punish you, but we need to get used to what it takes to compete here in the Premier Division.”
It could have been worse for Wanderers two minutes later, as Ronnie Winn sliced the ball over the bar with the goal gaping, but Briggs began to get crosses in and combined well with Tolfrey, one such move leading to a penalty as Briggs was sent tumbling in the box.
The keeper saved Tolfrey’s spot kick, but the striker was quickest to the rebound, tucking it into the net for the equaliser.
“We were playing good football at that point and deserved to be level,” said the boss. “But Thurrock upped their game and we didn't react.”
And on the stroke of half time, it was further slack defending that saw Thurrock restore their lead. A first time cross picked out Stimson unmarked at the far post and the former Barnet man rose unchallenged to plant a precise header into the bottom corner of the net, just beyond the desperately outstretched arm of Huk.
Wanderers showed more urgency in the second half, but no greater fluency.
A Matt Briggs shot dragged comfortably wide of the far post was the closest to an equaliser before a third Thurrock goal from a quickly taken free kick put the game beyond reach in the closing stages.
Ironically, the best goal of the game was still to come and went to Wanderers. An added time cross field ball picked out Briggs, who weaved his way into the box and past three defenders before planting a shot low into the far corner.
It was a superb individual effort, lighting up an otherwise dull team performance.