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Mon 1 Jan 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 136

Thurrock clinch narrow win

Harlow Town were unlucky to come away with nothing after coming up against a resolute Thurrock defence.

Harlow Town started 2018 with a loss as a fortuitous goal from Curtis Ujah just before half time sealed the three points for the hosts.

The Hawks had sustained periods of pressure, but came up against an excellent Thurrock defence who wouldn’t be broken down.

It was Thurrock who created the opening chances when a shot inside the penalty area caused a scramble, but Timothy Ogunrinde and Jordan Clark couldn’t concert the rebounds.

The Hawks hit back with chances of their own. Toby Ajala sent a dangerous looking cross into the box but with the goal in front of him Kezie Ibe couldn’t divert into the net

Junior Dadson was then put through on the Thurrock goal by Fabion Simms’ inch-perfect ball, but former Harlow stopper Ben McNamara saved well to keep the game goalless.

Alex Read continued the pressure for Harlow when his curling shot from the edge of the area just drifted wide of the post.

The chances continued to come for both sides, and when Perry Dunn connected with a free header from a corner he should have put the hosts ahead but it missed the target.

It was the turn of Harlow goalkeeper David Hughes to make a save when he saved from Lewwis Spence, as neither team could find the breakthrough.

As it looked as though the first half would remain goalless, Thurrock took the lead. Joe Christou’s corner was met by Curtis Ujah, and when his header cannoned off the post and fell kindly to him again, he poked home the rebound.

HT: Thurrock 1-0 Harlow Town

The game continued in the second period with both sides trading blows. The Hawks continued to enjoy large spells of possession, but they were unable to turn it into clear-cut chances as the Thurrock defence nullified the Harlow attacks.

Hawks boss Danny Chapman rang the changes with the introduction of attackers Tommie Fagg and Leon Antoine in an attempt to break down the resolute defence, and Fagg almost had a direct impact when he went close with a free kick.

Thurrock were absorbing the pressure, and almost doubled their lead when Remi Sutton crashed an effort off the crossbar from inside the penalty area.

Harlow Town threw everything at the Thurrock defence in the search for an equaliser, but despite delivering several dangerous balls into the box in the final ten minutes, the hosts cleared their lines expertly to hold on for the win.

FT: Thurrock 1-0 Harlow Town

Jey Siva

Player of the Match

Jey Siva

Key moments

Goal Goal for Thurrock


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90:00 Player of the Match
Jey Siva is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
75:00 Sub On
Leon Antoine is substituted on for Harlow Town
75:00 Sub Off
Kezie Ibe is substituted off for Harlow Town
66:00 Yellow Card
Ibrahima Sonko is yellow carded for Harlow Town
61:00 Sub Off
Toby Ajala is substituted off for Harlow Town
61:00 Sub On
Jimmy Shepherd is substituted on for Harlow Town
59:00 Sub Off
Alex Read is substituted off for Harlow Town
59:00 Sub On
Tommie Fagg is substituted on for Harlow Town
End of period 1
41:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Thurrock
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Thurrock
  • Harlow Town
  • 0
  • Goal 41:00'
  • Alex Read Sub Off 59:00'
  • Tommie Fagg Sub On 59:00'
  • Toby Ajala Sub Off 61:00'
  • Jimmy Shepherd Sub On 61:00'
  • Ibrahima Sonko Yellow Card 66:00'
  • Kezie Ibe Sub Off 75:00'
  • Leon Antoine Sub On 75:00'

Team selection

Hughes, David Hughes, David
Small, Jared Small, Jared
Siva, Jey Siva, Jey
Baker, James Baker, James
Sonko, Ibrahima Sonko, Ibrahima
Ajala, Toby Ajala, Toby
Dadson, Junior Dadson, Junior
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Gordon, Syrus Gordon, Syrus
Ibe, Kezie Ibe, Kezie
Read, Alex Read, Alex

League round up

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Folkestone Invicta
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League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49
20. Brightlingsea Regent 46 48
21. Harlow Town 46 47
22. Lowestoft Town 46 43
23. Burgess Hill Town 46 36
24. Tooting & Mitcham United 46 36

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