MARK Stimson was pleased with his side's "near perfect" start to the season as they secured their first opening day league win in 10 years.

Thurrock beat Brentwood Town 3-0 in the first game of the season on Saturday.

His side were second best to their South Essex rivals in the first-half - and were fortunate not go behind to the lively Alex Akrofi - but a clinical and impressive second half showing saw them score three and secure the a good win.

Ross Wall opened the scoring in the 69th minute, rounding off a slick move with a half-volley rifled across Olly Bowls.

An own-goal saw Fleet double the scoring eight minutes later, as Jack Paxman's free-kick from the left ricocheted into the net.

Lamar Reynolds, making his debut as a substitute at half-time, then slotted Thurrock's third in the 89th minute, tapping home after a quick counter-attack - started by the impressive James Goode nicking the ball in the middle.

Thurrock boss Stimson was pleased with the win, but was reluctant to lavish his players with praise - citing a disappointing first half display as the only negative on an otherwise excellent afternoon for Fleet.

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Brentwood boss Adam Flanagan also spoke to the Gazette. He was disappointed that his side, who flagged in the second period, failed to take their early chances.

See the full interview with him below: