RUGBY: THURROCK’s fourth string beat May & Baker 41-12 at the weekend.
T’s started strongly and soon scored through club stalwart Steve Bridger, with a pick and drive over from some way out. Next on the score sheet was Danny Holding, after taking the ball just outside the May 22 and weaving himself over.
Both tries were converted by Joel Dailey, giving the fourth string a 14-0 lead at half time.
Thurrock’s first team coaches, Jamie Daisley (number 10), and Butch Wilkins (flanker) enjoyed a game for the fourths.
A few changes were made at half time to give everyone a game before Christmas.
However, May came back immediately at the start of the second half, attacking through their forwards and bursting over under the posts.
Then the T’s scored again, with centre Paul Stone gaining his debut try out wide. Returnee Aaron Woodward, back after an injury, scored two quick breakaway tries.
He was replaced by Anthony Stevenson and Kev Polley came in from the wing to make his debut in the back row.
But May battled hard and their backs and forwards linking well to score wide out via their winger.
They put the Thurrock team on the back foot.
The last try went to Dean Monk who burst through a maul to score under the posts. Thurrock coaches were pleased to see Paul Stone, Wes Shaw and Ash Bodimeade join the fourths squad.
The next game for Thurrock’s fourths is at a home fixture against Westcliff on January 5th 5.