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Manager's son bags a brace to help Fleet advance in FA Cup
10:00am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
Bury Town 0,
FA CUP: MARK Stimson’s Thurrock achieved the result of the round as they beat Ryman Premier Bury Town to progress in the FA Cup.
Stimson’s son, Charlie, bagged a brace to ensure Fleet sunk Town.
And it took Thurrock just five minutes to take the lead as they swept forward. Brad Warner dinked a ball over the top to Stimson, which he gathered on his chest in the right-hand side of the box, before firing the ball home with a right-footed half-volley.
Fleet defended well.
And, on a number of occasions, took advantage as Bury over-committed to attacking plays which gave Fleet hope of scoring themselves. Soon after giving the visitors the lead, Stimson was left feeling hard done-by when his tap in from close range was ruled out for offside.
But his second of the game – and fifth of the season – eventually came in the 61st minute when he was on the end of another cross. Callum Ibe expertly controlled a Lou Hazelwood long-ball, before making for goal.
He looked up, cropssed to Stimson who was lucky enough to divert the ball home with a smart, cushioned touch.
Bury seldom troubled Stimson’s side, as they cruised through to the next round, setting up a second qualifying round tie with either Hitchin Town or Arlesley Town.
After the game, Stimson said: “Every single one of the boys were outstanding. “We were by far the better team.This is the best cup competition in the world. And to still be in it after a tricky tie away to Bury is fantastic.
“Financially, it’s massive for the club and we look forward to the draw.”
Thurrock: Ottley, Hazelwood, Santos, Clark, Gilman; Smith, Ibe, I'Anson, Warner; Nouble, Stimson.
For more see Friday's THURROCK GAZETTE