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Oakfield clash goes against Thurrock RFC
12:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
RUGBY: THURROCK went down to a 54-18 defeat to Old Elthamians at Oakfield.
Despite the scoreline and heavy rain, the T’s took the first points when Frankie Neale slotted over a penalty after a Elthamians forward strayed offside at a ruck. But Old Elt hit back and took the lead.
With 13 minutes played, illegal binding in the scrum gave Thurrock the chance to retake the lead with a penalty. Neale was again successful – albeit via the crossbar to retake the lead as the scoreline reached 6-5.
However that’s the best it got for the home side as the rest of the half was dominated by the visitors.
Tries came at regular intervals from Bennett with more points being added by Rob White, Sullivan, and Porter with Tom White adding three conversions and two penalties for Thurrock to trail 6-37.
The the blue-and-yellows continued their push in the second period. White’s kick-offs gave Thurrock problems, while Ledger was the master of catching the home side’s restarts. An early penalty for White settled the visitors as Thurrock’s second row Cooper-Hicks got a yellow card for interfering with play while offside. And with the score at 6-40 this was the last thing the T’s needed, especially when Old Elt’s Tompkins held on to an interception and sprinted almost 70m to score under the posts.
Thurrock plugged away and were rewarded with a try from Cooper-Hicks, with Neale nailing the conversion. But a minute later Sullivan received a yellow card for a tackle off the ball and replacement Hobbs followed him to the sin-bin a couple of minutes later for being deliberately offside. Thurrock scored soon after through scrum-half Mike Titterton, sniping from the base of a scrum. Neale missed the kick; 18-47, as things started to look brighter for the home side. But right on the stroke of full time Williams slid over for a great team try. White bagged the conversion and referee Callum Howard blew the whistle with the score at 18-54. The young Thurrock side has had a hard start and the lessons learned from the two early defeats. They must cut out the errors that keep putting them on the back foot. Thurrock: Neale, Farrell, Sullivan (Madden 19m), Gorman, Barrand, Worsfold, Titterton, Keefe (Yeomans 62m), Durrance, Bevans-Royston, Cooper-Hicks, Banks, Flavin, Russo, Crowhurst (Loka 52m).
THURROCK’S hard start continues when they visit Bury St Edmunds with the kick off at 3pm.
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