Thurrock FC play-off dreams finally sunk

Staines Town 3 Thurrock 0 Any lingering thoughts Fleet fans might have had of forcing their way back into the play-off fight were extinguished in this heavy defeat at Staines.

The host side are also likely to just miss out in qualifying for the promotion mix, but Thurrock’s failure to make it should not hide the fact that they have had a fabulous season after coming close to relegation last year.

Despite the size of Saturday’s defeat, Thurrock played a full part in the action.

But they had no answer to the finishing skills of Swans’ hat-trick hero John Marquis.

He gave the hosts a fifth-minute lead and, after chances at either end, made it 2-0 just past the hour.

After Joe Woolley in the Fleet goal saved from Marquis and Mark Charles-Smith in great style, the former completed his trio with a penalty, scored at the second attempt after the referee ruled that the keeper moved in saving the first shot.

Hakan Hayrettin’s men host Hampton and Richmond tomorrow before ending their season at Ship Lane next Saturday with a visit from Bromley.

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