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This may be of interest to you U.B as you mentioned Echo League. Posted on Braintree forum sunday night. Under title "Ricay Dream Fades away"
Thurrock U18's V Braintree Town U18's
In the Eastern Junior Alliance League Cup preliminary round we went to Thurrock this morning for an 11 am kick off. Knowing that on the 17th October the winners would host Ricay in the 1st round.
The game was played at Thurrock college, unfortunately there were no dug outs for the players (subs) and Management and the changing rooms were at least a 5 mins walk. (We carry out our dug outs to our 2nd pitch, it is a rule that dug outs should be in place. Most teams though play on their first team pitch)
Anyway, on the pitch behind our game and kicking off about 30 mins before us was Thurrock U15's V County Park U15's in the Echo London Junior Premier Division League , the score ended 0.0 Thanks to the dads watching that game for the info.
Back to our game it mirrored yesterdays first team game where we were far better than our opponents but did not get the result and again like yesterday we were pleased with the ref, a special mention must go to Steve - Braintree / Gillingham fan who ran the line for us and for Danny Shipton who stepped into young Anna Hawes role as physio both lads did very well.(In the EJA each club must provide a competent lino, where in the Ridgeons league all 3 officials are appointed.)
The Thurrock keeper looked decidedly dodgey and spooned so many chances we really should have punished him. Thurrock took the lead on 10 mins, but before that Peter Davies and Ashley Skeggs had shots on goal. Lloyd Gooday must surely be man of the match, he was everywhere and very influential involved in the free kick in the first half and another in the 70th also the 75th min which the Thurrock keeper spooned again. Goodays best chance surely was the shot that forced the keeper to make a blinding save which he parried round for an Iron corner.
Before that Matt Hobley had an effort in the 36th min and Peter Davies chipped the keeper in the first half but the ball would not come down for him.
Just before half time Thurrock scored a 2nd.
Which was also the full time score:
Thurrock 2.0 Braintree Town
8, Tomlinson (Capt)
14, Stevens 77 replaced Ellis
15, Cook 51 replaced Davies
16, Crow HT replaced Hobley
The Iron lads could be proud of their performance I felt like the lads gave it their best, proud of them the commitment was clearly there. Unfortunately the chance to host Ricay at home has gone, but we go on to bigger fish to fry with a HUGE F.A.Youth Cup 1Q Rd game on Thursday away to Diss Town, coach departs for Norfork at 5pm from the club house.
See you on the coach.