Clacton 1 Thurrock 0
Division Three South East Clacton 1Thurrock 0CLACTON inflicted the first defeat of the season for top of the table Thurrock with a determined tenacious display that saw the Seasiders take their chance and shut Thurrock out to collect all three points.
Division Three South East
CLACTON inflicted the first defeat of the season for top of the table Thurrock with a determined tenacious display that saw the Seasiders take their chance and shut Thurrock out to collect all three points.
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The Seasiders only needed one chance in the game and were able to sit back and soak up Thurrock's possession without allowing the visitors chances at goal. Clacton's keeper Mike Key touched the ball just three times and made one crucial save down to his right to secure the victory. Man-of-the-match Gavin Underhay was in inspired form closing down the visitors many short corners stopping them getting a single shot on target.
Peter Wright was a commanding figure at the back organising the solid wall of John Hambrook, Trevor Sumption, Jamie Roberts, Daniel Hunn, and Tom Blake whilst Sam Hodge ran tirelessly for the whole game harassing the visitors and not giving them a moments piece and captain Carl Parkes and Neil Hurrell snuffed out the other side of the pitch. It was a lonely day up front for Ric Coleman, but in the 14th minute when Roberts found Hodge with a spectacular forty yard pass Hodge found Coleman how took on the defence before smashing the ball passed the keeper.
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Clacton were happy to invite their opponents to break them down, but they lacked the decision making and tempo to create problems for a well organised Clacton team. It was a fantastic collective performance from the home side and the goal gave the Seasiders something to battle for and in the end the Seasiders comfortably saw the game out as the visitors became more and more frustrated.
Next week Clacton travel to another side at the top of the table, Wapping, looking for a similar display.