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Thurrock
Kingstonian
L Spence (25'), M Pindy (95' Sent Off)
Full time
M Gogonas (20' Sent Off), J Williams (61'), C Hunte (95' Sent Off), L Chambers (95' Sent Off)
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 196

Spence Thunderbolt Ends a Yellow and Green Era

One long range goal and three red cards make for a memorable final home game for Thurrock Football Club.

match report by Rupert Cane

Kingstonian’s final away game of the season, and Thurrock’s last-ever home fixture, was overshadowed by a couple of minutes right at the end of the game which included a 21-man brawl and two red cards, one to K’s sub Connor Hunte for a punch.

We were already a man light. Manolis Gogonas kicked out at a Thurrock player off the ball midway through the first half, and stained a solitary blotch on what had hitherto been an outstanding season for the versatile player.

Until then we had looked marginally the more threatening of the sides, without truly testing Ben McNamara in the home goal. But soon after the red card, Lewwis Spence’s shot from range had too much power on it for Rob Tolfrey, who possibly saw it late because of the mass of bodies in front of him.

An offside flag denied our hosts a second before the break; after it, Kingstonian were the team who looked like they were playing with an extra man, impressively retaining possession and using the consistently dangerous Muhammadu Faal as an outlet to carry the ball forward.

Sub Freddy Yao called McNamara into action for the first time shortly after the resumption, and Michael West fired narrowly over the crossbar from outside the box.

Thurrock defended their 18-yard area well and on the one occasion Faal got in behind wide on the left, McNamara was there to thwart the lanky winger.

Thurrock should have killed the game off late on when two of their players bore down on Tolfrey, but an unnecessary forward pass and bad positioning meant the offside flag was raised again, putting a halt to the home supporters’ colourful celebrations.

The final couple of minutes they witnessed their team play at Ship Lane must be up with their most eventful ever.

K’s had a corner, and one last throw of the dice. Tolfrey ventured forwards. But it was a poor delivery and the defender at the near post cleared, creating a breakaway opportunity with an open goal to aim for.

Connor Hunte tried to cynically bring down Michael Pindy, and though he didn’t get a clean connection, it was enough to end the attack as a K’s tackle followed. The referee whistled for a free-kick for the intended foul, at which point Hunte thwacked the ball into the main stand.

Before the referee could intervene, Pindy wrestled Hunte to the ground and they started fighting before everyone else got involved.

Chaos ensued. Hunte was hurried away from the scene by players on both sides; others continued to rage. It was unseemly, but after a couple of minutes of tetchiness it looked like the referee had managed to bring everyone under control.

But as he prepared to dish out cards, presumably red ones to Hunte and Pindy, the Kingstonian sub ran from behind a group and punched an opposition player to the ground, before running away as green-and-yellow shirts descended on him once more. The referee immediately brandished the red card to Hunte, and a while later to Pindy, too.

The final whistle blew on Thurrock’s time at Ship Lane and the home supporters gave those players still on the pitch a guard of honour off it. The misdemeanours minutes earlier had already been forgotten, and K’s role in a little part of non-league history had been guaranteed.

Thurrock: Ben McNamara, Ellis Brown, Remi Sutton, George Winn, Dexter Peter, James Goode, Jordan Clark, Lewwis Spence, Charlie Stimson, Ronnie Winn, Joel Nouble.

Subs: Reece Morgan (for James Goode, HT), Toby Smith, Timothy Ogunrinde (for Joel Nouble, 81m), Michael Pindy (for Ellis Brown, 61m)

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Toby Ajala, Chris Arthur, Manolis Gogonas, Sean Francis, Dan Bowry, Daniel Ajakaiye, Greg Cundle, Alex Willis, Michael West, Muhammadu Faal.

Subs: Leo Chambers, Connor Hunte (for Michael West, 56m), Freddy Yao (for Daniel Ajakaiye, 33m), Jason Williams (for Alex Willis, 61m).

Goalscorer: Lewwis Spence (25m, 1-0)

Red cards: Manolis Gogonas (20m), Connor Hunte (95m), Michael Pindy (95m), all violent conduct. Also: Leo Chambers (95m)

Attendance: 196

Key moments

20:00
Red Card Manolis Gogonas is sent off for Kingstonian
25:00
Goal Lewwis Spence scores for Thurrock
61:00
Goal Jason Williams scores for Kingstonian
90:00 +5:00
Red Card Connor Hunte is sent off for Kingstonian
90:00 +5:00
Red Card Leo Chambers is sent off for Kingstonian
90:00 +5:00
Red Card Michael Pindy is sent off for Thurrock

Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Red Card 1 - 1
Leo Chambers is sent off for Kingstonian
90:00 +5:00 Red Card 1 - 1
Connor Hunte is sent off for Kingstonian
90:00 +5:00 Red Card 1 - 1
Michael Pindy is sent off for Thurrock
81:00 Sub Off
Joel Nouble is substituted off for Thurrock
81:00 Sub On
Timothy Ogunrinde is substituted on for Thurrock
61:00 Sub Off
Alex Willis is substituted off for Kingstonian
61:00 Goal 1 - 1
Jason Williams scores for Kingstonian
61:00 Sub Off
Ellis Brown is substituted off for Thurrock
61:00 Sub On
Michael Pindy is substituted on for Thurrock
56:00 Sub Off
Michael West is substituted off for Kingstonian
56:00 Sub On
Connor Hunte is substituted on for Kingstonian
45:01 Sub Off
James Goode is substituted off for Thurrock
45:01 Sub On
Reece Morgan is substituted on for Thurrock
End of period 1
33:00 Sub On
Freddy Yao is substituted on for Kingstonian
33:00 Sub Off
Daniel Ajakaiye is substituted off for Kingstonian
25:00 Goal 1 - 0
Lewwis Spence scores for Thurrock
20:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Manolis Gogonas is sent off for Kingstonian
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Thurrock
  • Kingstonian
  • 0
  • Manolis Gogonas Red Card 20:00'
  • Lewwis Spence Goal 25:00'
  • Daniel Ajakaiye Sub Off 33:00'
  • Freddy Yao Sub On 33:00'
  • James Goode Sub Off 45:01'
  • Reece Morgan Sub On 45:01'
  • Michael West Sub Off 56:00'
  • Connor Hunte Sub On 56:00'
  • Alex Willis Sub Off 61:00'
  • Jason Williams Goal 61:00'
  • Ellis Brown Sub Off 61:00'
  • Michael Pindy Sub On 61:00'
  • Joel Nouble Sub Off 81:00'
  • Timothy Ogunrinde Sub On 81:00'
  • Connor Hunte Red Card 90:00 +5:00'
  • Leo Chambers Red Card 90:00 +5:00'
  • Michael Pindy Red Card 90:00 +5:00'

Team selection

Thurrock
  • 1. Ben McNamara
  • 2. Ellis Brown
  • 3. Remi Sutton
  • 4. George Winn
  • 5. Dexter Peter
  • 6. James Goode
  • 7. Jordan Clark
  • 8. Lewwis Spence
  • 9. Charlie Stimson
  • 10. Ronnie Winn
  • 11. Joel Nouble
  • 12. Reece Morgan
  • 13. Toby Smith
  • 14. Timothy Ogunrinde
  • 15. Michael Pindy
  • 16. Connor Weston

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Burgess Hill Town
1
1
Staines Town
0
1
Worthing
Folkestone Invicta
0
3
Hendon
3
0
Merstham
Lowestoft Town
1
2
Margate
1
2
Billericay Town
Tooting & Mitcham United
0
1
Wingate & Finchley
2
0
Dorking Wanderers

League table

# Team Pl Pts
11. Tonbridge Angels 46 64
12. Harrow Borough 46 63
13. Kingstonian 46 59
14. Dorking Wanderers 46 58
15. Thurrock 46 57
16. Worthing 46 57
17. Enfield Town 46 56

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