Thurrock edge past Worthing in five-goal thriller

Substitute Tony Nwachukwu saw a late effort come back out off the crossbar at Thurrock on Friday. Picture by Stephen Goodger
Substitute Tony Nwachukwu saw a late effort come back out off the crossbar at Thurrock on Friday. Picture by Stephen Goodger

Worthing Football Club’s tough start to their Bostik League Premier Division campaign continued on Friday.

Joe Christou’s first half brace was followed by a Charlie Stimson strike early in the second as Thurrock sealed a 3-2 home triumph over Worthing.

Worthing, who made the trip without a point from their opening three matches, pulled it back to 2-1, then 3-2 courtesy of goals from James Fraser and Gary Elphick but they couldn’t salvage a point from the game.

Despite a fourth consecutive defeat in the league so far this season, Worthing manager Elphick felt there were signs of improvement and said: “I think in the first 15 minutes or so our heads were spinning. You can’t afford to start games like that, especially at this level.

“The whole team has to take a responsibility defensively, you can’t afford to start away games in the way we did.

“Having said that, I think our reaction in the second half was superb. We had three or four massive chances towards the end of the game and, if I’m honest, I felt we deserved to come away with at least a draw.”

Thurrock were off to a flying start as Christou fired them in front inside a minute.

The home side had a second 24 minutes later with Worthing goalkeeper Lucas Covolan beaten a little too easilt by Christou - who netted his second.

Substitute Ben Pope played frontman James Fraser in behind ten minutes prior to the interval and he slotted home to pull a goal back.

Ross Edwards was caught in possession six minutes after the restart and Stimson capitalised to make it 3-1.

Sam Rents’ corner was headed home by Elphick to set-up a thrilling final 30 minutes.

Worthing peppered Thurrock’s goal in the last 20 minutes but a leveller would not come.

Substitute Tony Nwachukwu struck the crossbar three minutes into stoppage-time as it ended 3-2.

Worthing make the short trip to rivals Burgess Hill for a Bostik League Premier Division clash tomorrow (3pm).

WORTHING: Covolan; Mann, Elphick, Boiling, Rents; Edwards, Samuels; Newton, Fraser, Schneider; Dawes. Subs: Pope (Dawes, 21), Brodie (Edwards, 75), Nwachukwu (Schneider, 68) ,Williamson

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