Marvellous Marvin nets a double

PUBLISHED: 10:53 18 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:53 24 May 2010

New signing Gareth Hopkins wins a header against Thurrock.

New signing Gareth Hopkins wins a header against Thurrock.

WHEN these sides met at the Woodspring Stadium last season, Thurrock ran out 5-0 winners and, although they languish one from bottom of the Conference South table this time, for the first 10 minutes it looked as if that score m

Weston-s-Mare 2 Thurrock 1WHEN these sides met at the Woodspring Stadium last season, Thurrock ran out 5-0 winners and, although they languish one from bottom of the Conference South table this time, for the first 10 minutes it looked as if that score might be repeated.Right from the kick-off the Essex-based outfit took control, using the pace of Tarkan Mustafa down the right and, but for appalling finishing, could have scored at least three times in that period.From Mustafa crosses, Hassan Nyang blazed wide, Wesley Thomas fired over, Steve Harper forced a good save from Ryan Northmore. They forced three corners, all with the home defence in disarray.After weathering the early storm, Weston began to get into the game, Marvin Brown forcing a smart save from a tight angle by keeper Nax Aneke and they forced their first corner on 14 minutes, thanks to some comical defending between Aneke and his rearguard who seemed to have little understanding.A minute later, Weston took the lead when Sekani Simpson's cross from the right was knocked on by Marc McGregor to Brown who beat Aneke from 15 yards.As Thurrock came back, Harper was again badly at fault, firing wildly across goal and on 31 minutes, Nyang's deflected 35-yard effort came back off the inside of a post with Northmore beaten.With Gareth Hopkins and Gary Owers having home debuts, Weston regained control towards the end of the half, with Hopkins and McGregor testing Aneke.Two minutes after the break, they increased their lead when Darren Hawkins' cross from the left set up Hopkins, whose shot was blocked, but Brown was on hand to rifle the ball into the far corner of the net.After that Thurrock strengthened their attack by bringing on three substitutes. Weston were forced on the defensive and the visitors pulled a goal back when Thomas burst through the defence and beat Northmore from 10 yards.Sensing they could salvage something from the game, Thurrock pressed hard with Mustafa and substitutes Leon McKenzie and Amos Foyewa prominent.The defence, superbly marshalled by Gary Thorne and Lee Jarman held out to record Weston's third win.

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