Harrow 12, Thurrock 20
THURROCK’S season got off to the perfect start in London One North against newly promoted Harrow.
Following a good pre-season Thurrock began the game with six new players in the squad and they all performed admirably, which augers well for the season.
Thurrock started on the front foot and were the most likely to score they produced some excellent rugby both attacking and defensive keep the home side well inside their own half, and the pressure finally told when Dan Carey had the simplest of chances to pick up a loose ball following Tom Worsfold chip to the corner, later was just wide with the conversion.
Harrow had two long range penalty efforts following Tom Pool’s yellow card leaving Thurrock with 14 for the last 10 minutes of the half. That spell continued after the break but Thurrock’s defence held firm, and they started to work there way back into the game and it was Hagen Mumba who was at the end of a great move to score, Worsfold again just wide with the conversion, before Jake Barrand added a long range penalty to increase the lead to 13-0.
Harrow then got an unconverted try totally against the run of play but Thurrock restored their advantage when Marcus Chapman jinked over behind the posts with Barrand adding the extras
Thurrock looked comfortable until the referee again produced the yellow card this time to James Flavin. It seemed very harsh but, with only eight minutes left Thurrock were to finish the game with 14 men. From the resultant scrum the referee gave a penalty try which again seemed very harsh for the first offence at the set piece.
It got Harrow within eight points but Thurrock used their experience to close down the game and start the season with a fully deserved win.