Thurrock 2, Soham Town Rangers 0
A GOAL in each half, the second deep in injury time at the end of an entertaining game, secured third place in the Ryman One North for Thurrock.
Thurrock made an impressive start with the front two of David Knight and Charlie Stimson linking up well and they looked a constant threat.
Soham Town did have the ability to hit on the counter with great effectiveness. Buster Harradine was unlucky when he spun in the box brilliantly only for his shot to be palmed over by the reflexes of new Thurrock keeper Andy Walker.
Thurrock were heavily under pressure at the time but the Fleet also had their danger men waiting to break away.
Charlie Stimson started a mazy run up the field minutes later and into the opposing box, his shot was parried into the path of Luke Stanley. The winger took the ball towards the penalty spot but his shot was blocked on the line.
Other chances were spurned but the opening goal finally arrived in the 35th minute and owed much to the good work of Brad Warner who set up an easy tap into for David Knight.
Thurrock held the initiative into the break and they started the second half strongly too.
They nearly got another goal early after the restart but failed to capitalise when Leigh Forren spilled the ball. It was the last action for the keeper picked up a shoulder injury and was replaced.
From then on both sides created half chances but no-one could finish until four minutes into added time when Stimson was on hand to finish from close range and wrap up the points.