The Mandy Mount Memorial Trophy (Pre-Season Friendly)
Venue: Southchurch Park
Date: Saturday 8th July 2017 3pm KO
Southend Manor : Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts, Black Socks
Thurrock : White Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks
Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
Hello and welcome to the Match Reports for the 2017/18 season! We start off with my first pre-season match at Southchurch Park which saw Essex Senior League side Southend Manor take on newly-promoted Isthmian Premier side Thurrock at for the Mandy Mount Memorial Trophy, raising money for Saint Francis Hospice in remembering a former sponsor/supporter of the home side, Mandy Mount who sadly passed away.
On with the match itself then, and the visitors certainly showed their class in the opening quarter-hour. The Fleet opening the scoring after just six minutes as forward Harry Cook coolly slotted past the debutant Manor goalkeeper.
Mark Stimson’s side then doubled their advantage just six minutes later as midfielder Lewwis Spence made no mistake from close range. Manor struggled to mount any powerful attacking play really in the first half and at times struggled in possession as well.
Midway through the half, Manor also showed shades of the tough-tackling outfit that was ‘a double-edged sword’ for them last season with some rough challenges. However, it didn’t perturb their opponents who grabbed their third shortly before the half-hour mark through the impressive Spence who slotted home after a good cross from the right flank.
Manor’s only real effort on goal in the half saw an effort blasted from 15 yards just wide of the left-side post.
Half-Time: Southend Manor 0 – 3 Thurrock
The second half began with both sides making a number of substitutions, particularly the visitors who must’ve brought on at least seven or eight subs at the start of the half. This aided Manor though as they found their stride going forward a bit and mid-way through the half, substitute George Crispin slotted past the visiting ‘keeper from a fairly narrow angle to reduce the home side’s deficit.
After that goal for Stuart Marshall’s Manor, the match was rather low-key to be honest, Thurrock stayed switched-on at the back though didn’t really pile forward with that much intensity. They held on to win the match comfortably and take the Mandy Mount Memorial Trophy.
My thanks to Manor boss Stuart Marshall, the club and also it was good to watch the match with ESL Chair Rob Errington.
Full-Time: Southend Manor 1 – 3 Thurrock
Crispin 68’ Cook 6’ Spence 12’, 27’
After the match, the trophy was presented to Thurrock captain Richard Halle on the pitch (below).
Check back soon for more reports of pre-season matches before the ESL season gets underway on Saturday July 29th.