In a game full of errors from both sides the black and ambers squeezed out their fifth win on the bounce and no doubt a contributory factor was their discipline.
While the home side spent 80 minutes trying to influence the official with several of their players loudly appealing for decisions (eg offside/high tackle) at almost every play, which he did well to ignore, this lack of discipline ultimately resulted in Thurrock receiving 2 yellow cards during the game and also being marched back 10m on several occasions and the net result of this indiscipline provided the black and ambers with just enough of an advantage to claim the win.
There was a stiff breeze blowing almost directly across the fantastic pitch when Cam kicked off and we saw both sides then spend 10 mins testing each other out amongst the missed tackles and dropped passes. At the end of this rather messy introduction the home side had the first opportunity for points with a penalty attempt which was pushed wide.
Cam then moved into the home 22 courtesy of a couple of penalties but their lineout drive was turned over by Thurrock and soon play was back on halfway.
We then saw winger Jayde held up after a 30m dash and a great lineout drive looked very promising but again the black and ambers lost control just as it seemed that a try was likely.
We then had Dom running a great line, at decent pace, just unable to get what would have surely been a try scoring pass away.
Then after 26 mins and somewhat against the run of play the ball was turned over and a great break by Hughsey supported by Dom saw Jayde storm over wide out to break the deadlock and with Dimples adding the extras in difficult conditions for kicking some of the Watchetts faithful hoped that this would settle the visitors down and allow them to up their game but this was not to be as the tackling, passing and the processes all seemed to have been forgotten and despite some occasional breaks most of the remainder of the half was spent between the two 22m lines with neither side being able to string phases together or add to the scoreboard.
The second half started on a more positive note and within 5 mins Dimples had the chance to add to the score but pushed his penalty just wide. However the black and ambers were soon back in the red zone when a great break by Hughsey should have resulted in Ash scoring but with Dimples kicking the penalty the score moved to 10-0 after 48 mins.
To their credit the home side kept plugging away and with 58 mins played they scored a try wide out making the score 10-7.
Cam then did manage to up their game a tad and when another great break by Hughsey was stopped just short the resultant penalty saw the black and ambers go for the 5m lineout and we saw a good catch and drive with Rich eventually peeling off the back to dot down for a try and with Dimples adding the extras the score moved to 17-7 on 65 mins.
However this lead was cut back almost immediately when yet another poor exit by Cam from a Thurrock restart saw the home side cross for an unconverted try on 70 mins.
The final 10 mins saw both sides striving for a score but the errors which had been the story of this game continued and there was no further action for the scoreboard.
So despite another W this was clearly not the sort of performance to which many of us have become familiar in recent seasons and it seemed that perhaps the strain on the guys who have stepped up from the 2s was beginning to tell however all of them, including Lurch, Big Dave, TJ, James and Rich have been outstanding during the last three games, filling the gaps seamlessly and helping the side deliver 3 Ws.
Another positive was to see Brizzle back on the park after being concussed in the first league game of the season and it will clearly be important to have as many of the injured players back for the crunch game next week, away at Westcombe Park league leaders and who are currently the only other unbeaten side in the league.