The Non-League Football Paper - - BOSTIK LEAGUE - By Ge­orge Jones

THUR­ROCK put their off-field wor­ries be­hind them as they thrashed base­ment club Burgess Hill.

Char­lie Stimson, son of man­ager Mark Stimson, bagged him­self a brace as Thur­rock gained a vi­tal three points in a week where it was con­firmed they are up for sale and man­ager Stimson said there would be “no more Thur­rock FC” next sea­son.

De­spite dom­i­nat­ing, it took Fleet half an hour to open the scor­ing with Ron­nie Winn even­tu­ally find­ing the open­ing goal to break the dead­lock. And just be­fore the in­ter­val, the lead was dou­bled with Lewis Spence net­ting.

Burgess Hill, who re­main two points from safety, never gave in though. In­deed, the hosts pulled one back nine min­utes af­ter the break through Con­nor Tighe’s neat fin­ish. But two goals in three min­utes ended any hopes of a Hil­lians’ re­vival. First Winn dou­bled his tally be­fore Stimson grabbed his first of the af­ter­noon.

Ibrahim Fo­fana made it three goals in a six-minute pe­riod as he pulled an­other back for Burgess Hill, who fought un­til the very end – just like it looks like they’re go­ing to have to do to keep their Bostik Premier sta­tus this sea­son.

Stimson net­ted his sec­ond in the fi­nal min­utes of the game as Thur­rock put some joy back into their fans, though it re­mains to be seen how long the club have left.

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