Poole Town 2 East Thurrock United 3
A good all round team display ensured that the Rocks came away from this difficult looking trip to Dorset with all three points.
Poole opened brightly with Lidakevicius having to pull off a good save from a Burbidge shot. Smeeton also saw a shot blocked by the Rocks defence.
After such a bright start it was then East Thurrock who went on to dominant the rest of the half. Agyemang put an effort wide, but despite putting the Poole defence under a lot of pressure they couldn’t hit the target.
It cost the Rocks dear because in the 33rd minute they fell behind to a long strike from Devlin that sneaked inside the post. Two late goals at the end of the half saw East Thurrock go in 2-1 at the break. The first goal came in the 42nd minute after the hosts had failed to clear their lines allowing Harris to place a shot into the bottom corner. Agyemang then found some space to rifle a shot past Hutchings.
Poole took only two second half minutes to draw level. Excellent work from Moore, who ran down the right wing, before crossing over to the left, then played a one-two pass with Baggie, who on retrieving the ball back coolly slotted it past Lidakevicius.
The Rocks took the lead again in the 54th minute when Agyemang again found himself some space to drill a shot into Hutchins bottom corner.
Poole pushed for a late equaliser but the Rocks held on to continue their unbeaten start to the new campaign.
Poole Town: Nick Hutchings, Moore, Jake Smeeton, Will Spetch, Jamie Whisken (Lewis Lindsay), Abdulai Baggie, Luke Burbidge, Steve Devlin, Tony Lee (Jack Dickson 66’), Cooper (Bedford 74’), Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain
Scorers – Steve Devlin (33’), Abdulai Baggie (47’)
East Thurrock United: Lukas Lidakevicius, Ryan Sammons, Reece Harris, Marvin Ekpitetia, George Allen, Lee Burns, James White (Ben Marlow 26), Montel Agyemang (Kye Ruel 89), Sam Higgins, Harry Honesty (Ryan Boswell 89), Lewis Smith.
Scorers – Reece Harris (41’), Montell Agyemang (45’, 54’)