East Thurrock 5 v 2 Tilbury

The Rooks kept their promotion drive on course as they showed great new year resolution in blowing The Dockers away 5-2.

The Dockers. without top scorer Kayan Kalipha whose midweek transfer to Concord Rangers was completed plus Manlee Brown ruled out due to injury, in their place stood Chris Stowe making his was back from long term injury and Joel Barnett.

By contrast, Rooks top scorer, Sam Higgins passed a late fitness test.

Tilbury attacked first: Donny Barnard latched onto a poor back pass, The Rocks keeper managed to palm the ball down to the feet of Ben Bradbury who set-up the shot which saw Barnard’s effort sneak wide of the post!

East Thurrock took the lead in the 4th minute: A forced back pass was intercepted as Hall tried to clear the ball up field. Sam Higgins rewarded for his industrious efforts as he rounds the Tilbury keeper to slot the ball into the net from a tight angle.

In to the 10th minute and East Thurrock extend their lead as Kye Ruel’s effort was blocked by Hall, Max Cornhill made no mistake as he drilled the ball into the roof of the net from 12 yards out.

18 minutes gone and East Thurrock go 3-up. Cornhill once again feeds off another ball parried down by Andy Hall, as he strokes the ball home.

It went from bad to worse for Tilbury when Ben Bradbury was red carded for a dangerous challenge. The Rooks Max Cornhill was given a yellow for leading a vociferous protest from the East Thurrock players.

As a result the Tilbury manager, Graham Chester, incensed by the decision only to issue a yellow for the attack on his player was also given his marching orders and asked to leave the dugout by the match official!

30th minute and East Thurrock scored their 4th and Higgins 2nd: a corner swung into the box as the unmarked Higgins nods into the net.

The Dockers hit back from the restart, the ball driven left to the feet of Joel Barnett who stayed composed as he stroked the ball low into the net from a tight angle, 4-1.

Into the last minute of normal time and East Thurrock extend their lead. A fine run by Kye Ruel down the left, as he intelligently places the ball back across goal into the path of Cornhill on the edge of the area who guides the ball into the net.

Into the second period and East Thurrock make two changes, both scorers Max Cornhill and Sam Higgins carrying injuries were replaced.

Early in the second period and a clash of heads resulted in Ben Woods being stretched off the pitch.

East Thurrock also reduced to 10 men a second yellow card for Kris Newby for a late challenge.

The Dockers looking more settled on the ball pull one back, Christian Wheeler on the end of a rebound in the box made no mistake as he drills the ball into the net, 5-2.

The Dockers continue to pressurise the Rocks defence without really threatening. A few substitutes made for the Dockers, Donny Barnard off for Chris Taylor and Glen Golby on for Chris Stowe.

As the clock ticks down the Dockers supporters remain steadfast and in fine voice as they continue to encourage their team to the final whistle.

The Rooks take the three points. They travel to Ware on tuesday but they have their eye on the mighty clash on tuesday 12th against the runaway leaders Lowestoft.

East Thurrock United : Richard Wray, Ryan Sammons, Darren Ebsworth, Ben Wood (Capt), James Donovan, Steve Sheehan, Kris Newby, Max Cornhill, Sam Higgins, Sam Berry, Kye Ruel Substitutes, Chris Duffy, Steve Harrison, Chris Barry, Joe Stevens, Harry Cook.

Tilbury : Andy Hall, Danny Smith, Joe Keith, Rickie Hayles, Jamie Wallace (Capt), Ben Bradbury, Donny Barnard, Christian Wheeler, Joel Barnett, Chris Stowe, Bradley Barnes, Substitutes, Glen Golby, Chris Taylor, Lee Hodges, Andy Gibb.
Match Officials

Referee: Mr A. Crysell
1st Assistant: Mr I. Cook
2nd Assistant: Mr M.J. Jarvis

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