Wednesday, November 30, 2022

East Thurrock Utd 3 v 0 Waltham Abbey

THREE second half goals ensured passage for Rocks to a home tie with either Leighton or Heybridge, but this wasn’t a game that will live long in the memory.

A first half that saw just one clear cut chance when Max Cornhill blazed over the bar from close range after a fine flowing move saw the teams pretty evenly matched, though it was clear the Abbotts were working near to capacity.

They did have a few pot shots at goal, the closest being a curling shot from Dave Ayres and a counter-attack strike from Sam Deaney.

Rocks’ best outlet was down the left flank, where several fine balls from Ben Wood to Jimmy Webb created openings, but more often than not the ball wasn’t delivered into the danger zone.

Given the hard work put in by the visitors it was almost inevitable that their young players would tire in the second half and when they did, East Thurrock had the expertise to take advantage.

The opening goal was something of a fluke when it arrived on 56 minutes. Waltham Abbey thought they had cleared the danger from a free kick but when it was floated back into the box by Joe Keith everyone was distracted by Neil Richmond’s dive at the ball. He failed to make contact, as did everyone else as the ball curled inside the upright.

The best moment of the game resulted in the second goal on 78 minutes when Kye Ruel sprinted almost the length of the pitch before passing to Kris Newby, whose inch perfect cross was headed home by Cornhill.

The tie was wrapped up six minutes from time when sub Lee Hodges crossed for Cornhill, whose header was probably goalbound by Richmond helped it over the line.

Report courtesy of The Enquirer

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