Cheshunt 0, East Thurrock United 1

A GOAL from substitute Neil Richmond proved decisive in Tuesday’s Ryman One North clash but in truth the margin between the sides was much greater reports the Essex Enquirer

Rocks gave away a three goal lead to draw when these sides met at Rookery Hill earlier in the season and they ended that match ruing their misfortune. This time they secured all the points but will possibly worry a little that they didn’t stamp their authority on the match well before the 77th minute winner.

They set their stall out with some near interplay as early as the first minute with a move that ended with Reiss Gilbey shooting wide.

Max Cornhill weighed in with a shot that was comfortably saved by Joe Wright but the keeper was stretched to the full to deal with an exquisite lob from Joe Keith on 27 minutes after he had shown great skill to bring the ball under control.

From the ensuing corner Cornhill headed against the bar and soon after, from a scramble in the box, Hakeem Araba’s goalbound effort was well blocked.

The East Thurrock pressure continued unabated but without reward, Steve Harrison going closest with another header against the bar.

Cheshunt improved after the break but the attacking impetus remained with the visitors, with Wright again making a great stop to deny Kris Newby, who had replaced Gilbey just seven minutes into the half.

Rocks keeper Richard Wray found himself tested for the first time in the match when he pushed away a 66th minute shot from David Hicks.

Richmond was introduced soon after, replacing Araba, and he made his appearance count with the deciding goal, producing a flicked header from Harrison’s clever cross.

Harrison might have added a second soon after but just failed to stretch enough to turn in Newby’s angled cross.

The closing minutes, including almost five minutes of added time, were frantic and Cheshunt certainly ahd visiting fans living on their nerves but in the end Rocks secured the victory they deserved to keep up a 100 per cent league record in November.

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