East Thurrock moved level on points with Needham Market thanks to this narrow, hard-fought win, decided by a second half goal reports the Thurrock Enquirer.
Rocks had much the better of the earlier exchanges but were unable to convert possession into real chances and the first real opportunity fell Maldon’s way on 16 minutes when Michael Dean sprang the backline and rounded keeper Richard Wray, who had raced of his line, but Ryan Sammons got back to put the pressure on and the Maldon man could only turn the ball into the side netting.
The rest of the first half was a scrappy affair, with Maldon having the best of the chances, twice flashing the ball across the face of the goal and then Paul Shaves hit the bar with a header.
Rocks started the second half well and Max Cornhill shot over from close range and Sam Higgins flashed a header wide of the upright.
While Maldon felt themselves unlucky not to go in with a goal to their name they can have no complaints about the final result as they spent most of the second half on the backfoot.
The game’s decisive moment came in the 70th minute when Joe Keith lifted an inswinging corner into the six yard box and Cornhill powered in a header.