EAST Thurrock continued their improved run of form to deservedly take all the Ryman Premier points at Carshalton on Tuesday evening.
They comprensively outworked the Robins and Sam Higgins popped up to capitalise on defensive uncertainty and snatch the winning goal reports the Thurrock Enquirer.
It came 35 minutes into the first half which was largely dominated by the Rocks, who started brightly though the evening’s first real chance came on ten minutes when Laurent Hamici’s drive was blocked by Simon Peddie, who was to go on and play an emphatic and dominating role at the heart of the visitors’ defence alongside Ben Wood.
Carshalton worked several other openings but failed to hit the target, with Rocks responding with a rasping 18th minute shot from Higgins that keeper Nick Hamann gathered comfortably.
The game had entered a quiet spell when Rocks took the lead, Kris Newby delivering a free kick into the heart of the home penalty area where three defenders dithered and Higgins nipped in to guide the ball past Hamann.
And the visitors ought to have extended their lead before the break when a fine flowing move opened up the home defence but with the goal at his mercy Reiss Gilbey lifted his strike over the bar.
There was a comic end to the half when Rocks keeper Richard Wray came out of his box to clear the ball, only to be charged down by Dean Lodge, who then hooked the ball acrobatically towards and empty net but Wray raced back to gather the ball.
The second half was a largely scrappy affair with few chances. Peddie might have extended the Rocks lead with a drive that flashed just wide of the post and with eight minutes to go Newby raced through and looked certain to secure victory but his shot beat both keeper and upright.
In the end it didn’t matter as Rocks comfortably saw out time to clinch the points.