East Thurrock Utd 3 v 0 Leatherhead
EAST Thurrock’s fine run of form continued with this emphatic Ryman Premier win when the Rocks stepped up a gear after an indifferent first half to completely outplay their visitors reports the Thurrock Enquirer.
Leatherhead won a series of corners inside the first two minutes but despite a couple of goalmouth scrambles they came to nothing.
The first 25 minutes was generally ragged, with neither side settling on a sticky pitch.
A scramble in the Leatherhead box on 26 minutes produced half chances for Sam Higgins and Greg Cohen, but neither could hit the target.
Rob Howarth then failed to make decent connection with a header at the other end and from the counter attack Petrit Elbi worked himself a great opening but fired high and wide.
Goalmouth efforts were few and far between but Ken Terry forced a comfortable save from Richard Wray just before the break and then, on the stroke of half time, Higgins worked himself an opportunity and put a fierce drive just wide of the upright.
The second half started with a desperate scramble in the Leatherhead box, with no one able to get a final touch and Chico Ramos saving Tom Stephen’s header from the subsequent corner.
The deadlock was broken ten minutes into the second half when Cohen surged into the box and cleverly set the ball for Higgins, who thrashed the ball past the despairing arms of Ramos from the edge of the box.
And a minute later the striker added his second, heading from close range from a corner.
The goals lifted Rocks’ confidence and they began to play the ball about with some style, typified by a flowing move that earned a corner on 70 minutes and when Cohen delivered another fine cross, Newby stooped to head the third goal from close range.