Thursday, October 6, 2022

Lack-lustre Rocks stumble as Harrow press case for survival

Ryman Premier

East Thurrock United 0 v 3 Harrow Borough

TIRED and devoid of ideas, an injury-hit East Thurrock succumbed to Harrow’s determined efforts to escape the Ryman Premier relegation zone.

Rocks themselves are not completely out of the woods in that regard and manager John Coventry will hope his side have enough in the bank as they will struggle to pick up many more points if this is the level of performance they will sustain to the end of the season reports the Thurrock Enquirer.

But judge his side on the season overall, not this stuttering run into the season. Coventry is unlikely to use the excuse that this was their 56th game of the campaign as an excuse and he would probably be right in terms of energy. But it should be taken into account.

There still looked to be plenty of running in the side, but they were devoid of ideas – so much so that visiting keeper Jamie Jackson didn’t have an effort on his goal to save all through a miserable evening, the stopper being doused by continual drizzle rather than attacking intent. In earlier days of the season

Rocks’ problem was the number of chances they spurnned, now it’s creating them.

Rocks enjoyed more of the ball in the early stages but didn’t do anything constructive with it, frequently giving it away as Harrow closed down the gaps and worked hard.

And the home side were the architects of their own downfall on 28 minutes, playing themselves into trouble and failing to clear their lines as Harrow pressed. The ball ricochetted around the penalty area with no one making a decisive move until it fell into the path of Ashley Watson who smashed it home from close range.

If there was touch of luck about the opening goal, the second, just six minutes later was the result of a classy finish from Simeon Akinula who showed a high level of concentration as his teammates appealed for a penalty for handball, picking his spot and clipping an angled shot over keeper Richard Wray into the net.

Rocks had a great chance to pull a goal back just before the break when Sam Collins capitalised on a defensive slip and then carried the ball to the bye-line before laying it into the path of top scorer Sam Higgins. His miss, screwing the ball wide of the far upright when it seemed easier to score, typified the lack of confidence running through the home side.

Harrow looked in control for the early stages of the second half but a triple substitution reenergised East Thurrock, albeit briefly.

They flickered for a while and Harry Cook added spark to the attack, but they couldn’t catch light. They continued to enjoy the lion’s share of possession, but couldn’t do much with it. Harrow were still running strongly, something that was typified on 78 minutes when they drove forward again and Akinula again showed precision to drive the ball home from the edge of the box.

It was the final nail in Rocks’ coffin and time was played out with little to remember, except the continual rain that, unlike Rocks, sparkled in the floodlights right to the end.

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