Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Football: Dream draw for Rocks but first the replay with Chelmsford

ABOVE anything else, being down at the East Thurrock United clubhouse for the FA Cup draw on ITV for the second year in a row, says something for the status and ambition of the club.

There were cheers when the name of Colchester United came out of the hat for the fixture next month.

But first comes the challenge of a replay against Chelmsford on Tuesday night at 7.45pm.

And you do get the feeling that East Thurrock may have blown their best chance.

They did go 1-0 up and maybe should have built upon that lead. However, there were also times in the second half when they threatened to over-run the Clarets defence.

Keeper Richard Wray will be a doubt after a head wound saw him sent to hospital on Saturday. To lose Wray along with Stevie Sheehan (broken leg) is a tough call.

They can be assured that the Clarets will pump those long balls into the area.

But boss John Coventry is a wily one and will have the team set up nicely for the Chelmsford onslaught.

Speaking to him at the clubhouse, he told YT: “We have it all to do but are still confident we have what it takes to get through to the next round.

“We need to take our chances and be a little more ruthless.”


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