Kingstonian 0 v 2 East Thurrock United
EAST Thurrock United produced one of their best performances of the season, sparked by an impressive debut from Dave Collis, newly recruited from Billericay, and the return after recovery from a broken leg of centreback Steve Sheehan.
Rocks were the better side frrightom the off and pegged Ks back through the opening stages and it was no surprise when Sam Higgins opened the scoring on ten minutes.
Two minutes before he had seen a rasping drive blocked but made no mistake when given half a chance by Sam Collins’ flick, picking his spot and firing home past Rob Tolfrey.
A number of other half chances came and went as Rocks dominated, though Ks did get a shot in on goal on 27 minutes only for Elliot Justham to tip Dean Lodge’s strike over the bar.
The best chance for the visitors came just before half time when the rustiness of Sheehan, who was generally impressive, saw him caught out by Lewis Taylor who went on to flash an angled strike across the face of goal and just past the upright.
The second half started with Rocks on the attack again and just after the hour Kingstonian boss Alan Dowson made a triple change to try and redress the balance.
But within a minute Rocks had extended their lead, Higgins turning provider by clipping in a superb cross from the left and James Lawson rose in the box with a superbly place header.
That was effectively game over for Ks, though they did keep trying and did have the ball in the net through Andre McCollin in the closing stages, but he did so from an offide position.
Rocks’ well-marshalled midfield closed out the game and for the third time in succession left Kingsmeadow with a victory.