East Thurrock United 1 v 0 Hampton and Richmond
EAST Thurrock United earned a valuable three points against Hampton & Richmond Borough at Rookery Hill, thanks to a home debut goal by returning Rock Max Cornhill.
The first half was a fairly close encounter, but with neither side really threatening to score and it was evident that East Thurrock missed attacking duo David Bryant and Sam Higgins on the day.
There were a couple of chances in the half that fell to Hampton & Richmond, but striker Charlie Moon was unable to make his efforts count as he missed the target with two strikes and was also denied by a David Hughes save from a looping header.
East Thurrock arguably had the best chance of the half though, as Max Cornhill was found unmarked at the back post by a Tom Stephen free-kick, but the defence were let off as Cornhill mistimed and miscued the header well wide of the mark.
After the break and following two early substitutions, the Rocks appeared to gain the advantage in terms of possession territory and they eventually began to push the ball forward and began to threaten in the final third. Lewis Smith made a number of runs and had a couple of efforts well saved by goalkeeper Seb Brown.
Ross Parmenter and Max Cornhill also began to gel in the centre of midfield and they combined on 82 minutes to score the only goal of the game. Parmenter made a good run down the right flank, before whipping in a great cross, which Cornhill powered home with a driving header, completely leaving the keeper standing.
The Rocks deservedly take the points today in a closely contested match, which consisted of a constant tough midfield battle but few attacking opportunities.