Football: Rocks end year on a high

Ryman Premier

East Thurrock United 1 v 0 Enfield Town

EAST Thurrock ended the year with a hard fought Ryman Premier win and have now moved onto the coat tails of the play-off position holders.

As the Rocks kicked off into the strong winds, it was apparent early on that the weather would be a factor in the match and this was evidence in the first 5 minutes as the first chance fell to Enfield from a long throw. Nathan Livings latched onto the ball which carried over the Rocks back line, but Livings’ shot was bundled away for a corner.

The resulting corner could also be considered a chance for Enfield and it was Livings again, who played the ball short and then whipped in a cross, which curled in and bounced out off the top of the bar.

As East Thurrock acclimatised to conditions, they began to make some chances on the counter attack and they scored on the 15 minute mark from a freekick. Lewis Smith hit in a low effort, which was deflected away, but only as far as Ryan Scott, who finished from close range, slotting the ball into the side netting.

Despite the visitors having more of the ball, the only other notable chance of the half fell to East Thurrock, as Sam Higgins ran onto a long ball down the right hand side, in behind the defence. Uncharacteristically, he ignored the cries to shoot and tried to square the ball for the overlap of Tom Wraight at the back post, but the keeper read the ball and parried away for a corner.

Enfield had a chance to equalise in the 53rd minute and should have done better, after Samir Bihmoutine got beyond the back line and dragged the ball back, inside he box, but both forwards were unable to connect and the chance was squandered.

Two minutes later, the Rocks almost doubled their lead, as Daryl Robson hit a clean strike from outside the box, but it was just deflected wide of the post.

East Thurrock had one great chance after another in the 68th and 72nd minutes. The first came as Lewis Smith and Ade Yusuff linked together well, before Smith hit a first time strike, but they were denied by a full stretch save by Nathan McDonald. The second was speculative effort by Ben Wood from 35 yards, which cannoned back off of the crossbar.

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