Sunday, January 29, 2023

Football: Rocks make heavy weather against Rocks

Ryman Premier

East Thurrock United 0 v 0 Bognor Regis Town

EAST Thurrock battled through tricky conditions to earn point at home against Bognor Regis Town.

Both teams took a while to get into the game, mainly due to the difficult conditions that saw the pitch churn up very quickly.

The first chance of the game came to Tom Wraight in the 8th minute who shanked the ball from outside the area.

Bognor were determined to play their smooth football for as long as they could.

A corner in the 12th minute a Bognor header cleared off the line.

The game became bogged down as neither side could carve out an opening.

Jason Prior made a good run for the visitors that ended with a shot and a good save from the East Thurrock keeper.

Both teams’ defensives were in fine form and did well to cut out potential attacks.

As the ball sailed over the bar on the half hour mark it was hard to remember an East Thurrock shot on target.

The home side came out for the second half with the wind behind them and immediately put pressure on.

Sam Higgins starts to come into the game and when he latched onto a free kick in the 56th minute, he missed but it was an omen for Bognor.

The top striker had a great chance in the 58th minute when he broke free but the visitors managed to hustle the ball away.

But Bognor came back into the game and showed great stamina and strength with lung-busting runs and tenacious tackling.

East Thurrock didn’t have another chance until sub Aaron Morgan broke free in the 85th minute but he hesitated.

A goalmouth scramble saw the home team claim a penalty but the referee dismissed all claims.

The game petered out in the wind with both teams, all things considered, taking the point.

East Thurrock United

Lidakevicius L, Sammons R, Knott S, Ellul J, Hayles R, Wood B, Smith L,Higgins S, Walker J, (Morgan A 77) Wraight T

Subs not used: Peddie S, Newby K, Ruel K, Craddock G

Bognor Regis Town

Smith G, Davies C, Crane J, Tuck D, El-Abd S, Robson C, Nilsen S (Charman G 59), Beck D, Prior J, Rutherford A , (Green S 80), Tighe C (Parsons A 68)

Subs not used: Field C

Referee: Graeme Ions

Attendance: 320

Caution: Sammons R (ETU); Ellul J


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