East Thurrock United 3 v 0 Tonbridge Angels
EAST THURROCK re-inforced their promotion credentials with a classy demolition of fellow title chasers, Tonbridge.
The Rocks started off on the front foot with sam Higgins putting in a lovely diagonal ball to Tom Wraight but the lively winger could not control the ball.
This was a cold March afternoon but both teams looked like they were keen to play expressive football.
Sam Higgins first chance came in the seventh minute but his shot blazed over the bar.
Higgins was very much in the mood as he outfought the Angels defence.
And he made it 1-0 as he latched onto a through-ball to tuck it past the Angels keeper.
This was a test for both teams as Angels really had to prove their mettle.
Nick Wheeler started to produce some darting runs for the Angels and the crosses tested the keeper. Angels had speed and agility as they burst through from midfield.
With the wind behind them, Rocks really went for the second goal.
One of the Rocks’ most impressive signings of late has been Joe Ellul and he proved his worth by a vital last ditch tackle on Luke Blewden.
But Rocks were playing neat football which was frustrating the Angels. In the 32nd minute a claim by Angels for a free kick was waved away. The Rocks swept up field and although the keeper did well to save,, James Walker put the rebound away.
Angels came out for the second half determined. As the half progressed, with the win behind them, the chances started to come.
It also seemed that Rocks started to play deeper and deeper as they did last week.
Once again Joe Ellull put in another last ditch tackle but for all the pressure, Angels found it hard to find the target.
Rocks’s first corner of the half came in the 70th minute. After a goalmouth scramble. the ball fell to Ricky Hayles but he shanked his chance.
East Thurrock put the game beyond doubt in the 76th minute when sub Kye Ruel latched onto a through ball and calmly placed it past the keeper.
East Thurrock United
Lidakevicius L, Sammons R (Peddie S 45), Knott S, Ellul J, Hayles R, Wood B, Higgins S, Walker J (Craddock G 75), Marlow B, Wraight , Newby K. (Ruel K 76)
Subs not used: Hogan C, Morgan A, Robson D,
DiBondo A, Folkes J, Parter J, Parkinson T, Mills S, Ball L, Webster C (Whitenell T 55), Allen L (Rivere A 63)), Elder N, Blewden L, Wheeler N.
Subs not used: Woods-Garnett B, Rivera A, Tashijay K