Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Football: East Thurrock suffer home defeat

Vanarama National League South

East Thurrock 2 v 3 Whitehawk

Report courtesy of East Thurrock United.

THE two sides fought out their third 3-2 game of the season, but this time it was the Brighton-based Hawks who came out on top, taking advantage of a Rocks side looking somewhat jaded after their mid week cup final exploits.

Rocks took the lead 14 minutes in when Femi Akinwande produced a great pass to set Reece Harris free on the right, and his cross was coolly tucked in at the far post by Tom Wraight.

After both sides had gone close, it was the Hawks who equalised on 33 minutes when Woods-Garness fired across the goal and just inside the far post.

Hawks went in front through Osborn early in the second half, but Wraight levelled it up for the Rocks fifteen minutes later, slotting home his 20th goal of the season after a great run by Akinwande.

Rocks will miss Akinwande who now returns to his parent club Colchester United after his loan spell which saw the big, powerful striker scoring four times in his six games with the Rocks.

Scott Heard bustled his way through the Hawks defence on 70 minutes, but Hawks keeper Lucas Covolan saved well.
Rocks keeper Lukas Lidakevicius then tipped a point blank effort over the bar.

Wraight must have thought he had completed his third hat-trick of the season when he thundered in a powerful header following a Harris cross, but Covolan went full stretch to finger tip it over.

Whitehawk sealed the points with eight minutes left when experienced striker Danny Mills found time to swivel and tuck the ball past Lukas

ROCKS:- Lidakevicius, Osifewa (Sammons 60), Marvell Ekpiteta, Marvin Ekpiteta, Burns (Peddie 15), Craddock (Freiter 41), Harris, Heard, Higgins, Akinwande, Wraight. (unused subs: Ruel, Honesty).


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