Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Football: East Thurrock lose fourth game in a row

Vanarama National League South

East Thurrock United 0 v 1 Eastbourne Borough

Report courtesy of Thurrock Independent

FOR the second home game in a row a controversial goal dogged East Thurrock on Tuesday and decided what was a relatively even contest.

In the opening day fixture at home to Woking a 97th minute penalty awarded against Rocks was the only thing that separated the two sides and one goal was enough on Tuesday, albeit that Rocks were adamant it was scored from an offside position.

Regardless of the goal it wasn’t a great performance by East Thurrock who improved after the beak, but rarely looked like scoring.

The first chance of the game fell early to the Sport when rocks’ Paul Konchesky was caught in possession and Lloyd Dawes raced away from him, only to shot into the side-netting from an acute angle.

More poor defending from a home side struggling o get into any sort of rhythm and pace set up a great chance for Charlie Walker but with everything to aim at, he picked out the crossbar.

Against the run of play Ricks might have opened the scoring when a fine run by Konchesky saw him thread a shot through defenders, only to see Mark Smithy get down at full stretch to palm his effort round the upright.

At the other end Ryan Hall flicked a bicycle kick just wide but the goal that looked on the cards arrived on 33 minutes when Eastbourne broke quickly. Walker was clearly in an offside position on the first break but the ball wasn’t played towards him and play was waved on. Dawes took the ball forward and Walker ran on from his position making a two-one one situation with keeper Jack Giddens but it looked as if Dawes had made a hash of things with a poorly timed pass to Walker, who had overrun him and when he stroked the ball into the next it seemed inevitable the flag would be raised – but much to rocks’ anger, it wasn’t.

Eastbourne might well have added more as Rocks went into their shell before th break but it was a different story in the second half, with Ricks much more on the front foot but though they created several half chances, they couldn’t force a genuine chance and in the end the visitors held on to inflict a fourth successive defeat of the season on Rocks.


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