Vanarama National League South
East Thurrock United 1 v 0 Bath City
EAST Thurrock took three National League South points on Saturday thanks to a moment of fortune and three great saves from Jack Giddens.
The home keeper kept his side in the game with a one-handed save at full stretch from Anthony Straker in the opening stages of the second half and then he denied substitute Andy Watkins from close range.
Rocks’ resilience then brough unexpected reward from a moment of great fortune when sub Tom Derry put pressure on the home defence with a driving run into the box in the 89th minute and Joe Raynes’ attempted clearance struck Frankie Artus and lobbed back over his own keeper Ryan Clarke and just under the crossbar.
Witnessed and managed to video one of the most bizarre and amazing own goals I have ever seen today as @1EastThurrockFC played @BathCity_FC. Not a vintage performance from the Rocks but it will do!!! #COYR #NonLeague #ETUFC #NationalLeague #OwnGoal #OG #LuckIsOnOurSide #Graft pic.twitter.com/wWzvzovIjV
— Charlie Key (@HelloMrCharlie) September 1, 2018
Moments later Giddens completed his hat-track of stops to deny Sean Rigg.and Rocks were home and hosed with a second successive one goal home win.
Bath will feel aggrieved but the football gods deemed it was Rocks day.
The first half, which saw Rocks give debuts to news signings Roman Michael-Percil and Joe Bedford, was largely low key and forgettable with Sam Higgins missing a couple of chances for the hosts and Ryan Brunt seeing Bath’s nearest effort come back off the underside of the bar and away to safety.