Football: East Thurrock remain mired in relegation zone

East Thurrock United

Vanarama National League South

Chippenham Town 2 v 0 East Thurrock United

CHIPPENHAM dominated this Vanarama National League South clash from start to finish and really ought to have won by a more convincing scoreline against listless and lethargic East Thurrock who managed just one shot on target in 94 minutes.

The Bluebirds were quick out of the traps and inside the first 20 minutes spurned three great chances, Jack Compton worming his way through the Rocks defence and shooting wide, Nick McCootee driving a shot against the bar with keeper Jack Giddens doing just enough with a full stretch finger-tip touch to deny him a goal and George Rigg blazing wide when well placed,

The visitors showed nothing of the qualities required in a relegation battle and it was surprising they went into the break on level terms.

Parity didn’t last long on the resumption, Nick McCootie lashing an angled drive home in the 54th minute after a sustained spell of Chippenham pressure.

Rocks might well have levelled on the hour when Roman Michael-Percil engineered his side’s only real chance of the game, but he lifted the ball over keeper Brad House and the bar.

Seconds later a double Rocks substitution followed and Rocks were still rearranging themselves when a quick throw ended at McCoote’s feet and he picked his spot to extend the lead.

It was a pivotal 90 seconds of play and what little fight Rocks had shown drained away and Chippenham played out time comfortably, with Jon Nzengo’s 73rd minute blocked shot the only effort on target that Rocks had in the game.

Chippenham squandered the opportunity to increase their lead when Freddy Moncur was somewhat harshly adjudged to have handled a free kick drilled at a defensive wall but Giddens proved equal to Jack Compton’s spot kick, pushing it past the post.

Sub Kernell Chambers might have added a third in added time but fired wide when it seemed easier to score.

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