Football: East Thurrock grab vital away point

Vanarama National League South

Weston Super Mare 1 v 1 East Thurrock United

ROCKS stopped the away day rot, ending a sequence of seven straight defeats on the road with a battling draw at Weston on Tuesday night. It has taken John Coventry’s side more thn 2,000 miles of travelling to get a point!

While the visitors rode their luck in the first half and might well have gone in at half time more than one goal behind, they retrieved the situation in the second half with a tenacious display and might even have nicked the win – though they eventually had to come through a frantic and nerve-wracking last few minutes to get the draw.

East Thurrock actually made a decent start to the match and Tom Derry was only denied an opening goal by keeper Luke Purnell after breaking clear.

Weston then took a grip on the game and pressed Rocks back exerting considerable pressure that finally paid dividends on 27 minutes when Ryan Scott deflected a shot into his own net. Keeper Jack Giddens then came to Rocks’ rescue with a brave save and his defenders later hacked the ball off the line so it was a relieved visiting team that only went into half time one behind.

Injured striker Sam Higgins was replaced at the break by Shaun Batt and that proved the catalyst for a revival in fortune.

He almost made his mark when shrugging off a couple of defenders to get a shot away but it went over but on the hour he was brought down in the box and picked himself up to convert the penalty.

Other chances came and went for Rocks and their resolution not to lose saw five players cautioned in the second half – and they almost grabbed a late winner but Batt’s shot was turned past the post by Purnell.

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