Vanarama National League South
Slough Town 3 v 1 East Thurrock United
EAST Thurrock remain without an away win in the Vanarama National League South after coming out second best in an insipid match at Arbour Park.
Two poor sides provided little by way of entertainment in this pre-Christmas clash that won’t live long in anyone’s memory reports the Thurrock Independent.
With four new faces in his squad Rocks boss John Coventry might have hoped for a change of fortune in a difficult season that sees his side rooted in a relegation battle but it was not to be and, shorn of top scorer Sam Higgins through injury, East Thurrock showed little threat going forward.
And their defensive frailty was exposed inside two minutes when Slough played the ball from back to front quickly and Rocks’ lack of concentration allowed Chris Flood to nip in and sweep the ball past keeper Jack Giddens.
Rocks gradually got themselves into the game and, while not exactly threatening they began to get the ball up the park. And on 25 minutes they won a throw which Harry Lee launched into the box and makeshift centre forward Ryan Scott bundled the bell home from close range.
Consolidating their position in a game after getting on terms has been an Achilles Heel for Rocks all season and parity lasted just five minutes as once again they couldn’t keep their rivals at bay and from a corner Flood rose unchallenged to float a header into the net.
Neither side threatened again before half time and the second half was largely a non event, other than a cracking third goal for Slough on 74 minutes when James Dobson crashed the ball home from distance.
Rocks huffed and puffed to the end but offered little. To be fair they rarely got the rub of the green and referee Philip Staynings had a myopic view on the game, issuing three yellow cards to Rocks and ignoring several instances when Slough players ought to have picked up a caution, not least for some blatant time wasting, but you couldn’t lay any blame for Rocks’ defeat at his door.
Two tough home derbies with promotion-chasing Concord and Dartford come up over the holiday period.
Generally this season Rocks have played better against the top sides. They will need to do that and then some if they are to deliver anything by way of points as Christmas presents for their supporters.