East Thurrock 4 v 1 Cheshunt
Report courtesy of East Thurrock United
THE Rocks came out on top of this seasons opener at Rookery Hill, thanks to a blistering second half display.
Cheshunt had the wind at their backs for the opening half, but it was the home side who took the lead with just five minutes played when Alex Clark cut inside to fire past Harry Girling in the Cheshunt goal.
Big Brian Moses levelled the scores up on 14 minutes with a thunderbolt.
New signing Billy Crook was instrumental in Rocks regaining the lead four minutes after the break. A great run into the box by the former Braintree and Dartford man found Frankie Merriefield who made no mistake.
Cheshunt were battling to stay in touch, but fell further behind after 62 minutes when the hard-grafting Ben Marlow smashed home from the edge of the box.
The best goal of the game was reserved for the last on 75 minutes when Merryfield scored a gem, breaking into the box he left two defenders in his wake before curling a splendid strike past Girling.
Cheshunt looked decent in spells, and will have hopefully learned some important lessons from their first game back at this level.
Rocks boss John Coventry, who watched from the stands due to a one game touchline ban, will have been impressed by this performance. He will be concerned however by injuries sustained by key players ahead of Monday’s trip to Carshalton.