BetVictor Isthmian League
Carshalton Athletic 1 v 2 East Thurrock United
Report courtesy of East Thurrock United
ROCKS came away from Surrey with a hard earned win against last seasons runners-up, to make it two wins out of two from their opening games.
Covo’s boys started in lively fashion, and had already gone close on a couple of occasions by the time Alex CLARK got on the end of a Mitchell Gilbey cross to put Rocks in front on 20 minutes.
The home side looked impressive as they settled into the game, playing some nice passing football but without really testing Jack Giddens in the Rocks goal.
Rocks added a second a minute before half time when, with the roles reversed, GILBEY fired home after a precision cross from Clark.
The stunned home side, not used to being behind at their War Memorial Stadium, upped their game after the break, and a Rocks defence, shorn of injured key man Ryan Scott were coming under increasing pressure. Giddens made several good saves to keep the Robins at bay.
Not that Rocks didn’t have chances to add to their lead, as home keeper Patrick Ohman did well to save from Frankie Merrifield and Jason Ring.
However, most of the late action was at the other end, and Carshalton were eventually rewarded when the lively Omar Koroma drilled past Giddens with seven minutes left on the clock.
Rocks defended like men inspired to hold on for the agonising closing minutes, with Giddens the hero deep into added time with an acrobatic double save.
Great all round battling team effort, the only downside of the night was seeing skipper Lewis Smith and Mitchell Gilbey picking up second half injuries.