Football: East Thurrock crash to first defeat of the season

Isthmian Premier

East Thurrock United 1 v 3 Potters Bar Town

EAST Thurrock will be disappointed after losing their first game of the season.

After two excellent wins to start the season, the Rocks turned in a shocker, as a determined display by Potters Bar saw the Rocks 100% start to the season blown away. Rocks just never got going, and it’s difficult to remember a past game where so many players turned in such below par performances on the same day.

Josh Hutchinson was inspirational for the visiting Scholars, scoring twice, the second with a heavily bandaged head wound. The writing was on the wall for the Rocks as early as the sixth minute when home keeper Jack Giddens got down well to deflect a Hutchinson header onto the post.

Twenty one minutes in Potters Bar were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty box. Hutchinson’s well struck kick took the slightest of nicks to leave Giddens stranded.

Rocks cause wasn’t helped when influential midfielder Billy CROOK had to be replaced on the half hour, and Bar capitalised eight minutes before half time when Ryan Young beat the offside trap, cutting in from the right to score an excellent solo effort. Frankie MERRIFIELD had the ball in the net for the Rocks soon after, but celebrations were cut short by the assistants flag.

Any hopes of a Rocks recovery were dashed on the hour when Hutchinson got in at the far post to head home the Scholars third.

The Rocks finally got a consolation when, with just a minute left on the clock, Mitchell Gilbey scored with a stunning free kick from well out on the left.

A bitterly disappointing, disjointed performance from the Rocks, plenty for manager John Coventry to work on. Apart from Gilbey’s late goal, Scholars keeper Matt Nolan was a virtual spectator throughout.

ROCKS: Giddens, Harris, Brown, Sheehan, Scott, Crook (Thomas 33), Gilbey, Marlow, Merrifield, Smith, Clark (Ring 60). Unused subs Gelashvili, Olukoga.

Report courtesy of East Thurrock United

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