Haringey Borough 2 v 0 East Thurrock United
TWO pretty evenly matched sides went head to head in a competitive and entertaining game at Coles Park.
Not difficult to see why the Borough are right up there amongst the title favourites this season, looking lively from the off as they moved the ball confidently around on their 3G pitch.
However, Rocks were always in the game, and that they failed to get on the scoresheet during the afternoon was very much down to an outstanding performance from home keeper Valerie Pajetat.
Boro went in front on ten minutes with a well worked move which ended with Anthos Solomou curling a well struck left footed strike past Jack Giddens.
Straight from the re-start Rocks were desperately unfortunate not to level as Frankie Merrifield’s shot was well blocked by the keeper, the ball falling to Mitchell Gilbey whose drive smashed against the crossbar.
Pajetat came to his sides rescue again with 36 minutes played, making a great reflex save from a goal bound header by a team mate.
Then, a minute before half time, Rocks were made to pay for not closing down Georgios Aresti, who was allowed to run from halfway and spanked a spectacular effort into the top corner.
Plenty of action at both ends, not to mention a couple of handbag incidents as the half wore on, but it was Rocks who were closest to scoring late on.
First, with 15 minutes left Gilbey looked to have pulled one back with a clever lob, but Pajetat somehow managed to get back and pull of a jaw dropping save.
Then, as the game moved into five minutes of added time Merrifield broke clear, drawing Pajetat from his goal only to then shoot across the face of the gaping goal, with Alex Clark just short of getting a crucial touch at the far post.
On another day the result might have been very different, but all credit to the home side as two well taken goals and some brave defending earned them the points.
ROCKS : Giddens, Harris, Gelashvili, Sheehan, Scott, Marlow, Olukoga, Gilbey, Merrifield, Smith, Pugh (Clark 50). unused subs, Corbett, Ring, Brown, Burns.