Football: Opening day defeat for East Thurrock United

Isthmian Premier League

Cheshunt 1 v 0 East Thurrock United

Report courtesy of East Thurrock United

A SINGLE first half goal decided the Rocks seasons opening league game over at Theobald’s Lane.

Rocks cause wasn’t helped when a registration irregularly came to light, which ruled out central defender Mike Agboola, meaning Paul Martin had to reshuffle his defensive line up.

Cheshunt started much the better and Arthur Janata did well to keep out an effort from experienced front man Adam Cunnington.

Rocks were only able to make spasmodic breaks forward, with wide man Kenny Aileru and Alfie Cue testing the home defenders, but the home side were well on top and it was no surprise when they scored what turned out to be the decisive goal just before the half hour mark.

Nana Adarkwa, who had looked lively out on Cheshunt’s right flank found space to cleverly chip the ball over Janata and just inside the far post.

Rocks made a much better fist of it after the break, and could well have been level right at the start of the half, when Cue’s effort was fumbled by one time Rocks keeper Shane Gore. The ball dropped at the feet of Hafeez Sanusi, but a split second of indecision by the big man allowed Gore to get down and smother the ball.

Cheshunt had to rely on Gore to keep the now lively Rocks at bay, denying Cue, Aileru and Jordan Peart in turn, and on the two occasions he was beaten, the crossbar came to his rescue, as firstly Callum Taylor, and then Luke Illsley saw decent efforts coming back off the woodwork.

Overall, it would be difficult to argue that this freshly assembled Rocks side didn’t deserve to come away with at least a draw, but with games coming thick and fast they now have to learn their lessons and move on to Tuesdays FA Cup game at Potters Bar Town.

ROCKS : Arthur Janata, Ricky Brennan, Callum Taylor (Jordan Peart 63)), Mike Castle, Dan Cossington, Ayo Olukoga, Luke Illsley, Olu Quadri (Zenon Stylianides 73), Hafeez Sanusi, Alfie Cue, Kenny Aileru. subs : George Woodward, Kieran Case, Jorden Williams (gk).

Picture here courtesy of Cheshunt FC – “Local Bus Driver”.

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