Sunday, June 16, 2024

Football: Rocks remain in relegation zone after home defeat

Isthmian Premier

East Thurrock United 1 v 3 Worthing

Report courtesy of East Thurrock United

EAST Thurrock United Table topping Worthing kept up their three goals a game record as they eased to victory over a hardworking East Thurrock side at Rookery Hill.

Rocks welcomed back Kenny Aileru who had missed the last two games.

The West Sussex outfit made light of having to play with ten men for the final half hour, after Cameron Tutt picked up a straight red for a crunching challenge on Aileru.

The home side we’re first to threaten when Mike Castle headed goalwards following a corner, but Roco Rees in the visitors goal saved comfortably.

Arthur Janata made a decent save to deny livewire forward Mo Diallo and then saved from a Ricky Aguiar free kick.

The home side responded and a goalmouth scramble ended with Rees blocking an effort from Zenon Stylianides.

Another decent save by Janata, this time from Reece Mikes-Meekums kept the game goal less, but the visitors went in front soon afterwards as the Rocks failed to clear a corner, and the impressive Joel Colbran turned to fire home from close range.

With the interval approaching, Worthing doubled their lead as a free kick from Aguiar crashed against the bar, and Diallo was first to the loose ball to score.

Izzy Bademosi looked set to pull one back for the hosts, breaking clear from the second half restart, but Rees was quickly out to smother. Then Stylianides forced another good save by the keeper as a shot took a deflection.

Following the dismissal of Tutt, Rocks enjoyed more of the play, with Luke Illsley seeing plenty of the ball in midfield. Jordan Peart, Nzengo and Aileru all created good openings, but Rocks weren’t able to seriously test Rees.

Worthing scored their third from a Omar Komara spot kick five minutes from time, and in added time Bademosi scored a sweetly struck consolation for the Rocks, his first goal for the club. (pictured here by Mikey Cartwright).

Overall, another entertaining game in front of another decent crowd. It was always going to be a tough ask against a classy Worthing side, but Rocks stuck at it. It’s pleasing to see this newly assembled young team improving, and settling into what is a higher level than most of the squad have played at before.

ROCKS: Arthur Janata, Jon Nzengo, Jordan Peart, Mike Castle, Mike Agboola, Dan Cossington, Luke Illsley (Callum Taylor 78), Phil Brown-Bampoe (Ayo Olukoga 63), Izzy Bademosi, Zenon Stylianides (Ben Jordan 88), Kenny Aileru. subs: Ricky Brennan, Jordan Williams gk.



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