Carshalton Athletic 4 v 1 East Thurrock United
ROCKS played a full part for most of this open and highly entertaining game, but it all went badly wrong in the closing minutes.
With just fifteen minutes left on the clock the scores were level, but then the Robins stunned Paul Martin’s boys with a quickfire two goals in a minute burst, and the game was as good as over.
Rocks went into the game with new defensive signing Joe Heath, a midweek recruit from Brentwood Town making his debut, but they were minus top scorer Alex Hernandez.
The home side went in front on seven minutes when Dan Hector smashed a 25 yard cracker past Arthur Janata.
Rocks were back on level terms just five minutes later when, following a driving run down the right by Ola Ogunwamide, Kenny AILERU was on hand to slot in Ola’s precision cross.
Chances followed throughout the opening half, with both keepers called into action. One save by home keeper Lloyd Thomas to keep out a well struck Johnny Ashman effort was particularly impressive.
As half time approached, Arthur did well to block a close range volley from Dan Bassett.
More open play after the break, Ogunwamide looked set to put Rocks in front after cutting into the box at pace, but fired his shot an agonising couple of inches the wrong side of the post.
Then, with fifteen minutes to go, came the sixty seconds which turned the game Carshalton’s way.
A neat passing move saw Lewis White cutting into the box to fire past Janata. We’d hardly got our breath back when substitute Harry Ottaway found himself in space to score a third for the Robins.
Then as the game moved into the closing minutes, the home side rubbed salt into Rocks wounds as Paris Hamilton-Downes curled in a cracker from distance.
Rocks will need to quickly pick themselves up, with tough looking home games coming up on Tuesday (v Bishops Stortford), and Saturday (v Enfield Town) which will put their unbeaten home record to the test.
Report courtesy of East Thurrock United