East Thurrock United 0 v 2 Bowers and Pitsea
A VERY cold afternoon greeted both sides at Rookery Hill in what was basically a six pointer. Early missed chances certainly cost the home side gaining the three points.
In the 5th minute it was the home side who should have gone in front, but Alex Hernandez saw his fierce free kick whistle past the far post with visiting custodian soundly beaten.
Good play from the home side started no the half way line by Ben Wyss saw his excellent ball sprayed wide to Callum Robinson, and from his teasing cross, Johnny Ashman fired just wide.
Ashman then combined well with Jake Gordon in another piece of good football, but with only Mitchell Beeney to beat, Gordon screwed his shot over the bar.
The first threat from Bowers came after twenty one minutes when Quentin Monville forced the ball over the line, but the goal was disallowed for offside.
However they made amends a minute later when Dan Trendall headed home Luca Albon’s corner. Against the run of play.
Bowers went further ahead five minutes later when Trendall latched onto a flick from Lewis Manor to score an excellent goal.
Gordon then shot tamely at Beeney after waltzing past three defenders, and on the stroke of half time, Alex Hernandez saw his effort brilliantly saved by Beeney.
The second half was all East Thurrock, but they huffed and puffed in front of goasl without any success. Joe Heath shot just over and then Ashman saw his effort pushed wide by Beeney after good work by Robinson.
Trendall was denied his hat trick by Arthur Janata in the home goal when he brilliantly saved his effort and from the rebound, Jake Thompson cleared of the line.
East Thurrock continued to press for that elusive goal and Ben Search had his shot saved at full length by Beeney, whilst at the other end Janata saved well from Albon.
In the dying minutes of the game, bowers substitute Ben Sartain received a straight red after a poor tackle on Tom Barton.
At the end of the day, the home side certainly deserved to get something from the game but missed chances were costly.
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