Football: East Thurrock maintain survival hopes with draw

TRAVELLING East Thurrock United celebrated their side’s never-say-die attitude that keeps the Rocks’ hopes of Isthmian Premier League survival alive after a draw at Bognor Regis today (Saturday, 9 April).

Just a couple of weeks ago Marc Harrison’s team looked dead and buried but a remarkable run of three successive wins lifted spirits and the real prospect of a great escape

Today they travelled to Nyewood Lane, where for much of the day it seemed like fates would conspire against them.

Bognor took the lead on 23 minutes through Alfie Bridgman, an advantage the home side took into the closing moments of the match.

With the clock showing 90 minutes up, Rocks thought they had drawn level, only to see the effort controversially ruled out.

That might have been a crushing blow but Rocks responded and five minutes into added time The diminutive Ben Wyss, many supporters’ choice for player of the season already, popped up with the equaliser that lifted his side outside the relegation danger zone!

Though Cray could lift themselves above Rocks tomorrow with a win against promotion-chasing Hornchurch Rocks now control their own survival destiny.

With three matches left, starting at home to Wingate & Finchley next Saturday, Rocks have a great chance of staying up – particularly as they have the chance to strike a direct blow when they travel to face Cray on Wednesday, 20 April. The season concludes with a home fixture against Horsham on Saturday, 23 April.

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