Sunday, December 3, 2023

Football: Heartache for East Thurrock United as they are relegated

EAST Thurrock United’s hopes of escaping relegation from the Isthmian Premier league were dashed in a dramatic afternoon at Rookery Hill reports Thurrock Nub News.

At the start of the season’s final afternoon a victory would have kept Rocks in the division and a draw might even have been enough dependent on results elsewhere.

However, it was not to be, despite the home side taking a dramatic lead in the first minute through Chid Onokwai, a remarkable start to his debut!. It was a lead Rocks held until the stroke of half time when Eddie Dsane equalised for the Hornets.

And things got worse for East Thurrock when Tom Kavanagh converted a penalty on the hour.

With news coming in of scorelines elsewhere that meant a draw wasn’t going to help Rocks, they threw everything forward with shots flying either side of Sam Howes’ goal but the visiting keeper was rarely seriously trouble as Rocks snatched at chances or miskicked whin in good positions on a pitch that has deteriorated badly during the season.

An equalising goal eventually came with 24 minutes left when livewire Ben Wyss burst forward and finally picked a spot to slide the ball past Howes. 

With news that relegation rivals Leatherhead and Kings Langley were winning, the scene was set for a dramatic late goal to save the day and complete Rocks’ great escape – and with six minutes of added time indicated by the referee the dream was still on.

But deep into that added time they were dashed when Hornets broke away and Dsane was on hand to steer the ball past Arthur Janata and spark celebrations among the visitors Seventies-clad fans who were enjoying and end of season party, while the home fans and Rocks players were left desolated by the reality of relegation.


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