Sunday, November 27, 2022

Football: East Thurrock produce great comeback

ROCKS put last week’s surprise home defeat behind them with this comeback win over the battling Seedgrowers, who in an attempt to kick-start their season had recently brought in a new management team led by respected former Saffron Walden Town boss Jason Maher, along with several new signings which included former Rocks men Ryan Dear and much travelled striker Jason Hallett.

However, it was the Rocks who started on the front foot, and they went in front fourteen minutes in when the impressive Amaree Robinson-Jones jinked his way down the right and crossed for Brian Moses to fire past home keeper James Askew.

Marc Harrison’s boys almost doubled their lead shortly after when skipper Oli Spooner tried a shot from outside the box which Askew fumbled, the loose ball trundling agonisingly just the wrong side of the upright.

Town settled into the game, and drew level midway through the opening half when Jason Fuma latched onto a poor clearance to volley past a startled Montel Joseph.

The goal inspired the Seedgrowers, and they went into the lead on 34 minutes when defender Josh Hughes headed in from a left wing corner.

Rocks needed a lift, and it came from their first attack of the second half when Moses cut into the box from the right and was unceremoniously bundled over. The ref pointed to the spot and up stepped Harry Hope to slot the penalty past Askew.

It’s fair to say the Rocks well on top now, moving the ball around confidently and looking threatening every time they broke forward. Moses twice had goalbound efforts well saved by Askew, and a well struck Isaac Skubich free kick took a slight deflection to leave the keeper wrong footed only to come back off the crossbar.

Rocks finally regained their lead on 73 minutes when Hope picked up a pass, broke into the box and unselfishly laid it off for a better placed Moses to crash home his ninth goal since joining in mid-September.

A fourth Rocks goal came, when with ten minutes left on the clock, substitute Tommy Barton marked his arrival on the pitch with a precision ball into the box for Spooner to head past Askew to round off an excellent comeback win.

There were times in the second half when, it must be said, Rocks looked very good. As manager Harrison said after the game, “We have what is mostly a young bunch of good players, and they’re learning all the time, I thought they showed some real class today”.

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