Tilbury 1 v 2 East Thurrock United
ROCKS management and fans may have had concerns going into this derby game with key midfielders Oli Spooner, Harry Hope and Roman Michael-Percil all ruled out reports East Thurrock United website
However, as the old saying goes “cometh the hour, cometh the man”, and on Boxing Day that man turned out to be Jordan Peart.
While it has to be said that every player in a Rocks shirt played a full part in overcoming John Coventry’s well organised and competitive Dockers, it was Jordan who chose this occasion to show what a genuine talent he possesses, as he enjoyed what was undoubtedly his best game yet in Rocks colours, as he used his pace and close control to great effect.
Rocks were first to threaten, as inside the opening two minutes Brian Moses broke into the Dockers half, laid the ball out to Ryan Boswell, who crossed from the byline for Sam Carter to bring an excellent block from young Tilbury keeper Charlee Jackson.
With the experienced front duo of former Rock Martin Tuohy, and the much travelled David Knight, Tilbury were always going to prove dangerous in and around the box, and twenty minutes in a shot across Montel Joseph’s goal hit the far post.
Rocks went in front on the half hour mark. Isaac Skubich linked up with Boswell out on the right, and the latter played a trademark cross to the far post which the Dockers defence failed to deal with, and Peart was on hand to control the ball, turn and fire past Jackson for his first club goal.
Peart had already made a number of dangerous forays down the left, when eight minutes later he played a big part in Rocks doubling their lead as he moved into top gear, burst into the box and was sent tumbling.
With regular penalty takers Harry Hope and Michael-Percil out of action, leading scorer Moses took responsibility for the spot kick which he calmly converted.
The Dockers felt they should have had a penalty of their own shortly before half time, but their prolonged protests were waved away by the referee.
Rocks should probably have put the game out of the Dockers reach in the early stages of the second half as a number of decent chances went begging.
The inevitable Tilbury revival was triggered just after the hour mark when the home side were awarded a penalty of their own, which Knight smashed home in typical fashion.
Tilbury had their moments, but for the most part Rocks held firm to hold onto their lead with few serious threats.
The win stretched the Rocks undefeated away run to eight games, six of which have been wins, while overall Marc Harrison’s boys have taken thirty one points from their last fourteen games, losing just once in the process.
Some tough games coming up though, starting with another Thurrock derby on Monday when Grays Athletic come to Rookery Hill.