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5:12pm

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5:11pm

Other scores:

Ryman Premier League

Billericay 1-2 Cray Wanderers

Canvey 2-0 Margate

Grays 1-3 Hampton

 

Ryman North

Waltham Abbey 2-1 Thurrock

Barkingside 3-0 Tilbury

Ware 0-2 Aveley

5:09pm

A brilliant defensive show by Rocks has seen them pick up a point against Maidstone. Stephen and Sheehan outstanding.

5:08pm

Final score! Maidstone United 1-1 East Thurrock United

5:07pm

Watt clatters into Peddie and Rocks have a freekick. Seconds to go.

5:06pm

Stephen is finally beaten by Hughes-Mason and he is booked for a cynical foul.

5:05pm

What a goalmouth scramble! The ball drops to Cox of all people and the keeper pushes the ball to safety! Wonderful defending!

5:04pm

Freekick to Maidstone 40 yards from goal. Collin takes and it takes a nick of an East Thurrock head for a corner.

5:04pm

Four minutes added on!

5:03pm

Last Rocks substitution: Smith is replaced by Neil Richmond

5:03pm

Harris' shot is saved well by Hughes and the follow up rolls agonisingly along the line before being cleared.

5:02pm

Home side turning up the pressure now!

4:59pm

Zac Attwood turns on a six pence and smashes past the dive of Hughes. It is a deserved goal.

4:58pm

It's a goal for Maidstone!

4:58pm

Watt gets up well at the far post but his header goes over. 

4:57pm

Stephen does brilliantly to clear away from Hughes-Mason! The Stones have a corner!

4:55pm

Five minutes plus injury time to go. Higgins' goal seems a Long time ago now!

4:55pm

It's 'anywhere will do' for Rocks now. Smith still posing a threat on the counter though.

4:54pm

East Thurrock substitution: Lechmere is replaced by Connor Witherspoon.

4:53pm

Sheehan clears the ball from in front of his keeper and to safety. The referee is having a word with Flisher for rushing to put the ball on the spot for Hughes. No cards issued.

4:50pm

Maidstone win another throw very deep in the Rocks half. The keeper flaps at the ball before it is cleared.

4:49pm

Maidstone substitution: Dan Parkinson replaces Michael Phillips

4:48pm

His deep cross almost finds Watt but it's cleared. Then, from the throw, the ball drops to Watt five yards out and his first shot is spectacularly blocked by Lechmere on the line. The follow up shot hits the post and the third goes over! Amazing! Lechmere receiving treatment.

4:46pm

Freekick to Maidstone 30 yards out. Collin over the ball.

4:46pm

Smith jinks past his man and plays in Bryant. The wingman can shoot but he chooses to square the ball to Higgins who shoots high and wide. That was a real chance.

4:44pm

This is unbelievable defending by Stephen. The ball is played through to Attwood and he shoots at an unguarded goal. Stephen appears from nowhere to block spectacularly and Hughes clears. 

4:42pm

The ball drops to Smith but his swerving shot is into the side netting.

4:41pm

Really nice feet from Lewis Smith gains Rocks 30 yards and a throw in by the corner flag.

4:41pm

Stephen has dealt well with the threat of Hughes-Mason.

4:39pm

Rocks are 20 minutes away from a famous victory although I daresay the home side will have a few more chances before then!

4:38pm

Maidstone substitution: Sobers is replaced by Steve Watt. The club captain return after a long spell out.

4:38pm

The ball is rolled back to Flisher but his shot goes inches wide! So close for Stones!

4:36pm

A slashed clearance by Stephen drops to Sammons who takes a touch before the ball is picked up by Hughes. A clear back pass! Freekick metres from goal!

4:35pm

Maidstone have moved to a 4-3-3 it appears. Attwood shoots but his drive is spectacularly blocked by Peddie! Heroic defending!

4:34pm

Higgins playa a wonderful ball through to Bryant and he drills a shot straight at Worgan - who pushes it behind. The corner is cleared by Sobers.

4:33pm

Collin has to score! The substitute takes a touch and prods the ball beyond the keeper but agonisingly, for Maidstone, past the far post. Not sure how this match has only seen one goal.

4:32pm

Smith does well to find space on the left. He cuts inside and attempts to bend the ball into the far corner but the ball drifts wide. The forward claps his hands in frustration.

4:30pm

Maidstone substitution: Collin replaces Robertson.

4:29pm

Header by Attwood almost finds the far corner but it is blocked for another corner. This time the ball drops for Harris and his header crashes off the crossbar and out!

4:28pm

Robertson is receiving treatment after a late challenge. Frannie Collin is preparing to join the action.

4:27pm

Bryant pressurises Worgan as he waits for the ball to drop for him in the penalty area. He just about gets away with it.

4:24pm

Neither side able to take control early in the second half. A lot of head tennis has not done anything to ease the home fans unrest.

4:23pm

Great chance for Bryant! A defensive mix up sees Sammons cross fall to the substitute. He takes one touch and shoots but his shot is blocked away. The resulting corner is cleared.

4:20pm

Hughes-Mason was a tricky customer as the first half wore on. Stephen will need to watch out for him.

4:19pm

Higgins and Smith get us underway for the second half.

4:17pm

Lewis Smith is changing his boots at half time. Rocks haven't had any trouble at all acclimatising to the 3G pitch.

4:16pm

A few Maidstone fans seem to have enjoyed zorb football more than their sides's performance so far. Looks like great fun.

4:09pm

Zorb football is the half time entertainment. The idea is people inside big bubbles, running into each other, whilst trying to score in miniature goals. Don't think there is much more too it!

4:07pm

Other HT scores: 

Ryman Premier League

Billericay Town 1-1 Cray Wanderers

Canvey 0-0 Margate

Grays 1-2 Hampton

 

Ryman North League

Waltham Abbey 0-1 Thurrock

Ware 0-1 Aveley

Barkingside 1-0 Tilbury

4:04pm

Maidstone United 0-1 East Thurrock United

4:02pm

Brilliant block by Peddie stops Attwood at the near post. Corner before the break to the home side but it is well cleared by Stephen.

4:01pm

Two minutes added on at the end of the first period.

4:01pm

As the first half draws to a close East Thurrock can be very happy with their performance. They have contained the home side well and look dangerous on the counter. Maidstone have 45 minutes to save this unbeaten home record this season.

3:59pm

The early ball over the top for Higgins is a great out ball for Rocks. Not quite worked in the past 15 minutes though as Maidstone have had the lions share of possession.

3:57pm

Harris shoots but the linesman raises his flag for offside. 

3:55pm

1,731 inside the stadium this afternoon. 

3:54pm

The away side have been looking brighter in the last five minutes. Tenacious work up front by Higgins and Smith almost works an opening but Sobers clears.

3:52pm

East Thurrock substitution: Gilbey off and Dvid Bryant on. Not sure what is wrong with Gilbey.

3:52pm

Really good play by Cox almost finds Harris but the keeper pushes clear and Sammons completes the clearance.

3:48pm

Flisher feeds the ball down the left for Hughes-Mason. The tricky winger has a free run, cutting inside and feeding the ball back to Flisher. The striker hits a shot but a combination of Hughes, Sheehan and his own man Attwood keep the ball out!

3:45pm

Stephen is ok and playing on. Decent long range strike from Lechmere is held by Worgan but Rocks are struggling to get out at the moment.

3:44pm

Robertson flies in very hard on Stephen although the ball was there to be won. The full back is receiving treatment and we have a chance to have a breather after a hectic first 30 minutes!

3:42pm

It should be 1-1. The largely anonymous Hughes-Mason does well down the left and his cutback finds the marauding Mills. The fullback makes it into the box and shoots but his near post effort flies wide when he had to hit the target.

3:38pm

Parkinson with a shot from the edge of the box but Stephen blocks the shot and it rolls through to Hughes. The home side have woken up.

3:37pm

Mills now wins a corner for Maidstone. It finds Sobers and his header crashes off the underside of the crossbar and out! From my high vantage point a lot of the ball looked over the line..! Not given.

3:36pm

Really good first time ball from Stephen is well collected by Worgan - who was under pressure from Higgins.

3:35pm

It's very quiet at the Gallagher Stadium. Gilbey has a header easily saved. Home side can't get the ball at the moment.

3:34pm

Really poor delivery. Blocked away. Maidstone haven't got started today.

3:33pm

This is one of the bet first 15 minutes from a Thurrock side I have seen all season. Rocks look dangerous with every attack. They now have a freekick on the left. Smith standing over it.

3:32pm

So nearly two! A long ball by Sammons drifts towards the far post. The keeper totally misses it and Higgins is there! His header is destined for the net but Parkinson clears from under his crossbar! Brilliant defending!

3:30pm

A long range shot by Flisher is easily held by Hughes. The home side seem to be rushing their play. Rocks looking very measured in their build-up.

3:29pm

Harris is looking to dictate the play up front for Stones but the big striker is being well marshalled by Sheehan.

3:28pm

Gilbey goes down in the box under the challenge of Parkinson but nothing given. Seconds later Symons almost gets on the end of a Gilbey shot but the keeper blocks well. Rocks cranking up the pressure. Covo will be delighted with his sides's start.

3:25pm

Rocks look dangerous on the break. Really good hold up play by Higgins sees Smith break through. He feeds the ball to the left and Gilbey but the wide man's shot is blocked.

3:24pm

Lechmere with a looping effort for Rocks but the keeper holds the ball. Home fans already slightly restless

3:22pm

The game was only three minutes old when Higgins scored. Meanwhile, Stones look to hit back immediately as Attwood wins. Freekick on the left. Ball is claimed well by Hughes.

3:21pm

What an unbelievable start. Higgins was played through and it looked as though the chance had gone after he scuffed his shot into the ground. however, he kept on running and nodded the ball past the on rushing Worgan! Great goal!

3:20pm

It's a goal for East Thurrock!!

3:19pm

Great early play by Attwood. He cuts inside Stephen, beats Peddie and his cut back in cleared.

3:18pm

Positive start from the away side who win possession straight away but the near post delivery by Stephen is cleared.

3:16pm

Maidstone to get us underway this afternoon. 

3:13pm

Teams are out. Maidstone in yellow and black and East Thurrock in their changed strip of black and white stripes.

3:12pm

3:12pm

Phillips and Flisher are in the side after being sent off last weekend against Hornchurch.

3:09pm

Both sides have been out on the pitch warming up before the delayed kick off. Interesting to see top scorer Collin on the bench for Stones. I have been reliably informed the front man is recovering from an injury.

3:01pm

Kick off has been delayed until 3:15 as the lineman is replaced.

2:55pm

Massive crowd here today! Stadium announcer has just told the audience that the assistant referee is injured and is asking for a replacement! 

2:54pm

East Thurrock: David Hughes, Ryan Sammons, Tom Stephen, Simon Peddie, Steve Sheehan, Ross Parmenter, Sam Lechmere, Nick Symons, Sam Higgins, Lewis Smith, Mitchell Gilbey

Subs: Bryant, Richmond, Witherspoon, Anderson, Paxman

2:52pm

Maidstone: Lee Worgan, Elliott Cox, Tom Mills, Charley Robertson, Jerrome Sobers, Michael Phillips, Kiernan Hughes-Mason, Jack Parkinson, Zac Attwood, Jack Harris, Alex Flisher

Subs: Collin, Parkinson, Sullivan, Watt, Godmon

2:50pm

Good afternoon and welcome to the Echo's live coverage of this Ryman Premier League match between Maidstone United and East Thurrock United.

This match comes only 11 days after the two sides met at Rookery Hill, with Rocks taking the three points in a 3-1 win.

However, today's match is likely to be quite different with East Thurrock looking to become the first side this season to win at The Gallagher Stadium and the league's only 3G pitch.

Maidstone United have been in the news this week after the club announced it would be appealing the FA's decision to ban them from taking part in the play-offs - ruling Stones couldn't be promoted on their artificial pitch. The side, currently 3rd in the division, will see their appeal heard on Wednesday.

Both sides come into the match in patchy form. Rocks have won four and lost four of their last eight games whilst Maidstone have only won one of their seven matches this month.

 

Both sides have a fearsome strike force and if Frannie Collin and Zac Attwood have their shooting boots on today this could be a long afternoon for Rocks. The two front men have 46 goals between them this season.

The away side will be buoyed by the form of Sam Higgins - who became the club's all time top scorer last weekend - and he will be ably supported by David Bryant, Lewis Smith and Neil Richmond.


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