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Rocks unlucky to come away empty-handed
11:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
East Thurrock 0,
Hampton & Richmond 1
NON LEAGUE: EAST Thurrock saw a hard fought point snatched away in the final minutes by a hard working Hampton & Richmond Borough.
Both sides fought tooth-and-nail for the points in a keenly fought encounter with the home side dictating large parts of the match.
However, as the match entered its final ten minutes, Hampton poached a winner after a free-kick wasn’t cleared. The ball dropped to midfielder Alan Bray and he smashed home the winner from eight yards to give the visitors their first win of the season.
The first-half was a slow burner with neither side having a clear-cut chance to break the deadlock.
Luke Wanadio was by far the most inventive player on the pitch, with his direct running causing the Hampton defence all sorts of problems.
The best chance didn’t arrive until the second half when Tom Stephen lashed over for Rocks after a swift break.
The second half kicked off in a feisty manner with Liam McKenzie lucky to remain on the pitch after pushing Hampton defender Marcus Rose in the face. However, the referee only deemed it worthy of a yellow card.
Minutes later, Wanadio set up Lea Dawson but his shot was brilliantly smothered by ‘keeper Rodney Chiweshe.
However, the away side struck the decisive blow in controversial fashion. A corner was headed goalwards by Bray although it looked like it was heading harmlessly out of play. However, the referee judged the ball was kept in play by substitute Jordan Rocastle with fellow substitute Joe Turner looping a high ball into the box. A partial clearance fell to Bray, who smashed home through a group of players.
East Thurrock came back strongly with Wanadio’s bicycle kick saved. Then, with seconds to go, McKenzie sprinted clear and saw his high drive brilliantly tipped onto the crossbar and to safety by Chiweshe.
Rocks manager John Coventry said his side deserved the win. We dominated the match but didn’t make our possession count. I cannot be annoyed as we played well, and have been playing well in the last few weeks.
“I have said from the start we aren’t going to set the league on fire but it is about consolidation and I am sure we will surprise a few more teams.”
East Thurrock: Behcet, Sammons, Stephen, Peddie, Sheehan, Witherspoon, Wanadio, Thurgood, McKenzie, Dawson (Gilbey), Korateng (Eagle). MoM: Luke Wanadio.