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Leiston have the upper hand against John Coverntry's team
12:00pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Sport
NON LEAGUE: CONSISTENCY is proving hard to come by at Rookery Hill.
In fact, so are victories. East Thurrock United fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to league strugglers Leiston.
The visitors, playing their first game under Steve Pitt, leapt out of the bottom four as Rocks – now without a win in six games in all competitions – dropped to 15th in the Ryman Premier League.
In blustery conditions, East Thurrock fell behind to Leiston – who came into this game off the back of their own baron run of nine games without a win – in the 12th minute when a mix up between full-back Tom Stephen and goalkeeper Sam Mott saw the former head past the latter.
Under pressure from Leiston striker Rhys Henry, who was attempting to get on the end of a long punt up the park by Leiston stopper Danny Gay, Stephen went to head home but Mott was out of position and the ball trickled into the net.
The goal led to a sustained spell of pressure from the home side. Mott was kept particluarly busy, denying Stuart Broadley on two occasions before collecting an audacious Lee Flavin effort. Kye Ruel, who quit Rocks for Leiston in the summer, before returning to Rookery Hill shot low past Gay in the Leiston goal as the pendulum began to swing in the home side’s favour. But three minutes before half-time, Leiston delivered a sucker-punch.
David Head flicked on a Gareth Heath throw in, which found Craig Parker, who was on hand to fire the ball into the roof of the net.
Minutes into the second half, David Bryant came close to grabbing a goal back for John Coventry’s men, but his half volley was well saved by Gay.
Rocks had to wait until the 64th minute to get themselves back in the game. Leon McKenzie, who had been on the pitch for two minutes after replacing Kurt Smith, headed home Ryan Sammon’s cross from close range.
McKenzie’s introduction was causing Leiston problems, not least because he had just bagged his fifth goal of the season.
Yet despite having the best part of 30 minutes to find an equaliser, Rocks were unable to deliver the blow and fell to their seventh league defeat of the season in front of 188 fans at Rookery Hill. Coventry’s side have now lost double the number of games at home than they have won. On Tuesday night, Rocks faced Eastbourne Town in an FA Trophy replay at Rookery Hill. To find out how they got on, go to www.thurrockgazette.co.uk