Ebbsfleet United 6–1 East Thurrock United
(Cook 20’, 42’, Drury 37’, 60’, Powell 82’, McQueen 90’: Harris 9’ (p))
From Stonebridge Road
National League South
EAST Thurrock United were taught a footballing lesson by league leaders Ebbsfleet United as they were hit for six on their travels.
Rocks were nursing a number of injuries ahead of kick off, although had acquired the loan services of Femi Akinwande.
But, somewhat surprisingly, it was the away side that took an early lead.
Another loan man Scott Heard was barged over in the penalty area and Reece Harris, a doubt before the game, scored the resultant kick – the first goal Fleet had conceded at home since November.
Danny Kedwell tested Rocks stopper Lukas Lidakevicius in response although he could do nothing about the leveller.
Anthony Cook was played in and he drilled to the right of the stopper and into the corner.
Tom Wraight’s header dropped inches wide for Rocks although Fleet were to get the next goal.
Andy Drury met a deep cross and sent his header into corner and minutes later it was 3-1.
With Cook a long way from goal, the attacker bent a tremendous shot into the net.
Sam Deering was halted by Lidakevicius but Drury did add a fourth, finding the corner after an excellent first touch.
Jack Powell added a fifth before Darren McQueen drove home a sixth in the final moments to complete a sobering day for John Coventry’s side.
East Thurrock United: Lidakevicius, Osifuwa, Ruel, Peddie, Ekpiteta, Burns, Heard, Wood, Akinwande, Harris, Wraight