SAM Higgins believes East Thurrock United have turned a corner after they recorded a first league win for more than two months on Tuesday.

Rocks beat Gloucester City 3-0 in the National League South, with goals from Reece Harris, Lee Burns and Higgins enough for the three points.

It was East Thurrock’s first league win since September 11, and was enough to lift them to within three points of the play-off places - courtesy of their excellent start to the campaign.

And club captain Higgins said he was pleased to get a much-needed victory - only their third at the FutureFuel Stadium all season.

“It was a big win for us,” said the striker. “It was needed and we have been in a bit of a rut in recent times, there is no doubt about that.

“We needed to get out of it as performances haven’t been great in the last few weeks.

“We now feel like we have turned a corner and we certainly performed a bit better against Gloucester than we did in the last few games.

“The Bath game was a bit embarrassing for us and we felt like we needed to put that behind us. We have slipped down quite drastically in recent times but now we are looking to get back in among it all.”

Although Higgins admits the scoreline doesn’t tell the story of the game. Three goals in 19 second half minutes was enough for John Coventry’s team.

But the striker described the match as ‘a game of two halves’.

“It looks emphatic but it wasn’t like that,” said Higgins. “They had a better first half but weren’t able to score and we had the wind with us after that and from the second half we were really good.

“It was a game of two halves but thankfully we came out on top.”

Higgins scored his 15th goal of the season on Tuesday and his 12th in the league this term - doubling what he netted last campaign.

And he is confident he will be able to kick on, having avoided a repeat of the injury-hit year he suffered in 2016/17.

“There are so many games still to be played and we have a long way to go yet so we are feeling good and so am I,” he said.

“This season I have managed to stay fit and touch wood I have had no real injuries.

“I have got a good amount of goals so far this season and I now just want to stay fit and keep getting in the right positions.”