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East Thurrock looking to enhance FA Cup credentials
10:05am Monday 8th October 2012 in Sport
East Thurrock United 3
Maidstone United 0
FA CUP: In the FA Cup third qualifying round at Rookery Hill a total of 364 saw East Thurrock get close to emulating their club record FA Cup run after beating Maidstone 3-0.
The Rocks cruised through to the Fourth Qualifying Round, meaning if they navigate the next round, they will have reached the First Round proper two years on the trot.
Maidstone were unable to contend with East Thurrock’s front line as Sam Higgins, Reiss Gilbey and Kye Ruel ran their defence ragged.
The visitors had the first chance to score though as Alex Flisher shrugged off Ryan Sammons before finding Ian Draycott with a low cross in the 12th minute.
Draycott got a flick on the ball, but only saw it bounce back off the far post and into Richard Wray’s hands. A minute later Hakeem Araba [BOTH COR] should have scored for East Thurrock when he was found free at the back post, but hit his shot over.
In the 24th minute the Rocks went ahead after Sam Bewick handled in the box and Higgins duly scored from the penalty spot.
At this point the Rocks were in complete control of a lacklustre Stones side and in the 36th minute it became 2 – 0. Higgins won the ball on the left and dispatched a cross which was not cleared by Maidstone’s defenders, allowing skipper Gilbey to slide in at the back post to score.
Maidstone came out for the second half deflated with none of their moves getting through East Thurrock’s defence and many passes going astray.
The second half did not light up until the 68th minute when visiting midfielder Flisher furiously berated referee Stuart Pawley [COR] after believing he had been fouled, only to see himself pick up a second yellow card.
This killed the game and Kris [COR] Newby made it 3 – 0 in the 87th minute with a brilliant goal.
The midfielder got the ball near the right touchline before running rings round three defenders to get into the box where he slotted home.
After the match, Rocks boss John Coventry said: “I think we just had a bit more quality on the pitch and up front and once we got into the final third that quality really showed.”
East Thurrock side: Wray, Sammons, Stephen, Peddie, Sheehan, Parmenter, Newby, Gilbey (c), Higgins, Araba (Collins, 81), Ruel.
Subs not used: Keith, Gorbell, Hall, Harrison, Riley.
For much more see Friday's THURROCK GAZETTE