East Thurrock United 2, Bognor Regis Town 0
EAST Thurrock emerged victorious from the battle of the unbeaten Rocks, delivering a consummate team performance to win this Vanarama National League South clash with something in hand.
They took the lead after 12 minutes when a ball into the left channel was delivered by George Allen to Sam Higgins who controlled superbly and delivered a low cross into the box that was swept in from close range by Montel Agyemang.
Lewis Smith forced a save, albeit a comfortable one, from Dan Lincoln on 20 minutes, robbing Calvin Davies and running through to shoot, his strike taking a deflection before being gathered by the keeper. And on 25 minutes Max Cornhill rattled the crossbar with a shot from the edge of the box.
The East Thurrock pressure continued and on 34 minutes Femi Akinwande volleyed over from very close range when it seemed easier to score. Then Lincoln touched a drive from Higgins just wide of the post. Higgins then did get the ball in the net but was adjudged to have fouled Sami El-Abd in the build-up.
After all the first half pressure fans of the home Rocks must have worried about Bognor getting back in it in the second but saw their team make a perfect start two minutes after the resumption when Higgins stooped to head home Reece Harris’s free kick.
Higgins then hit the upright from close range as East Thurrock continued to dominate the game.
Rocks thought they had a third on 70 minutes when persistence by Akinwande saw him force the ball home but though ref Will Finnie initially gave the goal, his assistant interjected and the effort was disallowed, around a minute after the initial decision and elaborate celebrations from the former Colchester United striker, for a foul in the build-up.