Rocks start with tough test

After holding the trophy for a year, Tilbury chairman Danny Nash awwards the plate in memory of his father Robbie to East Thurrock boss John Coventry.

AFTER a night of storms and high winds a new dawn arrives for the borough’s four non-league football clubs this morning with the start of a new Isthmian League season.

In the Bet Victor Premier East Thurrock United begin a new campaign after relegation from the National League SOuth with a home clash against Cheshunt, managed by former Grays boss Craig Edwards.

“I have come up against Craig on many occasions in the past,” says Rocks boss Coventry, who has described his pre-season as disappointing – apart from last Tuesday’s 4-3 win against neighbours Tilbury when they won back the Robbie Nash Memorial p;late.

“We know what we are going to get because Craig’s sides are always big, strong, aggressive and well organised.

“Craig’s style is effective and We know it will be a very difficult game, as I think every game will be this season.

“Admittedly, we are entering the unknown because we were in the National League South for three seasons and haven’t played a lot of the teams now in the Isthmian Premier League for a number of years.”

Following his dismissal from the bench in Rocks’ match at St Albans, Coventry will serve a one match touchline ban today and will be watching from the stands.

The Division North sides Aveley, Tilbury and Grays have a week to wait for competitive action to start but are all away in pre-season action. Aveley travel to Hertford, Tilbury go to Hythe Town and Grays visit VCD Athletic.