Hig­gins’ header saves Rocks


The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By Neil Speight

THIS clash was billed as a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle but there was lit­tle pas­sion, vigour or qual­ity from ei­ther side.

A draw, East Thur­rock’s first of the sea­son, was prob­a­bly fair but both sides will need to im­prove if they are to climb away from the dan­ger zone.

An in­sipid first half was en­livened only by a City goal two min­utes be­fore the break when Tyler Har­vey stole in at the far post.

East Thur­rock were bet­ter in the sec­ond half and got back on level terms when sub Fred­die Mon­cur, on for Shaun Batt at half-time, hooked the ball in.

For a brief spell it looked as if East Thur­rock might grab the game by the throat but City took ad­van­tage of poor de­fend­ing to re­gain the lead with a goal forced over the line by Dan Rooney.

Rock showed their re­silience by com­ing back for a sec­ond time, with Danny Har­ris prov­ing a dy­namic force, and they de­servedly re­stored par­ity eight min­utes from time with a close-range Sam Hig­gins header.

In the clos­ing stages they might even have nicked it, but nei­ther Har­ris nor Josh McLeod-Urquhart could get enough pur­chase on head­ers with the goal in front of them and the game ended all square.

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