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East Thurrock 4, Carshalton Athletic 0
RYAN Sammons put in a man of the match display as Rocks put relegation-threatened Carshalton to the sword at Rookery Hill.
Just days after the disappointment of being shown a red card in the Thurrock derby, Sammons scored one of East Thurrock’s four goals as his side won their third game on the bounce.
The game was one of just a handful in Essex to survive a two-day deluge of rain that saw a cull of non-league games. Though the pitch was boggy, Rocks played some terrific football en-route to victory.
Ross Parmenter, who impressed in place of skipper Reiss Gilbey – having not quite recovered from a bout of flu – scored the game’s first. He was on hand in the 34th minute to tap home after Sam Collins had knocked down Tom Stpehen’s free-kick.
In first half stoppage time, Sammons went on a marauding run down the right and gathered the ball from James Lawson who had held it up well in the corner. He cut into the box before sending a deflected shot that looped over Carshalton keeper Mark Hamann.
In the second half, Rocks dominated. They moved the ball with confidence on a deteriorating pitch and in the 52nd minute, they got their third. Parmenter’s endeavour on the edge of the visitor’s box saw the ball spill wide to Sam Collins. He crossed in towards Dave Bryant who poked the ball home.
Five minutes later, Sam Higgins sealed the win. Parmenter slid a clever ball in behind the back four, which Higgins latched onto and finished with typical aplomb.
The win moves East Thurrock up to tenth in the league. But after today’s game, the pitch is currently unplayable, meaning their home game with Harrow Borough on Tuesday is in doubt.
East Thurrock: Justham; Stephen, Sammons, Peddie (c), Sheehan; Collis, Parmenter, Lawson, Collins; Bryant, Higgins.
Echo MoM: Ryan Sammons (East Thurrock).