JOHN Coventry was delighted to see his East Thurrock United side come from behind and knock Chelmsford City off the top of the National League South standings.

Max Cornhill notched a brace to see Rocks hit back after Danny Green had given the home side an early lead.

And the 2-1 win allowed East Thurrock to go top of the league heading into last night’s fixtures.

Coventry said: “I’m really pleased for the players and everyone involved with the club.

“Chelmsford City are a good side so it was great to come from behind and get the win.

“We won’t allow ourselves to get too excited about going top of the league for at least 24 hours, but it was a fantastic three points.

“Chelmsford have a few former Football League players and when you get to the level we are at now you expect to come up against good sides with players like that.

“We dug in and it’s great to have maintained our unbeaten start to the season.”

Former Dagenham & Redbridge and Charlton Athletic right winger Green put the Clarets in front after just seven minutes.

But Coventry’s side were not behind for long as Cornhill found the back of the net with 24 minutes on the clock.

And Cornhill netted the winner nine minutes later as Rocks picked up a valuable three points.

East Thurrock’s attentions will now turn to the FA Cup second qualifying round clash with Biggleswade Town.

The Southern League Premier Division side will welcome Coventry’s charges to the Carlsberg Stadium on Saturday.

And Coventry is hopeful that Rocks will not be on the wrong side of an upset.

The East Thurrock boss added: “It’s the FA Cup and we all know that anything can happen in this competition.

“Everyone wants to go on a run in the FA Cup and we are no different.

“We will go to Biggleswade full of confidence and we need to make sure that it is our name in the hat for the next round.”

East Thurrock United: Lidakevicius, Sammons, Harris, Allen, Ekpiteta, White (Boswell 77’), Agyemang, Cornhill, Higgins, Smith, Honesty (Akinwande 68’)