EAST Thurrock United bolstered their National League South survival hopes by recording a 2-1 win over Chippenham Town.

A Sam Higgins brace put Rocks in control before Karnell Chambers hit back for the visitors late on at Rookery Hill.

However, East Thurrock held on and boss John Coventry felt his side deserved all three points.

“I’m pleased for the players because they really deserved it,” said Coventry.

“We put a gameplan together in training and it was good to see it all come together.

“The trouble with us at the moment is that we just can’t predict how we are going to play or what we are going to get.

“That’s the story of our season.”

Captain Higgins scored two goals in the space of 14 second half minutes to put the hosts in the ascendancy.

Chambers gave Chippenham hope by scoring on 86 minutes, but Coventry was relieved to move to within three points of safety.

“At 2-0, we were cruising,” added Coventry.

“The amount of times we got balls into their box was unbelievable.

“It would have been nice to have enjoyed the last few minutes and kept a clean sheet, but we got the three points and that was the most important thing.”