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East Thurrock United
Tonbridge Angels
R Hayles (8'), B Marlow (45')
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Thu 28 Apr 19:45 - The Ryman League Play Offs 15-16 Attendance 849

Rocks set up play-off final date

EAST Thurrock United will host Bank Holiday Monday’s Ryman Premier play-off final when they will entertain Dulwich Hamlet, after a consummately professional performance against Tonbridge in front of a crowd of 849 at Rookery Hill on Thursday

The Rocks had previously taken part in three Ryman play-off matches without scoring a goal but they put that hoodoo to bed after just eight minutes when Ricki e Hayles popped up in a crowded box to fire the ball past visiting keeper Anthony Di Bernado. It was the central defender’s first goal for the club this season but was a fair reflection of the excellent start made by East Thurrock, who pinned their visitors back from the off.

As the clock ticked on, Angels began to pose a threat and Bradley Woods Garness had a shot blocked by home keeper Lucas Lidakevicius, then Luke Allen blasted over the bar. The best chance of the first half fell to Angels’ top scorer Nathan Elder but the big striker burst into the box, only to fire inches wide of the far post.

It looked as if one goal would separate the sides going into the break but in the second minute of added time the ball broke for Ben Marlow on the edge of the box and though his shot lacked power it foxed Di Bernado who got both hands to it but couldn’t deflect its path into the back of the net.

Tonbridge kept pressing in the second half but lacked a direct threat and Lidakevicius was rarely threatened and though he had to make saves from Elder and Luke Blewden they were always in the comfort zone.

In the closing stages East Thurrock missed a glorious opportunity to add a third when Brandon Scott seemed shocked when slipped the ball by Sam Higgins and he tensed and wasted an unexpected opportunity but the home side were not troubled as they negotiated eight minutes of added time to set up Monday’s meeting with Hamlet, who beat Bognor 1-0 away with a late goal.

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Key moments

8:00
Goal Rickie Hayles scores for East Thurrock United
45:00
Goal Ben Marlow scores for East Thurrock United

Videos and photos

45:00 +01:24 - Goal
00:21
45:00 +01:24 - Goal
67:14 - Jack Brivio Foul
00:23
67:18 - Luke Allen Foul
00:20
67:18 - Luke Allen Foul

Highlights

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Ryan Sammons keeps a clean sheet for East Thurrock United
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Lukas Lidakevicius keeps a clean sheet for East Thurrock United
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Sammy Knott keeps a clean sheet for East Thurrock United
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Joe Ellul keeps a clean sheet for East Thurrock United
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Rickie Hayles keeps a clean sheet for East Thurrock United
80:00 Sub On
Brandon Scott is substituted on for East Thurrock United
80:00 Sub Off
Kris Newby is substituted off for East Thurrock United
73:00 Yellow Card
Ben Marlow is yellow carded for East Thurrock United
68:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Sammons is yellow carded for East Thurrock United
67:18 Foul
Luke Allen is fouled for Tonbridge Angels Watch the video
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67:14 Foul
Jack Brivio is fouled for Tonbridge Angels Watch the video
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56:00 Sub On
Kris Newby is substituted on for East Thurrock United
56:00 Sub Off
Kye Ruel is substituted off for East Thurrock United
45:00 Goal 2 - 0
Ben Marlow scores for East Thurrock United
End of period 1
20:00 Yellow Card
Sammy Knott is yellow carded for East Thurrock United
8:00 Goal 1 - 0
Rickie Hayles scores for East Thurrock United
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As it happened

  • East Thurrock United
  • Tonbridge Angels
  • 0
  • Rickie Hayles Goal 8:00'
  • Sammy Knott Yellow Card 20:00'
  • Ben Marlow Goal 45:00'
  • Kris Newby Sub On 56:00'
  • Kye Ruel Sub Off 56:00'
  • Ryan Sammons Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Ben Marlow Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Kris Newby Sub Off 80:00'
  • Brandon Scott Sub On 80:00'

Team selection

Lidakevicius, Lukas Lidakevicius, Lukas
Sammons, Ryan Sammons, Ryan
Knott, Sammy Knott, Sammy
Ellul, Joe Ellul, Joe
Hayles, Rickie Hayles, Rickie
Wood, Ben Wood, Ben
Marlow, Ben Marlow, Ben
Craddock, George Craddock, George
Higgins, Sam Higgins, Sam
Ruel, Kye Ruel, Kye
Wraight, Tom Wraight, Tom
Tonbridge Angels
  • 1. Anthony Di Bernardo
  • 2. James Folkes
  • 3. Jack Parter
  • 4. Tom Parkinson
  • 5. Jerome Sobers
  • 6. Bradley Woods Garnes
  • 7. Anthony Riviere
  • 8. Luke Allen
  • 9. Nathan Elder
  • 10. Luke Blewden
  • 11. Nick Wheeler
  • 13. Jack Brivio
  • 14. Steve Pavayi
  • 15. Royce Greenidge
  • 16. Laurence Ball
  • 17. Aaron McGuigan

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