Late point-saver for Rocks but Lewis steers the Dockers to success on a night of Tilbury magic

By Neil Speight

14th Sep 2021 | Local News

A foggy night at Rookery Hill.
A foggy night at Rookery Hill.

A GOAL two minutes from time from new Rocks fans' favourite Alex Hernandez earned East Thurrock United a draw and a point from this evening's (Tuesday, 14 September) Isthmian Premier clash with Folkestone Invicta at a foggy Rookery Hill.

A crowd of 232 was on hand to watch the home side seek to build on promising early season form, but it was the visitors from Kent who grabbed the lead in the last minute of the first half through David Smith.

Manager Paul Martin has built resilience into his team this season though and that shone through with Hernandez grabbing the last, late equaliser that kept Rocks out of the drop zone.

There was also a late goal at Chadfields in the Isthmian North but it didn't affect the destination of the points on a night when football briefly diverted local attention away from the majestic Disney Magic ship that had docked at the town's cruise terminal earlier.

By the time Jake Gordon grabbed a 90th minute goal for visitors Great Wakering Rovers, two goals from Lewis Smith had decided the issue.

Smith opened the scoring on 37 minutes and added his second just before the hour.

Tomorrow evening Grays Athletic will be in action, playing host at Parkside to near neighbours Romford.

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