Trophy replay for Town after Rocky’s penalty miss

Rocky Baptiste made his debut for Eastbourne Town
Rocky Baptiste made his debut for Eastbourne Town

Eastbourne Town entertained Ryman Premier League, East Thurrock Utd, in the FA Trophy on Saturday and they earned a midweek replay after a goalless scoreline.

The score did little justice to an exciting game that could have had quite a different outcome, had the experienced Rocky Baptiste managed to score from a spot kick.

East Thurrock’s Sam Mott, in the visitor’s goal, made a save that kept both sides in Monday’s draw.

Town’s penalty woes continue, however, as this was, amazingly, the fourth missed kick of the season.

Whilst this turned out to be a tie that just lacked a goal to determine a winner, it was a match that was not short on action at either end.

East Thurrock dominated the opening stage and had two corners in the first few minutes with Town, notoriously slow starters, rarely out of their own half.

As things settled, the hosts made more of the running but, by half time, the visitors had still had the better of the opening period.

After the break, it was a different story, as it was Town that showed most enterprise and it was their turn to win early corners as they pushed their higher status visitors back, pinning them in their box.

Town’s effort was rewarded on 52 minutes, as United were penalised when Tom Stephen was adjudged to have handled a shot, hit directly at his arm.

Despite the East Thurrock denials against the harsh looking award, the Referee pointed to the spot, to give the hosts a great chance to open the scoring.

There may have been some justice, however, as Sam Mott in the United goal saved Rocky Baptiste’s spot kick, Town’s fourth penalty miss of the season.

Feeling the footballing odds were now with them, the visitors grew in confidence and it was they that finished the game strongly.

The vastly experienced Leon McKenzie thought he had won the tie for the visiting side when he fired home, only to find the assistant’s flag raised for offside.

With late chances not taken at either end, the tie ended goalless and will be replayed at Rockery Hill on Tuesday.

Town would be very pleased to have kept a clean sheet against Premier Division opposition but a good chance to progress was missed, from just 12 yards.

Town: Nessling 7 , Salami 7 ,Sutton 7, Davidson 7, Mybac 6, Pollard 7, Fregany 6 ,Schaaf 6, (Hall 7 )Baptise 6, Gee 8, Greenfield 6, ( Howell 6)

Not used: Reid M Brown Jonnson-Freeman

Booked: Mybac (foul) Baptise (time wasting)

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