Rocks on a roll at Carshalton

James Walker scores his first goal for East Thurrock United - and the fifth of the day in a 5-0 FA Cup win at Carshalton. Picture by Mikey Cartwright.
James Walker scores his first goal for East Thurrock United - and the fifth of the day in a 5-0 FA Cup win at Carshalton. Picture by Mikey Cartwright.
James Walker scores his first goal for East Thurrock United – and the fifth of the day in a 5-0 FA Cup win at Carshalton. Picture by Mikey Cartwright.

Carshalton Athletic 0, East Thurrock United 5

EAST Thurrock produced a clinically efficient display to brush aside the challenge of Ryman South Carshalton in Saturday’s FA Cup tie and only a fine display from the hosts’ young keeper Matt Willard kept the score down to five.

He made his first stop after nine minutes when Sam Higgins cut in from the left and unleaded a firce shot Willard kept out with a strong hand.

However, two minutes later he was helpless as a superb Rocks move involving Higgins, James Walker and Mitchell Gilbey ended with Lewis Smith firing home a low angled drive.

The lead extended with another fine move on 25 minutes as Higgins played a give-and-go with Walker before smashing the ball from just inside the area and on 36 minutes Willard was flat-footed again as Gilbey’s speculative shot from 20 yards found the net off the inside of the post.

Carshalton rarely threatened and visiting keeper Lukas Lidakevicius had a comfortable afternoon. In contrast Willard rounded up the first half denying  Walker a goal with a one-handed save.

The second half continued in the same vein and on 54 minutes Tom Wraight’s header from a Smith corner was goalbound until Willard reacted quickly to tip it over the bar.

Lidakevicius was finally brought out of his comfort zone when he spilled a shot from  Kingsley Aikhionbare but he reacted quickly to reclaim it as Dan Summers sniffed a potential tap-in.

Carshalton began to enjoy more possession and after Summers shot over the bar Greg Andrews forced a reaction stop from Lidakevicius and when the ball was cleared East Thurrock broke and sub Harry Honesty beat Willard from 15 yards for a 75th minute fourth for the Rocks.

Carshalton continued to press for a consolation and Lidakevicius denied Jordan Higgs with his legs from 10 yards. However, the final word was with the visitors and they wrapped things up on 84 minutes through Walker to complete a comprehensive victory.

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