Report - East Thurrock United 4-1 Oxford City
City beaten by the Rocks
A spirited second half performance was not enough for Oxford City as they fell to a 4-1 defeat away at East Thurrock United on Saturday afternoon, a result that was harsh on the visitors
City found themselves 2-0 down in a quarter of an hour as Calvin Ekpetita found the net from close range twice. The first of these came on 13 minutes as a cross found him unmarked a couple of yards out, leaving him with an easy tap in to give the hosts the lead.
His second came three minutes later as he bundled home the loose ball from a corner. Craig King was unable to hold onto the ball after appearing to be fouled, however referee Robert Whitton allowed the goal to stand.
City rallied for the remainder of the half but were unable to reduce the arrears. Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain came closest as he charged into the box, and after Lukas Lidakevicius in the Rocks goal had slipped, the stopper recovered well to save from the City wide-man’s shot.
Mark Jones took the opportunity to bolster his attacking options on 60 minutes as Ezra Forde replaced Dave Pearce. The move immediately paid off as Forde won a header just outside the box and play it to Zac McEachran. The midfielder was able to pass to Matt Paterson who cut across goal before powerfully curling into the far corner to bring City back into the game.
Ten minutes later and the Hoops could have been level through Forde. The striker was found onside by Paterson, however Lidakevicius was able to brilliant save his shot to keep the Rocks ahead.
The City pressure left them susceptible to a break, and this was shown as McEachran committed a dubious foul about 30 yards out. Sam Higgins extinguished any hopes of a City comeback as he expertly found the corner of the net from the set piece.
The scoring was complete just a minute later as Montel Agyemang was played through on goal, and slotted under King to complete City’s misery.
Oxford City: King, Jones, Grant, Poku, Stevens, Oastler, McEachran, Fofana, Paterson, Pearce (Forde 60), Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Not Used: Peake-Pijnen, Navarro, Khawaja