East Thurrock United 1–1 Wealdstone

(Ruel 34’: White 43’)

From the Future Fuel Stadium

National League South

DRAW-SPECIALISTS East Thurrock United ended their season with a 1-1 draw against Wealdstone.

Rocks have shared the points with their opponents 14 times this season, more than any other side, although they had goalkeeper Lukas Lidakevicius to thank for ensuring the draw this time.

The home team started the better of the two in Jay Devereux's final game as assistant manager.

Only an excellent save from goalkeeper Jonathan North kept the scores level, with Higgins’ effort pushed wide.

Joe White was halted up the other end, while Higgins was proving Rocks' most likely outlet - stinging North’s gloves once again.

It was some quick-thinking that brought the breakthrough. Higgins’ quick free-kick 10 minutes before half-time found Kye Ruel and he finished low into the corner.

But Wealdstone were level 10 minutes later. Sam Cox sold a fine dummy and White tucked home his disguised pass.

Marvin Ekpiteta headed wide early in the second period before the Stones missed a golden chance to move ahead.

A foul by Ryan Sammons in the box saw a penalty awarded but Lidakevicius dived low to his right to expertly tip the ball away.

Wealdstone were creating the better chances but Higgins came closest in the time remaining.

With 10 minutes to go he hammered a low drive off the base of the post as the game ended all square.

The result caps off a memorable first season in the National League South for John Coventry’s men, as they close with 56 points and in 13th position.

East Thurrock United: Lidakevicius, Sammons, Peddie, Burns, Ekpiteta, Wood, Harris, Craddock (Freiter 80’), Higgins, Wraight, Ruel (Walker 71’)