CONCORD Rangers were able to claim local bragging rights with a 2-0 win over East Thurrock United.

Danny Green and Alex Wall got their names on the scoresheet either side of half-time as the Beach Boys extended their unbeaten run to five matches.

Sammy Moore’s Concord made the short trip to Rookery Hill looking to improve their away form, having won just two National League South encounters on their travels before picking up three points at East Thurrock.

And although the visitors - who drew 1-1 with Chippenham Town last time out - created the more presentable openings in the early stages of the first half, the high-flyers were unable to capitalise.

Rocks thought they had taken the lead close to the half hour mark as Tom Derry found the back of the net, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

It looked as though the first half was going to end goalless but, just moments before the break, Green unleashed a long range strike which beat East Thurrock goalkeeper Jack Giddens and broke the deadlock.

As a result, Moore’s side went in at the interval in the ascendancy.

East Thurrock boss John Coventry would have been wanting his players to find a way back into the contest by netting an equaliser, but the home side were given a mountain to climb just minutes after the restart.

Wall’s low strike found the back of the net and allowed Concord to double their advantage.

Liam Nash, who has been impressing since joining the Beach Boys on loan from League One side Gillingham, forced Giddens into a fine save before Jack Midson missed the target when well placed.

Sam Blackman, who was looking to extend his run of three goals in as many appearances, was the next Concord star to test Giddens.

East Thurrock then fashioned a number of opportunities in an attempt to stage a late comeback at Rookery Hill, but visiting goalkeeper Sam Beasant was in fine form and the Concord rearguard made a number of blocks to frustrate the strugglers.

Time ran out for Rocks and two goals proved to be enough for the Beach Boys to return to winning ways.

The three points allowed Concord to move up to fourth place in the National League South, but East Thurrock will be seeking revenge when the two sides meet again on New Year’s Day.

Coventry’s Rocks remain second from bottom in the division having endured a frustrating first half of the campaign.

East Thurrock will now focus on Saturday’s clash with Dartford at Rookery Hill.