EAST Thurrock United suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss at play-off chasing St Albans City.

Rocks went ahead in the National League South encounter through Amos Nasha, but a Clovis Kamdjo brace ensured the home side would claim the points.

The hosts came close to taking a second minute lead as an attempted cross from former Concord Rangers winger Khale Da Costa deflected inches over the crossbar.

Rocks responded with Steve Sheehan’s header, midway through the first half, bouncing off the turf and over the top.

Alex Osborn forced St Albans goalkeeper Dean Snedker into a fine save as East Thurrock went in search of the opener.

Sam Higgins went close after the interval, while Snedker did well to tip a Ryan Scott header over the crossbar.

East Thurrock broke the deadlock with 72 minutes on the clock as Nasha’s strike arrowed into the corner of the net.

However, St Albans drew level thanks to a Kamdjo header with just five minutes remaining.

Both sides finished the clash with 10 men as Tom Bender and Ibrahim Sori-Diallo saw red in injury time.

And in the dying moments, Kamdjo claimed the winner.

Meanwhile, Great Wakering Rovers were consigned to a 3-1 defeat by Maldon & Tiptree, with goalkeeper Bobby Mason seeing red.

Wakering got off to the best possible start as Eddie-Louis Dsane handed the Jammers a sixth minute lead at Park Drive.

And Liam Hope doubled the home side’s advantage soon before the half hour mark to give Wakering an uphill battle.

There were no more goals until after Mason was shown a second yellow card two minutes from time.

Despite the dismissal coming so late in the Isthmian North encounter, there was still time for both sides to get on the scoresheet.

Tariq Issa handed Maldon a three-goal lead before Josh Wiggins grabbed a consolation in the dying moments.

However, Wakering were left to suffer back-to-back losses.