DARREN Foxley has returned to St Albans City after East Thurrock United were frustrated in their efforts to extend the winger’s loan deal.

Foxley made the temporary move to Rocks in November and went onto make seven appearances.

The winger grabbed his fourth goal for the club in the New Year’s Day derby win at Bowers & Pitsea, but boss John Coventry has been unable to negotiate an extension to his loan with National League South side St Albans.

“I’m gutted that Darren has gone back to St Albans because I would have liked the opportunity to keep him,” said Coventry.

“He is a good lad and a good player as well.

“Darren made a brilliant impact during his loan spell with us and scoring at Bowers was a nice way for him to end his time with us.

“Although we would have liked to have extended his loan, it is what it is and we have to move on.”

Rocks’ first outing since Foxley’s departure will come tomorrow, when Worthing make the trip to the Grayers Graphics Stadium.

East Thurrock’s 2-1 victory over Bowers means they are four points adrift of the Isthmian Premier League play-off places.

Like Rocks, Worthing started 2020 by bagging three points as they sealed a 3-0 triumph at Bognor Regis Town.

As a result, Worthing remain hot on the heels of table-toppers Folkestone Invicta ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures.

But Coventry insists eighth-placed East Thurrock cannot afford to get too carried away after getting the New Year off to a perfect start.

“We trained last night and had a light session,” added Coventry.

“I have made sure that we are prepared for Worthing and we will see what that game brings.

“We take one game at a time and we can’t get too carried away after beating Bowers.

“After that result, we can’t think we will turn Worthing over.

“It doesn’t work like that but I’m happy with where we are at the moment.”