East Thurrock United v Brentwood Town
Isthmian League North Division
Monday 28th August 2023
The Blues will have a Bank Holiday Monday trip to South Essex to face The Rocks.
Last Time Out
After a disappointing and somewhat stuttering start to the 2022-23 campaign, the Blues travelled on a Tuesday night in September 2022 watched by a total crowd of 252.
The Blues were on the back foot from the start as the Rocks, determined to put a very poor start to the season behind them, were quick out of the blocks and busy from the kick off, never allowing the Blues to settle into any kind of rhythm.
The only surprise over the evening was that Rocks were only able to score one solitary goal, but what a special goal it was. Coming just after the hour mark, Brian Moses who always seemed to be in the thick of the action, played a deft back heel on the halfway line which took the visitors by surprise and sent Harry Hope away. Still with plenty of work to do Harry kept his composure, ran on leaving two defenders floundering before firing a delightful shot past Blues keeper Louis Chadwick.
The Rocks had the better of the first half with only a fine save by Blues goalkeeper Louis Chadwick preventing Hope from scoring in the 17th minute. Brentwood Town got on top in the second half with their best chance falling to Matty Price, but East Thurrock kept their lead to record their first league win of the season.
Head to Head
Date Competition Home Score Away Crowd
Tue 14 FEB 2023 Isthmian North Brentwood Town 1 – 1 East Thurrock Utd 175
Tue 20 SEP 2022 Isthmian North East Thurrock Utd 1 – 0 Brentwood Town 252
Tue 27 OCT 2015 Ryman Premier East Thurrock Utd 4 – 0 Brentwood Town 185
Tue 11 AUG 2015 Ryman Premier Brentwood Town 1 – 3 East Thurrock Utd 149
Since 1984 East Thurrock United have played at The club bought land on the edge of Corringham Marshes and began building the Rookery Ground, which opened in 1984. The site had previously been the home ground of Lathol Athletic. Temporary seating was installed in 1989 prior to an FA Vase fifth round match against Bashley.
A 160-seat main stand was erected, with a covered terrace built on the other side of the pitch, together with two covered areas behind one goal. In 2016 one covered terrace was converted into a 250-seat stand. The ground currently has a capacity of 3,000.
Record attendance: 1,661 vs Dulwich Hamlet in the Isthmian League Premier Division play-off final, 2016
For satnav users, the postcode is SS17 9LB and there is a fair sized car park at the ground, however it does fill up quickly on matchdays. There is plenty of local on street parking available.
Stanford-le-Hope Railway Station is the closest to Rookery Hill, being around two miles away. It is served by trains from London Fenchurch Street and Southend Central. On Monday there is a half hourly service and the journey time from London Fenchurch Street to Stanford-le-hope is 49 minutes, from Southen Central (24 mins) and Upminster (27 mins).
It is probably too far to walk to the ground from the station, so either take a taxi (local taxi firm Whitehall Taxis, 01375 671212) or there is service number 100 Bus operated by First Group which runs from the station to the centre of Corringham (at the top of Church Road, ask the driver to be dropped off at Corringham Social Club) which is about a five minute walk away from Rookery Hill. The 100 Bus, which has a destination of Chelmsford and runs every 15 minutes and takes about ten minutes to reach near to the ground from the station.
If you travel from the M25 leave at Junction 30 and take the A13 towards Southend. After around 11 miles leave the A13 and take the A1014 exit signposted Stanford-le-Hope. At the roundabout at the top of the slip road, take the third exit onto the A1014 towards Coryton and Stanford-le-Hope. Go straight across at the next roundabout (ignoring the Corringham Town Centre exit) continuing on towards Coryton. Pass through a set of traffic lights then take the next left hand turn towards Corringham and Fobbing. This puts you on Rookery Hill Road. The ground is further up this road on the left, just before the church on the right.