East Thurrock away will be another battle, says Wilson

London Calling How Lewes FC promoted the Canvey Island game
London Calling How Lewes FC promoted the Canvey Island game

Garry Wilson said his Lewes troops can expect another ‘battle’ when they return to Essex to take on East Thurrock United tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

Wilson hailed his Rooks players for ‘digging in’ in order to claim victory against Canvey Island on Saturday.

That win came on the back of an opening day victory in Essex seven days previously when Ade Olorunda headed the Rooks to victory against AFC Hornchurch.

Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Hampton & Richmond Borough means Wilson’s men have a healthy seven points from the first three games.

But Wilson warned that things won’t get any easier on Tuesday night when they travel up to East Thurrock’s Corringham-based Rookery Hill ground (located seven miles west as the crow flies of Canvey Island’s Prospects Stadium and 10 miles east of AFC Hornchurch’s Upminster Stadium).

East Thurrock have won one, drawn one and lost one in their first three games in the Ryman Premier, with their only home game in the league so far being a 2-2 draw with Bury Town on the opening day of the season.

But last season they finished fifth, losing to Lowestoft Town in the play-off semi-finals.

Wilson said: “We’ve had them watched already, we’ll get another report today (the Rocks’ 3-0 defeat at Kingstonian), and then we’ll look at Tuesday night.

“It’s another game, it’s a tough game. East Thurrock had a good season last year, they’re a really strong side and we’ve got to go there and battle hard if we’re going to get anything at all out of that game.”

Tom Vickers is still suspended but Dan Smith’s suspension is now up.

Wilson said he took Nicky Wheeler off as a precautionary ‘safety valve’ ahead of Tuesday after the flying winger picked up a slight injury.

“Nicky Wheeler just had a little bit of a knock and we thought we’d just make him secure and safe for Tuesday night.

“He had a knock, he just rolled it. But he’ll be fine. It was more of a safety valve than anything else.

“We brought the two wide players on (Ross Treleaven and Steve Brinkhurst). We needed to get minutes into Ross, we needed to get minutes into Steve Brinkhurst as well as some others – so (we have) great options to bring off the bench, good players, and they did well for the remainder of the game.

“The squad is getting stronger as the weeks go by, which is good,” added Wilson.

“And Ben Austin could be available for Tuesday night as well, so we’ve got a lot to look forward to.

“We’ve got a lot of players to come back and into the team, so it was important to get off to a good start without these players in the side.

“But we’re not going to get weaker, we’re only going to get stronger. And it will be nice to grow stronger when we’ve got a few points in the bank.”

Wilson’s assistant, Danny Bloor added: “If someone had said to us when we were driving to Hornchurch seven days ago that we’d start the season the first three games unbeaten with seven points, we’d have said thank you very much.

“But we’re not going to get carried away. We’re going to enjoy tonight but we’ll soon be preparing for East Thurrock away on Tuesday.”

Pictured above: how Lewes promoted the Canvey Island game... using the The Clash’s iconic 1979 London Calling album cover as inspiration.