Concord Rangers 1
East Thurrock United 1
Tom Wraight stole his side a late point scoring deep into injury time in a one sided local south Essex derby.
A trademark left footed free kick sailed over the wall and into the top right hand corner after Joe Gardner was felled on the edge of the area in the ninety fourth minute.
Up to that point, the tie was heavily weighted in favour of the home side, well in the ascendancy and seemingly in control.
Concord went close early on as a back post effort was tipped excellently away from the top corner by Lucas Lidakevicius.
A quick move saw Tony Stokes take control of an awkward ball through and struck narrowly wide under pressure.
Stokes was involved again as he rose to meet a right wing cross with the goal at his mercy but could only direct the ball straight at Lidakevicius.
Concord continued to probe and early in the second half a corner found the run of the predatory Jordan Chiedozie, whose powerful header crashed off the upright and away to safety.
Concord did force the ball into the net as Chiedozie took control and finished with left but it was ruled out for an earlier offside decision.
The Rocks goal was living a very charmed life as Chiedozie finally broke the deadlock. A quick counter attack from a East Thurrock corner culminated in Rob Girdlestone releasing Chiedozie clear and the latter striking perfectly inside the bottom left corner.
Into the dying embers of the game, and out of the blue came the fortuitous moment for the visitors which meant the spoils were shared as we look toward the reverse fixture on New Year’s Day.
Match report by Jack Smith
Star man – Jordan Chiedozie (Concord Rangers)
Entertainment rating – 3/5
Vose, Girdlestone, Wyatt, Dowie, Norman, Collins, Stokes (Sembie-Ferris 81), White (c), Chiedozie, Cawley, Delle-Verde (Laucys 90)
Gordon, Laucys, King, Sembie-Ferris, Young (GK)
Lidakevicius, Freiter (Gardner 84), Nesbitt (Honesty 81), Clark, Burns, Wood, Harris, Craddock (Walker 70), Higgins (c), Marlow, Wraight
Honesty, Gardner, Walker, Osifuwa, Ellul
Joe Kasper & Jack Packman