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Sheehan set to return after broken leg for Rocks
STEVE Sheehan is set to return to action for East Thurrock after recovering from the broken leg he suffered in a match with Met Police in early October.
Sheehan has recently played three games for Essex Senior League leaders Burnham, and Rocks boss John Coventry says with his Ryman Premier side ensconced in mid-table he’s happy to chuck the central defender back into the fray to help him regain match fitness and sharpness.
Coventry said: “He’s ready to play but he just needs games now to get his timing back. It’s great to have him back because he’s a big player for us.”
Rocks have had an rollercoaster fortnight with a 4-5 defeat at Leiston, a 4-4 at home to Bognor, a 1-0 win at home to Lewes, and Tuesday’s 2-0 loss at home to Wealdstone.
Coventry said: “We scored four against Leiston but then conceded from five set pieces – which never happens to us – so it was just one of those days.
“Bognor are the best passing side I’ve seen in the division, they let us play and we let them play and it was an entertaining game.
“It was a deserved victory against Lewes but not a great performance, and I thought we got a bit lucky with our penalty to win it because I think it was outside the box.
“And Wealdstone produced the best performance against us of any team this season. I think they will go close to winning the title.”
Rocks, 14th in the division, head to ninth-placed Kingstonian today. One player who will not travel with East Thurrock is long-swerving winger Kris Newby.
Coventry said: “After playing 229 times for East Thurrock, Kris Newby has played his last game for club while I am the manager here.
“It’s due to a disciplinary problem which I am working with the FA and the Ryman League to try and resolve. It means Kris’ registration will remain with East Thurrock United.”