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Hockton Makes Thurrock Switch

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Kris Newby said he left Blue Square Bet South club Thurrock because he felt he had been made a scapegoat for….

…..their poor start to the season.

The winger re-signed for neighbours East Thurrock United recently after playing just one-and-a-half games for Fleet since his summer move to Ship Lane.

He said he decided re-join Rocks because he was not enjoying his football under Thurrock manager Robbie Garvey.

Newby said: “There was a bit of tension there with Garvey.

“He was great at the start and we had a lot of banter.

“But I think he got frustrated because I was unavailable because I had an injury.

“And he became more frustrated when results were not going our way, and that continued when I came into the side.

“He was shouting a lot, but I did not believe what was happening to the team was my fault, even though he blamed me for some of the things that had gone wrong.”

Newby, 23, had a disrupted pre-season at Thurrock as he worked with their physio to recover from a knee ligament problem he picked up while playing for East Thurrock last season.

He made his first appearance for Thurrock in their 2-1 defeat at Boreham Wood, and then started in the 4-1 defeat at home to Welling United.

He said he made the decision to return to East Thurrock after a conversation with their player-coach Joe Keith.

He explained that he met with Keith to give him an old pair of football boots.

Newby said: “Joe said that East Thurrock manager John Coventry would love to have me back.

“So I spoke to Thurrock’s assistant-manager Grant Gordon and signed the papers with East Thurrock.”

Garvey said Thurrock had worked hard to help Newby recover from his injury, and everyone had made him feel welcome.

He said: “It was his choice to leave, and I only found out about it from Grant Gordon.

“We gave him an opportunity but perhaps he just found the challenge too hard here.

“That is what some players do.”

Meanwhile, moving into Ship Lane is much-travelled striker Danny Hockton, whose short return to Bromley came to an end.

Hockton, 32, started out with Millwall where he made thirty-six first-team appearances before going on to have spells with the likes of Stevenage Borough, Dover Athletic, Chelmsford City, Crawley, Billericay Town, Margate, Braintree Town and Maidstone United.

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