Sam Higgins says he is already setting his next East Thurrock United scoring target after netting his 250th goal for the club.

The prolific forward scored a brace in the 3-2 defeat against Concord Rangers on New Year’s Day to surpass the landmark. It took Higgins’ tally for the season to 21, including 17 in the National League South.

And while he said he was pleased to score he would have forgone the goals, in what was his 317th start for the club, for three points.

“I was aware I was close to it a few weeks ago,” said the 27-year-old Rocks captain. “The fans spoke to me about it and Covo (manager John Coventry) told me I was about 10 goals away.

“I knew in the back of my head that it was near but it wasn’t until last week that I realised I was just one goal away. It was nice to get it against Concord and I always set myself a target of getting as many as possible each season.

“The game itself was frustrating. It was great to get the 250 goals but I would rather not have scored and won the game.”

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