THERE WERE enough positives on display at the New Recreation Ground for the fans to believe that the team will stay up this season.
The Slabber/Onibuje combination was dynamic, flawed but fascinating. If they can maintain their form and have Charge and Rnkovic on the bench, then they may have something.
Billy Crowther’s loss may be Alan Logombar’s gain as he looked very comfortable at this level while Danny Bunce was also outstanding. As opposed to the headless chicken of Braham-Barrett, here was a strong and confident young defender.
The game gave some of the midfielders a chance to shine. Callum Leahy looked impressive until he had to come off. Daryl Robson also enjoyed the run out. This game will have given them a lot of confidence.
The Barrow manager felt that they played badly as opposed to Grays playing well but Grays did show some quality football on the floor.
This whole team need to be given time but that little gap of three points between them and fifth from bottom needs to be watched.
What a massive month November is but the team have no distractions at all.
Charlie Taylor and Sam Cutler have gone. Craig Braham-Barrett is nursing a broken jaw (dont ask), Paolo Vernazza and Gavin Hoyte are injured. That just leaves Becky Nutt?
For many, the riposte is “So what”. The team will be leaving Grays as a period of transition begins. It may end with Grays Athletic playing in Aveley.
If people want a Grays team to play in Grays then they need to start laying down the foundations now. It can be done. Start a community interest company, wire into the commissioning opportunities that come in a regeneration area, nurture relationships with the Development Corporation, Thurrock Council, Thurrock Business Association, all the schools, community forums and small businesses. Olympian league here you come but in ten, twenty years you may be looking back on a difficult birth and saying. “We are so glad we took the leap into the dark” Let’s be honest, you have nothing to lose.