Monday, December 5, 2022

Grays Ath 1 v 0 Tilbury

BOTH teams came out of this game with plenty of positives. For Grays it was their first real run-out and looked like a team a couple of divisions above the Ryman Div One North opposition. The key question will be: can they hold on to players such as Harlee Dean and Duran Reynolds.

More importantly, can they keep hold of the star of the show, Alex Osborn, who, especially in the second half ran rings around the Dockers defence. If Grays could find a target man for him, then they could run rampant through the division.

Tilbury, and new manager Paul Vaughan would be the first to admit that his team played very very poorly in their last two friendlies, especially in the 4-1 defeat against Bowers and Pitsea.

Indeed, when Tilbury went 1-0 down to an Alex Osborn six yard shot, it looked like the floodgates would open. But a strong half time talk from Vaughan ensured that the team came back out fighting.

Gray fans will be pleased to see the men in Blue playing in the borough. Many of the players looked a class above and others such as ex-Harlow veteran Marvin Samuels gave a real balance to the team.

Osborn scored the winner in the 18th minute, latching onto a neat cross from the left. He developed a good combination with ex-Docker Jared Small. There were two cast iron penalty claims for the Blues in the second half but the referee ignored both.

The Ryman Division One North is like invading Moscow. It can be an easy run until the winter comes and then the long hard slog, weekend and weekday matches soon sorts out the men from the boys at this level.

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