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So you want to be a sports reporter?

ANY journalist worth their salt should believe: no job is beneath them and no job is above them. However,there will be many aspiring writers that will want to specialise. If sport is your passion and you would like some experience then contact us at yourthurrock@mac.com and we will see what you can do.

A bulging portfolio is key to landing a job and the wider the better. Colin Munford who now writes for the Romford Recorder is a case in point. Whilst at university, Colin would faithfully write reports for Aveley and for Lakeside Hammers.

Havering College student Will Target has written a very good report on a recent Grays Athletic match. As we said, just drop us a line and we can discuss what you want to do.

Grays Athletic picked up three points with a brilliant 4-1 at home to Thamesmead Town. They went in 0-0 at half time, but the Blues came out in the second half and scored five minutes in from an Eljay Worrell header. Gabriel Momodu scored the equaliser three minutes later, but further goals from Alex Osborn, John Docker, and Stephen Demetriou clinched the win.

The sides kicked off at Rookery Hill on a far from perfect pitch, and the opening exchanges were played entirely in Grays’ half. Thamesmead failed to create any clear cut chances in the opening ten minutes, Andy Constable on 9 minutes putting the ball well over the bar.

Constables second effort eight minutes later was much better. Momodu knocked a header into Constables path, and the striker smashed it, only to see his shot bounce back off the post.

Grays should really have taken the lead on 22 minutes when Alex Osborn put John Docker clean through on goal. The midfielder went for the clever chip and scuffed it wide when he should have drilled it home.

Constable put the ball wide just before the half hour mark, and from there Grays began to control the game.

Grays next chance came when Dean Pennant forged his way into the penalty area, lobbed the ball over Sam Mott in the Thamesmead goal, but Richard Avery was there to clear it off the line. His clearance came to Stephen Demetriou, whose low shot was well saved by Mott.

Mott was called into action again to deny Osborn moments later, before Steven Northwood for Grays had to make a good save from a Momodu shot.

There was a chance each for both sides before half time, John Docker shooting wide after a good run, and Sol Patterson put a header wide from a corner.

At half time, Grays boss Julian Dicks changed formation to go like for like against their opponents.

The home side started the second half by far the better side, and it didn’t take them long to go in front. Docker went down the right and sent in a brilliant cross which Eljay Worrell rose highest to head home.

It could have been two less than a minute later. A free kick was won just outside the area, which Docker curled inches over the bar.

Two minutes later it was level. A long ball from the back was knocked over the keeper by Constable, and Momodu was left with an empty net to tap home an equaliser.

The home side went straight back on the offensive and were back in front before the hour. Once again a long ball was lumped forward, and nodded on by Simon Thomas. Alex Osborn ran on to it and tucked it in from a tight angle to give Grays the lead.

Grays kept on pushing, looking for a two goal cushion. They nearly got it on a number of occasions, a Worrell shot from outside the area was saved by Mott, and Thomas had a header blocked off the line.

With 20 minutes to go, Thamesmead had one of their best chances. Momodu was put clean through, and he took the ball around the onrushing Northwood, but the angle was too tight for him to convert, and it dragged across the face of goal.

Ten minutes later they came close to an equaliser again, this time from a free kick. Callum McGeehan stepped up, and sent a rocket shot goalwards, but a fantastic diving save by Northwood kept the score at 2-1.

The home side had several chances in the last 10 minutes to score, with Docker, Junior Baker and Worrell all trying their luck.

On 89 minutes they found that two goal cushion. Danny Bunce punted the ball clear from a corner, and Osborn ran on to it and played it in for Docker. The winger beat a defender, then slotted the ball comfortably into the bottom corner.

They had barely finished celebrating when Demetriou added a fourth. Just inside the penalty area, he rifled a low shot into the far corner.

The referee blew the full time whistle, bringing an end to a brilliant game, and a brilliant performance from Grays Athletic.

Grays will hope that this result gives them momentum, carrying them into their next game, away at Waltham Forest on Wednesday, in a 7:45 kick off.


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