SECOND half goals from Alex Osbourn, Simon Thomas and Danny Bunce secured another three points for Grays Athletic at Cheshunt last night.
The march towards the play-offs continues. Grays are still seven points adrift but now have a massive game against Romford on Saturday.
This was the type of game in which Grays had to be patient and find a way of finding the key.
Cheshunt came into the game buoyed by a 2-0 victory against leaders Needham Market and for a few glimpses at the beginning you could understand why with strong running from midfield but their achilles heel was a diffident goalkeeper and the fact that they were outclassed.
Grays looked a class act throughout and what must be stressed is the quiet but effective work that goes on. In the 2nd minute, Cheshunt burst through, skipper Brad Thomas put in the tackle and Marvin Samuel swept up behind him.
In another defensive movement, Grays played themselves out of trouble by a series of neat diagonal passes along the line. The confidence in the team is high but it is also being matched by ability.
Like him or not Simon Thomas is seeing a lot of the ball and looking for a lot of the ball. In the 10th minute, he dragged the ball down beautifully whilst in the middle of the penalty area but couldn’t get his shot in however a fine shot just before half time that pinged off the bar just showed what a meance he can be.
Infact, Grays radar was off for most of the first half but it still felt that it was just a matter of time. Still, when Alex Osbourn intercepted a back pass but culd do no better than find the keeper then Grays fans were more mindful of the Waltham Abbey game.
They needn’t have worried, Grays came out of the traps in the second half and within five minutes they were in front. Steven Demetriou threaded the ball through to Alex Osbourn on the left of the area who neatly slotted the ball under the keeper to put the Blues in the lead.
After that it was all one way traffic and Grays went 2-0 in the 71st minute. A route one pass to Simon Thomas who calmly did the same as Osbourn.
Grays rang the changes with Jason Fontaine, Tom Harvey and Danny Morgan illustrating what a strong bench they have.
Having lost a two goal lead on Saturday, the “Grays Gareth Bale”, Danny Bunce, put the game beyond doubt with a sumptous left footed curling strike form outside the area that gave Grays the three points and continued the upward curve.
This period now illustrates that Grays are on the right track. Yes, Saturday is now a massive game but they can go out there and relax, knowing they have the firepower, wit and confidence to beat any team in the league.
Grays Athletic:- Steve Northwood, Eljay Worrell, Brad Thomas, Duran Reynolds, Danny Bunce, Steve Demetriou (Jason Fontaine 60), Dean Pennant (Tom Harvey 65), Marvin Samuel, John Docker, Si Thomas (Danny Morgan 83), Alex Osborn
Cheshunt :- Joe Wright, Laurence Rispoli, Glen Parry, Nick Mountford, Nick Thurogood, Dave Hicks, Matt Thomson, Ian Salt, Darrell Cox, Brad Harrison, Rob Tungatt