FOR MANY of the fans, just getting to the starting line back in August was a real achievement and indeed much of the reaction to the season has been calibrated with that in mind.
Grays played out a relatively friendly draw against AFC Sudbury.
First chance of the game came in the 6th minute when Eljay Worrall scuffed a shot from just outside the box.
Sudbury won the first corner of the game. Brad Thomas headed it way but after a melee, Jack Wignall’s shot just whistled wide.
A fine run by Robbie Martin from defence led to a free kick from just outside the box. It forced a fine save from Grays keeper, Steven Northwood.
Grays opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Alex Osbourn latched onto a fine ball from Junior Baker to lob the keeper and put the Blues into the lead.
Gray should have made it 2-0 when Jared Small’s far post header was cleared off the line by the Suffolk defence.
The rest of the half was played put in relative calm. Infact most of the second half was the same. The fans were somewhat irritated by the referee who was subjected to foul mouthed abuse from Grays fans.
Sudbury slowly came into the game and deserved an equaliser when James Baker headed in from close range with just ten minutes of the game left.
Grays now go into a close season and will know that they will have to look to promotion next season. If they find themselves in tenth or twelfth place at the end of the September then they will face some stiff questions.
Many will hope to see progress off the park as the borough’s plans for a sports hub may be a little clearer come July.