GRAYS GO into this key game against Brentwood in good heart. Boss Hakan Heyrettin and his team will have learned a lot about themselves in losing to Aveley.
It is unlikely that a class keeper such as Andy Hall will make similar mistakes and it is also unlikely that Louis Dennis will pass up all those chances.
Grays have had a fantastic start to the season and all credit must go to all at the club. Beat Brentwood and there are a run of “winnable” games that can cement their position in the league.
Two seasons ago, Lowestoft ran away from the rest and looked heads and shoulders, the best team. Needham started in similar vein but around February, started to seize up. It is far too early to think about that and indeed many teams in the league would love that luxury but it may be worth keeping an eye on.
It is important to focus on Grays’ strengths. The defence looks good and with great back-up on the bench. The starting midfield also impressed. The four of Carlos, Beaney, Agombar and Cowley are quite a quartet.
The back-up there is very much Bunce, Worrell and Fontaine. You have to feel for Eljay, who is a really good player and it would be great to see him get a longer run. It was good to see the management throw him on as part of a 4-3-3 last weekend although Eljay as well as Jean-Michel remain injury doubts.
There are a few questions up front. Louis Dennis is a class apart. He missed a hatful of chances on Sunday and is unlikely to be so profligate. Jean-Michel Sigere is becoming a fine target man for the team but looks fragile. Worryingly, Joe Sweeney and Jared Small do not look like scoring any time soon.
Brentwood are one of those teams (like Needham) that have had a slow start to the season but are starting to wake up however, Hak and Hass will have taken stock of Sunday and will use it as a platform to put in another winning performance for the Blues.