Ryman Div One North
Redbridge 2 v 3 Grays Athletic
GRAYS ATHLETC go into October unbeaten although they made life difficult for themselves as they let a two goal lead slip only to run out 3-2 winners against Redbridge.
Joao Carlos opened the scoring and once again he produced a scorcher. In the 4th minute, he received a pass from Lee Flynn, whilst in his own half. He ran to the edge of the area and drove the ball hard past the Redbridge keeper to put the Blues in the lead.
Grays were on fire and the neat interplay that marked their next attack simply dazzled a Redbridge side that (apart from Grays) were the form team in the division.
The first fifteen minutes were a masterclass in fluid attacking as Grays sprayed the ball around. However, that is what they did at Heybridge. Redbridge started to find their way.
In the 13th minute, Andy Hall misjudged a corner but did well to make a point blank save.
Redbridge had their chances but snatched at their shots. They started to look like Grays when they played Aveley.
Things got better for Grays in the 27th minute when a wonderfully incisive through ball by man of the match Harry Agombar released Joe Sweeney in the box and he calmly scored the second for the Blues.
Redbridge struck back in the 41st minute when Nathan Gordon bundled the ball home from close range.
Louis Dennis should have restored the advantage a minute later. The keeper parried a ball into his path but all he could produce was an air shot.
The second half began with Lee Flynn flashing a shot across the goal as Grays signalled their intent to continue playing free flowing football. Joe Sweeney did the same a minute later.
Grays poured on the pressure with their high-octane football but Redbridge looked comfortable. As the hour approached you had the suspicion that Grays were running out of ideas.
Redbridge sprung the offside trap and Grays were lucky to scramble the ball away. From the corner, A Redbridge attacker was left unmarked at the far post. He had time to chest the ball down but his shot struck the bar.
Hakan rang the changes with Kenny Beaney and Jean Michel-Sigere coming on in an attempt to control the game.
David Cowley was producing great work on the right side, he was getting his crosses in but getting little reward.
The deserved equaliser came in the 24th minute when Ryan Murray rose above the Grays defence to head the ball home.
Redbridge were now in the ascendant but from nowhere in the 74th minute Louis Dennis put Grays in the lead once more when a loose header from Redbridge was laid at his feet and he punched the ball home.
This was a hammer blow to Redbridge. An unmarked Craig Pope should have made it 4-2 in the 80th minute.
Eljay Worrell came on for Joao Carlos who received a warm round of applause from the Grays fans.
Grays played out the final ten minutes in relative comfort to extend their unbeaten record into October as they sit on top of the league.
Grays Athletic: A Hall, C Pope, B Thomas, J Baker, L Flynn, D Cowley, D Bunce (K Beaney 65), H Agombar, J Carlos (E Worrell 80), L Dennis, J Sweeney (J-M Sigere 65)
Subs not used: A Aksoy, J Fontaine,D Smith