Ryman Div One North
Grays Athletic 1 v 2 Thamesmead Town
IT WAS a bad day at the office. Defender Junior Baker was carted off to the office where he received 46 stitches in a wound; Grays went 1-0 down to a highly controversial goal; Harry Agombar missed a penalty infact he missed the whole goal altogether and keeper Andy Hall conceded a last minute penalty and got sent off. Apart from that it was quite a good day!
The problem with this game was boss Hakan’s tendency to rotate his front men. Hakan will say that it is a policy that has seen the team go top of the league but others will say that he looks as if he is not convinced as to who his top two up front are.
On Tuesday against Leiston, Joe Sweeney had his best game for the club and it is clear that Harry Agombar and Kenny Beaney enjoy feeding the fast men such as Joe as well as Louis Dennis.
Against Thamesmead, the presence of Jean-Michel Sigere means that all the fluency and momentum is lost and so Beaney and Agombar could not influence the game the way they did earlier in the week.
Uneventful first twenty minutes apart from the enforced substitution of Junior Baker after a nasty wound that ended up with 46 stitches.
Thamesmead are one of a number of clubs who are doing better than people thought and had the same look as Cheshunt did.
But Louis Dennis was a welcome site and a lovely curling shot in the 24th minute nearly found the target.
A great free kick by Harry Agombar also deserved better. It flew into the box and keeper Sam Mott did well to parry it away.
Thamesmead had a great chance to go a goal up but Lea Dawsons chance from close range was bundled away.
The deadlock was broken in the 44th minute. It was a poor clearance which Theo Fairweather-Johnson charged the ball down with his with his hands and easily rounded Andy Hall to score.
Grays didn’t improve at the beginning of the second half. Sigere was replaced by Jared Small but he failed to make an impact in a game that was passing Grays by.
This didn’t look like Grays day and this was compounded when Harry Agombar missed a penalty in the 65th minute.
The attacks were more frenetic than fanciful. It was melee time. Mott did well to stop a Danny Bunce shot that went through the defence.
In the 82nd minute, Harry Agombar hit the post but the equaliser came three minutes later when Bradley Thomas headed in at the far post from a corner.
But it was a wretched day when Thamesmead broke free, the striker rounded Andy Hall but the keeper clipped the strikers ankles and he fell. Hall saw red and Thamesmead slotted the ball away to take a well deserved three points.
Oh, nearly forgot to say: Grays Athletic are still top of the league!
A Hall, C Pope, D Bunce, B Thomas, J Baker (G Cooper 19), K Beaney, H Agombar, J Carlos, D Cowley, L Dennis (J Sweeney 80), J M Sigere (J Small 58)
Subs not used: S Thurgood, S Muguo