IT WASN’T pretty but it was three points as Grays continued their promotion push with a 4-1 win against Soham Town Rangers,
In the second minute, Lee Flynn produced a great cross from the left. It found Danny Bunce but with the goal at his mercy he could only head it straight at the keeper, Daniel Bircham.
At the other end, Ali Aksoy will have been delighted to have made a fantastic save from a bullet shot from Soham.
There was an unsavoury incident in the 7th minute when Grant Cooper unhappy at a tackle from Dubi Ogbonna raised his hands. Unfortunately, Ogbonna did the same but in a more aggressively and so saw red.
Grays were keen to press home the advantage: Lee Flynn went close after 14 minutes.
In the 15th minute, Soham went ahead through a very soft penalty when Cooper was ruled to have bundled over Robinson in the area. Dan Cotton scored from the spot.
Grays were all at sea and a terrible pass back from Thomas nearly put Soham up by another.
The Grays central partnership of Harry Agombar and Kenny Beaney were finding it hard to impose themselves. Infact Grays were starting to look inept and directionless.
In the 30th minute, Craig Pope tried to change things with a robust run into the area. Pope was his stoical self. He seems at times, to be made of wax so he could scream and still relax.
Pope was fouled just outside the box. And as at Maldon recently, a Lee Flynn went through the wall to draw the Blues level.
New signing Leon McKenzie was just starting to find his feet and the physical striker nearly scored in the 43rd minute but his shot flirted with the goal-line before going out.
The second half started quietly but lit up wen Joao Carls nearly chipped the keeper from thirty yards. From the corner, Leon McKenzie nearly scrambled it home but not quite and the same happened a couple of minutes later.
Thoughts in the stands started to turn to Needham Market who will not be having any sleepless nights over this performance.
However, Lee Flynn may have something to say about that as he blasted Grays into the lead with a wonderful left foot strike from thirty yards that scorched the earth as it skidded into the net.
Grays had total control of the game as ten-man Soham started to tire. Danny Bunce made it certain with a fine strike just outside the area in the 82nd minute.
Joe Dixon came on soon after for his start of the season and immediately produced a beautiful dinked through ball that nearly put Grays in.
Leon McKenzie made it 4-1 in the 87th minute as he latched onto a through ball to put Grays just behind Needham at the top of the league.
Grays Ath: Ali Aksoy, Craig Pope, Lee Flynn, Joe Sweeney, Bradley Thomas, Grant Cooper, Danny Bunce, Kenny Beaney (David Cowley76), Leon McKenzie, Harry Agombar (Joe Dixon 83), Joao Carlos (Stanley Muguo 80)
Subs not used: Charlie Brien, Jared Small