Football: “Sweat for the shirt” demands Grays boss Hakan!

Match preview

Ilford v Grays Athletic

Wed 7.45pm. Cricklefields Stadium

LAST week was a rough week for Grays Athletic boss Hakan Heyrettin. A close defeat to league leaders Needham Market, 2-1; then the three points deduction and finally a close defeat to Enfield Town, who by that victory then went top.

The good news is that Needham Market have had a little stumble as well illustrating that the league can only be lost at Christmas and not won.

But considering that Grays had, at one stage, a chance to go ten points clear, they now sit in fifth place, eight points behind the leaders and just this one game in hand against bottom side Ilford.

What Grays need over this December period is a period of stability and consistency. Hakan may well want to stop the revolving door of strikers who seem to come and go. Joe Dixon seems to have disappeared off the radar and Leon McKenzie seems to be spoilt regarding which team to play for.

The team seem to have lost a little bit of zip and so the two matches against Ilford and sixteenth placed Waltham Abbey (Sunday, Rookery Hill, 3pm) have come at an ideal time.

Let us hope that the Louis Dennis/Antony Ryan partnership bears fruit or Joe Sweeney gets a fair crack of the whip.

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