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Old habits come back to haunt Grays Ath as they drop points at home

Ryman Div One North

Grays Ath 1 v 1 Chatham Town

GRAYS only had themselves to blame as they surrendered a lead to draw 1-1 against Chatham.

Grays produced the first attack of the game with a free flowing move that saw Marshall and Sweeney sweep the ball to Joao Carlos whose shot went wide.

Infact it is the type of move, that, early on, is becoming something of a trademark.

And sure enough they swept into the lead in the 10th minute when the on-fire Marshall walked past the Chatham defender, got into the box, squared the ball to Joe Sweeney who did what he does best and stroked the ball in from six yards.

Two lapses in concentration threatened to bring Chatham back into the game but the Kent side could not take advantage.

In the 23rd minute, Joe Sweeney, confidence buoyed by the goal produced a brilliant through ball to Carlos but the portugeuse wingers cross was easily cut out.

In the 26th minute, referee Nicholas Cooper, judged that Grays keeper George Kamarusi had handled outside the box but the free kick was sent straight into the wall.

Joe Sweeney nearly made it two after a defence mix up let him in but his shot hit the bar. A minute later, Leon Lalite put in a fine midfield burst but the ball just ran away from him.

Luke Marshall threatened again but Chatham’s Ryan laker did well to intercept.

The second half began with Grays keen to get that second goal and it was important that they didn’t let the referee get to them.

To be fair to Chatham they had begun to read Grays and were doing a fine job of cancelling out the Grays’ attacks.

Joao Carlos had been quiet all game but nearly made amends as he broke free on the right but keeper Tim Roberts neatly turned the ball round the post.

Grays were becoming profligate in front of goal and so brought on James Bunn but further spurned half chances from the attack made it a stressful afternoon for the fans.

Grays Ath keeper, George Karamusi, wasn’t doing an awful lot wrong but you had the feeling that a disaster was going to happen any second. We don’t believe he instilled confidence in the defence. Perhaps, Grays Ath may have to dip into the market?

You also started to look at a couple of players and feel that there is still a little bit of stamina work to be done.

Chatham deservedly equalised in the 93rd minute when sub Jack Pallen struck from outside the area.

It is three unbeaten and a good start to the season but there was a lack of conviction after going 1-0 up against Takeley and it repeated itself today.

There are players who may find that there will need to be extra training sessions in order to possess the key fitness needed to last the season. If you are blowing in August, you will blow out way before the finishing line.

The Blues travel to the much fancied AFC Sudbury on Saturday.

Grays Ath: Kamurasi G, Pope C, Flynn L, Baker J, Kirby R, Beaney K, West J (Bunn J 75), Carlos J (Bunce D 86), Lalite L, Sweeney J , Marshall L

Subs not used: Cooper G, ,, Scarlett T, East D

Att: 215


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