Football: Blues put four past Chatham to maintain promotion push

Ryman Div One North

Chatham 1 v 4 Grays Ath

GRAYS ATH secured the points and narrowed the gap on the leaders with a solid 4-1 victory against struggling Chatham.

All the early pressure was from Grays Ath and it was no surprise when, in the 5th minute, that a completely unmarked Junior Baker was able to head in at the far post from a Joao Carlos cross.

In the 12th minute, Jake Hall burst from midfield, he passed to Jeff Hammond on the edge of the area, Hammond shot but it was well saved by the Chatham keeper.

Chatham appeared to have only one sub and it was credit to the club that they got the game on.

Harry Agombar was back at the club on a month long loan from Macclesfield and he sprayed the ball around creating width and options for the Blues.

You thought the floodgates would open but Grays were getting bogged down in midfield and the unforced errors and lost tussles in midfield was frustrating their manager as well as the fans.

Joao Carlos looked dangerous and in the 30th minute brought a good save out of the Chatham keeper, who infact usually plays left wing.

And in the 35th minute it showed as he flapped at a cross, giving Jeff Hammond a great opportunity to head the ball in for the second goal.

Grays came out of the traps in the second half as they looked to improve their goal difference but the unforced errors quashed any build of momentum infact it was only the calming presence of Ryan Kirby and Junior Baker that kept things on an even keel at the back.

Another Harry Agombar shot from thirty yards went close as the pressure was all Grays. Jake Hall was continuing to plough through midfield.

In the 60th minute, Jared Small ran into the centre forward position, Kenny Beaney slid a ball in and he kept his feet to push the ball past the keeper.

And it was almost a carbon copy in the 63rd minute when Joao Carlos produced a diagonal run took the ball at the edge of the area and thundered it past the Chatham keeper Garry Tilley.

Chatham got a consolation goal in the 81st minute through Liam Hickey.

With Heybridge winning 11-0 against Redbridge, all Grays can do is keep on amassing the point. Maldon look like they have an unassailable lead. How many times has that been said before?

Grays Ath return to action against Romford on Wednesday Jan 2nd at 7.45 pm at Rush Green Stadium.

Grays Ath:  Kamarusi G, Small J (West J 77), , Kirby R, Flynn L, Bunce D, Baker J, Hall J, Beaney K, Agombar H (Marshall L 79), Hammond J (Sweeney J 71), Carlos J

Subs not used; East D,, Scarlett T

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