Thursday, May 30, 2024

Football: Grays Ath win fifteenth game in a row

Ryman Div One North

Ilford FC 0 v 2 Grays Athletic

GRAYS Athletic continued their inexorable rise to the Ryman Premier with a calm, coll and collected fifteenth win in a row at the Cricklefields Stadium.

Grays started sharply with Lee Flynn sending in a sharp free kick that was well defended by the Ilford defence.

Flynn fired another free kick in the 6th minute. Woeful Ilford defending saw Jeff Hammond pounce to scuff the ball home from close range.

Hammond looked in great nick. In the 11th minute he produced a sublime chest-down in the area from a long ball that Ilford did well to get away for a corner.

Needless to say it was a bumpy pitch but Grays Ath didn’t stop playing attractive football. It was all one way pressure as relegation threatened Ilford had little to challenge the Blues with.

The corners rained down. After one corner, Grays claimed that the ball had gone over the line but the referee waved away their protests.

The Ilford keeper was in fine form and produced a top draw save from a Flynn free kick in the 36th minute.

Ilford’s first real attack came in the 39th minute with a free kick in the 39th minute and it was easily repelled as David East hit the ball to safety.

Jared Small went close just before half time but Grays could not further extend their lead.

The second half started quietly until the 54th minute when Kris Newby scored his first goal for Grays. A Kenny Beaney corner, a goalmouth scramble and Newby produced a neat semi-overhead kick from a yard out.

This was definitely damage limitation for Ilford but they did not give up as they chased every ball. In the 68th minute keeper George Kamarusi, making his first chance since January produced a fine double save.

Grays got all their substitutes on as they comfortably navigated the rest of the second half to edge close to promotion.

Grays are next in action at Harlow Town on Tuesday night at 7.45pm.


Grays Ath: Kamarusi G, Flynn L, Newby K ( Moses B 80), Baker J, Kirby R, Small J, Hammond J (West J 70), East D, Lalite L, Beaney K, Carlos J (Bunce D 74)

Subs not used: Sweeney J, Subola D


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