Thursday, December 1, 2022

Football: Grays record victory brings joy for Aveley as well

Ryman Div One North

Heybridge Swifts 1 v 2 Grays Athletic

THERE were two centuries to celebrate at Heybridge Swifts on Tuesday, though only one team was in the mood to do so. That was Ryman North champions Grays Athletic, who reached 102 points with their 2-1 victory.

Heybridge’s goal made them the first team in the Ryman Leaguue to reach the 100 mark but the defeat means that they are out of the play-off race after hitting a patch of poor form at just the wrong time.

Joao Carlos gave Grays the lead a minute before the interval and Luke Callander replied shortly after the restart, his 33rd league goal – seven more than anyone else in the three divisions.

Grays went in front again in the 52nd minute through Jack West and that ended the scoring.

Witham moved back into fourth place with a 2-0 home win over Brentwood Town. Sam Taylor gave them the lead with an intended cross five minutes after the break and James Stevens made sure with the last kick of the match eight minutes into added time.

That result, coupled with Heybridge’s defeat, means that Witham and Aveley have booked the last two play-off spots.

Both will be away in the semi-finals, though who visits Maldon and who travels to Thamesmead will not be decided until Saturday.

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