Grays Ath 2 v 0 Enfield Town
IT WAS three games, three wins for Grays Athletic as they absorbed the pressure to beat Enfield Town 2-0 at Mill Field.
Early on, Enfield looked like they were determined to play a passing game and nearly sneaked one through bit it was intercepted by Joe Nightingill.
Enfield spent the opening ten minutes parked in Grays half. The swirling wind didn’t help matters for Grays nor did a mis-timed clearance from keeper George Kamarusi that nearly fell into the path of Liam Hope.
The pressure was relentless but Grays managed to get their first corner after fifteen minutes. Joao Carlos sent it over but the clearance went right upfield to Tyler Campbell who, with only Kamarusi to beat, managed to hit it straight at the rangy keeper.
Grays best chance of the half came from a speculative shot from out on the wing by Joao Carlos that hit the roof of the net.
That was until Lee Flynn unleashed a pile driver in the 24th minute which was well saved by Daniel East.
Enfield kept the pressure on but just could not find a way through but at the same time, Grays were making heavy weather of clearing their lines.
In the 40th minute Adam Wallace bundled his way through but once again Junior Baker and George Kamarusi snuffed out the danger.
Skipper Mark Kirby hit the bar in the dying minutes of the first half that somehow summed up their half.
The second half saw Grays once again on the back-foot.
In the 54th minute, Grays again managed to repel an Enfield defence. The ball was kicked up-field and Joao Carlos shook off three defenders and tipped the ball just over the bar.
Totally against the run of play, Grays Ath broke the deadlock in the 57th minute when the free running Carlos broke free on the left, struck the ball hard at the keeper, who spilled the ball into the path of Jared Small who tapped the ball into the net.
Enfield looked a little shocked and it showed in the 60th minute when Jack West pounced on a through ball from Leon Lalite and struck it under the keeper and in.
Enfield had the same look as Bognor and Leiston in that they could not understand how they were losing but they were because Grays were stout defenders and were taking their chances.
But they were no tout of it and it took a wonderful save by Kamarusi from a Liam Hope free kick to keep Enfield at bay.
And it happened again in the 80th minute, when Kamarusi saved from Tyler Campbell.
Grays saw out the rest of the half playing calm assured football to put them second in the league.
They are away to Wingate and Finchley on Tuesday night.
Grays Ath: Kamarusi G, Pope C, Flynn L, Baker J, Nightingill J, Cruickshank A, Ramos-Gonzalez A, Lalite L, West J, Small J, Carlos J.
Subs not used: Hamdan U, Anderson P, Beaney K, Knight J, Duru C
Enfield Town: East D, Lockie J, Bardle M, White L, Wild C, Whiteley C, Ewang M (Allen L 75), Hope L, Wallace A, Campbell T (O’Brien J 70)
Subs not used: McKay C, Osei J, Johnston N.