Football: Grays Ath battle hard for deserved draw

Ryman Premier

Grays Ath 0 v 0 Dulwich Hamlet

GRAYS picked themselves up well after Saturday’s derby disappointment at East Thurrock and thoroughly deserved a draw, if not more, from this clash against a fellow newly promoted side who have also made an excellent start to the Ryman Premier season.

It was a game of few chances in which both defences dominated and chances were at a premium. Grays’ debutant Phil Anderson, who came in for dropped centre back Junior Baker, looked particularly impressive for the Blues.

The game quickly developed into a stalemate with Dulwich trying to pass their way through on a very difficult surface. Grays looked dangerous whenever they got the ball to the feet of winger Joao Carlos on the left whilst Dulwich sought to put Nyren Clunis in space behind left back Lee Flynn. Neither tactic gave either side the upper hand for any length of time.

It was Dulwich who fashioned the one clear chance of the first half as Erhun Oztumer wriggled free in the box and with the keeper George Kamurasi advancing dragged his shot wide.

The second period was an equally cagey affair with both sides looking to change the game with their substitutions. Grays introduced young striker Brian Moses early in the half, although he was to be withdrawn for tactical reasons before the end as Grays strengthened their midfield for the last few minutes whilst Dulwich introduced Ryan James up front in place of Paul Vines.

Whilst continuing to dominate possession Hamlet could fashion only one strike of note as Ethan Pinnock was inches over after a determined run.

The oustanding save of the game came earlier,  on 57 minutes when Phil Wilson produced a brilliant diving stop  to claw out a close range header that looked to have the beating of him.

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