Monday, February 26, 2024

Football: Hard-working Grays see off Margate

Ryman Premier

Grays Athletic 3 v 0 Margate

GRAYS Athletic gained their first league win in a month with a great win against play-off contenders, Margate.

Two goals by Jack West and another by Jeff Hammond cemented the three points for the Blues.

Margate were unbeaten away from home but had no answer to the well-drilled Blues.

Grays dominated the first half with Jared Small and Jeff Hammond impressing but Margate held off to go in at half-time, all square.

The game remained goal-less but turned when Margate midfielder, Scott Kinch was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

The deadlock was broken in the 79th minute when a strong run by the tireless Joao Carlos saw him cross to Jeff Hammond who was able to stroke the ball into an empty net.

Margate clearly felt aggrieved at many of the decisions and never looked like getting back in the game. Sure enough, Jack West was able to score a second in the 88th minute with a twenty yard strike. West added a third goal as he cleaned up on a howler by the Margate keeper.

Grays Athletic: Johnson; Pope (c), Ramos-Gonzalez, Baker, Nightingill; Maxwell, Lalite, Beaney, Small, Carlos, Hammond.

Subs: West, Anderson, Cruickshank, Duru, Flynn.

Margate: Hollaway; Cox, Dolby, Kinch, Beales (c); Vines, Bodkin, Craddock, Azeez; Walsh, Ademeno.

Subs: Whiteley, Sammoutis, Campbell, Vines, Avery.


  1. The turning point was when Jeff Hammond failed to jump over the keeper after the keeper had gathered the ball into his chest, it was not a 50/50 ball. The keeper needed stitches to his fore head. How he escaped a red card I do not know. To add insult to injury Hammond then proceeds to score the first goal. Kinch got his 2nd yellow, (red), for arguing with the referee, I assume for not sending Hammond off. Quite disgraceful. Will Hammond be suspended for a couple of games by Grays Ath? Don’t make me laugh.

  2. All about opinions – different one in my case. Hammond outstripped the last defender and was running into the box. Holloway came out very quickly to take e upthe ball. Hammond was entitled to go for the ball. Your centre half was very lucky to stay on the pitch for pushing Hammond to the ground.

    Your number 4 who had already been booked for a terrible tow footed challenge in the first half and should have been sent off, continued to argue after Grays went one up and the ref had no choice but to send him off, about 40 minutes after he should have done.

    3 nil flattered Grays, but Margate lost their discipline and looked very, very tired at the end of the game.

  3. Indeed the ref assessor agreed that it appeared an accident as Hammond never moved towards the keeper and never broke stride to go at the keepers direction, and also said the ref handled that if not other incidents correctly. It has happened to me a couple of times playing the last 15 years in goal in the Thurrock Sunday leagues, I didn’t get angry, they are just accidents that can happen when a keeper and a striker get to the ball at speed at the same time, unfortunately the keepers head is always usually near the ball and collisions occur, I should know as I have the scars to prove it! Mikey Cartwright caught the incident on his website, image number 20.!/index/G0000K9vDqgWSFss/20


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