Football: Hard-working Grays see off Margate

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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.

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