Grays Athletic 4 v 3 Bury Town
GRAYS produced a stellar performance to defeat a formidable Bury Town 4-3 at the Mill Field.
Bury were unbeaten away from home and early on, you could see why as they played a very confident one-touch game.
Grays were intent on releasing the early ball and get their forwards flying.
Bury had top scorer, John Sands snapping away up front but his movement was often let down by a wayward radar.
In the 18th minute, Sands had a great chance to shoot but was thwarted by a great block by Gonzalez.
The danger of Jeff Hammond was highlighted in the 21st minute, when he neatly controlled a through ball but after rounding the keeper, he found the angle too acute.
Grays players and fans were starting to get frustrated with the referee but that was forgotten when, in the 33rd minute, Jared Small latched onto a long through ball to slip it under the keeper and score.
Grays grew in confidence often demonstrated by the sublime skills of Joao Carlos on the wing.
The Blues started the second half brightly with Jeff Hammond going close at the near post.
But the fear was that an expansive game was playing into Bury’s hands. In the 56th minute, John Sands, reacting to a long ball, flew past Joe Nightingill, and lifted the ball over Lamar Johnson’s head and into the net.
But as has occurred so often this season, Grays Ath keep coming storming back. In the 55th minute, Grays were awarded a penalty after a Bury player handled in the box. Joao Carlos produced an impudent dink to put Grays in the lead.
And he wasn’t done yet. In the 66th minute, Carlos produced a diagonal run followed by a lob over the keeper to put Grays further ahead.
Grays were rampant and Bury had lost all rhythm. Joao Carlos missed a penalty as the keeper guessed correctly but then Junior Baker in the 76th minute, flew high above the defence to head home the fourth.
Richard Logan pulled one back for Bury but it was too late as Grays climbed back up to seventh in the table.In the 90th minute, Joe Wight stumbled the ball in from close range to set up a nail-biting finale.
But Grays held on to take a very important three points.
Grays Ath: Johnson L, Pope C, Ramos-Gonzalez Aaron, Baker J, Nightingill J, Maxwell R, Cruickshank A (West J 74), Beaney K, Small J (Flynn L 85), Hammond J, Carlos J (Duru C 78).
Subs not used: Green L, Anderson P,
Bury Town: Garnham M, Taylor N, Whight J, Kennedy J, Short R, Bullard T, Semple R, Bridges D, Tolley S, Sands J, Patrick J.
Subs not used: Logan R, Bailey R, Rolston A, Dunbar S