Football: Grays’ class outshines rocky Rocks

Ryman Premier

Grays Athletic 2 v 0 East Thurrock United

TWO OUTSTANDING goals for Grays Athletic saw them earn their sixth win in a row as they beat rivals East Thurrock United 2-0 at Mill Field.

East Thurrock had the most of the early exchanges without really producing anything. However, the first real chance of the game came to Grays and illustrated why they had made a remarkable turnaround in the last four games. Joel Nouble found himself in space just outside the box. He found Kenny Beaney in space and from there, Beaney shot but Rocks keeper David Hughes did well to turn it over the bar.

However, Beaney took a knock and he was substituted soon after. With Leon Lalite absent there was a worry that an untried central midfield pairing had the responsibility of carrying the team. They need not have worried as in the 15th minute, Nouble found Joao Carlos in acres of space outside the box and he thumped the ball home.

This was going to be a real test for The Rocks who looked very flat on Saturday in their defeat against Wingate. But they settled again and a tricky Mitchell Pinnock cross nearly had Danny Bunce in trouble.

Once again, Nouble and Griffiths combined to produce some great touches and a back heel by Nouble brought gasps of appreciation from the Blues faithful.

In the 24th minute, Lewis Smith broke free but all he did was bring out a great double save from George Kamarasi.

Everything about The Rocks says “Too good to go down” and when they played their one touch football on the open spaces of Mill Field, it was not Ryman North football.

The half petered out as Grays has The Rocks where they wanted them although Kamarusi once again produced an outstanding save from a bullet shot by Sam Higgins just on the stroke of half time.

The first chance of the second half came to East Thurrock as a goalmouth scramble saw the ball fall to Mitchell Pinnock. He sliced it horribly.

Both teams were stepping up the pressure and the momentum. David Hughes came way out of his goal to repel an attack, Alex Cruickshank chipped the ball over him but Steve Sheehan headed the ball over the bar to safety.

The second goal was a cracker. In the 70th minute, a Lee Flynn free kick rebounded off the wall and debutant Scott Dixon hit a screamer from thirty yards. No wonder his whole team swamped him with joy.

The three East Thurrock coaches stood motionless and you have to now worry that something has gone out of the Rookery Hill team.

But the Rocks still plugged away, they stretched Grays, they outplayed them up front but they could not produce the final ball or get pass the wonderful George Kamarusi.

Rocks will put this game behind them as they face a stern test on Saturday as they face promotion chasing Wealdstone away.

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Grays Athletic:

Kamurasi G, Pope C, Flynn L, Yala R, Kirby R (Anderson P 60), Bunce D (Mbamarah J 72), Cruickshank A, Beaney K ( Dixon S 18 ), Nouble J, Griffiths L, Carlos J

Subs not used: Benjamin C, Moses B,

East Thurrock United: Hughes D, Peddie S, Stephen T, Thurgood S, Sheehan S, Easterford J, Sammons P (Richmond N 65), Symons N (Gilbey M 77), Higgins S, Smith L, Pinnock M

Subs not used: Parmenter T, Witherspoon, Anderson P

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