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16.08.2003 @ 15:00 The Recreation Ground Crowd: 316
Grays Athletic 1 - 1 Bedford Town
Referee: Isthmian League - Premier Division-Match

Tony Lock (49)
Drew Roberts (74)
Starting Line-ups
Mel Capleton
Eddie Youds
Danny Kerrigan
Ade Olayinka
Dean Bradshaw
Danny Hayzelden
Ram Marwa
Martin Carthy
Stuart Thurgood
Freddy Eastwood
Tony Lock
Ian Brown
Steve Jackman
Eddie Lawley
Paul Covington
Lee Howarth
Darren Sarll
Neil Lazarus
Liam Folds
Darren Lynch
Josh Sozzo
Daniel French
Scott Barrett
Daniel Lunan
Tobi Oshitola
Wayne Vaughan
Mark Stimson
Chris Jackson
Julian Capone
Drew Roberts
Mark Reed
Stuart Brown
Wayne Vaughan -> Freddy Eastwood
Daniel Lunan -> Danny Hayzelden
Drew Roberts
Yellow cards
None None
Red cards
None None
Match report |

Grays star unlocks the defence

Grays Athletics’ plans to mix experienced players with promising youngsters recruited from the Football League got off to a solid start at The Rec on Saturday when they opened the season with a 1-1 home draw aga9inst a Bedford side expected to be among the Premier pacemakers.

An entertaining affair saw Mark Stimson’s Grays o close early on when ex-West Ham youngster Freddy Eastwood lobbed visiting goalkeeper Ian Brown, only for the effort to hit the post and bounce back into the keeper’s arms.

Ram Marwa was another who did well early on for Grays with two good efforts, one of which also hit the woodwork.

Only a fine double save from home keeper Mel Capleton prevented Darren Lynch and Liam Folds from scoring for Bedford, but it was Grays who took the lead four minutes into the second half.

A hopeful ball down the middle saw an under hit back pass collected by ex Colchester striker Tony Lock, back at The Rec after a break, and he opened the scoring.

Lock should have made it 2-0 when he shot wide after being setup in great style by Eastwood and this miss gave Bedford new heart.

Lynch hit the post 16 minutes from time but the visitors earned a share of the spoils when a through ball caused confusion between Capleton and Ade Olayinka and substitute Drew Roberts shot home.

Thanks to the Thurrock Gazette for the match report