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29.11.2003 @ 15:00 Haywood Way Crowd: 305
Aylesbury United 2 - 2 Grays Athletic
Referee: C Jones FA Trophy / 2nd Round-Match

Goalscorers
Darren Lynch (40)
Chris Jackson (45)
Freddy Eastwood (31)
Martin Carthy (50)
Starting Line-ups
Kevin Davies
Jamie Moss
Chris Jackson
Paul Covington
Daniel Gordon
Lewis Reid
Matt Glynn
Greg Williams
Darren Lynch
Mark Reed
Alvin Bubb
Mel Capleton
Daniel Lunan
Steve Robinson
Joe Bruce
Lee Williams
James Martin
Danny Hayzelden
Ram Marwa
Martin Carthy
Stuart Thurgood
Freddy Eastwood
Substitutes
Tom Ramasut
Gareth Risbridger
Rory Hunter
Danny Gray
Stuart Brown
Scott Barrett
Yohance Lewis
Dean Bradshaw
Ellis Remy
Leroy Griffiths
Substitutions
Tom Ramasut -> Daniel Gordon
Danny Gray -> Mark Reed
Dean Bradshaw -> Ram Marwa
Leroy Griffiths -> James Martin (50)
Yohance Lewis -> Joe Bruce (85)
Yellow cards
None None
Red cards
None None
Match report |

Never jangler


Grays fans have become used to their team blowing games in the last few minutes or earning equalisers.

Saturday’s FA Trophy second round match against Aylesbury was another nerve-jangler for travelling fans.

Again Blues started without Leroy Griffiths who was late arriving at the ground. Luckily Freddy Eastwood was on his usual good form, scaring Aylesbury keeper Kevin Davies with an early point-blank shot which somehow failed to find the back of the net.

But it was Ducks who went ahead, Darren Lynch beating Mel Capleton despite more than a suspicion of handball.

And things got worse when Aylesbury went two up just before the break thanks to Chris Jackson’s free-kick.

The appearance of the near-legendary Leroy Griffiths after half time changed the match dynamic.

Martin Carthy latched onto a ball from Williams and scored and only minutes later Blues were back to level pegging. Eastwood positioned himself perfectly for a cross by Daniel Lunan and smacked the ball past a hapless and helpless Davies.

With Griffiths on the park Blues’ spirits climbed and the borough side nearly won it with a speciality Griffiths shot which just bounced wide. At the other end of the park the frustrated Aylesbury attack drew a critical full-stretch save from Mel Capleton.

Thanks to the Thurrock Gazette for the match report