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02.12.2003 @ 19:45 The Recreation Ground Crowd: 243
Grays Athletic 0 - 1 Aylesbury United
Referee: FA Trophy / 2nd Round Replay-Match

Goalscorers
None Darren Lynch (86)
Starting Line-ups
Mel Capleton
Daniel Lunan
Yohance Lewis
Steve Robinson
Danny Hayzelden
Martin Carthy
Lee Williams
Dean Bradshaw
Stuart Thurgood
Freddy Eastwood
Leroy Griffiths
Kevin Davies
Jamie Moss
Chris Jackson
Paul Covington
Matt Hayward
Tom Ramasut
Rory Hunter
Lewis Reid
Darren Lynch
Danny Gray
Alvin Bubb
Substitutes
Scott Barrett
James Martin
Ram Marwa
Ellis Remy
Josh Sozzo
Dean Powles
Gareth Risbridger
Tom Alabaster
Substitutions
Ellis Remy -> Leroy Griffiths
Josh Sozzo -> Danny Gray (66)
Yellow cards
None None
Red cards
None None
Match report |
Grays failed to take their chances and were eventually denied FA Trophy progress by a cruel end-of-match goal.

Blues were up for the challenge – giving held their Ryman Premier opponents Aylesbury to a 2-2 draw away from home on Saturday.

But with extra time looming lucky Ducks goal monger Darren Lynch scrapped the winner in a game Blues should have won by two or three clear goals.

Grays had begun well. Martin Carthy came close and both Leroy Griffiths and Freddy Eastwood combined to scare but not beat Aylesbury’s guardian of the goalmouth, Kevin Davies.

The trio of strikers pushed the Aylesbury defences throughout the first half.

In the second half, Grays struggled with midfield possession, but they did notch up several chances and will be kicking themselves that they failed to convert at least one.

Carthy had a short range shot blocked with 15 minutes still on the clock and the same player must have thought the Gods were against him when he seemingly sure-fire nod struck the woodwork.

Aylesbury’s winner came from a long corner. Lynch found himself with the time and space to rob Blues to crucially.

Speaking after the match manager Mark Stimson said, “I was frustrated and very disappointed that we out of the FA Trophy like this. We created plenty of chances but could not score when it counted.”

However, it’s important to take away positives from the situation and the match was the first outing for Ellis Remy who returns after injury. He will be in the squad for Blues home game against League basement rats Billericay on Saturday.

Thanks to the Thurrock Gazette for the match report