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13.12.2003 @ 15:00 The New Eyrie Crowd: 373
Bedford Town 0 - 4 Grays Athletic
Referee: S Fay (Luton) Isthmian League - Premier Division-Match

Goalscorers
None Martin Carthy (12)
Leroy Griffiths (25)
Daniel Lunan (74)
Leroy Griffiths (81)
Starting Line-ups
Ian Brown
James Taylor
Steve Jackman
Eddie Lawley
Lee Howarth
Darren Sarll
Neil Lazarus
Julian Capone
Drew Roberts
Gavin Jaggard
Daniel French
Scott Barrett
Daniel Lunan
Eddie Youds
Steve Robinson
Martin Carthy
Lee Williams
Danny Hayzelden
Ram Marwa
Stuart Thurgood
Freddy Eastwood
Leroy Griffiths
Substitutes
Andre Juraszek
Niki Stewart
Steve Everett
Daniel Purzycki
Barron
Mel Capleton
Joe Bruce
Ade Olayinka
Ellis Remy
Mark Stimson
Substitutions
None Joe Bruce -> Ram Marwa (23)
Yellow cards
Drew Roberts Ram Marwa
Joe Bruce
Red cards
None None
Match report |

Athletic crack four


Lacklustre Bedford Town could not cope with Grays on Saturday and ended up being humiliated in front of their own fans.

Mark Stimson’s Blues – who have had mixed fortunes over the last few weeks – were back to the blitzing best at The Eyrie.

Martin Carthy, so often Blues’ hit-man opened the scoring after just over ten minutes when he nodded home a ball from Danny Hayzelden.

And with less than half an hour gone Rec favourite Leroy Griffiths proved why he remains one of the most talked about players in the Premier when he somehow squeezed a ball inside Bedford’s goalkeeper Ian Brown to put Blues two up.

Bedford must have been read the riot act at half time because they emerged with more fire in their bellies.

Blues defender was called upon to make a handy clearance, and although there was more pressure from the home side, the match was effectively decided in the 74th. A corner from Danny Hayzelden was met by the head of Daniel Lunan to put the visitors three in the lead.

Blues’ final goal came after a defensive mix-up by demoralised Eagles which allowed Freddy Eastwood a shot – which cannoned out. But not far enough for Bedford.

Griffiths was on the rebound like the natural goal scorer he is and The Eagles misery was complete.

Thanks to the Thurrock Gazette for the match report