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11.09.2004 @ 15:00 The City Ground Crowd: 361
Cambridge City 0 - 2 Grays Athletic
Referee: O Saliy Conference South-Match

Goalscorers
None Freddy Eastwood (10)
Vil Powell (79)
Starting Line-ups
Duncan Roberts
Craig Pope
Lee Chaffey
Glen Fuff
Matt Langston
Richard Scott
Rob Miller
Carl Williams
Dave Sadler
Jon Stevenson
Dale Binns
Carl Emberson
Eddie Youds
Daniel Lunan
Steve Robinson
Joe Bruce
Martin Carthy
Mitchell Cole
Dean Brennan
Stuart Thurgood
Freddy Eastwood
Leroy Griffiths
Substitutes
Paul Fewings
Lee Summerscales
Robbie Simpson
Shane Huke
Simon Overland
Chris Wild
John Nutter
Dean Bradshaw
Vil Powell
Substitutions
Paul Fewings -> Jon Stevenson (1)
Lee Summerscales -> Craig Pope (10)
Robbie Simpson -> Paul Fewings (71)
Vil Powell -> Freddy Eastwood (57)
John Nutter -> Dean Brennan (65)
Yellow cards
Carl Williams (83) None
Red cards
None None
Match report |

Grays’ fine run goes on City


Blues lengthened their unbeaten run and kept up the pressure on Hornchurch on Saturday.

Athletic travelled to Cambridge at the weekend and must have been relieved when City lost their on-form striker Jon Stevenson after only a few minutes with a pulled hamstring.

Grays lived dangerously early on as Richard Scott’s short-corner was met by Carl Williamson, but his effort was stifles by Blues keeper Carl Emberson.

With just 10 minutes gone City keeper Duncan Roberts strayed off his line to clear Daniel Lunan’s cross but the luckless keeper collided with two team-mates and Freddy Eastwood headed home.

The Lilywhites continues to struggle as Martin Carthy combined with Eastwood, but the super-striker’s shot was parried by an increasingly under-siege defence.

Home keeper Roberts’ earlier injury forced him off and City were left relying on Lee Chaffey to swap his defenders positions for goalie’s gloves.

Although they upped their game – Emberson only just pushed out a fierce left foot shot from Carl Williamson – it was defender Eddie Youds who again made the ball safe.

Both sides produced chances, but in the second half Martin Carthy was shutting down the opposition while directing traffic for the Blues front men.

With Powell and Nutter coming on for the tiring Eastwood and Brennan after 60 minutes, Blues’ Mitchell Cole came close in the 73rd minute when his free header from close range spun wide.

The breakthrough came with just over 10 minutes left when Leroy Griffiths set off down the right to find Vill Powell who headed home.

Grays’ record so far is the most envied in the league to date. And although City nearly nabbed a consolation goal, Emberson was alert to a late shot which he nudged over.

Thanks to the Thurrock Gazette for the report.