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05.09.2009 @ 15:00 The Recreation Ground Crowd: 732
Grays Athletic 1 - 1 Mansfield Town
Referee: B Malone (Wiltshire) Conference National-Match

Jamie Slabber (36)
Jake Speight (12)
Starting Line-ups
Lee Butcher
Anwar Uddin
Gavin Hoyte
Kenny Davis
Jack Obersteller
Richard Graham
Sam Cutler
Glenn Poole
Paolo Vernazza
Jamie Slabber
Daniel Charge
Alan Marriott
Gary Silk
Scott Garner
Luke Jones
Luke Graham
Jake Speight
Matthew Somner
Gary Mills
Daryl Clare
Robert Duffy
Kyle Perry
Preston Edwards
George Beavan
Sam Gaughran
Tom Harvey
Charlie Taylor
Tim Sandercombe
Kyle Nix
Ryan Williams
Steven Istead
Blair Sturrock
Charlie Taylor -> Richard Graham (71)
George Beavan -> Glenn Poole (86)
Ryan Williams -> Daryl Clare (63)
Blair Sturrock -> Kyle Perry (63)
Kyle Nix -> Matthew Somner (80)
Yellow cards
None None
Red cards
None None
Match report |
Grays managed to hold onto a point thanks to keeper Lee Butcher, he made numerous saves throughout the game but two fantastic saves in the last 15 minutes that kept Grays in the match.

The first half was quite uneventful with only half chances being created by both sides. It was from Mansfields second corner of the game that saw them take the lead, in the 12th minute, the corner was long and found the head of Luke Jones who sent the ball back to the near post for Jake Speight to sneak in by the post to head home.

Both teams defences managed to keep there opposition at arms length and the strikers had to rely on long range efforts, on two occasions Glenn Poole had an opportunity to score first time the keeper made a good save his second effort was sliced well wide.

The game was going from end to end but both defences remained in charge, Grays equaliser came in the 35th minute when the Mansfield defence appeared to fall asleep, a long ball out of defence by Gavin Hoyte found Obersteller on the left he pulled it back for Graham who crossed the ball and Jamie Slabber was unmarked around the penalty spot and he directed his header into the bottom right hand corner of the net with Keeper Marrott stranded on his line.

Immense pressure from Mansfield straight from the restart saw two great chances for the visitor to regain the lead first Luke James header cleared of the line before keeper Butcher gathered it amongst a crowd of legs. Second chance saw the ball hit squarely against the bar from a corner after the ball was headed back by James for Perry to head against the bar.

Grays had to absorb even more pressure as Mansfield push forward with more urgency looking to get back in front. Mansfield in their quest again hit the bar and in the last few minutes of the game saw keeper Lee Butcher pull off two brilliant saves the best after Williams run down the left, he crossed and Spieght watch his goal bound header saved by Butchers outstretched right hand.

Report by Bill Robinson
Thanks to Your Thurrock for the match report