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25.10.2003 @ 15:00 The Recreation Ground Crowd: 665
Grays Athletic 3 - 3 Margate
Referee: J Singh FA Cup / 4th Qualifying Round-Match

Goalscorers
Leroy Griffiths (6)
Leroy Griffiths (21)
Freddy Eastwood (75)
Adrian Clarke (45)
Jean Michel Sigere (85)
Jay Saunders (90)
Starting Line-ups
Mel Capleton
Eddie Youds
Steve Robinson
Daniel Lunan
Martin Carthy
Lee Williams
Ram Marwa
Stuart Thurgood
Tony Lock
Freddy Eastwood
Leroy Griffiths
Phil Smith
Greg Oates
Darren Annon
Sam Sodje
Chris Zoricich
Graham Porter
Adrian Clarke
Che Stadhart
Jake Leberl
Jean Michel Sigere
Jay Saunders
Substitutes
Scott Barrett
Jonathan Heathcote
Joe Bruce
Dean Bradshaw
Mark Stimson
Ian Pullman
Darren Watson
Bill Edwards
Terry McFlynn
Charlie Mitten
Substitutions
Jonathan Heathcote -> Daniel Lunan
Terry McFlynn -> Darren Annon (?)
Darren Watson -> Chris Zoricich (?)
Ian Pullman -> Che Stadhart
Yellow cards
Freddy Eastwood (55)
Martin Carthy (80)
Che Stadhart (65)
Graham Porter (75)
Red cards
None None
Match report |

Victory’s given away


Grays dominated their Conference League rivals Margate at The Rec – but pressed the self-destruct button in the dying minutes of the FA Cup 4th round qualifier.

Blues were 3-1 up in the 88th minute. But two late goals from the visitors – one in the eighth minute of injury time – scuppered the would-be-giant-killers hopes.

Grays got off to a great start when Freddy Eastwood’s sixth minute shot rebounded off keeper Phil Smith, and was slammed home by Leroy Griffiths.

Griffiths got Grays’ second in the 23rd, shrugging off a visiting defender and sliding the ball into the net.

Margate managed to get one on the scoreboard in the first half. A mysterious pushing incident in the area resulted in a twice taken penalty for top Margate marksman Adrian Clarke. He beat Mel Capleton who had virtually nothing to do for the first 43 minutes.

Margate’s resolve stiffened a little for the second half. Jean Michel Sigere and attacking defender Greg Oates occasionally prodded Blues defence.

But it was still Eastwood and Griffiths who were causing the problems for the visitors. Eastwood scored the goal of the match with a diagonal stunner in the 81st.

Then it all began to go wrong for Grays. With the whistle only minutes away Grays were pushed back, and in the 88th minutes Darren Watson headed home from a Clarke corner.

But the body blow came in the eighth minute of extra time when Jay Saunders bundled the ball into the Blues net – leaving home supporters furious at the length of injury time played.

When, seconds later the final whistle went, a dozen Grays fans ran onto the pitch before being ordered off by stewards.

Thanks to the Thurrock Gazette for the match report