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17.01.2004 @ 15:00 The Recreation Ground Crowd: 365
Grays Athletic 1 - 0 Kingstonian
Referee: M O'Keefe Isthmian League - Premier Division-Match

Goalscorers
Freddy Eastwood (pen) (72)
None
Starting Line-ups
Mel Capleton
Eddie Youds
Steve Robinson
Daniel Lunan
Joe Bruce
Martin Carthy
Lee Williams
Wes Daly
Danny Hayzelden
Freddy Eastwood
Leroy Griffiths
Lance Key
Stephen Broad
Scott Smith
Matt Elverson
Max Hustwick
Liam Collins
Craig Lewington
Liam Garman
Stafford Browne
Grant Payne
Bashiru Alimi
Substitutes
Scott Barrett
Ade Olayinka
Dean Bradshaw
Ellis Remy
Mark Stimson
Jermaine Hinds
Scott Steele
Chris Bangura
Anthony Savage
Martyn Williams
Substitutions
Ellis Remy -> Lee Williams (66)
Chris Bangura -> Grant Payne
Anthony Savage -> Liam Garman
Martyn Williams -> Craig Lewington
Yellow cards
Eddie Youds (76)
Mel Capleton (88)
Matt Elverson (69)
Stephen Broad (72)
Red cards
None None
Match report |
Mark Stimson’s Grays cranked out another win in front of the Rec faithful against Kingstonian on Saturday to put the fifth placed Blues in with a chance of unseating Hornchurch in fourth place.

It took a Freddy Eastwood penalty in the second half to settle Saturday’s match, but Blues had had the bulk of the early chances with good shots by their new QPR signing Wesley Daly, and the ever popular Leroy Griffiths.

Kingstonian had their moments too, with former Grays midfielder Stafford Browne only prevented by the longlegs of Steve Robinson.

Eastwood really should have put Blues ahead in the first when he did all the hard work, beating two Kingstonian players. He looked to be in – but muffed it at the last second.

Mel Capleton, back in the Blues goal for some weeks, is also back in Stimmo’s; good books. He’s a great keeper who can produce great saves and he did just that after the restart when he stopped Bashirk Alimi’s cunning effort and a long range effort from Browne.

As the rain clouds opened a Kingstonian defender handled in the area. Eastwood’s cool temperament and accuracy did not desert him.

In the last 20 minutes the game began to deteriorate.

Both Eddie Youds and Mel Capleton were yellow carded in separate incidents and at one time the bad-tempered match looked on the brink of a brawl.

Snatching fourth place in the Premier would be a great psychological boost for the Blues.

And it would give the gossip mongers at the Rec something else to talk about other than rumour – officially denied again this week – that a merger with Thurrock is being considered

Thanks to the Thurrock Gazette for the match report