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