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20.01.2004 @ 19:45 The Recreation Ground Crowd: 219
Grays Athletic 1 - 0 Hendon
Referee: S Brook Isthmian League - Premier Division-Match

Goalscorers
Freddy Eastwood (pen) (58)
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
Dave King
Iain Duncan
Antony Howard
Marien Ifura
Mark Cooper
Dwayne Plummer
Ricci Crace
Steve Forbes
Eugene Ofori
Jon-Barrie Bates
Scott Cousins
Substitutes
Scott Barrett
Ade Olayinka
Dean Bradshaw
Ellis Remy
Mark Stimson
Andy Cook
Pat Gavin
Fabian Forde
Dean Lindsay
Martin Randall
Substitutions
None Pat Gavin -> Steve Forbes (82)
Andy Cook -> Dwayne Plummer (85)
Martin Randall -> Eugene Ofori (86)
Yellow cards
None None
Red cards
None Ricci Crace (72)
Match report |

Double delight for Mark’s Blues


Blues had two reasons to celebrate on Tuesday.

Firstly, Mark Stimson’s men maintained their recent winning form with a 1-0 win over a talented Hendon side.

And Grays moved up into fourth place in the Premier, a psychologically important step for the young side.

Once again Freddy Eastwood was the hero, and again from the penalty spot.

Grays began their domination of the game early, but were frustrated by a solid visitors defence.

Blues attacked in waves but Martin Carthy, Wes Daly and Eastwood himself had half chances which were thwarted.

Grays kept up the pressure in the second half and nearly got an against the run of play breakthrough goal, but Steve Forbes’ attempt was ruled offside.

Just before the hour Leroy Griffiths conjured up a testing cross, which was handled by a Hendon defender allowing Eastwood another penalty chance which he scored with ease.

The latter stages of the match were bad-tempered after Blues keeper Mel Capleton was felled and a Hendon player sent off.

Thanks to the Thurrock Gazette for the match report