Freddy attracts scouting movement
Scouts are becoming a worrying feature of Grays games.
There were at least two at Grays’ 2-0 home victory over Ford at the Rec on Saturday.
And at last Tuesday’s Blues clash with runaway leaders Canvey Island, Crystal Palace manager Ian Dowie was rumoured to be in the crowd.
The player they all want to see is the 19-year-old phenomenon Freddy Eastwood – the second best sharp-shooter in the Premier.
But Eastwood was being rested on Saturday. However, Grays didn’t need his talents to beat Ford in a one-sided affair which overturned Blues shock loss to the Motormen earlier in the season.
Lloyd Opara got Blues’ first in the 17th with a glancing header from the left.
He directed the ball past Jamie Lunan in the Ford goal.
Perhaps Lunan was too busy ‘sibling watching’ – his brother is Blues defender Daniel.
Ford had few shots, although Glenn Poole and soon-to-be Shrimpers pro Craig Edwards had half chances.
But in the end it fell to 70th minute sub Leroy Griffiths – on for Dean Bradshaw – to score a trademark battler’s goal for Grays.
Gritty Griffiths’ never-say-die attitude makes him a handful for any defence. And when a high bouncing ball caused uncertainty in the Ford six-yard box, the instinctive striker headed the ball from Lunan’s clutches and it bobbled in.
Ford responded by sending on Patrick Omgba and John O’Sullivan, but few of the Ford attacks made progress beyond stalwarts Joe Bruce and Eddie Youds – who had a blinding game after his own goal against Canvey.
Thanks to the Thurrock Gazette for the match report