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14.02.2004 @ 15:00 The Recreation Ground Crowd: 319
Grays Athletic 2 - 0 Redbridge
Referee: G Evetts Isthmian League - Premier Division-Match

Goalscorers
Lloyd Opara (18)
Leroy Griffiths (67)
None
Starting Line-ups
Mel Capleton
Steve Robinson
Daniel Lunan
Eddie Youds
Joe Bruce
Dean Bradshaw
Martin Carthy
Danny Hayzelden
Stuart Thurgood
Ellis Remy
Lloyd Opara
Jamie Lunan
Allan McLeod
Ben Lewis
Dean Chandler
Chris Perkins
Sammy Cooper
Alex Fiddes
Craig Edwards
Robbie Reinelt
Glenn Poole
Chima Eberendu
Substitutes
Scott Barrett
Chris Wild
Ade Olayinka
Ram Marwa
Leroy Griffiths
John O'Sullivan
Dean Fenton
Patrick Omgba
Richard Halle
Paul Wood
Substitutions
Leroy Griffiths -> Dean Bradshaw (51)
Ram Marwa -> Ellis Remy (65)
Patrick Omgba -> Sammy Cooper (51)
Yellow cards
Daniel Lunan (31)
Lloyd Opara (43)
None
Red cards
None None
Match report |

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