Grays sink Ducks
Blues boss Mark Stimson celebrated his 101st match in charge of Grays with a win over Ryman League Premier strugglers Aylesbury at The Rec on Saturday.
The 2-1 victory on an afternoon of both brilliant sunshine and driving rain should have been by a much bigger margin had Grays taken their chances.
But luck was not on their side as they hit the bar, post and struck wide against a troubled Ducks squad who attacked just twice in the first half and never in the second.
Despite this underwhelming record it was the visitors who went ahead when striker Ryan Wiffin scored against the run of play in the 53rd minute.
Blues spirit is sometimes at it’s best when coming from behind and their striking potential was boosted by the call-up for Freddie Eastwood who had watched the first half from the dug-out.
When Eastwood came on the Grays mood sharpened noticeably and just 20 minutes in Eastwood made the equaliser, pushing a well-weighted ball to Hayzelden whose footwork made for an easy slide in by the fast-improving Lloyd Opara.
Level pegging inspired Blues. Eastwood, Wes Daly and Martin Carthy all had chances but somehow failed to convert.
Finally, with less than five minutes to go, Dean Bradshaw – also on from the subs’ bench – clattered home the winner following a minor goalkeeping error.
Thanks to the Thurrock Gazette for the match report