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24.04.2008 @ 19:45 The Recreation Ground Crowd: 542
Grays Athletic 3 - 0 Rushden & Diamonds
Referee: A Hendley Conference National-Match

Jamie Taylor (16)
Danny Kedwell (36)
Scott Taylor (68)
Starting Line-ups
Danny Knowles
Andy Sambrook
Adam Gross
Jamie Stuart
Simon Downer
Marlon Patterson
Stuart Thurgood
Neil McCafferty
Aaron O'Connor
Jamie Taylor
Danny Kedwell
Martyn Margarson
Curtis Osano
Philip Gulliver
Chris Hope
Dean Howell
Jon Challinor
Tom Shaw
Andy Gooding
Abdou El-Kholti
Sam Smith
Conal Platt
Jake Whincup
Cameron Mawer
Barry Cogan
Jeff Goulding
Scott Taylor
Alex Bolt
Curtis Woodhouse
Lawerence Lambley
Jake Beecroft
Ben Nunn
Barry Cogan -> Aaron O'Connor (52)
Scott Taylor -> Stuart Thurgood (61)
Jeff Goulding -> Andy Sambrook (73)
Lawerence Lambley -> Jon Challinor (46)
Jake Beecroft -> Andy Gooding (71)
Ben Nunn -> Chris Hope (77)
Yellow cards
None None
Red cards
None None
Match report |

Grays end on a high at home

Grays had the better of the opening exchanges, though their nerves were tested in the second minute when Diamonds striker Sam Smith flashed a header across the face of goal that just missed the target.

Having weathered the early Grays possession the visitors began to gain in confidence and looked an improving side but the wind was taken out of their sails on 16 minutes when Jamie Taylor pounced on a mistake by Chris Hope just outside the area and confidently raced towards goal and swept the ball home nonchalantly.

Grays' problem in recent games has been maintaining their lead but the woeful Rushden defending gave them the opportunity to stretch their advantage in the 35th minute when nervous keeper Martyn Margarson and defender Jon Challinor contrived to let in Danny Kedwell and he confidently stroked the ball home for this 14th goal of the season.

Challinor didn't emerge for the second half as an injury took its toll and he was replaced by Lawrence Lambley.

Neither side could seize the early advantage in a rather nondescript start to the second half, with Grays making a change on 52 minutes when Aaron O'Connor was replaced by Barry Cogan.

They then brought on Scott Taylor for Stuart Thurgood just after the hour
mark and the substitute grabbed Grays' third.

However, that wasn't before Danny Knowles showed his ability with a remarkable triple save before turning the spotlight over to Taylor.

He proved what a class act he is when Neil McCafftery chipped a lovely ball over the Rushden defence and the youngster controlled the ball with his chest and neatly fired it past the keeper to put the game beyond doubt.

Thanks to the Thurrock Gazette for the match report