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GAFC 1 – 1 Ashford Town (Middx)

5 years ago By Chris Jones

A replay will be required to determine the winners of the tie, after Southern League side Ashford Town (Middx) held Blues to a 1-1 draw at Rush Green.

West Ham United under 21 goalkeeper Jake Larkins made his debut, replacing George Kamurasi who watched from the stands, and Danny Bunce came in for Lee Flynn, with the latter dropping to the bench. Joe Sweeney and Jack West were partnered together up-front, with James Bunn the one to miss out on a starting place.

Bunce scored the opening goal with an excellent free-kick from 25 yards, after Carlos had been brought down. It was his 14th goal for the club, which puts him level with Joao Carlos and Sweeney.

Blues held the lead until the 71st minute when Mark Bitmead hooked in a loose ball after Russell Canderton’s long throw wasn’t dealt with.

The replay will take place at the Robert Parker Stadium, Stanwell, Middlesex on Tuesday evening with a 7.45 kick off. Details of how to get to the ground can be found here.

Grays Athletic: - Jake Larkins, Craig Pope, Ryan Kirby, Junior Baker, Danny Bunce, Jake Hall (Tyrone Scarlett 86), Leon Lalite, Kenny Beaney, Joao Carlos, Joe Sweeney (Luke Marshall 65), Jack West (James Bunn 90)

Subs not used: - David East, Lee Flynn

Where next?

On this day.....30 September On this day in 2000, Ricky Hazle scored for Blues in a 1-1 draw at Chelmsford City in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round. Blues won the replay 2-1.
GAFC - Ashford Town (Middx): Match Preview Blues return to FA Trophy action on Saturday, as they welcome Ashford Town (Middx) to Rush Green in the First Qualifying Round.


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