Grays Athletic XI 1-2 Hullbridge Sports
Essex Senior League side Hullbridge Sports prove to be a good test for the Blues' trialists
A Blues side comprising youth team players, members of last years u21 squad and ten trialists hosted Hullbridge Sports at The Academy under the watchful gaze of first team manager Mark Bentley. There were several changes to the trial squad that played on Tuesday night as we looked to finalise the squads to face Hayes & Yeading and AFC Sudbury on Saturday.
Both Hullbridge goals came as a result of goalkeeping errors though it could be argued the pitch more than played it's part for the opener. Blues' equalising goal came from the spot, Roman Percil tucking it away nicely after the referee adjudged a clumsy challenge on the edge of the box to be inside the area. First team 'keeper Lamar Johnson, on for the second half, gifted the winner five minutes from time when he played the ball from the edge of his area directly to Matt Tapley who was able to comfortably chip the ball over the stranded stopper.
There were a number of promising performances but, equally importantly, the opposition had the experience and physicality to provide a stern examination of the credentials of the some the hopefuls aiming to force their way into Bentley's squad. 17-year-old's Jack Armistead and Ben McGill both turned in eye-catching performances and Gus Douglas, Des Heaney, Roman Percil, Syrus Gordon and Tom Cunningham all caught the attention of Bentley.
Another useful workout and a valuable exercise for the coaching staff as we expect two challenging fixtures on Saturday.