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Grays Athletic
Billericay Town
B Tomlinson (45'), J Stevens (68' Pen)
Full time
Sat 22 Aug 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 263

Impressive Blues brush aside Billericay

Mark Bentley's Blues march on as they brush aside a toothless Billericay Town. Report from Yourthurrock

Ryman Premier

Grays Athletic 2 v 0 Billericay Town

GRAYS were very impressive as they brushed aside local rivals Billericay Town 2-0 at Mill Field. Grays were scrappy early on, with a few unforced errors and misplaced passes. The bobbly pitch did not help.
Both sides also looked like they had the sweltering heat to contend with as well.Luke Ifill is a dangerous right back and his rampaging runs caused concern early on.

HOME TO BILLERICAY 22/8/15 WON 2-0  JAMES STEVENS PENALTY SENDS US TOP.
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Grays were still losing the ball and when they did that in attack, they soon turned to 4-2-4 and looked a little bit vulnerable. But Tow could not produce any attack of note.
The first real chance came in the 28th minute when good work down the right by Loui Hazelwood saw a cross flat the feet of Teddy Nesbitt. He snapped at his chance and by the time he tried again he was bundled over by Grays' keeper.

Much of Billericay's best work was by Halewood but his crosses weren't being met by his team mates.
Grays' broke the deadlock in injury time when a neat back heel went into the path of Brad Tomlinson who keep this cool to slot the ball home.

Grays came out for the second half with a stiff breeze in their faces.whilst Billericay probably had boss Craig Edward's words ringing in they ears. Grays consolidated in the second half, closing Town down and working hard.
There was a lot of solid defending going on from Grays that does not make headlines but is vital. Sean Cronin and Jay Leader time and time again kept Town at bay.

But the unforced errors were sneaking in again and as the second goal did not look like coming, it was a concern for the Grays boss Mark Bentley.

Until the 65th minute, when Joao Carlos was upended by clumsy Town keeper Jake Giddens.

James Stevens blasted the ball home.

Town heads dropped in the heat. When Lewis Manor hit the bar in the 75th minute, they let it summed up their day.

Meanwhile, Grays were playing possession football and looked very comfortable. They played out the rest of the half and took the three points to move into second place.
As you can see from manager, Mark Bentley's interview. This is a Grays Athletic now on a different level to what the players have seen over the last five or six seasons. This is a professional minded team playing in a professional manner. These are really interesting times for Grays Athletic.

Grays Athletic

Johnson L, Ifill L, Siva J, Cronin S, Leader J, Stevens J, (Bentley M 80)Fortnam-Tomlinson B, Beaney K, Dumaka D, Ferguson N, Carlos J ( Michael-Percil R 75)

Subs not used: Reynolds L,, Cummings T, Agombar H,

Billericay Town

Giddens J, Williams O, Stephenson A (Stamp S 79), Curley F, Ellul J, Beavan G, Hazelwood L, Hubble C, Derry T, Sodje O (Manor L 67), Nesbitt T ( Baker H 79)

Subs not used: Dunne C, Kharshiladze M,

Att:263

Match Highlights and interview with Manager Mark Bentley can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy_Wuz61VF0

Luke Ifil

Player of the Match

Luke Ifil

Key moments

45:00
Goal Bradley Tomlinson scores for Grays Athletic
68:00
Scored Penalty James Stevens scores a penalty for Grays Athletic
Replay game

As it happened

  • Grays Athletic
  • Billericay Town
  • 0
  • Bradley Tomlinson Goal 45:00'
  • James Stevens Scored Penalty 68:00'

Team selection

Johnson, Lamar Johnson, Lamar
Ifil, Luke Ifil, Luke
Siva, Jey Siva, Jey
Beaney, Kenny Beaney, Kenny
Leader, Jay Leader, Jay
Cronin, Sean Cronin, Sean
Ferguson, Nathan Ferguson, Nathan
Stevens, James Stevens, James
GB-Dumaka, Dumebi GB-Dumaka, Dumebi
Tomlinson, Bradley Tomlinson, Bradley
Carlos, Joao Carlos, Joao

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# Team Pl Pts
13. Wingate & Finchley 46 60
14. Canvey Island 46 60
15. Grays Athletic 46 57
16. Staines Town 46 55
17. Harrow Borough 46 54
18. Farnborough 46 53
19. Hendon 46 52

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