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GRAYS ATHLETIC 1st TEAM - Match centre

Grays Athletic
Mildenhall Town
M Mignot (28')
Full time
Unknown (82')
Sat 22 Sep 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 215

Grays Athletic V Mildenhall Town

Blues regret missed opportunities writes The Chairman, Steve Skinner

Grays Athletic were left disappointed at the conclusion of their home game against Mildenhall Town on Saturday. A series of missed chances from the Grays’ front men saw Hall stay in the game and snatch a point with a late goal. The opening exchanges of the match were scrappy with a number of free kicks being awarded by the referee, although neither defence were seriously troubled with the deliveries into their penalty areas. Grays began to gain some composure and possession with some intricate midfield play and manufactured a couple of one on one opportunities for Shomari Barnwell and Michael Mignot, both of which were saved well by Blake Horton in the Mildenhall goal. Barnwell was also unlucky with a close range effort that hit the crossbar. The Blues did take a deserved lead in 28th minute when Callum Thompson’s clever pass into the opposition penalty area found Michael Mignot whose chest and turn allowed him to smash a superb half volley past Horton. Mignot had an opportunity to double his and The Blues’ tally with a further chance before half time, however Horton managed to get the better of him again. At half-time, the injured Thompson was replaced by debutant Michael Toner as Grays had to undertake a defensive reshuffle. The intensity seemed to ebb out of the game in the early exchanges of the second half, although Ade Cole and Mignot both went close with half chances. Mildenhall defended manfully, and managed to put in a number of defensive blocks to protect their goal, although they were lucky that the hard-working Mitch Hahn was unable to convert the best chance of the half following good work on the overlap from Geof Okonkwo. At the opposite end, Hall missed a gilt-edged chance when a point blank header was sent wide with the Blues’ defence static and waiting for an offside flag. With Grays failing to build on their lead - and their record of surrendering leading positions - there was a feeling that Mildenhall could snatch something from the game and that is exactly what happened when they scored their equaliser following a free kick from their left in the 82nd minute. The ball into the box found a Hall head and despite a parry from Lloyd Anderson, the ball was swept home by Panayiotis Boxer. Despite both sides pushing forward for a winner, no further clear cut chances were created and therefore it finished a point apiece. Blues now move on to a very challenging evening home league tie on Wednesday 26th September 2018 against unbeaten (in the league at least) Bowers & Pitsea for what should be a cracking game.

Anderson, Mahal, Thompson (Toner 45), Hahn, Okonkwo,Muguo, Finneran, Mignot, Cole , Barnwell (Oli 73), Gordon (Adeniji 82),
Subs not used;Bogard,Cogan

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Key moments

28:00
Goal Michael Mignot scores for Grays Athletic
82:00
Goal Goal for Mildenhall Town

Highlights

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82:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Mildenhall Town
45:00 Kickoff
Mildenhall Town kick off
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Mahal is yellow carded for Grays Athletic
28:00 Goal 1 - 0
Michael Mignot scores for Grays Athletic
0:00 Kickoff
Grays Athletic kick off
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Grays Athletic
  • Mildenhall Town
  • 0
  • Michael Mignot Goal 28:00'
  • Ryan Mahal Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Goal 82:00'

Team selection

Anderson, Lloyd Anderson, Lloyd
Mahal, Ryan Mahal, Ryan
Okonkwo, Geofrey Okonkwo, Geofrey
Hahn, Mitchel Hahn, Mitchel
 Finneran, Michael Finneran, Michael
Thompson, Callum Thompson, Callum
Muguo, Stanley Muguo, Stanley
Cole, Adeyinka Cole, Adeyinka
Mignot, Michael Mignot, Michael
Barnwell, Shomari Barnwell, Shomari
Gordon, Aron Gordon, Aron

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Bowers & Pitsea 12 28
2. Coggeshall Town 12 25
3. Basildon United 12 24
4. Maldon & Tiptree 12 23
5. Aveley 10 22
6. Heybridge Swifts 12 22
7. Grays Athletic 12 21

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