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GRAYS ATHLETIC 1st TEAM - Match centre

Grays Athletic
Coggeshall Town
Full time
M Gyasi (45')
Sat 2 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 240



Blues poor run continues writes The Mariner

A Michael Gyasi goal was all that separated the teams, but in reality Coggeshall were sharper and more determined than Blues who seem to have lost their way since the turn of the year. They only had a returning Correy Davidson piledriver which brought a brilliant save from Danny Sambridge to show for their efforts over the 90 minutes. Frustratingly they only showed glimpses of what they are capable of against Coggeshall who went about the game with quiete efficiency, albeit they were allowed too much time and space by a languid Blues.

Manager Jamie Stuart rang the changes after last Saturday's poor showing against Canvey, Michael Finneran and Tommy Wade dropping to the bench and with Michael Toner suspended Joao Carlos dropped in at left back - a move that certainly blunted Blues attacking options - Stan Muguo slotting into the back four.

Coggeshall made an impressive start, spraying the ball around the park using either flank to good advantage driven on by the impressive George Cocklin who popped up all over the park. Blues were finding it difficult to put together any cohesive passages of play. The movement and pace of Gyasi and Nnamdi Nwachuku caused real concern, turning the Blues defence with ease - Gyasi served notice of what was to follow with a clever turn inside the box, only the finish let him down when his effort drifted wide. He was to cause another stir when he was left unmarked in the box screwing a shot past the upright.

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After these early scares Blues rallied and enjoyed time on the ball. Davidson used his blistering pace to break forward sliding the ball into Kieran Bishop, who unleashed a fierce drive which Sambridge did well to beat away. Davidson was again the architect playing a curling cross which just failed to reach the head of Charlie Allen.

With so much at stake the game became increasingly frenetic, two tribes going to war, resulting in a number of stoppages affecting the flow of the game. Blues were holding their own, but it was the visitors who looked the more threatening - only a tremendous save from Bogard kept the score level but on the stroke of half time that threat produced a goal.
Another teasing ball into the box found Gyasi - a clever turn gave him the space to pick his spot past Bogard to put the visitors in front.

HT 0-1

The second period started in similar vein, Coggeshall showing slickness in possession their sorties swift and menacing, an early free kick high into the box was well claimed at full stretch by Bogard. Tevan Allen tried his luck from distance without success failing to hit the target.

The Seedmen should have put the game to bed when Nawachuku broke clear - Bogard made a hash of his attempted clearance, the striker fired goalwards only to see Carlos on the line, chest the ball down into the arms of a relieved Bogard.

A lack of urgency and physical presence in Blues play saw them resort to hopeful long high balls, which were bread and butter for the imposing Tyler Corlett and Dexter Peter easily snuffing out the danger.

Stuart made a double change - Bishop who once again had a quiet game was replaced by Mitch Hahn, Zak Henry who appeared to take a knock was replaced by Aron Gordon, he made an immediate impact drawing a smart save from Sambridge. The changes heralded a brief period of Blues pressure, Dennis Oli improvised, flicking on a Gordon cross it looked a certain goal, until Sambridge produced a stunning save turning the ball onto the bar.

Reprieved Coggeshall quickly replied Cocklin bludgeoned forward hitting a rasping effort that whistled just over, Blues replied Davidson racing to the edge of the visitors box rifling a fierce drive that Sambridge did well to turn behind. It was to be Blues last opportunity to salvage a point in a game where they again failed to play to their full potential.

Bogard, Mahal, Okonkwo,Muguo, Carlos, Allen, Henry(Gordon 68),Pinto, Davidson, Bishop (Hahn 68),Oli ),Wade 75)

Subs not used: Thompson,Finneran

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Key moments

Goal Micheal Gyasi scores for Coggeshall Town

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75:00 Sub On
Tommy Wade is substituted on for Grays Athletic
75:00 Sub Off
Dennis Oli is substituted off for Grays Athletic
71:00 Yellow Card
Stanley Muguo is yellow carded for Grays Athletic
68:00 Sub On
Aron Gordon is substituted on for Grays Athletic
68:00 Sub Off
Zak Henry is substituted off for Grays Athletic
68:00 Sub Off
Kieran Bishop is substituted off for Grays Athletic
68:00 Sub On
Mitchel Hahn is substituted on for Grays Athletic
45:00 Kickoff
Coggeshall Town kick off
End of period 1
45:00 Goal 0 - 1
Micheal Gyasi scores for Coggeshall Town
44:00 Saved Shot
Clarke Bogard has a shot saved for Grays Athletic
19:00 Yellow Card
Micheal Gyasi is yellow carded for Coggeshall Town
16:00 Yellow Card
Adalberto Pinto is yellow carded for Grays Athletic
0:01 Kickoff
Grays Athletic kick off
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Grays Athletic
  • Coggeshall Town
  • 0
  • Adalberto Pinto Yellow Card 16:00'
  • Micheal Gyasi Yellow Card 19:00'
  • Micheal Gyasi Goal 45:00'
  • Aron Gordon Sub On 68:00'
  • Zak Henry Sub Off 68:00'
  • Kieran Bishop Sub Off 68:00'
  • Mitchel Hahn Sub On 68:00'
  • Stanley Muguo Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Tommy Wade Sub On 75:00'
  • Dennis Oli Sub Off 75:00'

Team selection

Bogard, Clarke Bogard, Clarke
Mahal, Ryan Mahal, Ryan
Okonkwo, Geofrey Okonkwo, Geofrey
Muguo, Stanley Muguo, Stanley
Davidson, Correy Davidson, Correy
Carlos, Joao Carlos, Joao
Pinto, Adalberto Pinto, Adalberto
Henry, Zak Henry, Zak
Allen, Charlie Allen, Charlie
Oli, Dennis Oli, Dennis
Bishop, Kieran Bishop, Kieran
Coggeshall Town
  • 1. Danny Sambridge
  • 2. Tyler Brampton
  • 3. Curtis Hanynes-Brown
  • 4. Connor Hubble
  • 5. Dexter Peter
  • 6. Tyler Corlett
  • 7. Micheal Gyasi
  • 8. Tevan Allen
  • 9. Nnamdi Nwachuku
  • 10. Ross Wall
  • 11. George Cocklin
  • 12. Ace Howell
  • 13. Syrus Gordon
  • 14. Jamie Shaw
  • 15. Sam Bantik

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Bowers & Pitsea 38 92
2. Aveley 38 80
3. Maldon & Tiptree 38 79
4. Coggeshall Town 38 74
5. Heybridge Swifts 38 74
6. Bury Town 38 59
7. Grays Athletic 38 53

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