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FA Cup live: Grays Athletic vs Tilbury FC
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- Grays Athletic vs Tilbury FC
- FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
- Live text updates from Mill Field
- Kick off 13:30
- Grays 3-0 Tilbury
Blues are in the hat for the next round after this win with the ties to be played in a fortnight. Thanks for following today's coverage with the Thurrock Gazette and we will be back with you soon.
Grays Athletic 3-0 Tilbury.
Zanelli turns and shoots of the volley but his shot is well held by Johnson.
Tilbury win a late corner but nothing comes from it. This match could have finished ten minutes ago the amount that has happened.
Ashton breaks down the wing but the shot from Blackman lacks power and is easily cleared.
Calls of 'boring' from the home fans as their lack of progression up the pitch leads to protestations.
The Tilbury fans have been excellent today despite a fading performance in the second half.
Beaney and Carlos have been impressive today.
Mead shoots from a full 30 yards and the ball sails over.
Grays look happy to play this match out now. Knocking it across the back four.
Grays sub: Ramos-Gonzalez is replaced by Phil Anderson.
Seemed to be a collision of heads but deemed unfair by the referee.
Danny Francis is booked for Tilbury and Jack West is for Grays. It follows a collision in the Tilbury half which sees Pooley laid flat out.
Sam West latches onto Ashton's freekick but the shot is weak and easily held by the goalkeeper. Moments later Blackman shoots wide.
Ashton hits a low cross in and somehow the 'keeper scrambles it away under pressure from Francis.
Tilbury sub: Weemes off replaced by James Zanelli. He is already getting stick from home fans for wearing gloves.
3-0 may be slightly harsh on Tilbury but I will say Grays hAve taken advantage of their spells of pressure.
Tilbury break with Cutler's cross met by a header From Cook. It is straight at the 'keeper though.
However Grays are straight back on the attack. Carlos lashed cross lands at the feet of West and he denied a hat trick by a low save from Ramos.
The Tilbury fans have set a flare off behind Johnson's goal so kick off is delayed.
Grays sub: Jared Small off Lee Flynn on
Pooley was booked for his protestations about an offside.
Small runs down the wing and sees his scuffed cross find Beaney. His shot is heading wide but West slides in to put the ball into an empty net! Big appeals for offside but nothing doing. 3-0!
Goal for Grays and Jack West!!
Joe Christou wins a freekick when Small breaks through on goal. Lucky.
Tilbury sub: Rimmel Daniel off Harry Cook on.
Great chance for Francis to half the deficit after he breaks through on goal but his low shot is tipped wide by Johnson. Crucial save! Would have fancied Francis to score on his current form.
Edgy start to the first half from Grays after a strong finish in the first period. Tilbury looking for joy out of Ahton down the left flank but he is getting no joy out of Pope.
East Thurrock manager John Coventry is watching today, although they don't play Grays again in the league until the new year.
The second half has just got underway with Tilbury restarting
Grays 2-0 Tilbury
The substitute latches onto the through ball from Carlos and slots across Ramos. Very tight offside decision but the linesman kept his flag down.
Jack West doubles Grays lead!!!
Carlos rattles the bar! The forward rounds Mead before striking high at the near post. The ball bounces off the underside of the frame and is cleared. Big let off.
368 people are here today. Great stuff.
Weemes has looked more and more isolated as the half has gone on. Paul Vaughan might want to look at that.
Terrific flick from Beaney sees Small clear to run at the back four. From 20 yards he hits a left footed shot which is palmed away by Ramos. Tilbury need half time.
Almost an instant impact from West. He heads over under pressure from eight yards. Good chance. Grays really controlling the game at the moment.
Grays sub: Jack West comes on for Hammond. Not sure what the injury is. Seemed to come from nothing.
The goal came after Beaney was given a slight push in the box. Soft penalty.
Joao Carlos steps up and scores!
Penalty to Grays!
Really neat footwork by Carlos sees him fly by two defenders but the ball is cleared.
Now Sam Cutler is down. Very disjointed half.
Holding his throat, Pooley comes back on. Change put on hold.
Tilbury are going to be forced into a change here. Looks like Jake Pooley will be unable to continue. Looked like an innocuous challenge.
Tangle between Maxwell and Blackman sees the Dockers man given a talking too by the referee. Seems he had a bit too much to say.
The game has grown scrappy. Need someone to put their foot on the ball. Neither team has a yard of space to work in at the moment.
Ashton with a freekick for Tilbury. Ball is headed clear by Small. From the throw a kinking run from Ashton finishes with him shooting wide from the edge of the area. Decent effort.
Joao Carlos nips in front of Mead to head at goal but its an easy pick-up for Ramos.
There are the last two Thurrock sides left in the FA Cup after Thurrock lost yesterday. East Thurrock and Aveley went out in the previous round.
Grays cranking up the pressure with a spell of pressure in the Tlbury half. Defence staying strong though.
Almost a calamity for Grays as Baker lets the ball run through to Johnson in goal, without spotting the run of Weemes. He nicks the ball away from the 'keeper but can't convert under pressure. Tilbury growing into the match.
Dockers win their first corner of the match but the ball by Ashton is straight into the arms of 'Keeper Johnson.
Hammond with a terrific turn after controlling with his chest. His run is halted by Mead and from the resulting corner Pope heads wide at the near post.
Grays the better side in possession in the early stages.
A terrific turnout here today as well today. Great to see the people of Thurrock supporting their non league sides.
Joao Carlos is already pulling Mead from left to right. Should be a good battle that one.
Beaney free kick is poor and is cleared away.
Early foul on Lalite sees a freekick awarded thirty yards from Tilbury goal.
Here we go. Grays kick off. Tilbury fans in great voice.
Grays in blue shirts and white shorts. Tilbury playing in all red this afternoon.
Tilbury XI: Chico Ramos, Conor Mead, Rimmel Daniel, Jake Pooley, Sam West (C), Joe Christou, Danny Francis, Ryan Blackman, Lee Weemes, Sam Cutler, Nathan Ashton
Subs: Cook, Crooks, Zanelli, Johnson, Aldwinckle, Coker
Grays Athletic XI: Lamar Johnson, Craig Pope (C), Aaron Ramos- Gonzalez, Junior Baker, Joe Nightingill, Ryan Maxwell, Leon Lalite, Kenny Beaney, Jared Small, Jeff Hammomd, Joao Carlos
Subs: West, Greene, Anderson, Cruickshank, Duru, Flynn, East
Teams to follow
Good afternoon and welcome to the Thurrock Gazette's live text coverage of this FA Cup 2nd qualifying round tie.
Today we have Ryman Premier side Grays play Ryman North Division rivals Tilbury in what should be a hotly contested tie. Tilbury come into the match on a terrific run of form losing only one match in nine, although their away form is patchy. Grays have come through a tricky patch to win their last three in all competitions.
Grays beat Romford 2-1 to make the second qualifying round whilst Tilbury defeated Waltham Abbey by the same scoreline.
The winner of this match will pocket a very tide £4,500.
Grays won both of the team's meetings in their successful league campaign last year.
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