LiveGrays Athletic vs Margate

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Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

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Summary

  • Grays Athletic [KO 7.45pm] Margate
  • LIVE from Millfield
  • Blues look to bounce back from their opening day defeat to Billericay in their first home game of the new campaign

9:42pm

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9:42pm

Jody Brown has the players sat in a circle on the pitch now.

Nikki Bull was outstanding for Margate and Freddy Lapado looked a threat for Grays, but Bull wasn't ever tested properly.

Two games, two defeats for Grays now.

9:41pm

So, another disappointing evening for Blues. They're undone by one Charlie Allen wonder goal and a free kick by Sam Rents - one goal in either half.

9:40pm

Grays Athletic 0 - 2 Margate

9:38pm

Aaron Best-Riley plays in a free kick and again Bull punches clear. An immense and commanding performance by the Margate stopper

9:36pm

Three minutes added on.

9:36pm

Joao Carlos plays it in, it drops to Griffiths, but he can't direct it goalwards.

9:35pm

Lots of possession for Blues now as we enter the last two minutes. Still nothing to test Bull though. A corner now...

9:31pm

Some of Margate's attacking play has been great. Moss and Allen link up during a swift counter attack, but neither can get a shot away.

9:30pm

Grays Athletic: Akasi Marfo enters the fray in place of Jordan Wilson

9:29pm

Allen tees up a volley for himself from 25 yards out, but it goes high over the bar.

9:27pm

It's another great ball, but Best-Riley heads clear.

9:27pm

Sam Rents gets another chance to cross from the right now, as Griffiths fouls Allen....

9:25pm

Super ball in by Rents, headed wide by Moss.

9:24pm

Corner for Margate...

9:23pm

Grays Athletic: Jonathan Glowacki on for Chris Bryan

9:21pm

Margate: Luke Moore is replaced by Luke Williams.

9:21pm

Best-Riley then makes an excellent tackle in the box as Gate counter attack.

9:20pm

Blues have 15 minutes to salvage something. Carlos plays in a free kick from the right, but again Bull clears.

9:19pm

Grays Athletic: Joey Benjamin is replaced by Leroy Griffiths

9:19pm

Bull - who has been excellent tonight - punches clear.

9:18pm

Played in low by Bryan and scooped over the bar...another corner...

9:18pm

Corner for Blues, more good play by Lapado...

9:17pm

Benjamin crosses from the right but Carlos can't connect.

9:16pm

Rents is over another free kick now. This one is much further out though and Leader can head clear.

9:15pm

Leroy Griffiths is being readied for Blues. He isn't coming on just yet though.

9:15pm

Blues with it all to do now.

9:14pm

Sam Rents scores. His low free kick goes straight in.

9:13pm

GOAL! Grays Athletic 0 - 2 MARGATE - Sam Rents, 68'

9:12pm

Now Margate have a chance. Free kick on the corner of the box, Rents over it...

9:11pm

Carlos plays in Benjamin. He gathers - with his hand by the looks of things - but sees his effort trickle wide.

9:09pm

Then Benjamin's cross from the left is hopelessly overhit.

9:08pm

Lapado chases a ball that looked destined for Bull, he gets there first but no one is in the Margate box for Blues.

He wins a corner but it's cleared.

9:06pm

Great stuff by Carlos on the right. He cuts inside plays the ball into Wilson who threads it through to Lapado in the box, but the forward's shot is blocked.

9:03pm

Margate: Zac Attwood on for Jason Prior

9:01pm

More nice football from Grays. Everett's low cross is again gathered well by Bull.

9:00pm

Terrific ball into the box by Bryan! But no one makes contact!

8:54pm

More good stuff from Lapado. His cross isn't great, but Taylor can only put the ball behind. The corner is really well caught by Bull

8:51pm

Lovely stuff from Lapado down the right. His cross finds Carlos on the edge of the box, but the winger drags his shot wide.

8:50pm

The second half is underway

8:48pm

The teams are out for the second half.

8:37pm

Blues have had fractionally more of the ball but done little with it. Margate have looked sharper in the final third and lead courtesy of a Charlie Allen wonder strike.

8:34pm

Grays Athletic 0 - 1 Margate

8:34pm

Another nice piece of play by Margate leads to Charlie Allen getting a shot away, but it's wide.

8:33pm

One minute added on here.

8:32pm

Really nice skill and strength by Benjamin in the byline, rolling away from two and firing a low cross into the box. Bull gathers it well.

8:27pm

Corner for Grays now. But it doesn't clear the near post.

8:26pm

Gough gets down at his near post to save a low shot from Rents. Nice pass to him by Moore. Gough then clears the corner.

8:23pm

Carlos becoming more involved. He has the better of new full back Phipps with his pace. He helps work a shooting chance for Benjamin, but it's a poor shot.

8:22pm

Another free kick is awarded to Blues, offering another chance to get the ball into the box.

Leader nods it down, Carlos tees up Bryan to cross and Bull punches clear.

Grays on top at the moment.

8:20pm

Benjamin with a free kick from the right. It's cleared to the left and Carlos' cross from there is poor.

8:18pm

Sails through a crowd of players.

8:18pm

Corner for Margate...

8:16pm

Charlie Allen gallops forward for Gate and under little pressure attempts a toe poke from 20 yards. It's just wide.

8:14pm

Lovely knock down by Lapado, Beaney runs on to it but scuffs the half volley well wide.

8:13pm

Margate change: Riviere is being forced off through injury. Tom Phipp coming on.

8:10pm

It's cleared at the near post before Grays snuff out the Margate counter attack.

8:09pm

Referee awards Grays a corner. Chance now. 

Bryan with it...

8:08pm

Some good sustained pressure by Grays - and a decent response to going behind. Benjamin gets two crosses in, the second beats the first man but between them, neither Lapado nor Carlos can get an effort on target.

8:07pm

Wilson plays a free kick into the Margate box. Easily taken by Bull, though.

8:06pm

Well worked Margate corner sees Kane Wills lay the ball short to Prior. His cross beats everyone though.

8:04pm

Sumptuous from Allen. A looping effort from 30 yards beats Gough - who was slightly off his line - and lands in the top corner.

Great goal. Wonderful strike.

8:03pm

GOOAAALL!! Grays Athletic 0 - 1 MARGATE - Charlie Allen, 15'

8:01pm

Margate, in contrast are looking composed but lacking a cutting edge in the final thirs as yet.

7:59pm

Blues lacking composure at the moment. There a little rushed in possession but playing ok. They've certainly had the best chance so far.

7:58pm

Andy Swallow is in the technical area for Grays. Jody Brown is in the stand, behind me.

7:57pm

Then Joao Carlos gets a cross in, Lapado can't get anything on the ball, but it falls to Benjamin, who's offside.

7:57pm

Everett plays a long ball into the Margate box, it evades the centre back Brett Johnson and falls to Bryan, but Johnson recovers well. 

7:56pm

Blues clear and Moss skies the ball over the bar after collecting the ball.

7:55pm

Lovely flowing attack by Margate and the ball lands with Allen on the edge of the Blues box, his shot is blocked.

7:52pm

Nikki Bull in the Margate goal tested for the first time. Bryan jinks inside of Allen and tees up Benjamin, but his low shot is saved. Good chance!

7:50pm

Another probing ball into the box, this time by Riviere, but again Gough gathers well.

7:49pm

Early ball into the Athletic box is comfortably gathered by Gough.

7:48pm

Thurrock Gazette:

7:48pm

We're underway!

7:45pm

The teams are coming out for the match now.

7:42pm

Margate are looking for their second win.  They beat Hampton and Richmond Borough on Saturday.

Lewis Taylor scored 13 minutes from time for Gate.

7:36pm

And today will see the debut of Blues new kit! Of which a teasing sneak peak was posted on the Grays Athletic website earlier today.

7:36pm

Blues boss Brown was optimistic in defeat on Saturday. He watched his side lose 2-0 to Billericay Town. A home win today against Margate, one of the favourites for the league, would be a great way to bounce back and kickstart the season.

7:34pm

A new signing in the Blues squad: centre half and former Stoke City trainee Manny Parry.

7:32pm

Here are tonight's teams:

Grays Athletic -

Gough; Everett, Best-Riley, Parry, Leader; Wilson, Bryan, Beaney; Carlos, Benjamin, Carlos.

Subs: Griffiths, Yala, Marfo, Glowacki, Williams.

Margate -

Bull; Riviere, Rents, Allen, Stuart; Johnson, Taylor, Wills, Moore; Moss, Prior.

Subs: Williams, Phipp, Attwood, Bennett, Beadle

7:27pm

Good evening!

And welcome to tonight's live coverage as Grays Athletic host Margate at Millfield.

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