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Grays left frustrated as match ends all square
11:07am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
Grays Athletic 2, Billericay 2
NON-LEAGUE: GRAYS Athletic were left frustrated after they failed to make the most of a dominant display and excellent second half performance in an entertaining Essex derby, writes Luke Lambert.
Blues remain very much in touch at the top of the Ryman Premier League, just three points off league leaders Kingstonian with a game in hand, but fans, players and officials left Millfield on Sunday feeling very much as though this was two points dropped rather than one gained.
Ricay took the lead after 20 minutes through Ricky Sappleton, whose well hit strike from the edge of the area flew past Lamar Johnson in the Grays Athletic goal.
In the second half, Ryan Kirby changed his strike force, replacing Jeff Hammond with Jack West and the zing he brought to proceedings made an obvious difference.
Within ten minutes, Blues were level. Chuck Duru gathered a cross on his chest and leathered the ball home from close range. And just four minutes later, Joao Carlos had Grays in front with his fourth goal of the season. The flying winger avoided two challenges before slotting the ball home at the near post.
Blues went on to miss a handful of great chances. Carlos was guilty of slicing the ball over the bar from eight yards and Kenny Beaney missed a similar chance moments later.
In the 76th minute, the visitors made Grays pay. James Robinson got his first goal for Billericay, heading home following some good work by Sappleton.
Grays Athletic: Johnson; Pope, Flynn, Anderson, Baker; Lalite, Duru, Beaney, Cruickshank, Carlos; West.
For more football see Friday's THURROCK GAZETTE .