|Players walk on to the pitch.|
|Grays 0 - 1 Maldon & Tiptree|
Carlos was usually prominent in any Grays moves but even he had difficulty getting anything going on a really heavy pitch where the short ball game was never going to be successful and most long balls finished up with the opposition.
Half Time Grays 0 Maldon and Tiptree 1
With the considerable slope and wind in their favour Grays looked to apply pressure on the visitors and soon after the restart Flynn shot over before Sweeney headed wide from a Carlos cross. Maldon and Tiptree were also looking for more goals and after 54 minutes Stevenson's shot from the edge of the area was only kept out by a fine save by Tucker at the expense of a corner and from this Wall had a powerful shot which was again well saved by Tucker. After Carlos shot well over the bar Beaney then shot wide after being put clear by Ryan but Grays tactic of putting long high balls into the visitors penalty area was proving meat and drink for the visitors central defenders Flanagan and Cousins who were dominant in the air and let very little past them on the ground. With visiting full backs Coyne and Collins blocking any moves down the line the crosses generally were coming in from much too wide and visiting keeper Stevens was not being put under any great deal of pressure.
|Maldon attack in the second half.|
Manager Mike Flanagan was extremely pleased with the whole teams performance and work rate and was especially gratified at Wall and Stevenson's performance up front. He is hoping that the team can take this level of performance into the next few games and finish as high in the league as possible.
Man of the Match: Ian Cousins
Final score Grays 0 Maldon and Tiptree 1
1 Tucker, 2 Pope, 21 Sweeney (Olima 63), 4 Baker, 15 Ryan, 6 Cooper, 7 Bunce, 8 Beaney, 19 Flynn 9 (Dennis 72), 10 Agombar, 11 Carlos (Small 83)
Maldon and Tiptree
Stevens, Coyne, Collins, Coleman, Flanagan, Cousins, Milner, Berquez (Ladapo 78), Wall, Stevenson, Pearman
Bansor, Wiffen, Saltwell
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