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Grays Athletic
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Wed 4 Mar 19:45 - The Ryman Football League - Ryman Premier Full time Attendance 113

Last minute heartbreak again for Beavers

For the second time in 4 days, the Beavers ended up losing a game in added time despite taking the lead.

Hampton looked comfortable in the first half, despite losing Frantz Ngassa with an arm injury on 11 minutes. neither team was able to get a serious shot on target in the first 20 minutes.

Tom Collins couldn't convert a half chance midway through the half and Joao Carlos bounced his attempt over Mark Smith's bar 10 minutes later.

The Blues lost central defender Jay Leader on 39 minutes after lengthy treatment, which when added to the time for Ngassa's injury, it meant that 9 minutes of added time would have to be played.

With just 5 minutes to the original break, Dumaka took advantage of a mix-up at the back to force a good save from Smith, from 15 yards.

The Beavers took the lead just before the added time began; Tom Collins chased a long clearance and managed to get to the ball before the on-rushing keeper Conor Gough to nod the ball past him. Collins then kept his nerve to beat a covering defender with a neat shot into an ultimately unguarded net.

5 minutes of the added time has passed when Charlie Moone doubled the lead; played in through the middle, he managed to take the ball round Gough, and slotted it home to give the Beavers a healthy half time lead.

The Beavers came so close to killing off the game in the early minutes of the second half as Kieran Murphy managed to get on the end of a corner, but at point blank range he managed to prod the ball round the post when it was easier to score.

Grays got back into the game soon after when Joao Carlos tumbled in the box, and the referee was persuaded it was a penalty, albeit a rather soft one. James Stevens needed no second invitation and blasted the spot kick past Smith to give the Blues a lifeline.

And how they took it! 15 minutes later,the Beavers conceded a corner on the far side; Siva's cross was met by the unmarked Mark Bentley and his header beat Smith and Wells on the line to bring the scores level.

The game was drifted somewhat when Charlie Moone chased a back pass to within a few yards of keeper Gough. Its not clear what actually started the scuffle but it ended with a pushing match between the two players. After the two had been separated, the referee, after consulting with his assistant on the near side, proceeded to show the red card to both Moone and Gough.

This left Grays in a quandary as they had used all their substitutions, so goal scorer and player manager Mark Bentley eventually took the keepers shirt and went between the posts.

With just 8 minutes to go, Mark Onyemah came forward, and tried to take the ball to the goal line, but he was abruptly felled by a defender, just inside the box.

With Moone in the dressing room, Ben Osman stepped up to take the spot kick. However, he went to roll it past Bentley and the stand-in keeper managed to block it with his legs and it was eventually cleared.

With a further 5 minutes of added time, both teams pushed on for a winner but it was the Beavers who were caught.

Unnoticed, Joao Carlos had drifted out to the right hand side of the Hampton half as the Blues looked to clear their lines; a long pass forward ran right into his path, and on reaching the edge of the area, he fired a in a shot that gave the advanced Smith no chance and it hit the back of the net with just a few seconds remaining.

The Beavers had little chance to try and do anything and in the end, they suffered a second last minute heartbreak in just 4 days...

Grays Athletic 3
James Stevens pen 52'
Mark Bentley 66'
Joao Carlos 90'

Hampton & Richmond Borough 2
Tom Collins 45'
Charlie Moone 45'

Grays Athletic: 1 Conor Gough, 2 Aaron Best-Riley, 3 Jey Siva, 4 Jay Leader (Luis Morrison-Derbyshire 39'), 5 Manny Parry, 6 Jordan Wilson (Corey Davidson 46'), 7 Joel Nouble, 8 Kenny Beaney, 9 Dumebi Dumaka, 10 James Stevens (Mark Bentley 56'), 11 Joao Carlos
Subs: 12 Mark Bentley, 14 Luis Morrison-Derbyshire, 15 Nathan Ferguson, 16 Corey Davidson, 17 Akwasi Marfo

Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Mark Smith, 2 Tom Jelley, 3 Mark Onyemah, 4 Kieran Murphy, 5 Frantz Ngassa (Ben Osman 11'), 6 Kevant Serbony, 7 Dean Sinclair, 8 Jake Rose (James Simmonds 75'), 9 Tom Collins (Jamie Calvin 90'), 10 Charlie Moone, 11 George Wells
Subs: 12 James Simmonds, 13 Amadou Tangara, 14 Marcus Johnson-Schuster, 15 Jamie Calvin, 16 Ben Osman

Attendance: 113

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14. Bognor Regis Town 46 63
15. Hampton & Richmond Borough 46 57
16. Harrow Borough 46 53
17. Canvey Island 46 53
18. VCD Athletic 46 53
19. Lewes 46 53

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