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Grays 1-0 Eastbourne Borough

Richard Graham
Graham joined Grays this summer after leaving Dagenham and Redbridge

Richard Graham scored on his Grays debut as they beat Eastbourne.

Jamie Taylor and Matt Crabb had early efforts for the visitors but it was Grays who went ahead when Jamie Slabber teed up Graham to fire home.

Eastbourne had chances as Liam Enver-Marums' header was kept out by Preston Edwards and Paul Armstrong shot over the crossbar from close range.

Athletic almost doubled their lead in the 73rd minute as Gavin Hoyte headed Tom Harvey's cross against the bar.


Grays Athletic manager Gary Phillips told BBC Essex:

"Obviously the three points were fantastic for us tonight.

"It's a work in progress at the moment and we've hung on a bit at times.

"But I thought the effort and commitment was outstanding."


Grays Athletic: Edwards, Davis, Hoyte, Mawer, Beavan, Graham, Terry (Harvey 61), Bull, Braham-Barrett (Dos Santos 40), Charge, Slabber.
Subs Not Used: Lumley, Cutler, Long.

Booked: Edwards, Bull.

Goals: Graham 16.

Eastbourne Borough: Knowles, Austin, Elphick, Pullan, Brown, Armstrong, Weatherstone, Smart (Smith 71), Matt Crabb, Taylor, Enver-Marum (Atkin 72).
Subs Not Used: Jordan, Baker, Johnson.

Booked: Pullan.

Att: 487

Ref: M Mclaughlin (England).



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