GRAYS ATH­LETIC 1 WOR­THING 4

The Non-League Football Paper - - RYMAN PREMIER - By Luke Lam­bert

LLOYD DAWES’ in­spi­ra­tional fin­ish­ing kept Grays bot­tom of the league.

Blues have been muchim­proved in re­cent times but had their work cut out against a Wor­thing side who have their eye on the play-off places.

The Rebels nearly led on two min­utes but Omar Bugiel’s header was well blocked by Grays keeper Amadou Tan­gara.

In-form Grays striker Kieran Bishop fired over a sit­ter.

And he was made to pay when Wor­thing opened the scor­ing on 25 min­utes. Ar­ron Hop­kin­son was felled in the box and Dawes made no mis­take from 12 yards.

Dawes came close to a sec­ond on 40 min­utes but Tan­gara pushed his shot over.

But he got his sec­ond on 50 min­utes, pow­er­fully head­ing home Sam Rents’ free-kick.

Dawes was tem­po­rar­ily de­nied a hat-trick by ex­cel­lent de­fend­ing from Jamie Mas­coll.

Hop­kin­son should have made the game safe but shot over when well placed

But Kane Wills was more clin­i­cal mo­ments later, his strike too pow­er­ful for Tan­gara.

Bishop grabbed a late cconso­la­tion in the fi­nal mo­ments but the ex­cel­lent Dawes had the last laugh, chip­ping home in stop­page-time.

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