PHOENIX RISE STILL CLINCH A Brown sends the Blues to vic­tory

The Non-League Football Paper - - BOSTIK NORTH AND SOUTH CENTRAL - By Alex Fisher By Mark Hunt By Trevor Gil­bert

CRAY Wan­der­ers main­tained the only un­beaten record in the Bostik League but had to set­tle for a point af­ter a tough bat­tle against Phoenix Sports at Hayes Lane. A DOGGED dis­play from Bark­ing got them back to win­ning ways against play-off con­tenders Grays.

The con­test started off on fairly equal foot­ing, aside from an early Grays chance as Kieran Bishop found him­self through on goal only to be de­nied by Tim Brown.

It was Bark­ing who took the lead as a neat pass from Ola Ogun­wamide found Darelle Rus­sell who side-footed the ball per­fectly home.

Grays looked dan­ger­ous from set-pieces and just be­fore the break Brown was forced into a ter­rific save at his near post.

The vis­i­tors’ ae­rial bom­bard­ment con­tin­ued in the sec­ond half but they were made to pay for push­ing for­ward as Jor­dan Peart sprinted the length of the field with the ball be­fore squar­ing to Ogun­wamide who pow­ered the ball home.

Bishop fi­nally beat Brown with a low fin­ish but the home side held on de­spite a de­flected ef­fort hit­ting the bar.

Joe Grant (Brack­nell Town)

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