FA Cup: Harlow overpowered by impressive Grays Athletic

Football / Wed 17th Sep 2014 at 10:31am

FA Cup 1st Preliminary Round

Harlow Town 2 v 4 Grays Athletic

GRAYS took a while to get into their stride but eventually overcame Harlow Town, 4-2 at the Harlow Arena.

Grays hit the ground running with an opening goal in the second minute, when good one-touch play saw Jay Siva deliver a cross into Jamie Guy who made no mistake from close range.

This was now going to be a real test for Harlow Town as Grays looked very sharp with their former Premier League star, Glen Little pulling the strings.

A through ball by Little in the 11th minute illustrated the point.

Harlow were trying to find a way in. David Cowley was buzzing away, Alex Read nearly got in with a re-bound.

A Cowley free kick in the 20th minute went close. Another free kick in the 23rd minute, fared better as Alex Read leapt high to equalise.

Again, it has to be pointed out that Aaron Best-Riley didn’t help by getting a yellow card just before hand.

This was not a great half for Grays whose defence looked vulnerable.

However, not as vulnerable as Harlow’s in the 58th minute when they allowed a cross to go right across the area and to the feet of Kenny Beaney who made no mistake from close range.

Grays cantered further ahead when sub Jordan Wilson picked his spot from 25 yards into the top corner of the Harlow net.

It got worse for Harlow as Dean Driscoll let a harmless free kick by Glen Little by go through his hands.

But Harlow were not dead and an Alex Read rocket in the 78th minute made it closer. A Conor Gough fingertip save prevented Read from grabbing a hat-trick.

Harlow were getting closer with further strikes by Smith and Cowley but could not break Grays down.

Grays go onto face Hastings United in the next round of the FA Cup.

Harlow Town: Driscoll D, Glasgow B, (Norton D 81), Eadie L, Urquhart J, Cuthbert L, Simms F, Small J (Martin R 82), Cowley D, Read A, Smith J, Stamp S (Toner M 81)

Subs not used:, Lorenzani C, Nwanze E, Hickman T

Grays Ath: Gough C, Best-Riley A, Siva J, Bentley M (Wilson J 64), Parry M, Leader J, Little G, Beaney K, Guy J, Bryan C, Carlos J.

Subs not used: Yala R, Wootten E, Marfo A, Glowacki J, Benjamin J

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