Jammers suffer second defeat - now thoughts turn to FA Cup

By Nub News Reporter

17th Aug 2022 | Football

Aron Gordon, who was a constant thorn in Maldon's side, flashed an early ball across the face of the Jammers' goal.
Aron Gordon, who was a constant thorn in Maldon's side, flashed an early ball across the face of the Jammers' goal.

Grays Athletic 2, Maldon & Tiptree 0

For a second successive fixture in the opening days of the Isthmian North campaign, Jammers will feel hard done by.

Grays picked up a first win of the league season on Wednesday evening (17 August) to leave them handily placed in the table with four points from their first two matches – while Maldon & Tiptree, usually favourites for early season success - sit rock bottom with no points and no goals from their first two matches, having been beaten at home by Tilbury on Saturday.

As on Saturday, Maldon will feel a little aggrieved with Wednesday's result, particularly having had a first half goal somewhat controversially ruled out.

The early stages of the match belonged to Grays – and particularly Aron Gordon who looked a real livewire as he teased and tormented Maldon's defensive left flank.

He was only denied by a good save at his near post by Jammers' keeper Tom Middlehurst after a mazy run and low, hard hit shot.

At the other end Grays keeper Danny Sambridge pulled off an equally fine reflex save as Maldon pressed briefly and crowded out a flat-footed home defence.

The visitors then thought they had scored when more confusion in the home defence ended with the ball in the back of Grays' net after a ball was played back into a crowded penalty area but through the 'goal' was initially awarded by referee Calum Dorling in the absence of a flag from his assistant Daniel Ripton, pressure from home players led to a consultation between officials and the effort was eventually ruled out.

It was no surprise though when Grays did take the lead on 34 minutes when Courtney Homans race through and clipped a shot past Middlehurst.

It was pretty much 'even-Steven' for the rest of the first but Grays took the lead into the break.

Whatever was said in both dressing rooms in the interval appeared to have the most effect on Maldon, who came out fired up and grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck for the opening 20 minutes of the second half, which saw Grays largely fighting a rear guard action.

But Maldon lacked the guile to force the way through a hard-working defence and the points were sealed for the home side on 70 minutes when more good work by the effervescent Gordon led to Grays substitute Correy Davidson scoring just a minute after he had been introduced.

With positives to pick from the disappointment, Maldon's thoughts now turn to the FA Cup.

This weekend the Jammers play host to Spartan South Midlands Premier Division. Stotfold in the preliminary round.

A win will net Maldon £1,444 and a place in the next round where they will pick up at least £750 so the importance of the fixture , even at this early point in the season, cannot be understated. However, the visitors go into the game having already upset one Isthmian North applecart, dumping league newcomers New Salamis out in the extra preliminary round.


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