#THROWBACKTHURSDAY | April 2010 - Grays Athletic 0-2 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 11 Jan 2018

Back for 2018 is #ThrowbackThursday! This time we've gone visual and raided the back-catalogue of club DVD's to bring you a new video every Thursday from yesteryear! 

We can't promise you a classic every week - but we can promise you a look back at some of the more unusual games - optimised in this weeks video that's for sure. 

Grays Athletic 0-2 Wrexham

It was a typical end of season affair on the 10th April 2010 between a Wrexham side in 11th place in the Blue Square Premier (Now the Vanarama National League) and bottom placed side Grays Athletic.

It was a bit of a star-studded visiting side, with Dean Saunders in the hot-seat. Now a EFL Championship goalkeeper at Preston North End and Wrexham AFC youth product Chris Maxwell was between the sticks.

Also, another Wrexham AFC youth product and now Wales international and Championship left-back at Aston Villa Neil Taylor was on the field for the reds along-side Manchester City coach Gareth Taylor, EFL League Two midfielder Andy Fleming and Ashley Westwood who is now managing Malaysian side FA Penang.  

Wrexham eased to victory thanks to a goal in each half from Ashley Westwood and then Neil Taylor.

Westwood broke the deadlock after half an hour, rising highest to meet a Mark Jones free-kick and loop home a header.

Grays refused to throw in the towel despite already being relegated from the Blue Square Premier the previous weekend.

The Dragons made sure on 76 minutes when Curtis Obeng's cross was met with a stunning left-footed volley by Neil Taylor.

The WAFC Media Team's Mark Griffiths spoke to Saunders after the game who said: "I'm really pleased, we kept a clean sheet again and we've scored two goals, two good goals.

"Ashley Westwood hurt his medial ligaments on Thursday and I didn't think he could play, but he's gone out there, played well and scored.

"And well played to the fans who've come from Wrexham today, thanks to them for coming all this way." 

5 things about Grays Athletic since

  1. They now play in the Isthmian North Division, four leagues below Wrexham.
  2. They were relegated at the end of the 2009-10 season and resigned from the Football Conference. 
  3. In 2016 they became "Community Owned". 
  4. They were promoted as champions from the Isthmian North Division during the 2012-13 campaign and relegated back to it in bottom place last season.
  5. The game against Wrexham was played at the 4,100 capacity "New Recreation Ground" in Grays, Thurrock having moved there in 1906. They moved out of the ground following relegation, moving to the "Rush Green Stadium" in a ground share with West Ham United Reserves. They have since moved again, now sharing with Aveley FC at the "Parkside" ground. The New Recreation has now been developed for housing.  

Grays Athletic: Garner, Glowacki, Clarey, Reynolds, Davis, Cissoko (Agumbar 79), Dean, Harvey (Conteh 59), Bayowa (Osborn 59), Guy, Graham.
Substitutes (not used): Edwards, Rhodes.
Wrexham: Maxwell, Obeng, Westwood, Assoumani, Brown, Jones, Fleming, O'Leary, Neil Taylor, Gareth Taylor, Mangan.
Substitutes (not used): Russell, Edwards, Mitchley, Baynes, Smith.

Attendance: 298.
Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire). 

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