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Thurrock Sport

Trophy test for Grays

Brought to you by the Thurrock Gazette

AFTER a couple of disappointing league results, Saturday's FA Trophy fixture at Hereford United will be a welcome distraction for Grays who seem to save their best for the competition they won last May.

The Blues threw away a two goal lead against the Bulls at the Rec in the league last weekend and followed that up with a lacklustre defeat at the hands of Burton Albion on Tuesday night.

The two defeats blew their chance of reclaiming second spot in the league and boss, Mark Stimson, must now pick them up for what will be a real examination in Herefordshire. "The boys were disappointed after Tuesday night," said Stimson.

"I told them that they may never get the chance to go second in this league again. You never know what's round the corner, some might not be here and move on and you have to take these opportunities when they come along.

"I've got to pick them up now for tomorrow's game. Over the last six to eight weeks we have had our best results and best performances in the Trophy, the two Aldershot games and Kidderminster. Plus, for some reason we perform better away from home and I hope that can continue.

"Hereford are a decent side but we go there with confidence, we scored two goals against them and beat them at their place earlier in the season so we've got nothing to fear. We just need to get that little bit of belief back that the boys lost over Christmas."

Jamie Stuart has completed his four game ban and could return for the game.

*Grays central defender Stevland Angus, 24, has joined Barnet on a three month loan deal. Angus fell out of favour with Blues boss Mark Stimson who has questioned his attitude and commitment to the club.

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