Cray Wanderers continue their pre-season programme on Saturday with a trip out to Bearsted for the second successive pre-season. Kick off at Honey Lane is 3pm.
The Wands have won their last three friendly games at Sheppey United, Fisher and Corinthian all by fairly narrow margins but Cray were fairly comfortable in all three games.
There have been some very good individual performances particularly from Jay Leader, Barney Williams, Mitchell Nelson and youngster Marcus Evans at the back and have been very solid so far. Perhaps the Wands with a handful more pre-seasons games to go will be looking for more in the final third but that should come as the games progress. The midfield area seems to be ticking over nicely and there are good options up front.
This should be the trickiest game of pre-season so far against Kevin Stevens Bearsted side. The Bears had a satisfactory first season in the Southern Counties East League last season and finished 12th in a very competitive league. Bearsted have had plenty of success at Kent County League level in recent years and in 2015-16 won the last Kent Invicta League title and also the Challenge Shield. With extra places available for promotion this season Bearsted could be a team to watch out for in the SCEFL Premier in 2017-18. They begin their season with an Extra-Preliminary Round FA Cup tie on August 5th when they travel to Eastbourne Town. The winners will be away to Sutton Common Rovers or Canterbury City in the Preliminary Round. They begin their league season the following Saturday at home to Cray Valley PM.
Bearsted were founded in 1885 but despite our long histories seem to have missed each other as the Bears played in Maidstone and District Leagues. We did play in a pre-season game last season with Cray winning 2-1 with goals from Joel Ledgister and Karl Dent.
After tomorrow, Cray then travel to Erith and Belvedere on Tuesday and then Glebe on Friday night.
DIRECTIONS TO BEARSTED FC
Otham Sports Club,
Honey Lane, Otham,
Maidstone, Kent ME15 8RG
Bearsted play in the village of Otham which lies just over two miles away from Bearsted itself. If travelling in from the Cray area, take A224 and A20 to the M20 in Swanley. Then the M20 for 22.8 miles then take exit 8 onto Ashford Road/A20 and then Green Hill, and turn into Honey Lane for the ground.
If coming in by train, Bearsted does have a railway station which can be reached from London Victoria, Bromley South, St. Mary Cray and Swanley. There are trains at 09 and 39 past the hour. It is a fair walk from Bearsted to Otham unless you have plenty of time on your hands and perhaps a taxi could be advisable.
CRAY MASSIVE ON TOUR
The nearest pub to the ground is the White Horse Inn which is the only pub in the village of Otham and a few minutes walk from Honey Lane. If you find yourself in Bearsted, there are the Lion of Kent (formerly the Kentish Yeoman) and the Rose Inn. The Bearsted Fish Bar (29 Egremont Road) comes highly recommended. In Otham itself there is the Arda Kebab and Fish Shop in Senacre Square.
If you are really keen to make a day of it, Leeds Castle is 2.5 miles away and if you like a walk, east of Bearsted is Hollingbourne, which has the North Downs Way passing through the village and the Pilgrims Way with its links to Canterbury.
This is a really historic and lovely part of Kent and should be a great day out for Wands fans and neutrals wanting to pop along.