Cray Wanderers continue their pre-season schedule on Tuesday evening when the Wands make the short trip to Beckenham Town. Kick off at Eden Park Avenue is 7.45pm.
Cray have started pre-season in a positive fashion and on Saturday followed up the win at Sheppey United with a 4-2 win against Tonbridge Angels at Hayes Lane. Freddie Parker scored a classy hat-trick against the National South side with Joe Taylor notching a penalty as Cray played an assured game. With impressive new signing in goal, Lewis Carey and some eyecatching trialists on show there was a glimpse of some genuine quality should the players get further chances to shine as pre-season develops.
Beckenham Town had a very strong season in 2018-19 finishing 5th in the SCEFL Premier and Jason Huntley’s side look well prepared for the 2019-20 season beginning pre-season on 9th July with a 1-1 draw at home to Dover Athletic. Experienced Ashley Carew scoring for Beckenham. The FA Cup Draw saw Beckenham drawn at home to Raynes Park Vale in the Extra Preliminary Round with the tie taking place on 10th August with the winners at home to Ashford United. In the FA Vase they travel to CB Hounslow in the 1st Qualifying Round.
Cray Wanderers and Beckenham have met many times in the past with some great battles in the London League days of the 1950’s and Aetolian and Greater London Leagues of the 60’s before the original club folded in 1969. They reformed a couple of years later and the Wands would meet again in the Kent League from 1982-83 up to till 2004. There have been no competitive games since but there have been some pre-season visits to Eden Park Avenue in recent years.
After Tuesday, the Wands travel across Kent to Whitstable Town on Saturday and finish off with trips to Grays Athletic, AFC Sudbury, Phoenix Sports & Hayes & Yeading before kicking off the BetVictor Isthmian Premier season at Kingstonian on 10th August.
This should be a great evening’s entertainment on the always tremendous playing surface at Beckenham Town and also not a great deal of travelling to be done on a Tuesday night.
DIRECTIONS TO BECKENHAM TOWN FC
Address: Beckenham Town FC, Eden Park Avenue, Beckenham BR3 3JL
From St Mary Cray it should take around 20 minutes for the 8.6 mile drive. From the A232 after 0.8 miles turn left onto Tubbenden Lane and after 0.9 miles at the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Farnborough Way/A21. Continue to follow the A21 for 1.2 miles then turn left onto Croydon Road/A232. After 3.1 miles turn right onto Station Road/A214 following for 0.9 miles. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Links Way/A214. After 0.4 miles turn right onto Eden Park Avenue and then a left to the ground. Please note that parking is very limited on match days, however there is plenty of spaces on Eden Park Avenue, please park responsibly and respectfully if using street parking
By far the easiest way to reach the ground is by train to Eden Park which is just a few minutes walk away from the ground. Come out of the station, turn right along Links Way and then first left into Eden Park Avenue. Trains are available from Lewisham, Catford Bridge, Elmers End, New Beckenham or Clock House.
By bus the 358 from Bromley South to Eden Park alighting at Bus Stop L or coming the other way from Crystal Palace (stop Q) will drop you off around 3 minutes walk to Eden Park Avenue. The 352 or 367 from Bromley North will take you to Crease Park which about a ten minute walk away.
The nearest pub would be as part of the Toby Carvery at Eden Park on Upper Elmers End Road. If you find yourself in Beckenham itself the George Inn in the High Street is highly recommended with 5 cask ales on tap and a fine selection of food and also on the High Street is the White Horse. Slightly further on Bromley Road is the Chancery. The Agra Indian Restaurant is close to the Toby.