Canvey Island v Cray Wanderers – 31/7/18 – Match Preview
Cray Wanderers penultimate pre-season friendly sees the Wands travel to Essex to face Canvey Island. Kick off at the Frost Hire Stadium is 7.45pm.
The two sides are due to meet in the Buildbase FA Trophy Preliminary Round on 13th October but there is an awful lot of football to be played before then and perhaps completely different personnel taking part.
Cray come into the game with an impressive win at Chatham Town last Friday evening. The Wands played extremely well against an unbeaten side in pre-season and Tom Phipp’s first half goal was only adequate reward for a fine first 45 minutes. It looked like Cray would have to settle for a draw after Paul Vines leveller but there was a sting in the tail as Junior Dadson struck in the last minute to win the game for Tony Russell’s side.
This promises to be the toughest game to date of pre-season as Danny Heale’s Canvey Island side won the first Isthmian silverware of the season winning the Charity Shield beating last season Bostik North Champions AFC Hornchurch 2-1 with goals from Nathan Irvings and Mitchell Gilbey. Canvey who finished sixth last season, like Cray reached the Bostik North playoffs with Canvey winning at Bowers & Pitsea 2-0 in the Semi Final before losing 1-3 at Haringey Borough in the Final. They begin their Bostik North season on 11th August at home to Barking.
This will be the first meeting between the sides since our Bostik Premier days with the last meeting going very much the way of Canvey 4-0 on a windswept day in December 2013. The teams first met in league football in the 1965-66 season in Cray’s Greater London League title winning season and then four seasons in the Met London League in the 1970’s before five seasons in the Bostik Premier. Overall the teams have played 20 times with Cray winning 9, Canvey 7, and 4 draws. Canvey won the FA Trophy in 2000-01 and were beaten finalists two years later and gained promotion to the Conference as Isthmian Premier winners in 2003-04 where they remained for two seasons before demoting themselves back to the Isthmian League.
Cray Wanderers in action at Canvey Island in January 2010
With one more pre-season game to come at Chipstead on Saturday before the big kick off, the last two games will be tough and enjoyable tests for Cray.
DIRECTIONS TO CANVEY ISLAND FC
Canvey Island FC
Frost Hire Stadium
ESSEX SS8 7PX
Exit M25 at Junction 30 and take the A13 towards Southend. You will reach a series of mini roundabouts. At these roundabouts, take the A130 towards Canvey Island. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit which will keep a sports centre on your right and follow signs for Canvey Island Football Club. Eventually, you will enter a one way system. Keep left through the one way system and after one mile you will pass the Transport Museum on your right. Park Lane is on the right hand side shortly afterwards, with The Frost Hire Stadium located in front of you. There is plenty of parking outside the ground.
Benfleet Station is 40 minutes from London Fenchurch Street on the C2C line. The station is 5 miles from the ground. There is a taxi rank around the back of the station. Alternatively, you can use the frequent bus service from the front of the station: There are plenty of trains from Fenchurch Street or from stations in the East End or Essex during the hour going to Benfleet and on the way back after the game there are five trains an hour although some take longer than others.
You can use the number 22 or 27 bus to be dropped directly outside Park Lane. Alternatively, you can use the number 21 or 21A to be dropped by the sea wall. From here, continue walking in the direction you travelled across some playing fields, and you will see ground on your left. For the no 27 you will probably have to leave straight after the game for 21:52 back to Benfleet as you will have an hour wait for the next one. For the no 22 there are two buses an hour but the last one back to Benfleet is at 20.22 so probably best to get the 27.
The nearest pub to the ground used to be the Admiral Jellicoe, one bus stop before you alight for the ground but this is now closed. The most recommended pubs in Canvey Island are the Lobster Smack, a Dickensian themed pub/restaurant (Haven Road, SS8 0NR), the Haystack Public House (96 Furtherwick Road, SS8 7AE) and Windjammer (Eastern Esplanade SS8 7HG). For Benfleet Station, there is the Hoy and Helmet which is just across the road in the High Street. Opposite is the Half Crown. The recommended chippie is the Islander on Furtherwick Road near the Haystack Pub.