Cray Wanderers complete their pre-season schedule on Saturday as the Wands travel to Surrey to take on Chipstead. Kick off at the NRT Stadium is 3pm.
With the start of the Bostik South East season just a week away at Greenwich Borough, the Wands will be looking some last minute fine tuning against a fellow step 4 opponent. Cray were beaten in their last friendly at Canvey Island on Tuesday night but despite difficulties for some of the players getting there, the team played very well and were a bit unfortunate to lose the game. Certainly if you were looking for clues as to who would win the FA Trophy tie in October you wouldn’t come away with much other than it will be a difficult game. Karl Dent, Jerome Federico, Mitchell Nelson and Ton Phipp caught the eye on Tuesday night and defensively Cray didn’t give Canvey too many chances.
Cray finish off with what will be another tough workout against a well drilled Chipstead side. Last season Cray had two very tight games with Antony Williams’ side with Aaron Rhule scoring a last minute winner in a 1-0 win on 31st March which followed a goalless draw at Hayes Lane in September.
Chipstead are playing one of two home friendlies before the start of the season as after the Wands on Saturday they face Greenwich Borough on Tuesday, 7th August. They have been moved to the new Bostik South Central Division which gives them a few games against teams from Surrey and the Home Counties and they begin the season next Saturday at one of the new intake of teams, Chalfont St Peter. Last season Chipstead finished 20th in the Bostik South.
Chipstead were promoted for the first time to the Isthmian League in 2006-07 as champions of the Combined Counties League and have been mainstays of the league since. In eight previous league meetings Cray have won six with two draws.
DIRECTIONS TO CHIPSTEAD FC
The High Road, Chipstead, Surrey CR5 3SF
Leave the M25 at junction 7 and take M23 northbound signposted Croydon. After 2 miles the M23 ends and becomes the A23. After about 1 mile at the first set at traffic lights adjacent to a BP garage turn left into Star Lane. Follow Star Lane into Elmore Road, keeping the church and the green on your left until reaching the crossroads with High Road. Turn left (signposted Lower Kingswood & Reigate) and parking for away supporters is 200 yards on your left. To walk to the ground leave via the car park entrance turn left and the clubhouse and turnstiles are a further 200 yards along the main road.
Leave Purley by the A23 southbound past Tesco’s on your left. Follow A23 towards Coulsdon and take the Coulsdon bypass signposted M23 and Gatwick. At the second set of lights after leaving the by bypass turn right into Star Lane – there is a BP garage on the corner. Follow Star Lane into Elmore Road, keeping the church and the green on your left until reaching the crossroads with High Road. Turn left (signposted Lower Kingswood & Reigate) and parking for away supporters is 200 yards on your left. To walk to the ground leave via the car park entrance turn left and the clubhouse and turnstiles are a further 200 yards along the main road
By Train: It is advised that if you are travelling to Chipstead by train that you travel to Coulsdon South where there is a cab office and you can get a cab to the ground and book a return journey.
If you prefer to go from London Victoria there are direct at 09 and 39 past the hour. On the way back to Victoria you require a train at 20 or 50 past the hour. You can also go direct from London Bridge at 00 or 30 past the hour with returns at 09 or 39 back to London Bridge. If you prefer to go to Chipstead you will need to need from Victoria to change at Purley.
If you travel to Chipstead Station there is NO cab office and it is about 1.1/4 miles to the ground, up a very steep and narrow hill with NO pavements
The nearest stop for the 405 bus is Star lane, Hooley. On foot up Star Lane, keeping right on sight of St. Margaret’s Church; right again up Elmore Road to reach the Pond, turn left the club is 200 yards down on the right.(about a 20 minute walk)
Chipstead is a village so don’t expect a lot of choice once you arrive, with the nearest pub to the ground, the Ramblers Rest in Outwood Lane being around a mile away from the ground. Close by that one is the Midday Sun. There is also in Chipstead, The White Hart in Hazelwood Lane. Another Surrey ground with a decent clubhouse which may be the best option as the ground is a bit in the back of beyond.
For a fish and chips shop you are best to go to Coulsdon where there is Mr Chips or Caterham for the Fishermans Chippy (Coulsdon Road). For Indian food best hop into Banstead for where there is the Curry Centre in the High Street. If you stay on the Banstead High Street you will find the Royal China restaurant. As you can gather there aren’t too many amenities in Chipstead itself so best to sample the wares at the ground or buy some sandwiches from the village store.