Pre-season continues for Cray Wanderers tonight as we travel into the heart of the Kent countryside to face Corinthian FC. Kick off at Gay Dawn Farm is 7.45pm.
The early pre-season games have shown signs of real promise for Tony Russell’s side. Two wins in a week at Sheppey United and Fisher although the final scores were close, the Wands played some great football in both games and the scorelines didn’t reflect the performances.
At Fisher in particular, Cray were excellent in the first half and created a number of opportunities but were denied by the Fisher goalkeeper, former Wand Nic Taylor. The second half saw good goals from Luke Medley, Warren Whitely who had an inspired second half and Mitchell Nelson’s header. There were one or two knocks picked up so maybe a chance to see some of the younger players continuing to impress. Certainly from the early evidence, Marcus Evans, Josh Owen and Ken Charles all very young players have played extremely well in the early games. Also, new signings Barney Williams, Nelson and Michael Power have looked particularly classy in their opening games.
Ken Charles Mitchell Nelson
Cray will be up against Michael Golding’s Corinthian side who are a very attractive side to watch and like Cray play the game the right way. They finished in a creditable tenth place in a very competitive Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division last season. Their pre-season has begun with three defeats but they should always be respected. They kick off their season in the Extra-Preliminary Round of the FA Cup at home to Deal Town on August 5th. The winners play Glebe or Lordswood at home in the Preliminary Round.
Corinthian were formed in 1972 by Ron Billings Sr initially as a youth team. They played only friendlies for a number of years until 1985 when the club were accepted into the Southern League. They remained in the South Division until 1990-91 when they were relegated to the Kent League where they met Cray for the first time at Oxford Road in January 1992 where Corinthian won 2-1. The club took a sabbatical from football after finishing bottom of the Kent League two seasons in a row, the last in 1997-98 playing Cray competitively for the last time and concentrated on youth football once again. In 2009 Corinthian rejoined the Kent League and they have been mainstays of the league ever since.
The club play at the lavish Corinthian Sports Club in Hartley countryside and houses a golf course and foot golf facilities.
DIRECTIONS TO CORINTHIAN FC
Corinthian Sports Club,
Valley Road, Fawkham
Longfield, Kent, DA3 8LY
If travelling from St. Mary Cray, best bet is to use the A224/A20 for the 12.5 mile journey. From Kent Road turn right onto Cray Avenue/A224. Follow for 1.7 miles then at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Edgington Way/A223. After 0.2 miles turn right towards Sidcup By-pass/A20, then merge onto Sidcup By-Pass Rd/A20 via the slip road to Dover/M20/M25. Continue to follow the A20 for 3.9 miles then using the left lane to take the M25/A20 slip road to B2173/Dartford/Gatwick Airport/West Kingsdown/Swanley. After 0.3 miles at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto London Road/A20, then after 0.4 miles at the roundabout take the 2nd exit staying on the London Road/A20.
Continue to follow the A20 for 1.1 miles, then at the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Main Road/A20 continuing on the A20 for 1.6 miles. Then turn left onto Scratchers Lane, after 1.1 mile, turn left onto Fawkham Road then continue on to Brands Hatch Road for 0.5 miles then continue on to Valley Road for 1.5 miles. Then turn right and Corinthian Sports Club will be two minutes away on the right.
The nearest train station to Corinthian FC is Longfield which is reached from Bromley South/St. Mary Cray or Swanley. The ground is around 1.7 miles away and will take you probably around 35 minutes to walk. From the Railway Station, walk west on Station Road toward Kent Road for 0.1 mile, then turn left onto Kent Road for 0.2 miles. Then turn left onto Fawkham Road for 0.7 miles and then continue onto Valley Road for 0.2 miles and then turn left for 0.3 miles then another left for 0.1 mile for Corinthian Sports Club
The 489 bus run by Arriva Kent Buses will take you from Longfield Station to Green Way but that will still leave you with a good 1.2 miles to walk. Please note this isn’t the most frequent of buses and there is one at 17.37 (journey to Green Way takes 3 minutes) then not another one until 19:12. The last bus back to Longfield Station from Green Way is 22.29. There is a taxi rank by the station and this may be your best bet for a return particularly if it as wet as it was at Sheppey United last Tuesday.
THE CRAY MASSIVE ON TOUR
There are three pubs which would may be suitable if you arrive very early. Otherwise the facilities at the ground may be best. There is the Railway Tavern outside Longfield Station and the Green Man on Longfield Road (DA3 7AS). In Fawkham a bit nearer the ground is the Rising Sun on Fawkham Green Road (DN3 8NL) which is a mile from Brands Hatch.
Brands Hatch, in my opinion the UK’s premier racing circuit is about 3.5 miles from the ground so probably would have to drive if you decide to hang around there.
If you are hungry there is the Longfield Fish Bar on Station Road but you may have to go into Meopham for more choice. On Station Road there are two Indian Restaurants, Longfield Tandoori and the Delhi Club.
Being in such a leafy part of Kent you may find if you have a day off you could find all manner things to entertain you but particularly if you like a round of golf. There is the Fawkham Valley Golf Club which is very highly rated as well Redlibetts Golf club in Longfield as well as the facilities at Corinthian itself.
To explore you may need a Saturday and a trip another time but certainly a ground and trip which usually scores very highly on Groundhopper ratings.