Cray Wanderers vs Guernsey – Bostik League South-East – Saturday 9th February, 2019
Cray Wanderers 3
Dadson 31, Taylor 36, Pritchard 42
Pics: Kindly provided once again with thanks by Jon Hilliger. Videos kindly provided by Carl Newnham & Capturemast
Cray Wanderers continued their rich vein of form to make it eight wins out of nine matches and move 16 points clear at the top of the Bostik South-East after victory against Guernsey at Hayes Lane.
Cray were in control for the majority of the first half up against a hard working Guernsey side and had chances for in the first half an hour but hit a purple patch of form for the last quarter of an hour started with a terrific strike from Junior Dadson on 31 minutes for his fifth goal in three games. Five minutes later, Karl Dent who had an outstanding game for an hour set up Joe Taylor with a cross shot which was turned in from close range. Then on 42 minutes, Dent was provider again this time for Bradley Pritchard who found space on the edge of the six yard box to score his second goal against the Channel Islanders this season.
The intensity levels in the second half not surprisingly dropped with the game won but Guernsey competed well without creating too many chances. The only down side for Cray came in the last minute when Tom Phipp was sent off for a straight red card for possibly violent conduct but otherwise it completed a very satisfying afternoon and week for Cray.
For this 2pm kick off there was one change to the side which won impressively at Whyteleafe on Tuesday night, Karl Dent coming in for Sean Roberts. The impressive entourage of Guernsey supporters and officials as well as it being Ladies Day meant a flower for the ladies and a very decent atmosphere in the stand. Tony Russell was presented with the Bostik South-East Manager of the Month for January award by Guernsey Director Nigel Braybrook before kick off.
The match began fairly quietly with Cray moving the ball around confidently with Guernsey looking to find their feet although the Wands won a couple of early corners and a Jerome Federico cross from the right just couldn’t find Junior Dadson at the far post. The first real opening came in the 10th minute when Dent made his way down the left of the area and his short ball across came to Joe Taylor who flicked into the ball into the arms of the grateful Callum Stanton in the Guernsey goal.
Then from a throw in down the left from Archie Johnson the ball came to Dadson who shot wide of the left post and then Tom Phipp saw a shot deflected behind for a corner. From the corner from the left, Dent’ ball to the far post was headed over by Mitchell Nelson.
Guernsey against the run of play were presented with a chance after a corner was given away down the left and Dave Rihoy’s cross was flicked on to Paris Pereira who headed over the top.
For Cray, Dadson fired wide again and then Federico down the right saw a near post shot pushed behind by Stanton for a corner. The just after the 20 minute mark another good ball from Federico toward Taylor at the far post looped off the grateful Jamie Dodds and to the keeper.
Cray though were extremely patient and a goal was on the cards and arrived on 31 minutes and well worth waiting for. Jay Leader found Federico down the right who found Dent ball was cleared out to the left to Leader who set up Dadson who turned a defender and rifled home a tremendous shot into the top right hand corner from 14 yards.
The game picked up momentum from here and Guernsey looked to get back into it and Tom De La Mare set up Rihoy for a shot from twenty yards which Nick Blue got down well to save.
On 36 minutes though Cray scored a second goal when the ball was worked down the right and Federico found Dent who cut into the area and his cross shot was possibly goal bound but the predatory instincts of Taylor to turn the ball in from close range.
The Wands finished the half in impressive style and Dent was unlucky after finding space to hit a shot which was heading to the bottom right but Stanton did very well to turn the ball behind. From the corner, Leader headed over. Then another Dent cross was turned in by Taylor but this time was denied by the linesman’s flag.
On 42 minutes, Cray grabbed a third goal to give real daylight between the sides when down the left Dadson found Archie Johnson whose ball into the box was cleared out to Phipp who set up Dent who slipped a superb through ball to Bradley Pritchard in acres of space who from eight yards placed the ball into the net.
Before the break Federico pulled a shot just across goal and Cray had produced another high quality first half display to lead 3-0 at half time for the second straight game.
Half Time: 3-0
It was always going to be difficult to replicate the quality of the first half and not surprisingly the game dropped a bit from Cray’s point of view but Guernsey gave it their all in the second half but didn’t create too many opportunities.
Right at the start of the half a left wing cross from Dadson to the far post just couldn’t get see anyone get on the end of the cross. Then Leader and Federico combined with Pritchard to set up Taylor whose effort went through to Stanton in goal.
Perhaps Cray’s best move of the second half came when a fine ball from Pritchard found Federico down the right who moved to the edge of the area and fired a shot just wide.
Guernsey to their credit kept on going and Will Fazackerly and Tom Dodds combined to set up top scorer Matt Loaring but his effort was blocked.
Cray had their moments and from a free kick Phipp fired wide of goal and then Federico found Daniel Uchechi whose ball across came to Taylor but his shot was held well by Stanton. As the game was beginning to drift towards the end Uchechi set up Sean Roberts who shot over the top.
The last shot of the game fell to Guernsey when Liam Mahon set up Carlos Canha for a shot outside the area which was held by Blue.
The only down side for Cray for the afternoon came in the last minute of the match when Phipp was sent off for which looked possibly like just a foul on Mahon but was dismissed for violent conduct in the incident.
Despite finishing the game with 10 men Cray had done more than enough in the game to deserve the three points and with Ashford United not playing today, Cray’s lead at the top stretched to 16 points and this week alone scored 12 goal to keep the goal-difference ticking over nicely with 11 matches still to play.
Cray next week travel to Ramsgate in what will be a tricky game down on the coast but the Wands can go into all games with supreme confidence and will enjoy the challenge.
Cray Wanderers: Nick Blue, Ben Mundele (Sean Roberts, 50), Archie Johnson, Jay Leader, Mitchell Nelson (Marcus Evans, 87), Bradley Pritchard, Tom Phipp, Karl Dent (Daniel Uchechi, 64), Joe Taylor, Junior Dadson, Jerome Federico: Subs: Freddie Parker, Tiwa Fujimade
Sent Off: Phipp 89
Booked: Nelson, Pritchard
Guernsey: Callum Stanton, Tom De La Mare (Keanu Marsh, 71), Jamie Dodd, Tom Dodds, Frank Tobin, Liam Mahon, Dave Rihoy (Will Fazackerly, 52), Sebastian Skillen, Paris Pereira (Glen Dyer, 76), Carlos Canha, Matt Loaring: Subs: Tom Jackson
Booked: Dodd, Dodds, Canha
Referee: Kane Dempster
Assistants: Stephen Matthews & Robert King