Cray Wanderers U23s v Herne Bay U23s – Bostik Development League South – 3/12/18
Cray Wanderers U23s 2 Carty 62, Spencer 90+2
Herne Bay U23s 1 Igbedion 71
Cray Wanderers moved up to third place in the Development South league table after a dramatic injury time winner from Neil Spencer gave Cray a deserved victory against Herne Bay at Hayes Lane.
After a goalless first half in which Cray dominated they carried on in the same vein in the second half and laid siege to the Herne Bay goal and Freddie Parker saw a header come back off the crossbar and Malik Solebo a shot cleared off the line. Not to be deterred Cray went in front when Deshon Carty who had just come on as a substitute followed up a Spencer shot which hit the post after 62 minutes. Herne Bay though managed to get back into it in the 71st minute with a tremendous strike from 25 yards from Francis Igbedion.
It looked like it was going to be a draw but two minutes into added time, Cray took the lead again when after the keeper’s clearance was picked up Carty who squared the ball to Spencer who fired home from 10 yards.
Cray started out very impressively in the opening minutes and a run down the right by Adam Bambroffe ended with a good cross towards Akan Kasab who fired just wide of the right post.
Then shortly after a left wing cross from Alfie Young was dropped by keeper Harry Earls and following up Freddie Parker set up Kasab whose lob from just outside the area went just over the bar.
More chances came with David Showemimo seeing a shot blocked and then Ronnie Payne played a great ball out to Bambroffe down the right of the area and his shot was deflected across goal and behind for a corner. Then Parker pulled a shot wide before Payne was replaced due to injury by Neil Spencer on the half hour.
Herne Bay started to get into the game and Shausanta Rai found Tahjae Anderson who from the left edge of the area shot just wide of the right post.
Before the break Cray came closest yet to breaking the deadlock when another good run and cross from Bambroffe was met by the head of Parker who from 12 yards brought a great diving save from Earls. Then a Young cross was just missed by Spencer inside the area and the first half remained somehow goalless.
Half Time: 0-0
The second half began in much the same vein and early on Spencer down the right squared a cross to Kasab who shot over the bar.
Then a ball into the box found Malik Solebo who set himself up with a shot which was put behind for what must have been one of a dozen corners in the second half. From the Joe Barber cross the ball came to Solebo who shot wide of the left post.
Then after another Solebo effort was put behind for a corner, this time the cross from Lee Lewis down the left to the far post was headed against the crossbar by Parker and from the rebound Solebo’s shot was cleared off the line.
This was followed by Spencer shooting wide from 20 yards before Deshon Carty came on to replace Showemimo on 61 minutes.
Within a minute of coming on Cray took the lead when the ball came to Spencer down the right of the area and his cracking shot came back off the right post out to Carty who controlled the ball, turned and fired into the net from eight yards.
Herne Bay had had to withstand a lot of pressure yet on 71 minutes from nowhere levelled the scores once again when Cray lost the ball down the right and the ball came to Francis Igebedion who from 25 yards let fly with a lofted shot which seemed at first to be mishit but looped over Tiwa Fujimade into the top left hand corner of the net.
Cray though went back on the attack and another good cross from Spencer found Solebo whose shot was pushed out and following up Carty’s effort was saved.
Then a fine move from Hullet’s pass out to Spencer who found Carty who then slipped in Robbie Daye down the right of the area and his shot was saved by the chest of Earls. This was followed by a corner from the right finding Bambroffe inside the area and his effort was blocked.
Still Cray pressed and from a free kick on the edge of the area, Parker’s effort was deflected through to Earls and then Solebo shot wide of the left post.
It looked like it was going to a point apiece when two minutes into injury time Cray took the lead once again. Earls who it had to be said had a very good game in goal for Herne bay came out to clear a ball forward but lost possession and quickly Carty intercepted and down the left unselfishly laid the ball across to Spencer who with great composure stabbed home from ten yards.
Cray were able to see out the remaining minutes and picked up another good win showing once again their unquenchable spirit and had played some exceptional football over the 90 minutes.
This was the first of triple header of Monday evening games with Carshalton Athletic to follow next Monday followed by Margate on 17th December. They are well worth a watch if you’ve nothing else to do and play progressive, attacking football with great flair.
A word also for referee Tommy Breen who was excellent and allowed the game to flow well and the game to breathe.
Cray: Tiwa Fujamade, Adam Bambroffe, Alfie Young, Ben Hullet, Joe Barber, Lee Lewis, Akan Kasab (Robbie Daye, 75), David Showemimo (Deshon Carty, 61), Malik Solebo, Ronnie Payne (Neil Spencer, 30), Freddie Parker
Herne Bay: Harry Earls, Thomas Rickwood (Harry Codd, 51), Thomas Barton, Jake Williams, James Belcher, Caleb Joyce, Same Meziane, Shiusanta Rai, Francis Igbedion, Harry Belcher (Scott Banks, 69), Tahjae Anderson: Subs: Billy Surbey, Brendan Graham, Onesimes Malunda
Referee: Tommy Breen
Assistants: Alan Steward, Morgan Conn