Cray Wanderers U23s v Burgess Hill Town U23s – Bostik Development League South – 5/11/18
Cray Wanderers U23s 7 Cruz 13, 47, 64, Solebo 56, 76, Bambroffe 67, Gyabi Junior 82
Burgess Hill Town U23s 0
Cray Wanderers Development side moved up to third in the Bostik Development South with a crushing 7-0 victory against second placed Burgess Hill Town at Hayes Lane. On an explosive performance for Guy Fawkes Night, Cain Cruz gave Cray an early lead and went on in the second half to claim a hat-trick. Malik Solebo grabbed his first two goals for the Wands with Adam Bambrofee’s header and a stylish finish from Kwaku Gyabi Junior completing the scoring.
The game got off to a quick start and Burgess Hill had the first opportunity of the game when from a left wing corner, the ball came to Chigozie Agwuegbo who headed wide of goal. Then Cray went on the attack and Adam Bambrofee down the right laid the ball across to Malik Solebo who shot over the top.
Then from a corner down the right the ball came to Edward Jones whose shot was claimed by keeper Mitchell Bromage on the line. This was followed by Kwame Poku setting up Cain Cruz who fired just wide of the left post.
Cray continued to press in the opening minutes and Solebo and Poku both shot wide from outside the area.
A goal was coming and duly arrived on 13 minutes when Bambroffe made a good run down the right, into the area and squared the ball across where Cruz got in front of a defender to guide the ball into the net from eight yards.
Burgess Hill looked to hit back and Shane Harper curled a shot from 20 yards which was fielded well by Tiwa Fujamade. Cray though were playing with great style and Poku fired wide and then after a Lee Lewis shot was deflected behind for a corner, from the corner the ball came to Edward Jones who flicked the ball across to Marcus Evans who turned the ball over from six yards.
The lively Bambroffe tested Bromage with a low drive down the right who pushed the ball out but Solebo couldn’t get to the rebound. The ball eventually came to Poku who fired wide.
After a brief lull in the pace of the game, Cray stepped it up before half time and Cruz shot just over following a jinking run from Solebo. Then Bambroffe found Poku who from eight drew a good blocked save from Bromage.
The last chance of the first half though fell to Burgess Hill when from a free kick out on the left, Jack Niner’s ball into the box was helped on by Max Burkinshaw to Agwuegbo who hooked a curled effort just over the bar.
Half Time: 1-0
If the first half was still delicately poised the second half was mostly one way traffic and Cray grabbed a second just over a minute after the restart when Archie Johnson down the left fizzed a cross to the near post where Cruz tapped in to make it 2-0.
From a free kick out on the left, Johnson’s ball into the area was flicked on by Evans to Bambroffe whose overhead kick went over. Then from a corner, Evans headed just wide.
Goal no 3 arrived on 56 minutes when the ball was worked down the left where Zak Henry hoisted a cross into the area where Solebo with a firm header diverted the ball into the bottom left corner.
From here, Cray turned on the power and on 64 minutes scored a fourth when Henry’s deft pass found Cruz who turned a couple of defenders and from the edge of the D curled an unstoppable shot into the top left hand corner to complete his hat-trick.
Three minutes later it was 5-0 when from a free kick out on the left the ball was crossed into the area where Bambroffe rose to steer a deft header past the keeper into the bottom right corner.
The game was basically done and dusted although Burgess Hill threatened when Herve Kounzila down the right found Agwuegbo inside the area but was denied by a good block from Kyrique Garvey-Williams.
In the 76th minute, Cray scored a sixth again well-crafted and finished with Bambroffe and Cruz combined to set up Solebo who rifled home a rasping shot from just inside the area into the roof of the net.
With eight minutes to go, Cray grabbed their seventh goal of the night when Solebo controlled a forward pass, held the ball up and fed the ball through to Kwaku Gyabi Junior who fired into the net from nine yards.
Cray had produced a high class performance full of verve and scored some fine goals as well as keeping a clean sheet.
The Wands have won five of their opening seven league matches and have 16 points, nine behind leaders Tooting & Mitcham United. They are next in action next Monday night at Molesey, 7.45pm kick off.
Cray Wanderers: Tiwa Fujamade, Adam Bambroffe, Archie Johnson, Edward Jones, Marcus Evans, Zak Henry, Kwame Poku (Kwaku Gyabi Junior, 57). David Showemimo (Frankie Morgan, 67), Lee Lewis (Kyrique Garvey-Williams, H/T), Malik Solebo, Cain Cruz
Burgess Hill Town: Mitchell Bromage, Shane Harper, Jack Niner, Emmanuel Agyeman, Max Burkinshaw, Luke Gilligan, Chigozie Agwuegbo, Jordan Fowler, Charlie Broad, Josh Short, Ellis Webster: Subs: Ryan Lang, Herve Kounzilla
Referee: Valentine Anekwe
Assistants: Tom Nicholls, Ryan Larkin