Cray Wanderers look to return to winning ways on Wednesday as they take on Whyteleafe in a re-arranged game from 3rd March under the lights of Hayes Lane. Kick off is 7.45pm. This is the first of two home games this week with Horsham to come on Sunday afternoon.
Both sides come into the game in contrasting form with Cray having lost their last three league games and one win in seven while Whyteleafe has lost one of their last twelve games.
Cray currently sit fifth in the Bostik South on 69 points six behind Corinthian Casuals who are in the second automatic promotion place. The Wands do have a tremendous goal difference which could count like an extra point in a tight race of +50.
Saturday saw Cray make their fourth successive away trip into Kent and went down to a 2-1 defeat at a determined Hythe Town who kept their playoff hopes well and truly alive with the win. Cray found themselves two nil down early in the second half but finished the game quite well and Charlie MacDonald’s goal gave Cray hope late on but not enough time to salvage a point.
Cray hope to have Lea Dawson available again after his three game suspension meanwhile Dean Carpenter has left the club. The players are certainly putting in the effort and have character but just at the moment they do not seem to be getting the breaks in game and perhaps need a scuffed effort to fly in off someone or to grind out an ugly win.
Whyteleafe have had a very interesting season themselves and their 2017-18 campaign could almost be painted in stripes. They lost just one of their first 12 games picking up 25 points and topped the table briefly in September. However, manager Leigh Dynan left the club in October to go to Kingstonian and new joint manager’s ex-Bromley man John Scarborough and Paul Dale had to rebuild the side and they went 13 games without a win picking up six points in the process. Then since Christmas they have been on a remarkable run losing just one in the last twelve and racked up 28 points to leave them just outside the playoff places. On Saturday they kept up the pressure on the top 6 with a hard fought 1-0 home win against Hastings United with a second half winner from Vance Bola. Leading scorers are Tom Hutchings and Scott Day on 11 goals. They currently stand eighth on 62 points, seven behind Cray and five behind sixth placed Walton Casuals who have one game in hand and a point behind seventh placed Hythe Town.
When the two sides met on 16th December, Whyteleafe were in the middle of their bad run and Cray ran out fairly comfortable winners that afternoon winning 2-0 with goals from Michael Freiter and Michael Power but it will be rejuvenated Leafe side that Cray face on Wednesday.
Whyteleafe’s away form has seen wins at Chipstead (2-1), Thamesmead Town (3-2), East Grinstead Town (8-1), Phoenix Sports (5-2) and Faversham Town (2-0). They picked up points from draws at Greenwich Borough (1-1), Corinthian Casuals (0-0), Lewes (1-1), VCD Athletic (3-3), Ashford United (1-1), Guernsey (4-4) and Molesey (0-0). Their only defeats came at Sittingbourne (1-2), Hythe Town (0-1, Ramsgate (1-4), Walton Casuals (2-4), Hastings United (1-2) and South Park (0-3). At home they beat VCD Athletic (3-0), South Park (3-1), Shoreham (2-0), Guernsey (2-0), East Grinstead Town (2-1), Herne Bay (6-2), Chipstead (2-1), Sittingbourne (2-1), Corinthian Casuals (2-1), Ramsgate (1-0), Walton Casuals (3-2) and Hastings United (1-0). They drew with Greenwich Borough, Carshalton Athletic, Faversham Town and Lewes and lost to Phoenix Sports, Cray Wanderers and Horsham.
There have been some tremendous and remarkable midweek games this season and this promises to be another such occasion. Admission costs are £10.00 adults, £5.00 concs/U16s/students on presentation of card.