Cray Wanderers vs Bishop’s Stortford – The Pre-game thoughts of Danny Kedwell

BROMLEY, GREATER LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Cray Wanderers’s Manager, Danny Kedwell walks to the dugouts before the The Buildbase FA Trophy match between Cray Wanderers and Kings Langley at Hayes Lane on October 31, 2021 in Bromley, Greater London, England . (Photo: © Jon Hilliger / HilligerPix)


Cray Wanderers got back to winning ways in the Isthmian Premier with a deserved victory against Horsham on Wednesday night. Here Danny Kedwell looks back on the match and also looks ahead to the challenge of Bishop’s Stortford this afternoon.

Well done Danny to you and the team for the victory against Horsham on Wednesday night. I felt it was thoroughly merited and also for the team as a whole after recent games deserved more points than we received. It was a great performance from first whistle to last.

I agree, as you say the recent performances have been good but we haven’t been getting the results and I said before the game we have to start turning draws into wins. 

We managed to get some new faces into the team and real quality too. I thought Ethan Kaiser made a massive difference at the back. Dean Beckwith and Richie Danquah have been playing great for us lately and especially Dean who struggled a bit early in the season but the last couple of games has been like the Dean Beckwith and skipper I know.

I thought from the start to finish we were quality and restricted a good Horsham side and didn’t really give them a chance.  I felt a bit for Jack Turner as I thought he deserved a clean sheet and the defence especially when their goal was the last kick of the game so that was frustrating. We were happy with the win, which was the main thing.

It was a great debut for Kyel Reid to score the first goal on 16 minutes and also for Jamie Yila who scored and was involved in the first two goals.

It was funny, I was standing over the other side and I said to Gilly and Jukesy after 15 minutes that Kyel hasn’t touched the ball yet then he goes and scores. That’s the quality he’s got and you can see from some of the things he’s done and he is not even fit yet. That’s why I brought him off after 70 minutes and when he’s fit he is going to be a great player in this league. 

Our midfield I thought were excellent especially Cameron Brodie, Sam Skeffington and Jai Reason and won the midfield battle against a good side who had won their last six league games. 

Yes, they are a good side and were top of the form league and I thought we dominated all over the park, players like Freddy, Kas even Dicko up front on his own who making run after run, and some needless runs which not everyone can see and takes people away to open a gap up for a pass. Everyone was on their game and hopefully we can produce those sorts of performances and results every week.

Another big game today against Bishop’s Stortford. They are a strong side currently in the playoff places and they do not lose many games. This will be another good test.

They are very well organised and I went to see them play against Folkestone. They are a big team, they all know their jobs. We just have to worry about ourselves because on our day we can beat anyone. The four league games we have won this season have all been against strong teams but we are building something here and just need to concentrate on staying in this league this year, finish as high as we can and over the next couple of years we will be up there challenging with a great squad of players.