What better way to return to normality after Christmas Day than to watch Cray Wanderers in Boxing Day action as they take on Shoreham at Hayes Lane. Please note kick off is 3pm. This is the first of a double header of games as Cray take on Faversham Town on Saturday, 30th December.
Cray come into the game in second place in the Bostik South table and made it 16 unbeaten in the league with a 1-1 draw at Molesey on Saturday. This is Shoreham’s first ever visit to face Cray and although bottom of the table will provide a tough barrier for Cray to break down.
The Wands were two minutes away from picking up another win on the road on Saturday as Mitchell Nelson’s fourth goal of the season gave Cray the lead before half time which was deserved on the balance of play. The feeling was that a second goal was really needed to see off the home side who played a lot better after the break and levelled when Ronald Sobowale tapped in from a corner.
Although a disappointment not to see the game through, Cray still maintained their unbeaten run on a difficult pitch and against dogged opponents. The league table is still very tight at the top with six teams vying for top spot going into the New Year.
Shoreham have had a not too unexpected difficult start to life in the Bostik South following promotion from the Southern Combination last season. Brian Donelly’s side have yet to pick up a point away from home but that doesn’t mean they can’t be respected and Cray will have to play with the same professionalism they showed when winning at Shoreham 3-0 on August Bank Holiday Monday where Bradley Stevenson scored twice and an own goal gave Cray three points.
On Saturday, Shoreham took the lead at home to Carshalton through George Gaskin but the Robins fought back to win 3-1.
On their travels they lost at Horsham, Whyteleafe, East Grinstead Town, Corinthian Casuals, Chipstead, Herne Bay, Guernsey, VCD Athletic and Walton Casuals. At home they achieved one of the big shock results of the season when they beat Greenwich Borough 1-0 in September. Their other victory came against Ashford United (4-2) in October. They drew with Lewes, Hastings United, Molesey and Faversham Town and were beaten by South Park, Cray Wanderers, Horsham, Sittingbourne, Hythe Town, East Grinstead Town and Carshalton Athletic. Top scorer is George Gaskin with 6 goals.
In cups competitions, in the FA Cup they defeated Colliers Wood 3-1 after a replay before losing at Kingstonian (2-3) in the 1st Qualifying Round. In the FA Trophy they were well beaten at Egham Town (1-7) in the Preliminary Round. They are still in the Velocity League Cup after beating Worthing and face Brentwood Town in the 3rd Round.
Shoreham were founded in 1892 and were members of the West Sussex League and later Brighton & Hove District leagues. They became members of the Sussex County League and won the championship three times becoming mainstays of various divisions until last season
Last season in the Southern Combination (formerly Sussex Premier League) they finished second to Haywards Heath Town but following a nine points deduction for Town, Shoreham finished close enough in the table to take over as champions.
For those looking to get back on track after Christmas this is the perfect way to do so and life watching the Wands is seldom dull.
Admission prices are £10.00 adults, £5.00 concessions/U16s.