Cray Wanderers are back in action at home on a Saturday after a series of Sunday games in what should be a cracker against VCD Athletic. Kick off at Hayes Lane is 3pm.
The Wands come into the game on a four game winning run and this continued on after a very professional performance at East Grinstead Town last Saturday. Against difficult opponents Cray were very patient after a goalless first half where they were denied by some good goalkeeping and two excellent second half strikes from Joe Taylor and Freddie Parker assured a ten point lead at the top of the Bostik South-East at the end of the day for Tony Russell’s team.
Despite injuries to Aaron Rhule, Junior Dadson, Sean Roberts and Michael Power the team have shown great resolve in many games often going to the last minute and the team have been impressive since the defeat at Horsham on 15th December. Defensively, Cray have been very strong since and have only conceded one goal since then but will be wary of Charlie MacDonald up front who Wands supporters will remember from his time with the club last season and has 16 goals this term.
VCD Athletic have had a very consistent season and gave the Wands a hard game back in September when Cray trailed to an early Charlie MacDonald penalty at the break before second half goals from Parker and Bradley Pritchard turned the game around to win 2-1.
Keith McMahon’s side come into the game on the back of a very good 2-1 win at Three Bridges last Saturday where goals from Jake McIntyre and MacDonald overturned a deficit at the break and lie eighth in the table after 31 points.
Away from home VCD have been quite strong with wins at Greenwich Borough (2-1), Haywards Heath Town (1-0), Herne Bay (7-1), Phoenix Sports (2-0) and Three Bridges (2-1). They were beaten at East Grinstead Town (1-3), Hastings United (1-2), Horsham (0-4) and Hythe Town (0-3). VCD Athletic won their opening four games of the season and have been pretty much round the top half of the table since. At home they beat Faversham Town, Greenwich Borough, Ramsgate, Three Bridges and Whitstable Town. They drew with Whyteleafe and were beaten by Ashford United, Cray Wanderers, Guernsey and Sevenoaks Town.
The last time the two sides met at Hayes Lane was just over a year ago in January 2018 with Cray winning 4-2 with MacDonald scoring twice along with Karl Dent and Ben Mundele. Overall the sides have met 17 times with Cray winning 5, VCD 7 and 5 draws.
This should be a compelling encounter against a club which Tony Russell led to great success and could be another that goes right to the wire to get a result.
Admission costs are £10.00 adults, £5.00 concessions but don’t forget the Football For A Fiver offer for supporters of Premier League, EFL and National League clubs on presentation of valid season ticket.