Selkent League – U12a Central
Cray Wanderers U12’s 10
Welling Youth U12’s 0
The Cray Wanderers U12s maintained their lead at the top of the U12a Central league by notching double figures against a game but overwhelmed Welling Youth side at Foots Cray Rugby Club.
This was their fourth league win in a row and they lead the table by two points from Bexley All Stars who have played a game more.
Cray started like a house on fire against Welling and were two up in the first seven minutes and scored twice more to lead 4-0 at the break. The Wands were unstoppable in the second half and scored six superb goals to make it 10-0 at the finish with Joseph Kpaka’s hat-trick.
The Wands signalled intent with the first attack of the game when Josh Senyange broke away down the left and cracked a cross shot against the right hand post and the ball was cleared for the first of three quick fire corners.
In the 4th minute, Cray took the lead with the first cracking goal of the morning when Blu Husthwaite picked the ball up in midfield, strode forward and lofted a superb shot into the top left hand corner of the net. Then Joseph Kpaka was unlucky to steer a header from Husthwaite’s corner off target.
After 7 minutes Cray went two up after a good passing move saw Husthwaite switch the ball to the right to Maxwell Sanni who put over a very good cross which Husthwaite got to to steer the ball into the net.
Cray continued to attack and a free kick from Henderson Russell was deflected off the wall for a corner from which the ball came to Sanni whose volley was claimed by the keeper.
In the 15th minute, Cray scored their third with Husthwaite again involved as it was his left wing corner which found it’s way into the box where Senyange saw his first effort pushed out by the keeper but following up turned the ball into the net.
Welling who worked hard almost got back into things when the no 8 got away down the right but put his cross shot over the bar. Then the Wings were really unlucky when a good cross from the right to the far post was met by the no 14 who headed against the angle of post and crossbar and the follow up was put over the bar by the no 8.
Then Kpaka saw a shot go over and a corner from Russell from the right found Kpaka whose shot was blocked and Senyange from a tight angle put his shot against the post.
There was still time in the final minute of the first half for Cray to score a fourth when down the left the ball was fed to Kpaka who hit a rasping drive low into the net to basically seal the game at half time.
Half Time: 4-0
The second half was for the most part one way traffic and Cray showed no intention of letting up in their quest for goals.
Five minutes into the second period, Cray scored a fifth when Senyange made a rampaging run forward into the area down the left and found Elisha Olivare who cut inside and crashed a shot high into the top right corner of the net.
Two minutes later, Olivare turned provider with a neat pass through the defence to Kpaka who finished with great style from the right of the area to make it 6-0. Kpaka almost then notched his hat-trick but was denied by the keepers legs.
Twelve minutes into the second half, Cray scored another great goal this time through willing worker Henderson Russell who from a free kick twenty yards from goal fired home an unstoppable shot into the bottom left corner to make it 7-0.
Husthwaite who was involved in so much good work for Cray produced a sumptuous flick with the outside of his foot to set up Sanni who turned the ball over the bar.
However, the lively Sanni would not be denied for long and in the 47th minute of the match scored an eighth when a ball forward found the winger who cooly dinked a shot over the advancing keeper and dropped into the net.
Welling had a little flurry after that and the no 8 drove a free kick which Matt Close did well to push out and the no 9 couldn’t follow up.
The game finished with two more Cray goals, firstly with two minutes to go a pretty tired back line when Nathanael Fashanu set up Sanni for another cool finish to make it 9-0.
There was still time with practically the last kick of the game for Cray to score their tenth goal of the match and for Kpaka who stole in to tap home a left wing cross to complete a remarkable game for Cray and now gives them a chance of winning their competition with a trip to Chislehurst next week.
They have always been a very good team to watch but they took it to new levels today and defensively gave little away. It was also particularly pleasing for this writer to finally see Henderson Russell score in person after a dozen or so games without a goal for the workhorse engine of the side.
Team: Matthew Close, Archie Panyi, Maxwell Sanni, Elisha Olivare, Frank Griffin, Henderson Russell, Blu Husthwaite, Joshua Senyange, Joseph Kpaka; Nathanael Fashanu.
In other action today, the Cray Wanderers U15s long unbeaten run in the Kent Youth League stretching back to December 2016 came to an end as they lost 1-2 at home to Greenwich Borough in the North Division. Cray do still lead the table by seven points from Phoenix Sports who also were beaten by Glebe. The Wands face a tricky test next Sunday at Junior Elite who are third and lie fourteen points behind Cray but do have four games in hand.
Despite the disappointemnt of defeat Sean Foley and Lee Amis’s excellent side should be very proud of that long unbeaten league run and have bounced back from disappointment many times before.
The U18s B side look set to finish second in the Kent Youth League North division after a seventh win in eight games against Greenwich Borough 4-3 at the Samuel Montague Youth Club. Cray did go 3-0 up in the first half before a Borough revival with goals from Akan Kasab (2), Robbie Daye and Alex Brefo made it 4-2 before another late flurry from the home side. Cray have had a good season and lead third placed West Wickham by nine points for second place. The title has been virtually won by Dulwich Hamlet who have won everyone of their 13 matches.
In the same league, the U18s side were beaten 1-4 at home by West Wickham who have been something of a bogey side for Cray youth sides in recent times especially at U18s level. The Cray side are fourth in the table although Greenwich immediately behind them have five games in hand still to play.
Back in the Selkent League, the U11s Sharks won 2-0 at Welling Youth Blue in the Indigo Shield. Cray are fourth in the Shield standings. The U11s Lions were not in action in the Red Shield where they currently stand fifth and travel to Dartford next week.
Next Sunday the featured Youth team will be the U8s Sharks who are in the Selkent Cup Semi Final at the Marathon Sports Ground looking to reach the final in May.