Cray are on the road for the first of four consecutive away league games as the Wands make their first trip of the season to Norfolk to face Dereham Town at Aldiss Park.
Cray have got through two difficult home games with a five point lead at the top of the table. The Wands had to come from behind against Bury Town and Haringey Borough playing some good football in the process. Certainly in the course of 17 league games so far played, Cray have scored some spectacular goals and Aryan Tajabkhsh, 2 excellent strikes on Tuesday night are right up there with Grant Basey’s free kicks, Karl Dent’s goal at Sudbury, Lea Dawson’s overhead kick at Aveley and James Duckworth’s late strike against Thamesmead. I’m sure you already have your own favourites.
Our opponents tomorrow, Dereham Town have made a steady start to the season and also after 17 games, Matt Henman’s Magpies lie tenth in the table with 23 points. This is Dereham’s third season in the Ryman League and have a reputation for playing good football and this should be a very good game to watch.
I’m sure many supporters will remember our last visit to Dereham with some affection as we visited for the first time on the final day of last season. This was the only game of the entire league season we could honestly say we could relax as safety from relegation was confirmed and the only thing at stake was could Cray make it ten wins in a row. Cray did so with a goal late in each half from Orlando Smith and Carl Rook to win the game 2-0.
After tomorrow, Cray then make a midweek trip to Tilbury on Tuesday, 27th October followed by Saturday games at Witham Town on 31st October then to Harlow Town on 7th November.
For those of you who are not travelling to Dereham by coach here are some directions to Aldiss Park:
Dereham Town Football Club
Take the exit onto M11, At junction 9, take the A11 exit to Newmarket/Norwich
Continue onto A14, Take the A11 ramp to Thetford/Norwich. Continue onto A11, At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto London Rd/A11, after 9.3 miles at the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A11 then after 0.8 miles at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A11 and then after 1.4 miles att the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A11.
After 1.9 miles get on A47 in Dereham from A1075. After 21 miles at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A1075 and after 0.2 miles turn right to merge onto A47 toward Norwich. Continue on Norwich Rd/B1147. Drive to Larks Place where the ground is located.
Although technically there is a railway station in Dereham it is not used by national rail and is just a local line up to Wymondham. Your best bet to get to Dereham by public transport is by train to Norwich (from Liverpool Street) and get a no 8 bus which goes to Dereham.
Dereham is a town which lies 15 miles west of Norwich and 25 miles east of Kings Lynn. Bronze and Iron age artefacts have been discovered there and looks a nice place to visit. The football club apparently has the largest licensed bar/clubhouse in non-league football.