FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round: 3/9/16
Faversham Town 1
Cray Wanderers 0
The Wands took their leave from the FA Cup for another season as Faversham won a tight cup tie by a solitary goal to advance to the 2nd Qualifying Round.
The two teams had met at Hayes Lane only a week ago but where that was a free flowing contest this was a lot cagier and never really got going as a Cray struggled to find a way through a fairly resolute Faversham defence and in fairness the home side deserved to progress.
Cray came into the game on the back of two straight league wins and were able to include Danny Haynes in their starting lineup for the first time this season. Solomon Taiwo was injured in the warm up with Lee Prescott who was originally down as sub having to start the game.
Conditions were right for a cracking cup tie but never really developed first half as the two teams struggled to carve out chances.
The first opening of the half came to the home side when Sam Bewick’s cross was headed wide by Luke Harvey but after that Cray particularly Jay Leader were able to repel Faversham’s attacks.
Cray had probably the best chance of the opening half in the 15th minute when Jonte Smith found Haynes out on the right and he laid the ball across to Karl Dent who perhaps slightly off balance fired wide from just inside the area.
For Faversham, Kieron Campbell fired well wide and then half way through the half, Renford Tenyue showed good pace down the left hand side and his cross shot was saved by Nick Blue.
There was little action for the next quarter of an hour or so as both teams cancelled each other out before the break, Faversham were able to take a bit of a grip on the game.
In the 36th minute, a strong run by Campbell saw a fizzing 25 yard shot pushed behind for a corner by Blue.
Campbell was proving quite a handful and he saw a shot deflected for a corner before half time as did Josh Stanford as Faversham ended a pretty flat first half on top.
Half Time: 0-0
It was evident from the start of the match that perhaps one goal would win the game. The second half began with perhaps Cray having slightly the better of things but without creating chances.
There was however more than a hint of controversy in 54th minute when Grant Basey who had made a good run up from the back was brought down seemingly a couple of yards into the penalty area by Ryan Cooper. Surprisingly the referee pointed to a free kick on the edge of the box. Sadly, Basey had to go off as a consequence of the foul following an awkward fall and was replaced by Sean Roberts.
For Faversham, Stanford fired well wide before they took the lead on the hour following the award of a slightly soft free kick by the right corner flag. Campbell who had been probably the most positive player on the pitch curled in a free kick which went straight into the net and the Wands were now up against it.
Cray did up their game to try and get back into it and were very unlucky not to level in the 73rd minute when Prescott set up Taylor McDonagh who had made a great run up from the back but his shot was pushed away brilliantly by Will Godman.
Faversham should really have put the game to bed when a long ball forward led to a mix up at the back and as Blue came out the ball fell to Bewick who fired into the side netting.
Then Dan Carrington made a run forward and was fouled and from the free kick, Stanford curled his shot wide.
Cray almost levelled when good play down the left saw Brandon Scott find Max Williams who in turn played a fine ball through to Seedy Njie who pulled his shot agonisingly wide of the right post. Then Prescott set up Njie for another effort but his cross shot went across goal and wide.
With five minutes of time added on there was time for Cray to find a leveller but it just wasn’t to be there day and overall looking back at the 90 minutes Faversham were the better side on this occasion and now look forward to the 2nd Qualifying Round draw on Monday.
With positive results in other cup ties this evening, Cray will travel to Ramsgate on Tuesday evening as scheduled and the league meeting with Three Bridges on the 17th September will also go ahead.
Cray: Nick Blue, Taylor McDonagh, Grant Basey (Sean Roberts, 57), Jay Leader, Paul Lorraine, Lea Dawson (Capt.), Lee Prescott), Karl Dent (Max Williams, 78), Jonte Smith (Seedy Njie, 64), Brandon Scott: Subs: Anthony Adesite, Ade Osifuwa, Jai McKinlay
Faversham: Will Godman, Ryan Cooper (Capt.), Renford Tenyue, Dan Carrington, Matt Bourne, John Scarborough, Sam Bewick, Kieron Campbell (Bola Dawodu, 90+1) Dean Grant, Luke Harvey (George Mongor, 90), Josh Stanford: Subs: Liam King, Oliver Wells, Stephen Ratcliff, Ryan Cheek
Referee: Mr. S. Williams
Assistants: Mr. D. Ritchie, Mr. D. Moreno-Rojas