Cray Wanderers bring July’s pre-season games to an end this evening as they make the very short trip to Chislehurst to take on Southern Counties East League Premier new boys Glebe. Kick off at Foxbury Avenue is 7.45pm.
The Wands so far have been extremely efficient in their games so far, often very patient but have scored some fine goals to win games especially at Erith and Belvedere on Tuesday when Karl Dent and James Duckworth struck two great goals to win the game late on.
The defence has looked rock solid and since the official pre-season started at Sheppey United on July 11th have conceded just three goals and one of those was a penalty. Tony Russell has never been afraid to blood youngsters in the first team and a couple of rising stars have certainly made an impact. Centre-half Marcus Evans has played in all the pre-season games so far and looks incredibly composed and shows a maturity which belies his age. Also Freddie Parker, a forward player has impressed with his passing and movement and helped set up Duckworth’s goal on Tuesday night. Midfielder Josh Owen and forward Ken Charles all who played in the U21s last season look very bright prospects indeed.
There is a positivity about the side at the moment and the Wands are perhaps looking for a couple of stellar tests before the start of the season on August 12th.
With Cray now having a home friendly against Dorking Wanderers on Thursday, 3rd July this will be the final game against a lower ranked side with a trip to Merstham next Saturday to come. This will be a tricky game tonight though against one of the success stories of Kentish football over the last few seasons.
Glebe were formed in 1995 initially as a youth team based in West Wickham. The club entered the Kent Youth League in 2013 and now based in Chislehurst near the Old Elthamians rugby ground started an adult side which was granted entry into the relatively new step 6 Kent Invicta League. After a couple of seasons of solid progress, Glebe won the London Senior Trophy in 2015-16 and entered the FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round for the first time. Last season was their most successful yet, winning the newly names Southern Counties East League Division One title and now Ben Young’s side take their place in the Premier Division where they could be serious contenders for what will be a very open competition with extra promotion places. They kick off their 2017-18 season next Saturday with an FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round tie at home to Lordswood. The winners travel to Corinthian or Deal Town in the Preliminary Round. Their league season begins on August 12th with a tasty sounding game at home to Whitstable Town. In the FA Vase 1st Round they are at home to Deal Town.
The two sides have met in the last two pre-seasons with Cray winning 6-2 in July 2015 and last July won 4-0 with two goals from Jay Leader and one apiece from Karl Dent and Paul Lorraine.
Friday night football is extremely underrated and this could well be worth a trip tonight to see what should be a great game of football.
Off Perry Street
Admission Prices: £5.00 adults, £3.00 concessions
The club is located just off the A222 close to the Vauxhall Garage and a stone’s throw away from the Sidcup bypass. If you are looking for a bite to eat and a spot of dinner then the Frogpool Manor restaurant is a short walk away but in Chislehurst itself there are plenty of places to eat. The nearest pub is the Sydney Arms in Old Perry Street. The nearest station is Chislehurst but is close to two miles away. The 269 bus from the station will take you close to the ground. Sidcup station could also be a possibility with decent links if you are heading back to London. The 260 bus will also take you there either heading to or from Sidcup.