Cray Wanderers play their fifth game of pre-season on Tuesday night as Danny Kedwell’s side make the short trip to Chislehurst to face Glebe at Foxbury Avenue. Kick off 7.45pm
Cray continued their build up to the start of the season with a 4-2 home win vs an AFC Wimbledon Academy side on Sunday. In the heat of the afternoon, a first half hat-trick for Sadik Balarabe and a second half tap in for Charlie Allen were enough to claim victory against the Dons’ youngsters.
There were a number of positives from the game, the finishing of Sadik was excellent and there were some fine performances from the likes of Abdul Saccoh, Cameron Brodie, Anthony Cook , Jamie Yila and Anis Nuur amongst others. The Wands have five more games still to play in pre-season including a home match vs Welling United on 3rd August.
Glebe FC are one of a number of ambitious clubs in the SCEFL Premier who are looking forward to a return to football after the frustrations of the last couple of seasons. The Chislehurst club announced the arrival of Harry Hudson as first team manager in June. The former Whyteleafe manager has enlisted the help of coaches well known in recent years to Cray Wanderers with Mark Dacey as Assistant Manager and Adam Fleming as a coach. Mark & Adam helped the club as the U18s and Isthmian Development League management team and helped Cray reach the 2nd Round of the FA Youth Cup in 2018-19.
Glebe have made some sound acquisitions in recent weeks including a handful of ex-Whyteleafe players to bolster the squad ahead of the SCEFL Premier opener at Bearsted on 31st July. They then face Erith Town at home on 3rd August and then at home to Abbey Rangers in the FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round on 7th August.
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 and started an adult side which was granted entry into the new step 6 Kent Invicta League (now SCEFL Division One). 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. In 2016-17 Glebe won the Southern Counties East League Division One title and have made solid progress in the Premier since. In 2017-18 they finished 12th and reached the 4th Round of the FA Vase for the first time. 2018-19 saw them finish in their highest ever league placing finishing 8th. In 2019-20, the club were 14th when the season was ended and last season were 9th after twelve league games played. The club also has a rich recent tradition in Youth team football and produce fine young players and teams, especially at Kent Youth League level.
Possibly as local a derby Cray will play this season so why not take a chance to watch the Wands face Glebe.
Directions to Glebe FC
Off Perry Street
£5.00 adults, £3.00 Concs £1 U18s
The club is located just off the A222 close to the Vauxhall Garage and a stone’s throw away from the Sidcup bypass. Head down Ashfield Lane if coming via the War Memorial and onto Perry Street. Take a left into Foxbury Avenue and the ground is about 0.4 miles up the road. 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.