Cray Wanderers are back on their travels on Saturday and off by plane as the Bostik South-East league leaders travel to Guernsey FC. Kick off at Footes Lane is 2pm.
The Wands will be looking to continue the unbeaten start to the league season which continued on Sunday with a terrific 2-1 win against Hastings United at Hayes Lane with goals from Wilberforce Ocran and Tom Phipp winning a high quality contest. This gives Cray a seven point lead at the top after Hastings’ win against Herne Bay on Tuesday night.
Since then some of the first team players were rested on Wednesday in the Kent Senior Cup tie against Charlton Athletic which ended in defeat but certainly can go into this game confident on their travels after six wins out of six on the road in the league so far.
Guernsey come into the game 16th in the Bostik South-East with Tony Vance’s side having a Saturday off last week. Their last game on November 3rd ended in a 2-1 defeat at Faversham Town to a last minute goal.
Their home form has seen them beat Ramsgate (2-1) and Haywards Heath Town (3-1). Their other games ended in defeat against Ashford United (0-3), Sittingbourne (1-2), Phoenix Sports (3-5) and Hastings United (0-1). Away from home they won at Three Bridges (5-0) but lost their other games at Whyteleafe, Greenwich Borough, East Grinstead Town, Thamesmead Town and Faversham Town. Leading scorer is Matt Loaring with five goals.
Last season’s trip to Guernsey took place in January with a solitary Michael Power goal giving Cray a 1-0 win. The two teams met on the final day of the season with Cray winning 4-0 with two goals from Power, Junior Dadson and Kyron Farrell. Guernsey finished last season in 18th place
Guernsey FC (not to be confused with the Guernsey representative side) were formed in 2011 as a means to assist good players on the island to improve and test themselves against teams from the mainland. They were accepted by the Combined Counties league Division One for the 2011-12 season gaining promotion. They followed this up in 2012-13 with promotion from the Combined Counties Premier Division and a run to the Semi Finals of the FA Vase, losing to eventual winners Spennymoor Town.
In 2013-14 they entered the Isthmian League South and reached the playoffs in their first season losing to Leatherhead in the Semi Final and entered the FA Cup for the first time. Since then they have finished 10th, 13th, 21st and 18th places.
For many Cray supporters this will be the first time they will be going to Guernsey. They are a smashing club who do a lot for the community on the island and have an impressive media entourage at each game home and away and will make all supporters very welcome.
DIRECTIONS TO GUERNSEY FC
St. Peter Port
Guernsey GY5 7TT
Adults: £10.00, Concessions £5.00
The ground is located centrally in the island and is easily accessible with parking for several hundred cars in the immediate vicinity and on a regular bus route stopping immediately outside the stadium. It is approximately three miles north easterly from Guernsey Airport and one mile west from St Peter Port, the island’s capital.
If you are flying in on the day the most ideal flight is the Aurigny Airlines Flight 601 at 8.35am expected to arrive around 9.40 am and also at 10am. There is also a flight at 10.00am. There is another flight at 11:50am arriving at 13.05pm. This doesn’t give you much time to get from the airport to the ground as it is a 2pm kick off.
If you are flying overnight there are flights on Friday at 8.35, 11.50, 14.00, 16.30 and 19:40.
The return flight after the game is at 18.15pm from Guernsey to London Gatwick arriving back at 19.05pm. If you are coming home Sunday then flights back to Gatwick are at 7.00am, 10.20am, 14.50pm and 18.15pm.
You can also sail there via Poole or Portsmouth. You’d better check before hand as sailings on Saturday would take you there after kick off and there are no sailings on a Sunday.
The ground is around three miles from the airport and there is a bus network which can offer a scenic route if you want to see some of the island. Bus 95 runs to St. Peter Port Town Terminus for just £1. From there you can get bus 51 to Footes Lane. The ground is located centrally in the island, is easily accessible with parking for several hundred cars in the immediate vicinity. The nearest hotel to the ground is the St Pierre Park Hotel which is around 10 a minute walk away. Alternatives are Le Friquet Country Hotel and Grisnoir Guest House which are within half a mile of the ground
The nearest bar and restaurants to the ground are The Lobster and Grill as part of Le Friquet Country Hotel & Apartments. Also close by is the St Pierre Park Hotel
If you are looking for a decent bar or pub in Guernsey then they are in plentiful supply apparently. There is the Cock n Bull, The Forester Arms on St George Esplanade whilst The Swan on St Julian’s Avenue is often touted as the best on the island both for food and drink whilst the Thomas De La Rue, Harbour Lights and Red Onion are also to be searched for. There should also be ample places to eat to cover all tastes but I would have thought a bit pricey to dine out to regularly.
Guernsey is one of two main Bailiwicks grouped with Alderney and Sark that make up the Channel Islands along with Jersey. It is a very popular summer holiday destination and also has a thriving commerce industry making it an ideal destination for banking conferences and seminars.
Guernsey has produced one of England’s most underrated footballer’s of recent times with Matt Le Tissier who played with distinction for Southampton represented England but maybe not as much as he should. Guernsey Cricket club are members of the World Cricket League, European League and Sussex League, and the Rugby Club play also at Footes Lane and are members of the National League 3. It has the second oldest Tennis club in the world and there is a great passion for the sport there. The British tennis player, Heather Watson is from Guernsey. Guernsey also represents itself at the Commonwealth Games and have won six medals in all including one gold in the Shooting in Auckland in 1990.