Cray Wanderers are back on their travels after a period of home games on Saturday as they travel to Surrey to face Molesey. Kick off at Walton Road is 3pm.
Cray are three games unbeaten in the league following the 2-2 draw with Horsham on Wednesday night and are four points behind fifth placed Hythe who Cray face on Tuesday night. The Wands will be looking to get back to winning ways away from home following defeats at Lewes and Tooting and Mitcham in their last two away games.
Certainly the last three games since the Tooting defeat have been exciting enough with the Wands coming from behind from two down twice to draw against Whyteleafe and beat Chipstead. They also trailed very briefly to Horsham for about a minute before the superb Danny Haynes tied the game with his 16th goal of the season in league and cup. There were other good performances on Wednesday, notably from Jey Siva whose crosses from the left were excellent whilst Dane Luchford down the right showed he too can pick out a forward in the box with his crossing ability. Karl Dent played well and was unlucky not to score and a big word for debutante goal keeper Sam Roach, who comes from the Leyton Orient youth system and made two very good saves at vital times in the game to help Cray gain the point. Tony Russell awaits fitness updates on Nick Blue and Ben Mundele who also missed the Horsham game through injury.
Not for the first time this season, Cray face opponents coming off a heavy defeat with Peter Lelliott’s Molesey side beaten 2-8 at Tooting and Mitcham United on Tuesday night (they did pull the game back to 2-2 at half time). Molesey are 21st in the league table with 17 points from 18 games played and are four points clear of Chatham Town having played two games less. They are however one of only two sides to have beaten Tooting and Mitcham this season having beaten them 2-1 back at the end of September at Walton Road so we know they can raise their game and they also picked up a good point at in-form Lewes last Saturday coming back from two down to draw. When the two sides met at Hayes Lane back on 1st October, it was one of the more stress free occasions of the season with Cray winning 3-0 with a couple of cracking strikes from Sean Roberts and Karl Dent with Bradley Woods-Garness also scoring.
Molesey were formed in 1953 and spent their early years in the Surrey Senior leagues and then spells in the Spartan and Athenian Leagues. They moved to the Ryman set up in 1977 in Division Two gaining promotion to League One in 1990 and the Ryman Premier in 1993 where they stayed for three years. They remained in the Ryman South until the 2007-08 season when they were relegated to the Combined Counties league. They remained there until the 2014-15 season when they won the Combined Counties League and last season they finished in a creditable ninth place in their first season back in the Ryman South.
Wands supporters may remember previous Cray’s previous visits to Molesey which were usually high scoring affairs with Cray winning 5-0 and 5-1 there in their first years in the Ryman South and also lost on one occasion, 3-5. The last time the two teams met at Molesey was on 22nd September, 2006 with Cray winning 5-1 with a George Fenwick hat-trick and Junior Baker and Mark Willy on target that afternoon. The overall record is P. 9 W. 7 D. 1 L.1.
Cray Wanderers games are rarely dull and this game promises to be no exception in what is a lovely and scenic part of the world.
Molesey FC. 412 Walton Road, West Molesey, Surrey KT8 2JG
Adults – £10
Concession Senior OAP’s – £5
Under 16’s Accompanied by a paying adult are free
Programmes – £2.00
From the A3 Exit at the junction signed Hampton Court. Follow signs for Hampton Court which will take you through Esher and past Sandown Park racecourse. Just before reaching Hampton Court Station, turn left into Bridge Road. Continue across one roundabout, until you get to a bigger roundabout. Turn right into Walton Road and the ground will be on your left after the Lord Hotham pub – number 412.
From the M25 – Exit the M25 at the M3 junction and head towards Central London. Come off at Junction 1 (Sunbury) and follow signs for A308 Kingston. Continue until you come to a set of traffic lights T Junction with the River Thames to your right. Turn right at the lights and then as you pass Hampton Court Station turn right onto Bridge Road and follow directions as above.
The nearest station is Hampton Court – approx. 1.5 mile walk. From the station, cross over onto Bridge Road. Continue across one roundabout, until you get to a bigger roundabout. Turn right onto Walton Road (B369) and walk down this road, through the High Street and past the Lord Hotham pub and the ground should be on the left.
There are direct services from London Waterloo to Hampton Court on 26th November with trains leaving at 06 and 36 past the hour and takes around 35 minutes. Returns are at 24 and 54 past the hour.
The Bus 411 towards West Molesey takes you from Hampton Court Station and stops near the ground. Nearest stop is Spreighton Road. This service runs every 15 minutes up to 8pm and then half hourly to 9.30pm.
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The nearest pub to the ground is the Lord Hotham (360 Walton Road) which is located on the street corner and serves real ale. Also on Walton Road is the Europa.
The nearest Fish and chip shop is the Molesey Fish Bar (260 Walton Road), whilst the closest Indian restaurant is the Raj of India (508 Walton Road) and for Chinese food the best bet is the Lee Fung (100 Walton Road).
Molesey is part of Surrey suburbia and is divided into lwo large villages, East and West Molesey. Molesey FC lies in the west part on the south bank of the River Thames although both villages share one High Street. To the East part of Molesey lies Hampton Court and a large park, Hurst Park and there is a cricket ground there. There is Molesey lock just above Hampton Court Bridge which connects the River Thames with other locks around the river.
Both Hampton Court Palace and the river are well worth a visit if you have plenty of time on your hands. The Palace is open all year round and the former home of Henry VIII attracts many tourists with its vast gardens and impressive buildings. Be wary if you wish to use the maze if you don’t want to miss the 3pm kick off.
This is actually a nice area to visit and it has been quite a while since Cray last played there. The area still has East Molesey Cricket Club whilst it used to many years ago have a racecourse there which stretched the length of the Thames but is now part of the Hurst Park site. The area received world-wide attention during the 2012 London Olympics where Bradley Wiggins won the gold medal during the Cycling road time trial which passed through East and West Molesey before finishing at Hampton Court.