Glebe vs Cray Wanderers – PSF – 20/7/21
Glebe 3 (Watson 4, Baugh 44, Philpott 52)
Cray Wanderers 4 (Brodie 55, Lewis 58, 77, Kedwell 72)
Pre-season continued onto game 5 for Cray Wanderers on a wet Tuesday evening at Glebe and the Wands emerged victorious after coming back from 3-0 down to win 4-3 at Foxbury Avenue.
Both sides had been scoring plenty of goals during pre-season but it was the SCEFL Premier side who came out of the traps quicker here scoring after only 4 minutes and proceeded to dominate the first half against a Cray side with five trialists in the starting lineup. A second goal in the 44th minute gave Glebe comfort and the Chislehurst side made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute and it seemed all over.
Cray though fought back well and first Cameron Brodie with a thumping finish and then another from Lee Lewis within three minutes put Cray right back in contention. Manager, Danny Kedwell converted Anis Nuur’s cross in the 72nd minute and five minutes later, Lewis scored his second and Cray’s fourth to complete the turnaround.
Heavy early evening rain could have posed a problem for the game but the pitch played perfectly and the game kicked off to a cracking pace. Cray were caught cold after 4 minutes when the ball was played to Sol Baugh down the right and his ball to the near post was diverted in by Aaron Watson.
Cray found it difficult to create anything of note first half and Glebe had other opportunities to score but were denied by a terrific save from Jack Turner to deny King-Elliott whose shot looked to be going in. Then after a slip up at the back Baugh won the ball and drove wide of the right post.
A minute before the break, it was 2-0 when Dami Olorunnisomo’s ball across to the far post was turned in by Baugh from close range.
The Wands made changes at half time to look to rectify things and Cray looked far more assured after the break and after a decent buildup, Harvey Brand’s cross was flicked wide by Fjord Rogers who then fired just wide from Lee Lewis’s left wing cross.
On 52 minutes it looked like the game was won for Glebe with a third goal when Jamie Philpot did well to win the ball when challenging Turner and was able to roll the ball into the net.
The comeback though started on 55 minutes when Cameron Brodie who was a bundle of energy when he came on, got on the end of a pass in midfield and strode to just outside the box and placed a fine shot wide of the keeper Ceesay in the Glebe goal.
Three minutes later it was 3-2 with a superb strike from Lee Lewis who won the ball and then proceeded to shoot and crashed a shot into the roof of the net.
Now Cray’s tails were up and Jamie Yila’s cross-shot was palmed out by Ceesay who then did well to block from Yila down the left of the area and Cray looked to be the likely scorers at that stage.
On 72 minutes, Danny Kedwell who had come on halfway through the half made a quick impact when Yila showed pace to get down the left and his ball across was inviting for Keds who had time to control the ball and with deadly precision fired into the bottom right corner.
Five minutes later the comeback was completed with another goal out of nothing and Lewis’s second goal of the match with a fine hit down the left side of the area and flew past the keeper making it 4-3.
Cray were able to see out the remaining minutes and showed their mettle to win the game which seemed unlikely earlier in the half. Glebe for their part look a good side and will be one of the challengers for SCEFL Premier this season and have some fine young players. Cray though move on to Beckenham Town on Saturday with some momentum and passed with flying colours one of the real tests of pre-season so far.
Cray Wanderers: 1st Half: Jack Turner, Lee Lewis, Martin Onoabagbe, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Charlie Allen, Trialist, Anis Nuur, Trialist, Fjord Rogers: Subs: Harvey Brand, Dean Beckwith, Ejiro Okosieme, Jamie Yila, Cameron Brodie, Danny Kedwell
Glebe: Ceesay, Parsons, McGeoghegan, Douglas, Olorunnisomo, Orome, King-Elliot, Everett, Baugh, Philpot, Watson: Subs: Palmer, Beckles, Nyhus