After a relatively quiet week for Cray tomorrow the Wands make a return to Witham Town following the postponement of the original fixture two weeks ago.
This is our first ever match at the Village Glass stadium and marks our fourth straight away league match. Cray have been unbeaten during their recent travels having picked up draws at Dereham, Tilbury and Harlow Town and have maintained a five point lead at the top of the table over Thurrock and Bury Town.
Last weekend saw Cray gain a good point in an excellent match at Harlow which saw Cray finish the stronger of the two sides and came close to winning the game at the finish. The spirit and determination of Tony Russell’s side has spoken volumes this season as a spate of injuries has meant reshuffling the pack somewhat but still the Wands are putting in good performances and picking up results in adversity.
Witham who came down from the Ryman Premier last season come into the game 19th in the table but Garry Kimble’s side picked up a 2-1 win at Phoenix Sports last weekend which puts them four points ahead of the relegation places.
Witham were promoted to the Ryman North for the 2012-13 season and reached the playoffs losing to Thamesmead Town in the Semi Final and then in 2013-14 they gained promotion to the Ryman Premier for the first time behind champions VCD Athletic, beating Harlow Town 3-0 in the playoff final. Last season saw Witham relegated back to the Ryman North at the first attempt. Another notable Witham Town fact is that singer, Olly Murs played three games for the first team in the 2007-08 scoring once before an injury ended his playing career.
This is a key game at both ends of the table and should be another difficult match requiring all of Cray’s abilities and reserves of character to emerge victorious.
DIRECTIONS TO WITHAM TOWN
The Village Glass Stadium
SAT NAV CODE: CM8 1UN
Follow the A12 eastwards, passing the exits for Chelmsford. Take the exit for the B1389 s/p Witham and follow signs for Town Centre. When you reach traffic lights after just over a mile take a left into Spinks Lane. Follow to end and take a right into Highfields Road. Pass under the railway bridge and then take a left opposite the entrance to Asda for the ground. There is plenty of parking at the ground. If you are coming from the east then take B1389 from other direction, eventually turning right at the traffic lights into Spinks Lane.
If you are coming by train then alight at Witham then take a left at Station approach into Collingwood Road, Do a right at roundabout (still Collingwood Road) and follow, bearing to the right as the road splits and you follow Guithavon Valley. When you reach the church do a right and walk through the park, under the railway line and bear left around Asda. The ground will be opposite you. The ground is around a ten minute walk from the town centre.
For those wishing to travel by train, please note that there are no direct services from London Liverpool Street to Witham tomorrow. Trains go as far as Chelmsford and a Rail Replacement Bus Service operates between Chelmsford and Witham. Buses leave Chelmsford every fifteen minutes and the journey time is 30 minutes.
Trains from Liverpool Street to Chelmsford run four times an hour at 02, 18, 38, 48 past the hour and takes between 37/42 minutes to get to Chelmsford . Buses leave Witham at 05, 20, 35 and 50 past the hour. Return buses are at 00, 21, 29 & 51, calling at Chelmsford to resume the train journey back to London.
Witham is an industrial and commuter town in the borough of Braintree and lies between Chelmsford and Colchester. The river Brain runs through Witham and the town dates it history way back into the 900’s and is referenced in the Doomsday Book.. Apart from Olly Murs, Witham’s most famous resident was the noted novelist, Dorothy L Sayers, of whom a statue stands outside the town’s library.