It’s trick or treat time for Cray as tomorrow the Wands make a Halloween trip to the Village Glass stadium to face Witham Town for the very first time. This match was brought forward to Saturday from midweek following both side’s early exits from the FA Trophy.
Cray have maintained a six point lead at the top after two difficult away trips this week which brought two points and showed Cray’s steely side. The league is a marathon not a sprint and picking up points on your travels all add up at the end of the season. At Dereham last Saturday, Cray had to show character to come from behind in injury time to grab a draw. Then at Tilbury on Tuesday night, the Wands managed to hold a side in good form for a gritty if unspectacular point.
Our opponents tomorrow, Garry Kimble’s Witham Town, have not made the best of starts to the season, lying 20th in the table with 13 points from 15 games. However, they will be hard opponents and Cray will have to show all their qualities to come out of the game with three points.
Witham were formed in 1876 and spent a great deal of their early history in Essex leagues before promotion to the Isthmian League in 1987. After a spell in the Ryman North they were relegated back to the Essex league before winning the Premier Division in 2011-12. They reached the playoffs the following season, 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.
Tomorrow certainly promises to be a big game in the season for both teams so should be quite an occasion for our first ever visit.
Here are directions to get to Witham Town FC
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.
Trains from Liverpool Street to Witham run four times an hour at 02, 18, 38, 48 past the hour. Returns to Liverpool Street also run four times an hour at 00, 16, 29 and 46 past the hour.
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.