Emphatic Cray book place in last four of Kent Senior Trophy
Last season finalists Cray Wanders booked a surprisingly easy
passage through to the semi-finals of the Kent Senior Trophy with a 6-0
drubbing away to second placed Go Travel Kent League rivals, Thamesmead Town,
writes Stephen McCartney.
Until recently Bayliss Avenue has been a graveyard for the
Wands but the ghosts were cast aside as they put in one of their best
performances of the season to date.
The first ten minutes of the game unsurprisingly saw the home
side dominate and Sam Thomas should have done better than to drag his shot
wide of Micky Simmons and the post when well placed.
This miss proved costly as 60 seconds later the Wands had taken
A deep free kick into the box was flicked on by Richard Dimmock
for former Tunbridge Wells player John Mayall to powerfully score at the far
Jamie Wood then saw a shot shave the post before his namesake
Sam provided the pin point cross for former Maidstone United midfielder Jamie
Kempster to head home his 24th goal of the season.
With Wood and Kempster running the show in the first half it
was left to Richard Dimmock to steal the headlines with his performance after
Unlucky not to score in the opening period when Peter Deadman
deflected his fierce shot onto the bar he made no mistake of finding the
target five minutes after the restart when turning his marker and shooting
home from the edge of the box.
The trick was repeated ten minutes later with an almost
identical effort from the same distance and the hat-trick completed seven
minutes from time with a direct free kick that goalkeeper Steve Northwood
could neither see nor reach.
The rout was complete two minutes later when Dimmock ran from
the halfway line and coolly slid his shot under the advancing keeper for his
fourth of the afternoon.
Cray entertain the winner of the VCD Athletic-Greenwich Borough
quarter-final tie, which was postponed on Saturday.
Ramsgate met Lordswood for the third time this season for a
place in the last four of the Kent Senior Trophy.
Having won the two previous encounters this season, Ramsgate
were confident of making progress in the competition, having taken the lead
after only 100 seconds when Shane Suter crossed from the by-line for Warren
Schulz to slot home from eight yards.
However, Lordswood equalised in the 17th minute when John
Gissing's close control set up Mike Cunningham to chip onrushing Rams
goalkeeper Lee Pilcher.
Two minutes after the break Lordswood increased their lead when
Cunningham scored from eight yards.
But their lead lasted only two minutes, however, as Suter went
down the left wing and Mo Takaloo's diving header gave goalkeeper Paul Piggott
Lordswood substitute Phil Pearson made an immediate impact on
the game scoring the winning goal after only being on the pitch for two
minutes, he stabbed the ball home from close range after 100 minutes of
Lordswood have been drawn at home to Hythe Town in the other
Hythe Town needed penalties to end Sevenoaks Town's progress in
But Sevenoaks took the lead nine minutes after the break when
Cramp scored before a penalty scored from Porter levelled proceedings for the
home side with thirteen minutes remaining.
Extra time failed to separate the teams, and Hythe won the tie
3-0 on penalties.
Meanwhile, the Jacetts (Deal) Go Travel Kent League
manager of the month award for December has been awarded to Willie O'Sullivan
of Erith Town.
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