The lads will be keen to make amends for the Lewes defeat collectively so we should provide the fans with a big performance as we owe one, says Cray Wanderers assistant Joe Vines

Thursday 21st September 2017

CRAY WANDERERS assistant manager Joe Vines says he wants his side to bounce back from their bad day at Lewes.

The Wands went down to a 2-1 defeat at Lewes in the Bostik South last weekend, a result that has them in 12th place in the table, with a playing record of two wins, four draws and a defeat in the league.

Bradley Stevenson and Mitchell Nelson were both sent-off at The Dripping Pan.

“The Lewes game was not a great day all round,” admitted Vines.

“We didn’t get into our stride at all, so credit to Lewes for not allowing us to play our normal game but we let ourselves down on the discipline side and we have now lost two key players for three games, which we will have to now deal with.

“The lads will be keen to make amends for the defeat collectively so we should provide the fans with a big performance as we owe one.”

Cray Wanderers booked themselves a place in the Kent Reliance Senior Cup Quarter-Finals after beating Vanarama National League South leaders Dartford 4-2 at Hayes Lane last night.

Raklique Lawrence scored a hat-trick in the game and Vines hopes he will be a replacement for Brandon Scott, who has signed for Dartford’s league rivals Whitehawk, who are at the foot of the table with two draws from their opening 11 games and have re-appointed Steve King as their manager.

Flying, talented winger Scott scored eight goals in 58 career appearances for Cray Wanderers following his release from Southend United.

“We had a great result midweek with a really strong footballing performance against a lively, albeit young Dartford side,” said Vines.

“We had a mix of first team and fringe players and there were several boys that have really given us a selection headache for all the right reasons.

“Brandon Scott moving to Whitehawk is a step-up for him and an opportunity for him to test himself against a higher calibre of player in the National League South.

“It will be tough for him to play in a struggling side but he will learn another side to his game and we wish him great success.

“His replacement on Wednesday scored a hat-trick so we will look to the player conveyor belt and build the next thing to come from Cray.”

Herne Bay arrive at Hayes Lane on Saturday having bagged back-to-back league wins over VCD Athletic (4-0) and Hastings United (4-2) and as a result have climbed up into the top eight with four wins from six league outings.

“We are looking forward to a real test against Herne Bay,” added Vines, who is Tony Russell’s number two.

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Cray Wanderers  v  Herne Bay
Bostik South
Saturday 23rd September 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
At Hayes Lane, Bromley, Kent BR2 9EF