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Cray quickly settle with life in Ryman League
WANDERERS are quickly settling down with life in the Ryman League and remain
unbeaten in their first three league games of the season, writes Stephen
Jenkins’ side, who clinched the Go Travel Kent League championship for the
last two season’s, opened their Division One campaign with a 2-1 win at
Burgess Hill Town before following up with an entertaining 2-2 draw at Hayes
Lane against Leatherhead.
former Herne Bay striker Leigh Bremner was sent off, leaving the home side one
man short for the last seventy minutes, although the Wands had enough chances to
go on and beat their Surrey opponents.
created a whole host of chances in Saturday’s goal less draw at Hayes Lane
against Croydon, who lacked someone upfront to make a difference, as it was the
Kent side that spurned the most opportunities.
real chance Croydon created came with thirteen minutes remaining when a
thunderbolt from 22-yards from Alfie Nunn was brilliantly tipped over the bar by
a flying save from Cray stopper Dean Mann.
Joe Francis', Cray’s assistant manager, admitted he felt frustrated after his
side failed to take any of their many chances to put the game beyond Croydon’s
admitted: “Very, very frustrating. First
time in two year’s I’ve come out of the dressing room most annoyed.”
It was one
of those games when the home side did everything right, apart from finding the
composure to find the back John Odlum’s net.
said: “You do get that feeling it was one of those games.
you can’t let that sort of mentality creep into the players minds.
have to try and instill a little bit of belief and that is what we did at half
continued to open them up and carve them open, but just lacked that little bit
of composure in front of goal."
Croydon only had one real chance in the game, Francis acknowledged if his side
were coming up against a better side, they would get punished if they didn’t
take their chances.
dominated the game. We started very
strongly but at this level I think the strikers have the capability of undoing
you if you switch off, even momentarily, and you can be undone,” he said
could have happed a couple of times.
(Mann) has pulled off a fantastic save late on and kept us in it, which would
have been absolutely criminal (if they scored).
players are really disappointed in the dressing room,” he revealed.
admitted: “It’s the first time we’ve really been a bit down after a game,
but we have to pick ourselves up and we’ve got another chance to make amends
on Tuesday and we will get the boys up.”
however, sees the Croydon stalemate as two points dropped.
“I had in my mind for seven points after three games, so we can consider today
as two points dropped.
early doors and the signs are great – we would have been more displeased if we
weren’t creating chances – and we created a lot today.”
the trip to Tolworth to play Corinthian Casuals on Tuesday night, and will be
looking to bounce back and bag three points.
admitted: “We will be going there very positive".
promised: “The one thing about this side over the last two years is they
we’ve had a poor display or a bad result or things have gone against us, a
little bit of belief from Jenko (Jenkins) and myself, and I think we will be
ready to start all over again.”
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