We need to start putting some results together in the league, says Cray Valley boss James Collins

Thursday 01st December 2016

CRAY VALLEY manager James Collins says his side must go on a decent run of results to catch impressive league leaders Crowborough Athletic.


The Millers lie in the top seven in the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division table with a league playing record of nine wins, one draw and five defeats – 10 points adrift of the Crows.

They host Erith & Belvedere in the league on Saturday.  John Wilfort has guided The Deres to 12th place in the table with a playing record of four wins, five draws and seven defeats.

“They beat us earlier on in the season.  I speak to Wilfs a lot and I like John and I like to see him do well, but obviously not on Saturday,” said Collins.

“We need to start putting some results together in the league. That’s two back-to-back wins, which is good.”

Cray Valley knocked Tunbridge Wells out of the Kent Reliance Senior Trophy Second Round on Sunday. An entertaining game saw The Millers progress through a sole strike from midfielder Jamie Miller.

“I’ve always said this to you, I said to the committee I want to win every thing I’m in and that’s what I want to do,” said Collins.

“I think you’ve got to win as many games as you can.  Cray Valley finished seventh, tenth, have always been in and around that area.  We need to break that but look we’re looking to do as well as we can.”

Big-spending league leaders Crowborough Athletic seem to be the team to beat heading towards Christmas.

Collins said: “I think Crowborough have won 17 games in a row, they’re a very good side. Sevenoaks are a very good side. Ashford are a very good side and Hollands & Blair are strong and decent and are always going to pick up points.  Croydon have done well. 

“You’ve got some decent teams in it this year so it’s going to be tough. We just need to worry about us and go on a run of a decent run of games and try to win games and see where it takes us.”

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Cray Valley (Paper Mills)  v  Erith & Belvedere
Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division
Saturday 3rd December 2016
Kick Off 3:00pm
at DGS Marine Stadium, Middle Park Avenue, Eltham, London SE9 5HP