Cray Wanderers vs Kingstonian preview
Cray Wanderers vs Kingstonian preview

In form Cray Wanderers look to continue their impressive recent run on Saturday when they entertain Kingstonian at Hayes Lane in the Isthmian League Premier Division.

The Wands currently sit third in the table on an unbeaten run of eight games, winning their last four.

Last Saturday Tony Russell’s side beat leaders Worthing 2-1 away with second half goals from Joe Taylor and Joe Rollinson, the victory took Cray up to third in the table on 58 points from 29 matches.

The win on the Sussex coast was made even more special given that they lost three players to injury in the first half and gave debuts to Ehizojie Onoabhagbe and Femi Abatan from the bench, both  of whom impressed. 

The Wands have extended Rollinson’s loan from Stevenage to help the squad, which has suffered an unfortunate number of injuries over the campaign. Mitchell Nelson & Tom Phipp were missing prior to the game at the weekend on top of the three players they lost during the match in Jay Leader, Geoffrey Okonkwo and Lee Lewis. Russell will be hoping that some of these key players will be able to return for this one.

Kingstonian make the journey over from Surrey sitting eleventh in the league with 38 points from 25 games. Last Saturday Hayden Bird’s side won 2-1 at home to Brightlingsea Regent with goals from Dan Bennett and Eddie D’Sane. The Ks are unbeaten in five games in all competitions and their only loss in the last eight was against National League Woking in the Surrey Senior Cup.

The Ks had an impressive FA Cup run this season defeating Dartford & Macclesfield on their way to the second round and also did well in the Trophy, reaching the second round of that competition, beating old rivals Woking in the first round.        

When the sides met in the season opener back in August they drew 0-0 at Corinthian Casuals FC where Kingstonian currently groundshare and this match looks set to be an equally tight encounter between two good teams in good form. 

Entrance to the game is £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, but season ticket holders for Premier League, Football League and National League sides can see the match for only £5 upon presentation of their season ticket at the turnstile.