Preview: Cray Wanderers

A Spooktacular Kent Senior Cup match is right around the corner as the Fleet face Cray Wanderers on Halloween night at the Kuflink Stadium. 

Cray, managed by former Bromley boss Neil Smith, are currently 20th in the Isthmian Premier Division with just the three wins all season, following on from last season’s campaign when they reached the playoffs. Their last win came at the start of the month with a trip to former National South side Concord Rangers and they have since failed to win in their past three league matches.

Their cup form is better, however, with wins over Needham Market and (on penalties) against Chesham United in the FA Trophy recently.

And Cray booked their place in this Second Round of the Kent Senior Cup with a last-gasp winner from Gary Lockyer to secure a 3-2 victory over Phoenix Sports, with the Wands coming from behind twice to level the playing field. 

Sefa Kahraman at Hayes Lane when the sides last met, in the FA Trophy

The last time the Fleet faced Cray Wanderers – then managed by Danny Kedwell – was December 2021 in the FA Trophy and we exited the competition as a result of a penalty shootout. An action-packed 90 minutes resulted in a 2-2 draw with Will Wood clinching an equaliser for the Fleet in the final minute. Wood is now on loan at Cray from Welling, alongside another former Fleet face in Anthony Cook.

Cray have plenty of experience with a number of signings from Dulwich Hamlet, including Jack Holland, Frankie Raymond, George Porter and Nyren Clunis as well as additions from Dartford in the form of David Ijaha and one-time Football League men Sam Wood and Jamie Mascoll.

Tickets at the discounted rate of £8/£5/£1 can be purchased in advance here and at the gate. A reminder that this is an all-pay event, so season-ticket holders will also need to purchase a ticket for the match either online or at our ticket windows.

Please note that the Swanscombe End and Old Stand will not be open tomorrow evening. The Main Stand and the Plough End will both be fully open and there is no segregation in place so supporters of both clubs may use our Hospitality Lounge bar and the Social bar.

Car Park C at Ebbsfleet International Station will be open as usual for football parking at a cost of £3.

A digital programme for download will also be available tomorrow.


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