09/08/2014 Cray Valley v The Wells

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 15:00
Cray Valley
HT Score: 
Tunbridge Wells FC

SCEFL: Cray Valley PM 0-3 The Wells

Cass ah, haaa. Cass of the Culverden!

Report written by Gracie Fussell

The first game of the 14/15 season saw the Wells travel to the Badgers Sports Ground, a welcoming Ground found in Eltham with friendly staff, a well-stocked bar and Sky Sports. This was a tricky opener against an opponent who finished 7th last season and a potential banana skin, having witnessed their destructive style of play at the Culverden at the beginning of October last year where they ran out 0-5 winners. However a lot can happen in the close season with players coming and going.

With the Choir assembled and stocked up with refreshments on a warm summer afternoon in Greater London, the first half began with a close fought midfield battle between the two sides. Ian Parsons enjoyed some early success down the left flank. Some excellent running and tracking from the industrious Danny Powell and good support coming from Tom Bryant.

Equally Cray seemed to opt for the left flank as their preferred route of attack but were finding little joy as The Wells captain Jason Bourne was looking more than comfortable, making some fine tackles and preventing any real danger. The Choir also seemed to be having their own success with Cray keeper Matt Bailey, whose kicking was somewhat wayward.

As the first half played out, the midfield duo of Barnes and Beecroft began to take control in the middle. On 33mins, a fine through ball from The Beast put Cass into a one on one with the Cray stopper and he finished with a brilliantly clinical side footed effort. 0-1 to The Wells!

As the game restarted The Wells looked to assert their control and the already buoyed Choir didn’t have to wait long for more delirium. Just 5mins later after collecting the ball, Cass opened fire with a 20 yard bullet into the top left corner of the Cray goal. 2-0 and the South Stand Choir went into half time and the Badgers Bar with big smiles on their faces.

As the 2nd half kicked off The Wells continued to dominate the midfield battle with Cray’s few chances coming from distance or being broken down outside Steve’s area. The Wells then put the final nail in the Cray coffin on 57mins. Again Cass of the Culverden found himself one on one with the Cray keeper, and finished with real class, putting the game beyond doubt.

The remainder of the half saw The Wells happy to make their hosts chase the game by passing the ball around to cheers of ‘ole, ole’ from the travelling support and when the final whistle came there was little doubt that all the hard work in pre-season had paid off. With the somewhat surprising news that Greenwich Borough had lost 1-0 away at Phoenix Sports and the other usual suspects winning, this could prove a very valuable 3pts come the end of the season as Cray looked to be a well organised unit.

The Wells (starting XI):
Lawrence, Bourne, Benner, Davis, Bryant; Barnes, Beecroft, Parsons, Lacy; Powell, Cass

The Wells goal scorers:
Cass x3

South Stand Choir attendance:
40-50… and some new flags!

South Stand Choir… we are the 12th man!