Cray Valley

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 15:00
League Cup
Culverden Stadium
Tunbridge Wells FC
HT Score: 
Cray Valley
Perry Spackman

A Dark dank Tuesday night at the Culverden was the setting for this league cup fixture against Cray Valley PM. Previous seasons could well of seen this fixture being postponed through a soggy pitch such was the rainfall leading up to the match, so it is a credit to the clubs ground staff that the pitch was deemed playable without the need of one of those silly pitch inspections.

The Wells came into the game having beaten the visitors comfortably 3-0 away in the league on the opening day of the season and coming in on the back of another impressive 3-0 away win against Croydon the previous Saturday.

As the last of the 138 crowd shuffled in and with the newly polished floodlights sparkling the first half began with Cray on the front foot and looking decidedly more comfortable in possession attacking the north stand oak end.

The majority of the first half action remained down at the oak end with Cray being disciplined in keeping their shape and not allowing the hosts the chance to counter attack with any conviction. With only half chances made by both sides a dull first half finished with the scores even at 0-0.
The 2nd half began where the 1st had left off with neither team troubling their opponents keeper.

The entrance of Harry Smith saw the Wells goal threat heighten and he almost made a difference and within minutes of coming on headed over the Cray bar.

A long range effort from Danny going wide also gave cause for optimism but that came crashing down when half an hour into the 2nd period Nick Davis felled Marcel-Henry inside the wells penalty area and gave the referee little choice but to award a spot kick to the visitors, which in turn was brilliantly saved by Steve, who diving to his left managed to push the ball round the post.

As the dire prospect of extra time began to loom on the south stand and a few beginning to think of better ways to spend a damp Tuesday night a counter attack by the wells saw Dane fizz a ball into the Cray area and Harry volley into the net to give the Wells and the supporters something to finally cheer about, and banish the thought of more added time. There was still time for some more heroics from Steve as he pulled off yet another fantastic save from a Cray header that echoed Gordon Banks at his best. The Wells travel to Fisher in the next round.