Merstham reach the final of the Surrey County Cup for the third consecutive year after defeating Dorking Wanderers 3-2

Tuesday 21st March 2017
Dara Wilson, Remy Sylvester.

A local derby and occasion too good to miss- this week, the radio show was broadcasted live from Westhumble, with live commentary of Dorking Wanderers vs Merstham in the Surrey County Cup semi-final. Last week, National League side Woking confirmed their place in the final after defeating Guildford City of the CCFL Premier Division, 1-2.

Joining presenter Ben Eltham, James Cummins made a return to the BOTN starting line-up, and Frank Wilson (manager of Tooting & Mitcham) made a guest appearance to co-commentate.

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L to R: Ben Eltham, Frank Wilson, James Cummins

 

Dorking Wanderers, occupants of Westhumble are currently 2nd in the Ryman Division 1 South, and with a game in hand, sit nine points behind league leaders Tooting & Mitcham United. In their recent run of form, Wanderers have only lost two of their last ten league games, and have the second-best home record in the Ryman South. James McShane, Tom Tolfrey and Matt Briggs all position in the top 20 goal scorers of the league, with a total of 47 goals between them.

So far in the Surrey County Cup, Dorking Wanderers have defeated South Park (2-1), Sutton Common Rovers (1-1, 7-8 penalties) and Chertsey Town (0-3).

Visitors Merstham, currently position 18th in the Ryman Premier with 44 points, just a win clear of the drop zone. Their recent league form however, is the 8th best in the league with only 3 defeats in the last 10 games.

The Moatsiders have defeated Godalming Town (0-1), Walton & Hersham (5-1) and Whyteleafe (2-1) to reach the Surrey County Cup semi-final.


Dorking Wanderers | Matthew Willard, Rob Sheridan, Dean Gunner, Chris Boulter, Jerome Beckles, Anthony Oakes, Jake Beecroft, Guiseppe Sole, Sam Beard, Tom Tolfrey, James McShane, Dan Mahoney, Alex Wells, Tom Summerfield, William Hearn

Merstham | Josh Smith, Simon Cooper, Kristian Campbell, Antone Douglas, Marc Okoye, Xavier Vidal, Alex Addai, Tom Kavanagh, Omar Folkes, Dan Bennett, Reece Hall, Michael Abnett, Dan Hector, Tom Howard, Rae Bailey-Allen, Kershaney Samuels

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An enticing first five minutes ensued two goals; Merstham taking the lead in the third minute as Tom Kavanagh picked out Dan Bennett through the middle, who showed composure, and slid the ball into the net.

Dorking Wanderers applied pressure to the Moatsiders’ defence in the opening stages of the game, displaying their skilful attack. In the forth minute, an equaliser was scored when Giuseppe Sole remarkably chipped the ball over the keeper following a long pass, at a tight angle.

The Ryman Premier side utilised their pace on the wing; in particular, Reece Hall created several chances on the left hand side. Just after ten minutes, an excellent passing movement in the midfield lead to Hall narrowly lifting the ball over the crossbar.

Dorking missed the opportunity to take the lead in the eleventh minute, playing the ball into the box. A solid Merstham defence  prevented another goal and the ball was cleared off the line.

However, after the first fifteen minutes, Merstham had the edge as they created more chances. An excellent opportunity started from Tom Kavanagh, the Merstham captain, as he made a quick break on the counter-attack. He found Alex Addai on the wing, who dribbled the ball and played a low cross into Hall. The pace of the ball precluded Hall from connecting, and the ball travelled across the face of the goal.

Kavanagh continued to be instrumental in the Merstham midfield, laying the ball to Xavier Vidal in the twentieth minute, whose shot rattled the crossbar. The Moatsiders looked confident, passing effectively and creating space.

In the twenty-fifth minute, Merstham reclaimed the lead as Alex Addai dribbled the ball into the box, despite facing pressure from two Dorking defenders. Nevertheless, his step-overs enabled him to bypass the defence and score.

Ten minutes later, the Moatsiders had an opportunity to extend their lead, as Reece Hall timed his run perfectly on the left hand side to create a one-on-one with the keeper. The latter had to receive treatment after colliding with Hall, making a save. The ball went behind, but a clearance off the line prevented a goal.

Although Merstham were the stronger side in the first half, Dorking still impressed the crowd and created numerous chances. Approaching half time, Jake Beecroft laced the ball through to Tom Tolfrey on the right hand side, who took the ball into the box- but the Merstham defence were able to keep the ball out.

One minute prior to half time, Dan Bennett completed a brace as he received a long ball down the middle. He used his pace, which was a major strength of Hayden Bird’s side, to dance around the keeper and score.

In the second half, Dorking Wanderers posed threat; McShane caused problems for the Merstham defence. However, the side briefly switched off early in the second half, giving Dan Bennett a clear shot on goal. He was unable to complete a hat trick, missing the target.

Jerome Beckles was another one to watch in the second forty five minutes, orchestrating movement in the midfield and exploiting space on the wing. On the hour mark, Dorking scored the goal which they deserved. Tom Tolfrey timed his run perfectly, receiving the ball and dribbling past Josh Smith, finishing with composure.

Dorking searched for an equaliser, but Merstham’s defence fought valiantly. The Moatsiders also continued to create chances throughout the second half, Xavier Vidal’s corner finding Omar Folkes in the seventy-eighth minute. However, his shot kept out.

FT: Dorking Wanderers 2-3 Merstham

In conclusion, the match included an excellent attacking display from both teams. Although, numerous fouls were conceded by both teams, which slightly slowed the momentum. Dorking Wanderers applied pressure to Merstham from the kick off, but the Moatsiders had the upper hand in the first half. The Ryman Premier League side utilised their pace to exploit areas on the wing, Reece Hall and Omar Folkes making excellent runs, and Dan Bennett showed composure when he netted a brace. Dorking Wanderers created more chances in the second half; McShane, Beckles and Tolfrey all working together to attack. A goal on the hour-mark excited the fans, as a possibility of extra time hung in the air, but the score remained 2-3.

Video highlights and Podcast ep 4 will be available later this week.

 

 

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Play-offs still in the Robins’ sights

By James Barrett.

Three of Carshalton Athletic’s home-grown young guns made their mark as the Robins empathically got back to winning ways at the weekend.

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Price and Aikhionbare celebrating: Ian Gerrard photo
Despite going 1-0 down against visiting Three Bridges on Saturday, captain Bobby Price, striker Kingsley Aikhionbare and the returning Ricky Korboa shared five goals to halt a run of four games without a win.

The victory keeps the Robins sixth in the Ryman South as the battle for play-off positions intensifies. Only 10 points now separate third-placed Greenwich Borough down to Hythe Town in eighth, plus tenth-placed South Park have four games in hand.

“This was a massive result as we’ve dropped a few points recently but, especially when playing at home, we need to keep winning and pushing towards the play-offs” said 21-year old Price whom equalised the visitors’ 11th minute opener with a 35 yard rocket just 60 seconds later.

“They didn’t make it easy for us though especially in the second-half when they had the wind. Joe (Tupper) made a couple of good saves but we battled and took our chances.”

Price put Carshalton into the lead on 41 minutes after pouncing to slam in Omari Hibbert’s parried shot. Then 21-year old Aikhionbare got in on the act with a sweet left-footed finish just before the break.

The striker has found it difficult adding goals to his energetic performances this season but his perfectly-timed run and impudent finish over the keeper in the second-half was his third goal in two games.

“I had lots of time to think about that second one and wasn’t sure to dink it or go round him but, in the end, it doesn’t matter who scores the goals as long as we win and keep hunting that play-off place”

The assist for Aikhionbare’s second came from the boot of substitute Korboa, whom made his first appearance after three months out injured, and the 20-year old playmaker even plundered his 20th goal of the season from a Price pull-back late on.

“That’s Ricky for you – I know he’s been down because of the injury but I spoke to him a lot during that time and it’s great to see him back” Aikhionbare added.

Next up for Carshalton is a visit from mid-table Herne Bay on Saturday but both Corinthian Casuals and South Park play midweek, so the play-off race could have changed again if both rivals register positive results.

“Most sides around us have a game or two in hand so if they drop points, like a couple did last Saturday, then that’s a bonus. We just need to take each game as it comes and concentrate on getting three points each time.”

Saturday’s clash will likely see new Carshalton defender Connor Sanders line-up against his former colleagues, but Paris Hamilton-Downes, Brendan Murphy-McVey and Sean O’Toole are all still struggling with injury.

FT:  Carshalton Athletic 5-1 Three Bridges

See all the goals and action from Carshalton’s win over Three Bridges by visiting robins.tv

Carshalton Athletic vs Herne Bay is on Saturday 25th March (kick-off 3pm).

The Chips view: Faversham 4-1 Chipstead

Chipstead slipped to a 4-1 defeat at Faversham in their latest league match, but thankfully lost no ground on the teams below them in the league table.

By Trevor Stotten.

On the dry, bumpy and sandy pitch, it was difficult to get going, but Chips had the best of the early exchanges, with Leon Lalor-Dell and Karl Parker combining well down the left, so it was gutting to concede in just the eighth minute, when the home centre-forward chested home a cross from the right.

Faversham’s lead seemed to knock the stuffing out of the visitors, and their lead nearly doubled when Tommy Smith’s cushioned header back to Luke Colquhoun in goal, evaded the keeper, but thankfully the ball went past the post.

However, Chipstead were still in the game – Jason Henry, skipper on the day, had two good efforts on goal, but in vain – Chris O’Flaherty hit a rasping left-foot drive, which the home keeper pushed away for a corner. Lalor-Dell then cut the ball back from the by-line, but Matt Warren shot over the bar.

At the other end, Colquhoun had to be alert to tip a home effort over the bar, but, from the resultant corner, he dived bravely at the feet of the left-back, who unfortunately got to the ball first to poke it home for 2-0.

Seven minutes after the break, the home side were 3-0 ahead, as their forward bundled the ball home.

Chipstead brought on 2 subs, and changed their formation, but Faversham killed the game in the seventy-first minute, when their centre-forward let the ball drop, and shot over his shoulder, giving Colquhoun no chance.

Matt Males scored a consolation goal for Chips with two minutes to go, getting a firm header to another O’Flaherty corner, but the points had gone. Henry was harshly pulled up for offside just before the final whistle, but the home side had the victory.

Chipstead remain in 20th position in the league table, 8 points ahead of the bottom 3, with a big game next up at Three Bridges, where manager Antony Williams will want a much better outcome for his team.

Hat-trick hero Ollie Moore helps Bears end their 5 game losing streak

Heath’s five game losing streak came to an end on Saturday with an emphatic 4-0 home win over Peacehaven & Telscombe, with Ollie Moore netting his first hat-trick of the season.

The Broadbridge Heath view by Andy Crisp.

Team selection in recent weeks has been difficult for the Bears management with so many player’s injured or unavailable, so it was an unfamiliar looking line-up and a change of formation moving away from the customary 4:3:3, to a more conventional 4:4:2 with Moore taking on the role of one of the two main strikers.

Despite the changes Heath started well and Martin was close to putting his team ahead when he met a Jamal Sultan right wing cross with a powerful downward header that bounced over the crossbar.  Minutes later Jamie Robinson, playing an attacking midfield role, got behind the Peacehaven right back and from the goal-line picked out Moore at the far post who gave the visitor’s goal keeper Lawrence Sanded no chance with a precision header into the top right corner of the net.

The visitors responded well with Acer Wake looking the most likely person to pull a goal back when he had Peachaven’s first shot on target on twenty-five minutes which went straight into the arms of Michael Chester, minutes later Wake was again close with a right foot shot just wide of the post and 10 minutes before the break he came even closer with a shot that came off the inside of the post and across the face of goal before Chester cleared the danger.

Just before the break Moore almost grabbed his second of the match when he headed a Sultan cross over the advancing keeper but also just over the crossbar.

The second half continued to be a close affair with Moore shooting just wide of the Peacehaven goal on 60 minutes and Tim Martin was unlucky when he received the ball from Robinson and turned on a sixpence and shot just over the bar from 12 yards.

At the other end the visitors’ won a series of corners and on one Heath were saved by Mitchell Clark, standing on the post in the perfect position to clear off the goal-line.

Heath doubled their lead in the seventy-second minute, and it came after some clever wing play by “The Sultan of Swing” Jamal Sultan who dazzled his marker before swinging in a ball from the right which Tim Martin dispatched at the near post.

Heath were now dominate and added a third 10 minutes later when Scott Weller intercepted a cross-field ball, beat the last defender and as Sanded came out to narrow the angle he unselfishly squared the ball to Moore for a tap-in.

Conor Wilkins came close to pulling a goal back for his side in injury time but Chester was down quickly to save low to his right.

Deep into added time Callum Nash broke away, Sanded was quickly off his line but as Nash tried to dribble the ball around the keeper he was brought down for a clear cut penalty, surprisingly Sanded was only cautioned for the offence but Moore stepped up to convert from the spot and complete his hat-trick and complete a very good afternoon for Broadbridge Heath FC.

Assistant Manager Steve Whiting commented:

“It was good to get back into winning ways, we’ve had a real tough run of fixtures in recent weeks which has come at a time when we’ve been missing a lot of our senior players, so it was good to see how the players reacted today, they all put in a shift and thoroughly deserve the win”.

Broadbridge Heath 4-0 Peacehaven & Telscombe

A 2-2 draw halts run of 3 defeats to place Carshalton back up into 5th 

Carshalton Athletic got their faltering promotion charge back on track after leaving a traditionally unhappy Kent hunting ground with a point last Saturday.

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Bobby Price scoring: credit of Ian Gerrard.

by James Barrett.

 

The Robins played Hythe Town having lost in each of their last two visits to the Reachfields Stadium, plus their hosts beat them 3-0 in the reverse fixture back in December, but Kingsley Aikhionbare’s late strike ensured they left with a share of the spoils.

The 2-2 draw not only halted a run of three defeats but also took Carshalton back up into fifth place as Ryman South play-off rivals Hastings United and Lewes both lost on the same day.

On a mild afternoon for football, Saturday’s game really began to heat up in the last five minutes of the first-half as Ben Wilson put the home side into the lead with a deflected shot from 18 yards.

Carshalton captain Bobby Price led by example however by ghosting a header on Ryan Gondoh’s in-swinging cross past goalkeeper Joe Mant to level things up before half-time.

The match seemed to be heading towards a stalemate until Wilson saw a low-angled free kick on 76 minutes sneak in at the far post and it seemed the Hythe hoodoo would strike Carshalton yet again.

But substitute Omari Hibbert, whom only joined the Robins the day before, slung over a 82nd minute cross which Tommy Bradford knocked down for Aikhionbare to smash home and rescue a point.

Carshalton’s attention is now focused on the visit of struggling Three Bridges on Saturday and nothing but victory will surely satisfy manager Peter Adeniyi and his troops.

There are seven other clubs harbouring play-off ambitions alongside Carshalton but they’ve all got a game in hand on the Robins, while South Park have an extra six.

The two clubs met back in December when Carshalton left Jubilee Walk 4-1 winners so, on paper, this should be a home win but Three Bridges, despite languishing second-bottom in the league, have shown some recent resolve by drawing their last four away games 1-1.

Carshalton Athletic vs Three Bridges is on Saturday 18th March (kick-off 3pm).

BOTN Radio: 07-03-2017: Ryman Premier League side Staines Town FC join us in the Studio

This week we welcomed Staines Town manager Drax Hippolyte and captain Tommy Brewer in the studio to co-host the show.

The show also includes plenty of football news, interviews and chat as Hayden Bird (manager of Merstham FC), Jamie Howell (manager of Bognor Regis), Ian Chapman (manager of Burgess Hill Town), Bradley Quinton (manager of Enfield Town), Alan Douson (manager of Hampton & Richmond), Ant Jupp (manager of Horley Town) and Paul Walker (manager of Crawley Wasps LFC) all joined us.

There were the usual fun and games including Higher or Lower, Get To Know Your Club (with Lingfield FC) and co-host Dara Wilson and producer Luke went head to head on the Non-League Football Quiz.

Listen to the full show here:

Combined Counties Premier Division review: 4th March 2017

combined-counties-league-headerBy Mike Elkins.

There were plenty of talking points at Krooner Park as Camberley Town and Abbey Rangers shared the spoils in a game that could have finished very differently. Two goals in the first five minutes set the tone, unfortunately for Rangers their goal was chalked off meaning Manny Quarshie’s attempt put Camberley one up. It stayed this way until the seventy-sixth minute when Elliot Firth scored his first goal for the Abbey and with Liam Roberts seeing red for Camberley less than ten minutes later the crowd sensed a come back victory. The opportunity arrived for Rangers in the ninety-second minute but they were denied victory by the woodwork. This wasn’t to be the last effort of the game however, Quarshie was aiming to add to his goal tally for the day when he let fly from forty yards in the final minute of injury time, it was the cross bar once again that intervened and both sides had to settle for a one all draw and a point a-piece.

A 3-1 victory for CB Hounslow United over Colliers Wood United saw them leap frog their opponents in the table and end the day seventeenth whilst Wood slipped to eighteenth. Hounslow took the lead but were pegged back to one apiece before stamping their authority on the game and running out eventual winners, securing their first win since the eleventh of February. With a further three goals conceded, it is certainly at that end of the pitch that is causing concern for Colliers Wood who have conceded a total of eleven goals in their last four run outs, including seven in their last two.

Chertsey Town, sitting one place above Saturdays opponents and third from bottom Badshot Lea could have pulled eleven points clear of the relegation zone with three points at Alwyns Lane. Everything was going to plan for Town when they took the lead in the eighteenth minute, things had unraveled shortly after with Badshot equalising just three minutes later and taking the lead in the twenty-fifth minute. A third goal on the stroke of half time taking a 1-3 lead in at the break forced Chertsey into a double change at half time. Badshot completed the rout with ten minutes to go, taking a very valuable three points back to Youngs Drive, securing a comfortable  1-4 win away from home.

Both teams left High Road with one point after fifth played fourth on Saturday. Walton and Hersham secured their thirteenth draw of the season but it could have been much more when TJ Nkoma was brought down in the box by Epsom and Ewell left-back Matt Tanton. Billy Marshall took care of the spot kick and the away side went in one up at half time. The second half saw Epsom and Ewell increase the pressure on the visitors and leveled on sixty six minutes with Jordan Gallagher slotting past Walton ‘keeper Liam Beach from just inside the box. With a little under ten minutes to play Epsom and Ewell thought all their pressing had paid off with a neat headed finish, only for the linesman to rule it out for off-side. With the points shared, it is ‘as you were’ in the league standings, Epsom and Ewell in fifth, one place behind Walton and Hersham in fourth.

A bare bones Hanworth Villa had to settle for a hard fought nil-nil draw away at mid-table Farnham Town. The point was enough to see them climb above Westfield to second place in the standings for the time being. Westfield currently have four games in hand over their rivals which suggests the Villains stay is a precarious one.

Weather also lead to the postponement of Knaphill vs Bedfont and Feltham, denying the away side the opportunity to draw level on points with twenty-second place Raynes Park Vale who lost 1-3 at home to Bedfont Sports. Two goals for attacking midfielder Matt Riggs takes his tally to four goals in the last three games for the Eagles.

All the points went back to Ashford with Spelthorne Sports in what was a very spirited performance from the side who started the day six places below their opponents, Horley Town. Alex Barbary got the scoring underway for Horley who were looking to leapfrog Camberlely Town and claim sixth spot at the full time whistle. Spelthorne however had other plans and goals from Jake Flatman and Joe Dyett completed a well deserved fight back, securing a 2-1 victory and gaining two places in the league table, ending the day in eleventh position.

With the crumbs of ‘pie-gate’ cleared away, Sutton Common Rovers and AFC Hayes took to the artificial surface at Gander Green Lane. Sutton starting the day in sixteenth and Hayes eighteenth, this promised to be a tight encounter. The first half gave very little in terms of quality but it did see seventeen year old Josh Greenleaf make his first start for Rovers. The deadlock was broken on forty eight minutes, Sutton striker Michael Campbell is in prolific form this term with fifteen goals in as many appearances. The pacey front man went for placement over power on this occasion, steering the ball in off the right hand upright. Adam Allen doubled the Sutton lead, making the most of goal keeping error to force the ball home in the fifty-fifth minute. The lead could have been halved two minutes later but the opportunity was spurned with an off target penalty for AFC Hayes. Another goal did arrive in the seventy-ninth minute as Hayes were able to make the final ten minutes a nervy one for the home team but an equalizer was not to be. All three points staying in Sutton.

League leaders Hartley Wintney were left frustrated by the weather as their home tie against Windsor was postponed following heavy rainfall. Although halting their seemingly unstoppable march to a consecutive league title, the players will be well rested ahead of their Hampshire Senior Cup Semi-Final against Premier League side AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday evening.

Westfield and North Greenford United’s game at Woking Park was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, the second game in a week called off due to adverse weather conditions for both teams.

 

 

“A late goal leaves Angels feeling flat as a pancake on shrove Tuesday” writes Reanesh Patel.

img_0182By Reanesh Patel.
Tonbridge Angels 1 – 1 Havant & Waterlooville
A bright start to this game by the home side where a great header by Tonbridge’s Nathan Elder flew past the stranded keeper hitting the post.
However, a minute later Tonbridge took the lead where a great through ball put Alex Akrofi in on goal and he coolly slotted the ball into the net past the onrushing keeper.
The game had limited chances in the first half, but Tonbridge did create some opportunities through good build up play however no clear shots on goal were made from the good build up play.
The second half was not entirely pulsating as it became a scrap in the middle of the park with neither side fully talking control.
However, on the eight-second Minute Havant & Waterlooville scrambled in an equaliser through a free kick dropping into the area and Jason Prior tapping the ball into the net.
All in all it was a game where a draw was probably the fair result but having controlled large parts of the game, Tonbridge Angels left the game feeling flat as a pancake!

Ryman South top goal-scorer Tommy Bradford, makes it 30 goals and counting

They say good things come in small packages and that’s certainly true of Carshalton Athletics’ home-grown goal machine…

By James Barrett.

Tommy Bradford stepped up from the youth team at Colston Avenue to make his first-team debut aged just 17 and, fast forward five seasons later, the 5ft 7″ forward is enjoying his most bountiful campaign – which includes three hat-tricks – in front of goal yet.

 

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Photo by Ian Gerrard.

 

His goal during the recent 3-2 defeat at South Park was his 30th of the season but, while that leaves him top of the Ryman South goal-scoring charts, the loss dented Carshalton’s play-off aspirations as others around them take advantage of games in hand.

“Everyone, including me, was massively disappointed after the South Park game as we felt we were the better team overall”

“So I didn’t even register my thirtieth until later that evening when people started sending me congratulations”

“But now it’s sunk in I do feel proud of course. Most people would expect a traditional ‘number nine’ to reach that figure but this feels even better as I’ve mostly played just off our strikers or out wide this season.”

The 22 year-old made that aforementioned debut in 2013, when Carshalton were involved in a Ryman Premier relegation fight, and the first of his 78 goals in Robins red to date came as part of a treble against Hampton and Richmond Borough.

“We were actually on a good run of form, which eventually saw us stay up, but there wasn’t pressure on me to come in and just start scoring however” he added.

“I cannot compare the feeling I experienced when that first goal went in to anything else, then we got a penalty in the second-half and (former team-mate) Nathaniel Pinney knew I was on a hat-trick and so let me take it.”

“I’ve enjoyed playing with many different forwards during my time but Pinney was great to play off, Michael Campbell has great pace and was good to look for, and Dan Summers was a good communicator and great goal scorer.”

Carshalton and Bradford next face play-off rivals Greenwich Borough at home and the forward wants his team to get back to the kind of form that saw the Robins go eight games unbeaten before defeats to Hastings United and South Park last week.

“We beat Greenwich at theirs earlier in the season and a repeat of that would be great, but we will all have to work hard and get back to our recent good form” said Bradford.

“And I’m fully focused on adding to my total and helping us to hopefully a positive end to this season.”

Carshalton Athletic vs Greenwich Borough takes place on Saturday 4th March (kick-off 3pm).

The Chipstead view: Chipstead 2-2 Cray Wanderers

img_0182By Trevor Stotten.

Chipstead secured what could be another valuable point, come the end of the season, showing great determination to come from behind twice to peg back Cray Wanderers, who had taken the lead in the 30th minute through Danny Haynes.

Chips had chances of their own in the first half, the best being when Karl Parker found himself through, beat the goalkeeper, but shot wide.

It took a brave decision from Chips’ manager Antony Williams to change his side around at halftime, subbing top scorer Raheem Sterling-Parker, adding Bradley Wilson to the midfield.

Their reward came in the 64th minute, when Leon Lalor-Dell swept home, after Jason Henry’s shot was blocked, as he slipped in the soft conditions.

Cray regained the lead 9 minutes later, when Jay Leader rose highest to head in a corner, but Chips didn’t give up, and after making further substitutions, were able to create more chances.

They were back on terms again 8 minutes from time, as Lalor-Dell battled down the right, cut back, and crossed the ball, causing confusion in the visitors’ defence, with sub Wilson quickest to pounce & poke the ball home.

The home side held on well, as the time ran down, and  were good value for their share of the spoils.

FT: Chipstead 2-2 Cray Wanderers

Hopefully they will take confidence from this into their next game at home to Ramsgate on Tuesday, sitting 19th in the table, 10 points ahead of the bottom three.