Cray Wanderers v Dartford

Dartford face one of their former landlords in the F.A Cup Third Qualifying Round on the weekend when they take on Cray Wanderers.

Last Saturday’s defeat at Boreham Wood left The Darts disappointed as they were ‘out battled’ and a cup tie against a fellow Kent club may be just the cure to get back on track. Tony Burman told PURE DFC that he expects a positive response from his players, he said: “They are good people over at Cray and they are playing well at the moment. It’s the F.A Cup so its something else we can look at and obviuosly we want a reaction”.

Lee Burns scores the opener against Cray

The two clubs previously met at Hayes Lane last January during Dartford’s championship winning season. Lee Burns opened the scoring for The Darts just after the half hour mark and moments later James White doubled the advantage. Cray pulled one back from the penalty spot taken by Colin Luckett but The Wands were unable to complete the fightback.

Cray Wanderers 1 Dartford 2 – Isthmian Premier League 2009/2010

The Boxing Day fixture a week earlier ended 1-1 when Mark Willy gave the visitors the lead which was cancelled out by Danny Harris. In the 2006/07 Isthmian Division One South season Cray Wanderers thrashed Dartford 4-0 at home with the return fixture ending goalless.

The Wands have started their Isthmian Premier League campaign positively despite an opening day beating by AFC Hornchurch. That day Cray lost 5-2 which was followed up with a draw and five consecutive victories. The Kent club have lost only two more matches, the most recent on Saturday against Kingstonian. Before their 4-2 defeat they occupied second spot on goal difference but dropped to fifth after the match.

Back in 1993 The Darts resided at Oxford Road when playing in the Kent League after reformation. Eighteen years on Dartford now have a home and it’s Cray Wanderers living as tenants at Hayes Lane, Bromley.

Oxford Road: Former home of Cray Wanderers and Dartford during the early nineties

Dartford will be ever thankful to The Wands for helping the club on their way in a long journey to the Conference South. Although the circumstances behind Cray’s ground sharing is different they to have been on a steady climb up the football pyramid.

Formed in 1860, The Wands are the joint second oldest club in the country and spent most of their history at Kent League level. In 1998 the club was forced to ground share to comply with the Kent League rules and moved to Hayes Lane.

In the same year Ian Jenkins was appointed manager and he is now in his twelfth year, Jenkins has also been a player for The Wands when he joined in 1993. Back to back Kent League titles in 2002/03 and 2003/04 led to promotion and in 2008/09 Cray were promoted to the Isthmian Premier League. The Wands are looking to return to their original area and are trying to obtain permission to develop a site. The club are hoping to build a stadium at Sandy Lane in 2014.

Road To Wembley

Cray Wanderers

2nd Qualifying Round: Won 5-0 v Erith Town (Whitnell, Perkins (3), Sterling)

1st Qualifying Round: Won 3-0 v Hasting United (Day, Whitnell)


2nd Qualifying Round: Won 5-0 v Harrow Borough (Rogers, Bradbrook, Sheringham, Bonner, Burns)

Current Form (league only)

Last five Cray Wanderers matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Won 2-1 v Wealdstone Lost 1-3 v Boreham Wood
Won 3-2 v Wingate and Finchley Won 2-1 v Farnborough
Won 3-0 v East Thurrock United Lost 2-3 v Basingstoke Town
Won 1-0 v Carshalton Athletic Drew 0-0 v Chelmsford City
Lost 2-5 v AFC Hornchurch Drew 2-2 v Dover Athletic

F.A Cup Performances

Season Cray Wanderers Dartford
2010/2011 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Ebbsfleet United 1st Round Proper: v Port Vale
2009/2010 1st Qualifying Rd: v Walton and Hersham 3rd Qualifying Rd: v Chelmsford City
2008/2009 1st Qualifying Rd: v Sutton United 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Hampton and Richmond
2007/2008 1st Qualifying Rd: v AFC Wimbledon 3rd Qualifying Rd: v Bromley
2006/2007 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Leatherhead 1st Qualifying Rd: v Hastings United
2005/2006 4th Qualifying Rd: v Grays Athletic Preliminary Rd: v Dorking
2004/2005 1st Qualifying Rd: v Leatherhead 1st Qualifying Rd: v Dorking
2003/2004 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Basingstoke Town 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Bromley
2002/2003 2nd Qualifying Rd: v Hemel Hempstead Town Preliminary Rd: v Carterton Town
2001/2002 1st Qualifying Rd: v Bracknell Town 3rd Qualifying Rd: v Gravesend and Northfleet

Did you know…

Between 1960 and 1965 Dartford drew Cray Wanderers in the F.A Cup First Qualifying Round three times. In 1960/61 The Darts won a thrilling tie 5-4. Cray avenged defeat in 1963/64 with a 1-0 win and a season later Dartford strolled to a 5-0 victory.

This season Cray Wanderers have scored 26 league goals in the Isthmian Premier League, the most scored so far.

The Wands won five in a row from 27 August 2011 to 13 September 2011, their best winning streak in the Isthmian Premier League ever.

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