Preview: Cray Wanderers vs Worthing

Worthing will be aiming to make it back-to-back wins in the Isthmian Premier Division when the Mackerel Men visit Hayes Lane on Saturday.

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Cray Wanderers
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Isthmian Premier Division Saturday 28th August, 2021

Both sides will come into the game full of confidence. Wanderers sit in third position as things stand, having won each of their opening two matches.

On the other hand the Reds had a mixed start to the season, following up an opening day defeat at Folkestone Invicta with an impressive 4-1 victory over Bowers & Pitsea in front of the fans at The Crucial Environmental Stadium.

The last time the sides met was all the way back in February 2020, when Wanderers snatched a late victory courtesy of a 90th minute goal from Reading loanee Joel Rollingson, just minutes after Jesse Starkey had been shown a red card.

However, both sides have had plenty of time to develop since we last met with both of last season’s fixtures against each other postponed due to the pandemic.

Striker Ollie Pearce will be looking to continue his impressive early season form after scoring a brace last weekend, on top of his goal on the opening day.

For the hosts though, one for the Adam Hinshelwood’s men to potentially fear is Cray’s summer signing Jamie Yila. Like Pearce, the young winger has scored in each of his first two appearances of the season and he’ll be looking to conjure up some more magic for the Wands this weekend.

A player hoping to potentially stop Yila’s is left-back Kyle O’Brien. Following an impressive pre-season, O’Brien was handed his competitive debut last weekend, where he impressed, playing a key role in Worthing’s fourth goal – courtesy of fellow impact sub Tom Chalaye.

Under 18’s manager Adam Kipling put the success of players like young Kyle O’Brien, breaking into the first team is down to “a group effort across the whole club”.

Chalaye, who grabbed a goal and an assist from the bench could be pushing for place in the starting eleven with Alex Parsons absent with a knee injury.

Parsons picked up the knock last time out, after colliding with Bowers & Pitsea goalkeeper Lamar Johnson and Hinshelwood has suggested the popular figure could be out until at least the turn of the year.

Two players hoping to return to the matchday squad this week are Alfie Young and Reece Meekums who missed out last weekend due to isolation – Meekums was on the score sheet the last time these two met.

Hinshelwood acknowledged how key squad rotation will be this weekend with just 48 hours between Saturday’s clash and Bank Holiday Monday’s meeting with arch rivals Bognor Regis Town.

With many supporters likely looking ahead to taking on the Rocks, Hinshelwood has stressed how amongst the squad “all focus is on Saturday” for a tough fixture against a good Cray Wanderers side.

The game will kick off at 3pm, in Bromley at Hayes Lane. Admission is £10 for adults and £5 for concessions (under-18’s and 60+).

We look forward to seeing your travelling support yet again. Fans unable to make trip to south London can follow the game via the club’s Twitter account, or through live commentary provided by rebelyell.live.