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Home / News / MATCH PREVIEW / Cray Wanderers (H) - 1st April 2024

Cray Wanderers (H) - 1st April 2024

Cray Wanderers (H) - 1st April 2024

By Josh Cole

An Easter Monday clash at Hartsdown Park as we take on Cray Wanderers for matchday #37!

Last time out we won a vital match away at Cheshunt. Read the match report from that game by clicking here.

There will be Easter crafts and free Easter eggs for U18’s to enjoy. You can get your tickets by clicking here.

We encourage everyone to join us before the game with a minute’s applause for one of our own, Andy Everson.

OPPONENTS SEASON SO FAR:

After making the playoffs last season, Cray have struggled at the start of this campaign. From their first five games The Wands picked up zero points. They bounced back to win 1-5 away at 2nd place Chatham Town and 2-1 against Cheshunt before losing 3-0 to Kingstonian. Their next three games were a win against Concord, a loss against Hornchurch, and a draw against Potters Bar. After their next loss to Canvey Island, Cray Wanderers went undefeated from their next five games with two wins and two draws, before a scrappy defeat to Hashtag United. At Hayes Lane on Boxing Day, we drew 0-0 with Cray despite having ten men for the last 30 minutes. Following that draw against us, they won against Enfield Town and drew two more games against Hastings and Lewes. Two back-to-back defeats against Bognor Regis and Billericay saw Cary lumber just above the relegation spots. With their status in this division next year under threat, The Wands picked up form. They went seven games unbeaten drawing two and winning five which included big wins against Cheshunt and Kingstonian who continue to sit near the bottom of the table. That run of seven games moved Cray out of the talk for relegation and into midtable. Their good form came to a screeching halt though as they have only picked up one win in their last five games, which was away to Haringey Borough 0-4.

You can view the full league standings by clicking here.

LAST FIVE: MARGATE

Loss vs Horsham, home (1-3) League

Loss vs Hashtag United, away (4-2) League

Loss vs Carshalton Athletic, away (3-0) League

Draw vs Enfield Town, home (1-1) League

Win vs Cheshunt, away (0-1) League

LAST FIVE: CRAY WANDERERS

Loss vs Whitehawk, away (2-0) League

Loss vs Potters Bar, home (1-2) League

Win vs Haringey Borough, away (0-4) League

Loss vs Folkestone Invicta, home (0-1) League

Draw vs Chatham Town, home (2-2) League

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

There have been eleven matches between The Wands and The ‘Gate since Boxing Day 2012 where Cray Wanderers have won five, Margate have won five with one draw. In the reverse fixture on Boxing Day we took a point away from home with a very good defensive performance.

MATCH OFFICIALS:

The man in the middle will be Kane Dempster with his assistants being Christopher Cannon and Freddie Young.

Not able to make it to HDP on Easter Monday? You can follow all the action by heading over to our official X account @margate_fc for live match updates commencing from 2:15pm!

UP THE ‘GATE






Sunday, 31 March 2024
By Joshua Colect



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