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Cray Wanderers 2-0 Kingstonian

Cray Wanderers

K's beaten but don't really care as survival is assured.

It's felt like a desperately long season at times, but Kingstonian will go into next week's final game of the season against play-off participants Hornchurch at Imperial Fields safe in the knowledge that they will be playing Premier Division football next season.

Cray Wanderers boosted their chances of joining Hornchurch in those play-offs with a 2-0 victory at Hayes Lane with a one goal in each half, both from corners to the far post. In the 11th minute Harrison Sodje blasted a shot home from an acute angle to give the Wands the lead, whilst in the 47th minute Jalen Jones headed into the net a rebound after a fine Rob Tolfrey save.

Whilst the Wands did have the majority of possession and chances and did deserve their victory, the K's put up a spirited battle and were unfortunate to find the home team's goalkeeper Shaun Rowley to be in top form, making some good saves from Darnell Goather-Braithwaite and Lee Lewis.

After the game ended, the K's team waited on the pitch to discover the results from elsewhere - Hornchurch's 2-0 win over Bowers and Pitsea, condemning the Len Salmon Stadium team to Division One football next season, was eventually followed by the result from the Maurice Rebak Stadium, which kicked off fifteen minutes late due to traffic issues. Two goals for Wingate and Finchley in the last ten minutes confirmed a 4-1 victory for the Blues and relegation for visitors Herne Bay.

Seemingly certain in February of diving rapidly into the bottom four and staying there, Kingstonian have finished 18th in the Premier Division, and what a relief it feels...

Published Saturday 15th April 2023