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Cray Wanderers 1-1 Kingstonian

Luke Garrard came to Kingsmeadow from Croydon Athletic with a reputation for keeping many a clean sheet. Behind a struggling K's defence this season he has had little opportunity to maintain this record but he certainly enhanced his reputation with a fine display to help K's earn a difficult point at Cray Wanderers.

K's had started well, going 1-0 up through Bobby Traynor and having a brace of good chances to make it two, but after Cray equalised, once again from a poorly defended corner, it was the home side who always looked more likely to win. They found Garrard in fine form though and K's showed a new-found resilience to avoid being broken down.

Traynor once again showed his predatory instincts to give K's a seventeenth minute lead. A slightly agricultural high ball into the box found him facing away from goal but he controlled with his chest, turned, and fired a low shot across goalkeeper Steve Northwood into the bottom corner.

Goggin congratulates Traynor

Four minutes later K's might have doubled their advantage. Some excellent counter-attacking football allowed Neil Lampton to cross to Gary Drewett, who side-footed onto the post with Northwood rooted to the spot.

Drewett strikes against the post

The equaliser soon came though, a corner being flicked on to an unmarked Andy Martin at the far post who headed pas Garrard from close range. K's almost restored their advantage immediately but failed in bizarre circumstances.

Drewett attacked down the left and got into the box along the by-line. Northwood came out to save at an acute angle and the ball rebounded to Traynor. He threaded the ball through the defenders and past Northwood, only for Drewett, apparently thinking he had been called offside, to block the ball pretty much on the line and knock it back to the goalkeeper.

From that point on, Cray were dominant. Garrard made three fine saves before the break, from Martin, Michael Power and ex-AFC Wimbledon man Gareth Graham, and remained on form after the interval. He raced of his line to deny Jamie Wood and then Power beat three men in carving through the K's defence before powering wide.

Familiar scenes in this fixture

He made another two fine saves from Graham with K's only real attacks being a weak effort from Traynor and a wide shot from Glen Boosey. K's would be happy wit the point hey earned, extending their unbeaten run to four games, but they still need to improve their defending from set pieces if Garrard's work is to start being rewarded by clean sheets.

Sat 10th Feb 2007
Hayes Lane (Bromley FC)
Isthmian League Division One South
Cray Wanderers1
1Luke Garrard
2Wayne Finnie
3Liam Cockerill14
4Jon CokeCautioned
5Julian Sills
6Simon SobihyCautioned
7Wes Goggin
8Neil Lampton
9Bobby Traynor
10Gary Drewett16
11Martyn Lee
12Simon Huckle
14Lee Riddell3
15Tommy Moorhouse
16Glenn Boosey10
17Stephen Windegaard
Match Report By
Simon Grier