Pre-Season Friendly Results
Canterbury 0-1 Faversham Town
Chatham Town 2-3 Charlton XI
Colliers Wood 8-0 Tooting Bec
Corinthian 2-1 Greenways
Deal Town 0-3 Dover Athletic
FC Elmstead 2-2 Lingfield FC
Glebe 3-4 Cray Wanderers
Herne Bay 3-1 Punjab Utd
Hythe Town 1-1 Tunbridge Wells
Larkfield & New Hythe 0-3 Sheppey Utd
Oakwood 1-2 Croydon
Otford Utd 1-4 Lordswood
SC Thamesmead 0-1 Fisher
Sutton Ath 2-1 Rusthall
VCD Athletic 1-0 Erith & Belvedere
Some games may have been called off at short notice but many still took, giving the SCEFL sides involved good preparation for the season that will kick-off in just 10 days time.
Glebe faced Cray Wanderers at Foxbury and in a real game of two halves led at the break before eventually losing 4-3 to their Step 3 opponents.
Aaron Watson, Sol Baugh and Jamie Philpot all scored to give the hosts a 3-0 lead but with a double from Lee Lewis plus goals from Cameron Brodie and Danny Kedwell, Cray Wanderers timed their comeback perfectly and took the win.
Glebe boss Harry Hudson – ““For 55 minutes today, we were brilliant and the pattern of the game was similar to what we had recently. Then to be fair to Cray Wanderers, they turned it around and scored a goal speculatively from range”
“That was quickly followed by a second one which was from a mistake, we started to be a bit flustered and not able to find the way to break the press. We didn’t have the right solution to do that.”
“But that’s exactly why we have pre-season games and playing teams from higher levels so we can get tested, learn and develop. Really proud of the team that finished on the pitch, probably had an average age of about 17 in the end which is brilliant”
“We’re going to use all our squad this season. I’m really happy we’ve had a proper test tonight and we will learn from it.”
Glebe next host Burgess Hill Town on Saturday.
Sheppey United made the trip to the ‘Taray Group Community Stadium’ to face SCEFL new boys Larkfield & New Hythe.
For the hosts it was their first match under their new floodlights at a ground that is gains praise from all who visit.
Sheppey won the game 3-0 with recent signing Taurean Roberts claiming a double and Michael Hagan getting the other.
At Bayliss Avenue Fisher beat SC Thamesmead with Jack Gibbons getting the only goal of the night.
In the other all-SCEFL encounter on the night Sutton Athletic beat Rusthall 2-1 with Arlie Desanges and Lewis Oduku netting for The Sutts and Reuel Powell-Downey scoring for the visitors.
Greenways put on a good showing in a 2-1 defeat at Corinthian. Brad Cross got the goal for the Greens, who have been unfortunate to have had a stuttered pre-season up to now so will be hoping for a smooth run towards their first game at Stansfeld.
Regan Corke scored in a draw for Tunbridge Wells at Hythe Town while FC Elmstead also finished all-square against Lingfield.
Against Isthmian South East sides, Canterbury City lost 1-0 against Faversham Town and Erith & Belvedere went down by the same scoreline at VCD Athletic. At Winch’s field, Punjab United held Herne Bay for a long time before losing 3-1, with Dominic Vincent giving Punjab the lead at the break.
There were defeats for Tooting Bec at Colliers Wood and Chatham Town at home to a Charlton XI, while Deal Town against Dover Athletic attracted over 600 supporters to the Charles Sports Ground – Dover won the match 3-0.
The final two games saw Lordswood beat Otford United 4-1 and Croydon win 2-1 at Oakwood with Wilson and Kaate getting the Trams goals.
There are further friendlies tonight.
Main Photo – Glebe: Matt White