Tomorrow sees the end of what has been a tumultuous season for Cray Wanderers as they travel to Dereham Town for the first time. Cray have been enjoying a tremendous run of form which has taken them from 23rd place on 17th March to 18th place and are looking for a 10th straight league win.
Enormous credit must go to manager Tommy Warrilow and his coaching staff and of course to all of the players that have managed to turn around what looked certain relegation to producing some of the finest football many supporters can remember for many a year.
With the players (and fans) able to relax tomorrow for possibly the first time this season we should be treated to a very fine match as Dereham Town are a very good footballing side which looks set to finish in sixth place just one place short of the playoffs.
As stated we have never played at Dereham before. Our previous meeting this season took place on a Tuesday evening on 16th December with Dereham scoring in stoppage time to win the match 3-2. Dereham went ahead twice in the game through Ryan Hawkins and Aaron Kay and twice Cray came back through Kerry Kedze and Ben Hunt. Craig Bussens netted the winner in injury time in what was Mike Paye’s last game in charge of the Wands.
Whatever the result tomorrow the last few weeks have rejuvenated the club and given so much optimism back to the supporters who had suffered disappointments over the last two seasons.
Here are some rather peacemeal directions to the ground:
Dereham Town Football Club
Take the exit onto M11, At junction 9, take the A11 exit to Newmarket/Norwich
Continue onto A14, Take the A11 ramp to Thetford/Norwich
Continue onto A11, At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto London Rd/A11, after 9.3 miles at the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A11 then after 0.8 miles att the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A11 and then after 1.4 miles att the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A11. After 1.9 miles get on A47 in Dereham from A1075. After 21 miles at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A1075 and after 0.2 miles turn right to merge onto A47 toward Norwich. Continue on Norwich Rd/B1147. Drive to Larks Pl
By public transport you are best taking a train to Norwich and getting the no 8 bus which will take you to Dereham. I'm not sure how often these buses run and what time the last one is.
Bronze and iron age artefacts have been discovered in Dereham and it is quite a historic town that lies 15 miles west of Norwich and 25 miles east of Kings Lynn. The ground has the largest licensed bar/club house in non league football.