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Wingate & Finchley 4 Cray Wanderers 4

Cray Wanderers28 Apr 2013 - 10:36
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Last minute "wonder goal" by Cray's half time substitute Leigh Bremner.

A last minute "wonder goal" by Cray's half time substitute Leigh Bremner completed a stirring comeback by the Wands in an entertaining final game of the season
at Summers Lane.

Both sides had learned 48 hours earlier that they would be staying up in the Ryman Premier League, and thanks to the point gained at Wingate the final finishing place for Cray is seventeenth in the table.

A draw looked to be an unlikely result when Wingate led 3-1 after 25 minutes and 4-2 with less than ten minutes to go.

Cray registered a statistical "first" in their long 153 years club history when including father and son Gary and Barney Abbott in their starting eleven.

Cray were caught cold at the back when Spencer Bellotti skipped through to open the score after just two minutes, but Cray were level on 14 minutes when Sam Long floated a shot out of the 'keeper's reach.

Anthony Thomas had missed a sitter for the home side shortly after their first goal, but he made amends with smart finishes in the 19th and 25th minutes.

Grant Hall made a good save to prevent Cray from falling further behind, and a last-ditch tackle by Danny Young prevented Thomas from completing his hat-trick.

Cray came more into the game after the interval, and Michael Power knocked the ball into the net to make it 3-2 following Sam Long's corner-kick in the 59th minute.

But Wingate restored their two-goal lead in the 67th minute when a well-worked move saw Bellotti hook the ball past Cray's substitute goalkeeper Andy Walker who was making a return visit to one of his former clubs.

After that, Walker produced some good saves that proved to be vital ones when Bremner pounced twice for the Wands to tie the game up at 4-4.

On 81 minutes a "route one" move by Cray put Bremner in to take the ball round the 'keeper and score with an easy tap-in.

With play deep into added-on time Bremner helped himself to his 21st League goal of the season when he gathered the ball deep on the right, cut past his marker and slashed an unstoppable shot into the far corner of the net.

Cray; Hall (Walker 46), Long, Clark (Pooley 11), B Abbott (Bremner 46), Young, Burgess, Day, Stavrinou, Bremner, Phillips, Power.

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