Cray Wanderers - 08/10/22

Hanwell Town 3 - Cray Wanderers 1

Hanwell Town will go into the hat for the First Round Proper of the ‘Trophy’ after eventually running out comfortable winners of this qualifying tie, having gone in at half-time with just a slender one goal advantage.

The first minute saw an ill-timed challenge from Calum Duffy result in a lengthy spell of treatment for Danny Bassett and just a yellow card for Calum, despite the Cray players and followers demanding harsher punishment. After this the visitors began well and the aforementioned Bassett half-volleyed wide when well placed to hit the target. 

After this bright start Cray faded and the Geordies, with skipper Harry Rush here, there and everywhere, dominated the ball for much of the rest of the first period. However, possession was not leading to goal enough goal chances. After a neat one-two with Chid Onokwai, Adam Laaref’s shot was parried away by Shaun Rowley in the Cray goal. Adam was then picked out by an excellent Dan Carr cross but it just eluded him. It took a set piece to eventually break the deadlock in the twenty-fifth minute. Long throw specialist Mat Mackenzie’s ball into the box was headed on by Chid for Dan Rowe to head into the net.

Hanwell spent the rest of the half seeking to increase their advantage but some neat approach-work was not resulting in chances being set up. In the lengthy amount of time added on at the end of the half, Town almost paid for their lack of creativity in the final third of the pitch with Billy Crook’s free kick being headed wide by Mitchell Chapman when he could have done better. There was still time for Town to look threatening again with another cross going begging, this time from Adam. Just before the whistle a tremendous cross-field ball from Harry enabled Adam to make room for a shot but the angle favoured Rowley and he parried the ball away again.

Hanwell continued to be on top in the second period and the skipper fired narrowly over from twenty yards out after Kain Adom’s shot had been blocked. Calum Duffy then went close with a difficult to reach header before half-time substitute Shomari Barnwell rattled the crossbar after good work by Kain Adom.

In the sixty-sixth minute Town finally added to their score.  Dan Carr’s deep ball into the box was headed across the area by Dwayne Duncan to Adam, who fired in with Rowley unsighted.  Two minutes later Dan Rowe found Dan Carr on the right, from whence he crossed for Shomari to make the game safe with a powerful header.

The final twenty minutes of the game were the most open and enjoyable to watch, with the Wanderers striving to reduce the arrears while Hanwell sought to increase their advantage. The introduction of Sam Saunders was well-received by the Town supporters and he proceeded to be involved in a number of attacks. Hugo Sobte saved well from Tom Stagg and shortly afterwards hit one of his ‘missiles’ to the feet of Adam who combined well with Sam, but the skilful play did not produce a shot. Hanwell then had the ball in the back of the net following a corner but the linesman’s flag turned the home cheers to groans. Then a neat one-two with Mat led to Sam‘s shot from an angle being beaten away. Following a corner, Town had another goal disallowed with Dwayne Duncan being ruled narrowly offside. Shomari then had a tremendous shot from fully twenty-five yards that whistled inches over the bar. Deep into injury time Hanwell failed to clear the ball and lively substitute Tom Stagg fired in a deserved consolation for the visitors.


1.Hugo Sobte 2.Dan Carr 3.Isaac Olorunfemi 4.Calum Duffy 5.Dwayne Duncan 6.Harry Rush (capt) 7.Adam Laaref 8.Mat Mackenzie 9.Chid Onokwai (16.Shomari Barnwell - 46) 10.Dan Rowe (14.Sam Saunders - 72) 11.Kain Adom (15.Mark Waters - 79)

Unused substitutes: 12.George Nicholas 17.Mack Miskin 18.Connagh Wilks

Malcolm Paice