Met Caught Napping By Wanderers
With Hampton & Richmond Borough’s match with Enfield Town postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, Hampton Press Officer Rob Overfield travelled the short distance to Imber Court, where Met Police hosted Cray Wanderers.
Met Police paid the price for being wasteful in front of goal against a Cray Wanderers line up that was seeking to climb away from the relegation zone.
Cray started the brighter and got some reward for taking the game to The Blues with a twelfth minute penalty that was a little harsh. A low cross from the left hit a defender’s hand just inside the area and it was debatable as if it was intentional or not, but Bremner stepped up and buried the spot kick past Met keeper Butler.
The Blues were shocked into playing and on 35 minutes, they were awarded a free kick that was soft; Reynolds took the kick, a low shot which went under the wall, and gave Walker no chance in the Cray goal.
In the second half, Police were not going to allow Cray a chance to get back into it as they forced most of the early pressure, yet the Wanderers retook the lead after 49 minutes. Booth collected a clearance and took the ball to the bye line, his cross found Bremner completely unmarked and his header beat Butler.
Five minutes later it was 3-1. This time, it was Bremner who found enough room for a cross, this time down the left and the unmarked Booth took his chance, sidefooting the ball past a stranded Butler. The Blues looked shell shocked and for a team chasing promotion playoffs, looked off the pace.
Met Police made substitutions, however the situation got no better for the Blues as Cray completed their scoring spree with a delightful goal on 73 minutes. Booth once more found space on the right, his cross was met on the half volley by Saunders and the shot crashed past Butler.
With just five minutes to go, the Police narrowed the gap as they took advantage of some indecisive defending. Day and keeper Walker couldn’t decide what to do with the ball, and in the meantime, Knight nipped in to take the ball round the keeper and sidefooted the ball home.
Met Police 2
Cray Wanderers 4
Bremner 12, 49
Butler, Taylor, Simtin, Reynolds, Sutherland, Clayton, Crook, Smith, Watkins, Knight, Newton.
Subs: McDonald, Noakes, Collins, Kavanagh, Daly.
Walker, Pooley, Clark, Day, Willy, Stavrinov, Long, Saunders, Bremner, Booth, Fray.
Subs: Power, Abbott, Phillips, Parkinson, Estrada.
Thanks to Rob for this report. Rob can be followed on twitter: @RabidRobo