Cray Wanderers moved up to third place in the Bostik South table but had to be content with a point following a goalless stalemate with VCD Athletic at the Oakwood.  In the final Kent derby of the season chances were at a premium throughout the game as two very good defences held firm and Cray made it six games unbeaten.

Cray started brightly moving the ball confidently but it was the Crayford side who had the first strike on goal and it turned out to be a key moment as in the 9th minute, Rashid Kamara made a run from midfield and hit a fine curling shot from just over 20 yards which Nick Blue did extremely well to push onto the crossbar and over for a corner.  From the corner from Aymun El-Moyhalbel the ball came to Marc Gorbell who turned the ball wide.

For Cray, Charlie MacDonald got away down the right and put a good ball across which Jeffrey Imudia had to clear before Junior Dadson could get a touch while for VCD, Aymun El-Moyhalbel fired a free kick over the bar.

Five minutes before half time, Cray came the closest yet when from a throw in down the left, Barney Williams found MacDonald who put the ball into the box for Dadson whose effort was pushed out by Mant and following up Aaron Rhule put the ball into the side netting.  Then MacDonald who was having a fine game put a great ball into the area from the left but Rhule just couldn’t get on the end of the cross.

Then with the last real action of the first half Mitchell Nelson found Karl Dent on the edge of the area who in turn found Lea Dawson who played in Dadson down the left of the area but fired over the bar.

In the second half there were very few opportunities as both defences kept the keepers protected but Cray were unlucky not to score when after a patient build up Dent found Dadson down the right of the area and his near post shot was pushed away well by Mant.

For VCD El Moybalbel shot just wide while Michael Power and Brandon Scott saw close range efforts blocked but on this afternoon it was one which defences were very much on top.

Cray moved up one place to 3rd place in the Isthmian South on 83 points but are seven points behind second placed Carshalton Athletic who have two games in hand.  Cray are next in action on Saturday at home to South Park.

Cray Wanderers: Nick Blue, Barney Williams, Ben Mundele, Jay Leader, Mitchell Nelson, Lea Dawson (Capt.), Zak Henry (Kyron Farrell, 51), Karl Dent (Michael Power, 75), Charlie MacDonald, Aaron Rhule (Brandon Scott, 61), Junior Dadson: Subs: Michael Freiter, Marcus Evans

Att: 120