Cray Wanderers continued their unbeaten start to the Isthmian South-East season with their eighth win out of nine games with the biggest margin of victory of the season so far as the Wands racked up seven goals against Faversham Town at Hayes Lane.  Freddie Parker continued to show the massive potential he has with the second hat-trick of his Wands career, exactly a year after his first.

Now the best start to an Isthmian League season for Cray they almost scored within the first forty seconds when Parker stabbed wide from a Jerome Federico cross.  Moments later Cray took the lead with a goal of high quality with Jay Leader ball out from the back finding Barney Williams who made a run 35 yards from goal and from 20 yards out buried a low shot which gave Simon Overland no chance in the Town goal.

On 19 minutes it was 2-0 and another tremendous piece of finishing as Parker received the ball just on the halfway line and charged forward, then switched the ball to the left to Junior Dadson who cut inside the penalty area and from 15 yards blasted a shot into the top right corner of the net.

Both sides came close to scoring with Tom Phipp seeing a free kick pushed over the bar by Overland.  Then for Faversham came a big moment in the game as Dean Grant was played through on goal but was denied by a fine one handed save from Nick Blue.

Another Cray goal was looking likely and came on 34 minutes when from a throw in down the right the ball came to Bradley Pritchard on the edge of the area who found Dadson who played the ball to Parker who turned two defenders and slotted a shot under Overland from eight yards to give Cray clear daylight.

The Wands fourth goal came in the 42nd minute when Federico again down the right pulled a cross back to Dadson who tucked home a tidy finish from five yards to make it 4-0.

Just on half time though Faversham gave themselves some hope of a revival with an excellent goal of their own when George Monger’s pass found Michael Jenner who from twenty five yards out lofted a shot over Blue.

The second half offered much the same and on 52 minutes Cray scored a fifth when Overland’s clearance was intercepted by Fedrico and he played in Parker who drilled a shot wide of the keeper to make it 5-1.

Faversham kept going and scored another classy goal when from a breakaway the ball came to Ashley Miller down the left who cut into the area and lashed a shot into the top right corner giving Blue no chance.

Ben Mundele was one of the star performers of the day and thoroughly deserved to get on the scoresheet on 64 minutes when he burst into the box down the right and showed the composure of a centre-forward to calmly slot the ball into the net.

Three minutes later Cray scored a seventh goal and Parker completed his hat-trick with a fine individual goal when he made a run from midfield and into the area and fired wide of Overland for the second hat-trick for Cray a year to the day since getting his first against Horsham in the FA Trophy last season.

The scoring was completed and Cray now move nine points clear at the top of the Isthmian South-East but there is a lot of football to be played yet but certainly at the moment watching Cray Wanderers is a real joy.

Cray Wanderers: Nick Blue, Ben Mundele, Barney Williams (Capt), Jay Leader, Tom Phipp (Marcus Evans, 69), Bradley Pritchard (Zak Henry, 86), Sean Roberts, Malik Solebo, Freddie Parker (Iffy Onwuachu, 69), Junior Dadson, Jerome Federico

Att: 135