Moneyfields aiming for FA Cup shock against a team unbeaten in league action since Boxing Day

Moneyfields are aiming to reach the FA Cup third qualifying round for only the second time in their history.

By Simon Carter
Thursday, 1st October 2020, 1:06 pm
Cray Wanderers winger Jason Banton, right, in action during his time in the EFL with Plymouth Argyle. Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images.
Cray Wanderers winger Jason Banton, right, in action during his time in the EFL with Plymouth Argyle. Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images.

But they have an ultra-tough test on Saturday at Dover Road against a Cray Wanderers side who have not lost an Isthmian Premier League game since Boxing Day 2019.

The Bromley-based were undefeated in their final 13 games of 2019/20, lying second behind Worthing when the season was abruptly ended.

That was their first ever season at step 3 after winning the Isthmian South East title in 2018/19 - the season they dumped Moneys out of the FA Trophy in a replay.

While Moneys have lost their opening two league games, Tony Russell’s Wanderers have won their opening three league games of the new season.

They hammered Kingstonian 5-1 in their first game before winning 3-1 at East Thurrock and 3-1 at Folkestone Invicta on Tuesday.

Striker Joe Taylor struck his 50th Cray goal in only his 63rd appearance at Folkestone.

He was the leading scorer in the Isthmian Premier last season with 26 and already has five in his first three league games in 2020/21.

Also on target at Folkestone was Rhys Murrell-Williamson, who last season was playing in the National League South for Braintree.

He had previously been named in the NL South team of the year for 2017/18 during his time at St Albans.

Winger Jason Banton is another Moneyfields need to keep a close eye on.

Once on Arsenal and Liverpool’s books as a teenager, the former England under-17 international played in the EFL for Plymouth and MK Dons.

He was a National League regular for Woking in 2017/18 and helped Torquay win the National League South title the following season.

In his first season at Cray, he netted twice in their 3-1 FA Cup first qualifying round win over Fisher Athletic.

Moneyfields’ previously reached the third qualifying round in 2018/19, when they lost 3-2 at home to Isthmian Premier outfit Worthing.