FA Vase

FA Vase


Photo: Cray Valley PM line-up for the FA Vase Final - Credit: Alan Coomes - Gallery


SUNDAY 19th MAY 2019


After Extra Time

Cray Valley came close to glory but ended up as FA Vase runners-up after extra-time heartbreak against Chertsey Town.

The Millers leave the SCEFL as Champions and should be extremely proud of their incredible season despite defeat under the arch today.

Chertsey had the first opportunity of the game but Danny Smith dealt well with the ball from Dale Binns. Liam Hickey then blocked from Lubomir Guentchev before Hickey had Cray's first attempt when blasting over the bar from range.

Kevin Lisbie almost got on the scoresheet when meeting Ryan Flack's cross before Gavin Tomlin turned his man inside out before failing to make his creativity count.

At the other end Jake Baxter saw his overhead kick go over the bar before Andy Walker saved well from a Guentchev free-kick.

The Millers soon took the lead. In the 36th minute Tomlin beat his defender and drove into the box before sliding the ball between the keeper and his near post. Cue celebrations from the Cray Valley section as our SCEFL side had the lead.


The advantage lasted for just three minutes. From a corner, Sam Flegg headed against the post before putting away the rebound. The sides went into the break level.

Chances came at both ends throughout the second half with Lisbie and Tomlin giving the Chertsey defence a busy afternoon while at the other end the side from Surrey were always a threat from set-pieces.

The game was nearly settled in the final of the rgular 90 minutes when firstly Peacock sliced a shot wide for the Curfews before the impressive Anthony Edgar rattled the crossbar with almost the last kick of the game following a smart team move.


We now had another half-hour to play and it was Chertsey that would step on and win the game in this period.

The Curfews were awarded a penalty in the 105th minute when Cem Tumkaya brought down Guentchev on the edge of the box. The referee decided it was inside so pointed to the spot from where Baxter scored, despite Walker diving the correct way.

With Cray now committing players forward to try and find a way back into the game gaps were left at the back and Cherstey were able to exploit that in the dying stages with Quincy Rowe finishing well to seal the game.

A brave effort had ultimately fallen short as Cray Valley had to settle for just the one trophy in their centenary year but it was the one they had wanted most and now they leave the SCEFL as our Champions.


Chertsey: Jupp, Welch-Turner, MacLaren (Taylor 79mins), Peacock, Rowe, Guentchev, Baxter (Pomroy 118mins), Murphy, Binns (Jackson 97mins), Driver (Crossley 84mins), Flegg. Subs not used: Gallifent, Kinsella, Bennell.

Cray Valley: Walker, Smith, Hickey, Sains (Willock 112mins), Tumkaya (Potter 106mins), Edgar, Semakula, Tomlin, Lisbie (Babalola 100mins), Flack (James 73mins), Gayle. Subs not used: Ibrahim, Myers, Dawson.

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FA Vase Final

Cray Valley PM 1-3 Chertsey Town

After Extra Time

Wembley Stadium - 19th May 2019 - 12:15pm K.O

Semi Finals - Second Leg

Canterbury City 1-1 Cray Valley PM (1-2 on Agg)

Chertsey Town 0-0 Northwich Victoria (Chertsey win on pens)

Semi Finals - First Leg

Cray Valley PM 1-0 Canterbury City

Northwich Victoria 1-1 Chertsey Town

Quarter Finals - Saturday 23rd / Sunday 24th February 2019

Canterbury City 2-1 Biggleswade

Willand Rovers 1-3 Cray Valley PM

West Auckland 0-2 Chertsey Town

Northwich Victoria 3-1 Sholing (AET)

Fifth Round - Saturday 2nd February 2019

Cray Valley PM 3-1 Abbey Rangers

Canterbury City 2-1 Leicester Nirvana

Fourth Round - Saturday 5th / Sunday 6th January 2019

Bearsted 1-2 Abbey Rangers (AET)

Canterbury City 3-2 Newport Pagnell Town

Cray Valley PM 3-1 Baffins Milton Rovers

Third Round - Saturday 1st December 2018

Bearsted 3-2 Steyning Town Community (AET)

Sheppey United 0-4 Cray Valley PM

Canterbury City 1-0 Southall (AET)

Erith Town 1-2 Windsor

Second Round Proper - Saturday 3rd November 2018

Abbey Rangers 5-0 Lordswood

Kensington Borough 0-3 Erith Town

AFC Croydon Athletic 1-2 AFC Uckfield Town

Spelthorne Sports 1-2 Sheppey United

Badshot Lea 0-7 Cray Valley PM

Crowborough Athletic 0-4 Eastbourne Town

Corinthian 2-4 Canterbury City

Bearsted 1-0 Newhaven

Southall 1-0 Chatham Town

First Round Proper - Saturday 13th October 2018

Sidlesham 0-2 Chatham Town

Sheppey United 4-0 East Preston

Wick 0-3 Lordswood

Corinthian 3-2 Deal Town

Bearsted 3-0 Beckenham Town

Canterbury City 2-1 Saltdean United

AFC Croydon Athletic 3-0 Fareham Town

St Panteleimon A-A Cray Valley PM

Bedfont & Feltham 1-2 Erith Town

Newhaven 2-1 Rusthall

Tunbridge Wells 0-2 AFC Uckfield Town


St Panteleimon 1-3 Cray Valley PM

Second Round Qualifying - Saturday 15th September 2018

Redhill 2-1 Forest Hill Park

Steyning Town 1-1 Punjab United (Steyning win 9-8 on pens)

AFC Varndeanians 0-2 Canterbury City

Cray Valley (PM) 2-0 Hailsham Town

St Francis Rangers 0-6 Lordswood

SC Thamesmead 0-1 Banstead Athletic

Tunbridge Wells 1-1 Bridon Ropes

Guildford City 0-2 Rusthall

AC London 2-3 Erith Town

Selsey 0-2 Bearsted

Chatham Town 5-1 Camberley Town

Corinthian 3-0 Glebe

Sheppey United 5-3 Seaford Town

K Sports 1-4 Deal Town

AFC Croydon Athletic 5-2 Lingfield


Bridon Ropes 0-1 Tunbridge Wells

First Round Qualifying - Saturday 1 September 2018

Colliers Wood United 3-1 Stansfeld

Croydon 2-3 Little Common

Sutton Athletic 1-2 Cray Valley (PM)

Hassocks 0-2 K Sports

St Francis Rangers 3-1 FC Elmstead

Billingshurst 0-3 Tunbridge Wells

Lordswood 2-0 Fire United Christian

Meridian VP 0-1 Southwick

Erith Town 5-0 Arundel

Lewisham Borough 1-2 Broadbridge Heath

Kent Football United 2-3 Steyning Town Community

SC Thamesmead 4-3 Midhurst & Eastbourne United

AFC Croydon Athletic 4-1 Worthing United

AFC Uckfield Town 2-0 Hollands & Blair

Glebe 3-0 Loxwood

Lydd Town 1-2 Punjab United

Snodland Town 2-3 Newhaven

Erith & Belvedere 1-3 Rusthall

Fisher 4-4 Corinthian

Bearsted 4-1 Bexhill United

Sheppey United 3-1 Balham

Langney Wanderers 0-2 Canterbury City

Redhill 2-0 Holmesdale

Guildford City 4-0 Rochester United


Corinthian 3-2 Fisher

For the full fixtures from the FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round please view here

Beckenham Town will enter the tournament in the First Round proper.

Crowborough Athletic will enter in the Second Round proper.

Fourth Round Proper - Saturday 5 January 2019

Fifth Round Proper - Saturday 2 February 2019

Sixth Round Proper - Saturday 23 February 2019

Semi Final 1 - Saturday 16 March 2019

Semi Final 2 - Saturday 23 March 2019

Final - Sunday 19 May 2019