Cray Wanderers beaten by borough twins on trip to Germany
PUBLISHED: 10:42 03 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:42 03 June 2013
Cray Wanderers witnessed the dominance of German football first hand as their unbeaten European run came to an end last week in Bromley's twin town, Neuwied.
FV Engers came into the match off the back of an excellent season that saw them crowned champions of their division, moving into the sixth tier of German football.
But it seemed Cray were holding their own in the first 25 minutes, as they managed to keep the ball well on a bumpy surface and respond to falling a goal behind almost immediately.
Michael Power played the ball in for striker Chris Saunders, who finished calmly in the Rhineland to even the score at 1-1.
However, the game was put out of sight before half-time as Engers grabbed two goals before the break to make it 3-1. And things were made worse after an hour as Grant Hall was beaten in the Cray goal by direct free-kick to make it 4-1.
Insult was added to injury minutes later as a dubious goal was given to the home side, making it 5-1, despite more than a hint of offside.
Though clinical in their finishing, the hosts were gracious and awarded Cray a soft penalty late in the game which Power converted to save a little pride and finish the game at 5-2.
An invitation was extended to Engers for another friendly, this time in Bromley, during the 2014/15 pre-season.