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Croydon 1 humbled by League Champs Invicta

Croydon hosted League Champions Invicta at Royal Russell School in the fixture of the day in the National League. Croydon lined up with the usual faces except Lorna Elliot was relegated to the bench in place of Croydon's new Dutch recruit, Saskia de Jager. Invicta for their part, fielded their strongest side with Martin Hubbard occupying the bench.

The contest got off to a flying start with a flurry of goals that saw Invicta quickly assert their ascendancy and jump to a 1-5 lead. A long short from Ivan Aquino brought it back to 2-5 but Invicta steamed ahead with a run of 5 goals as they easily pulled away from their hosts. Indeed after 20 minutes of the first half the result was not in doubt as Invicta stretched their lead to 5-13. This pattern continued to half time with the score at 6-15 to the visitors.


Croydon scored early in the 2nd half with a "drop-off and back-in" by Steve Jones but Invicta cruised on and after 15 minutes, Croydon coach, Peter Allen attempted to inject some new life in the team with Ross Carr-Taylor and Sarah George replaced by Paul Jeanes and Elliot, shortly followed by Aquino being replaced by Nick Collier.

However, Invicta continued in the steady march to the final whistle with some well taken goals and netted their 30th goal with a few minutes remaining.

Croydon would not have been expected to win this match but, despite scoring 14 goals, will be disappointed by the nature of their defeat and to have conceded so many in the game. For Invicta - they are clearly back to the best and firing on all cylinders.


Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 1 14 vs 30 Invicta 1


S Jones
(7)

D Butters
(1)

R Carr-Taylor
(2)

I Aquino
(1)

P Jeanes
(1)

N Collier
(0)

S de Jager
(1)

A Jeanes
(0)

K Jones
(0)

S Withers
(0)

L MacKay-Elliott
(1)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 2 edge out Invicta 2 in Reserve League

After the disappointment of the 1st team match, Croydon 2 needed to lift themselves to challenge a young and lively Invicta side. This they did in a close encounter. Croydon started with Andy Withers and Nigel Hudspith joined by Mandy Furlano and Elliot in attack, with Collier, Jeanes, Lynda Barker and Julia Johnson in defence.

In the early skirmishes it was an even match with goals traded by either team, penalties costing the visitors dear. However towards the end of the first half Croydon pulled out a two goal lead with another penalty from Withers and long shot from Hudspith to bring the score to 6-4.

Croydon were never able to extend this lead to a 3rd goal as the margin between the two teams ebbed and flowed. At half time the score was 12-10 to the hosts after another Hudspith long shot. The 2nd half continued in this vein with Croydon never able to stretch their lead to more than 2 goals. With teh game delicately poised, coach Allen, replaced Furlano with the inexperienced Leanna Burney and 10 minutes later brough off Collier for junior Dan Pratt. This was a bold move by the coach in such a tight game. Invicta also used substitutes but brought on more experienced players including Adam Dibble formerly of Mitcham. The game was anybody's after a Hubbard long shot brought the teams to 13-all, however Croydon maintained their composure to score the next 2 goals, however their inexperience showed as they took rushed shots and presented the ball back to Invicta's attack. However petulance from Dibble meant that a long shot was disallowed after he lanked the post to his advantage according to referee, Bond. A Croydon time-out quietened down the home team and they played out the final minutes with a more relaxed attack punctuated with a fate-sealing drop off from Dan Pratt.

All in all Croydon made hard work of a young and inexperienced Invicta team and were lucky to not come unstuck with their substitutions in such a tight match. However, looking at the longer term, it was good to see youth and new players blooded at a crucial point in a match as they are bound to learn from the experience. On this display, Invicta appear to lack strength in depth and this season will come a little early for their young guns. However if the team stays together they will be a frightening prospect in a few years to come.


Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 2 17 vs 15 Invicta 2


A Withers
(4)

N Hudspith
(3)

P Jeanes
(3)

N Collier
(3)

D Pratt
(1)

L MacKay-Elliott
(2)

L Barker
(0)

J Johnson
(0)

A Furlano
(1)

L Burney
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |

LDKA Premier League: Woking 1 vs Croydon 3

Match report not written yet

Final Score: Croydon 3 6 vs 10 Woking 1


R van der Bunt
(2)

M Moore
(1)

D Pratt
(1)

D Moore
(0)

T Kentfield
(1)

B Pratt
(1)

L Burney
(0)

S Robinson
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 4 loose to Mitcham 4 away

CKC 4 welcomed the return of Janine Collier after child-birth in an away fixture at Mitcham. The team was also bolstered by one of the final appearances of Dave Rotheram before his move up North with Ali and the kids. Both of these returning players got on the score sheet but it was not enough to save the result as they lost



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Mitcham 4 7 vs 4 Croydon 4


S Pratt
(1)

D Rotheram
(1)

P Aish
(0)

C Etheridge
(0)

J Collier
(1)

D Holland
(1)

H Mansfield
(0)

J Sloman
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |
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