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Croydon 1 beaten by Mitcham again

In an unusual mid-week fixture Croydon entertained Mitcham at Royal Russell in this clash of the Old Firm and deadliest rivals. Croydon brought back Sarah George in place of Lynda Barker but were otherwise unchanged from their recent Bec triumph. Mitcham brought back John Perrot to partner Ross Bower in defence with Dave Synott and Steve Green making up the rest of their male contingent.

Both teams started slowly in terms of goals as chances were missed due in part to the play which progressed at a ferocious pace. The first half saw penalties galore awarded to both sides by referee Dave Bond. This enabled Croydon to stay in touch with Mitcham, however towards the end of the half Mitcham turned a two goal lead into four and were able to go into the break with this crucial lead.

Croydon were frustrated in the second half and were left to resort to some half-way line shooting from Butters as Green and Synott managed to stifle the Croydon attack. At the other end Croydon were getting some joy out a tactic of the boys dropping off whenever possible but the stats at the end of the match showed Bower ten goals to the good (which included several penalties) so clearly this did not have completely the desired effect. Final score 23-17 to the visitors.



Croydon made Mitcham work for the three points and will be pleased from that perspective but may well rue the missed chances and style of play as they seemed to get dragged into picking up the tempo. For Mitcham, they continue on their march towards league deciders against Invicta but on this display and with reports of unease in the camp, this commentator's money would be on the defending champions.


Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 1 17 vs 23 Mitcham 1


R Carr-Taylor
(7)

S Jones
(4)

D Butters
(2)

I Aquino
(1)

S de Jager
(3)

A Jeanes
(0)

K Jones
(0)

S Withers
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 2 triumph against arch-rivals

Croydon beat Mitcham. This is not a phrase that has been used much in recent years. Croydon took the challenge of Mitcham head on and came out the other side with beaming smiles all round. In truth the margin of victory should have been greater as Croydon dominated this match apart from a Mitcham purple patch in the second half.

Croydon started the game unchanged bar the return of Lynda Barker from 1st team duties with Nick Collier still unavailable due to injury, however wife Janine was finding her old touch as she makes her way back from child-birth. Mitcham put an experienced side including international Dean Woods, Steve Johnson and Peter Teague.



In previous seasons Croydon have gone several goals down inside the first few minutes, allowing Mitcham to assert their authority but in this match this pattern did not materialise as midway through the 1st half the scores were 3 all after Paul Jeanes converted one of many penalties awarded by Gary Brooks. Indeed shortly afterwards a running in shot was netted by Mandy Furlano and Andy Withers converted the second of his four penalties in the match. Peter Teague limped off with an ankle injury to be replaced by Mike Taylor. A middle distance shot from Barker, after a mix up in the Mitcham defence, led the hosts into the break at 6-4.

At 8-4 soon after the interval the crowd clearly thought they were in for an upset but Mitcham were not to be denied that easily and it is a measure of the team that they pulled the next four goals back to level the scores. A time-out was called at 9-all by the hosts to steady some nerves and the team came out to score the next two goals with Collier scoring from distance and another penalty awarded for a second offence at a free pass. Mitcham got one back but Croydon scooped the points as the referee's whistle brought this tense game to a close.

Croydon will be buoyed by this rare win against Mitcham and will go into the Christmas recess proudly sitting at the top of the reserve league. They will certainly rue a first game loss to Trojans that would see them comfortably clear of their rivals. Mitcham were clearly complacent after years of victories against their neighbours and a recent drubbing in the BKA Cup. They will now know that this year they have a fight on their hands and both teams will need wins against the rest of the league in order to set up the decider at Trinity School at the end of February.



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 2 11 vs 10 Mitcham 2


A Withers
(4)

P Jeanes
(2)

N Hudspith
(0)

D Moore
(0)

L Barker
(2)

A Furlano
(2)

J Collier
(1)

L MacKay-Elliott
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |
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