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Croydon reach BKA Cup Semi Final With Ease

After the previous weekend's close encounter, Croydon were prepared for the battle. But after large Croydon victories were predicted by two of the Nottingham boys, Croydon were unsure whether Nottingham were trying to play mind games or were simply entering an understrength team.

With twenty minutes before kick-off, Croydon were warming-up but there were only three Nottingham players watching on. Over the following ten minutes, various players turned up and it quickly became apparent that Nottingham were fielding their second team, with "Big" Al Knight the only first team player.



Croydon opened the scoring within 7 seconds courtesy of a Dave Butters drop-off. Nottingham went two down with only 67 seconds on the clock through a Steve Jones running-in shot. After the change over, Ivan Aquino banged in two long shots, followed by two from Jones and then one a piece from Saskia De Jager and Sarah George. With barely ten minutes on the clock, Nottingham were 8-0 down and at this pace seemed to be heading for a whalloping. However, Croydon seemed to have sensed victory was theirs and took their foot off the pedal. This allowed Nottingham onto the scoresheet, and half-time saw the score lying at 12-3.



In the second half, Croydon found it difficult to keep concentration against their opponents. Croydon were pumped up ready for a close battle, but instead were faced with little more than training. Croydon continued to score goals but often sacrificed easy opportunities trying to make a more impressive goal from the field. Nottingham scored a further 5 in the second half, as many of the Croydon players relaxed in defence, but their attack continued to dominate, scoring 11. Final score 23-8 to Croydon.



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 1 23 vs 8 Nottingham City 1


S Jones
(7)

I Aquino
(6)

D Butters
(2)

R Carr-Taylor
(0)

D Moore
(0)

S de Jager
(2)

A Jeanes
(0)

K Jones
(2)

S Withers
(2)

L Barker
(1)

L MacKay-Elliott
(1)

Submitted by Sarah | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 2 beat Kwiek unconvincingly

Croydon made the early trip down to Kent to play Kwiek in what, on paper at least, looked like a shoe-in for the away side. However, it is exactly these sorts of games that have the potential to throw up the odd surprise result, and for long periods on Sunday it looked as though this might be the case.

Croydon took, what was on paper at least, a very strong side, with Ross Carr-Taylor coming in for the missing Andy Withers, and last weeks first team girls Lynda Barker and Lorna Elliott partnering Nigel Hudspith in the first attack, with the more regular looking section of Paul Jeanes, Dan Moore, Julia Johnson and Amanda Furlano in defence. Despite this experience it was the home side that made the fastest start, nailing two long shots in the opening minutes to go two up. Jeanes then started the day as he meant to go on, pulling the sides level with a penalty and a long shot, and when a further long shot went in from Hudspith it looked as though Croydon had settled and the enslaught would begin. This never proved to be the case.

Croydon spent the next 50 minutes trading goals with Kwiek who, despite creating far fewer chances, showed the away team that it is shooting percentage that counts, and despite never really threatening to regain the lead were rarely more than two goals adrift. For the away side's part it was a story of a succession of missed chances from long and short range as seven of the eight players decided they couldn't hit a barn door from 5 yards. They might even have had the excuse of struggling with the dimensions of the small hall, if it hadn't been for the outstanding Jeanes disproving this theory by knocking in 8 goals from all around the basket.

On the plus side the defensive pressure Croydon managed to create resulted in a string of turnover ball, and despite shooting a very high percentage of their chances Kwiek still only managed 12 goals, which was never going to be enough to cause Croydon any real problems. With 20 minutes remaining Croydon made two replacements, bringing in Suzanne Robinson and Leanna Burney for Elliott and Barker. Soon thereafter Croydon managed to gain a four-goal advantage for the first time, and the match was duly closed out.

Croydon will be glad that their challenge for the reserve league title is unaffected by their poor showing in this match, but they will also be acutely aware that they will need to raise their game considerably against all opponents from here to the end of the season if they are to keep their run going.



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Kwiek 2 12 vs 16 Croydon 2


P Jeanes
(8)

R Carr-Taylor
(1)

N Hudspith
(1)

D Moore
(0)

A Furlano
(2)

J Johnson
(1)

L MacKay-Elliott
(3)

L Barker
(0)

L Burney
(0)

S Robinson
(0)

Submitted by Sarah | Scoring Breakdown |