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Croydon v Bec

Croydon came through what, in league position terms, looked like it should have been an easy win. In reality though, Bec’s impressive shooting made Croydon work hard for the win. During the first half Croydon were mostly only a couple of goals ahead of Bec and at half time the score was 11–9.

In the second half goals were again traded by each team, Croydon tightened their defence though, and over the whole half restricted Bec to 5 goals. This led to a final score line of 19-14.

If Bec could manage to score their chances in their remaining matches, like they did today, they will not be in the relegation zone. For Croydon it was a reminder that although they are currently third in the league, there are no easy wins to be had at this level.


Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 1 19 vs 14 Bec 1


S Jones
(4)

R Carr-Taylor
(3)

D Butters
(2)

I Aquino
(3)

P Jeanes
(0)

S de Jager
(4)

A Jeanes
(0)

L MacKay-Elliott
(0)

K Jones
(3)

J Johnson
(0)

Submitted by Sarah | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 2 v Bec 2

One may have been forgiven for looking at this fixture and thinking the result was a forgone conclusion. After all, Croydon 2 has 7 wins on the bounce and are top of the table whilst Bec 2 are struggling at the bottom of the same division. However, if last week's match against Kwiek proved anything, it is that the Reserve league is one of the most competitive around, and on any given day one team might beat almost any other. In addition Croydon were forced to field probably their youngest and most inexperienced team of the season so far, against a Bec side who managed to field a team far stronger than their league position suggests. As such the reality was that this was always going to be a close encounter, and so it proved.

Croydon started the match with the more familiar looking section of Jeanes, Johnson, D Moore and Furlano in attack, with the reshuffled section of Hudspith, Barker, D Pratt and Burney in defence. Croydon started well enough with two Jeanes penalties putting them two up in the first three minutes, and when a further Hudspith penalty dropped a minute later it looked as though Croydon might be in for an easier day than anticipated. However, this was as good as it got for Croydon in a low scoring first half as Bec scored six of the next seven goals at regular intervals to go into the break 6-4 up. Defensively Croydon looked solid enough, but simply couldn’t get anything going in attack as the divisions looked to lack any organisation or cutting edge.

Half time did not come a moment too soon, and coach Peter Allen earned his crust with some much needed organisational and tactical instructions. The team took this on board and started to play much better in the second half, with some good two-two play at both ends resulting in an increased number of goal scoring opportunities. Johnson was dominant around the post, allowing Jeanes and Moore to attack their boys, whilst Burney was equally effective at the other end shutting out her more experienced opponent in defence, and creating numerous assists for Barker and Hudspith, who discovered where the basket was this week with his best return of the season.

Croydon embarked on a run of their own, scoring 5 of the first 6 goals after the break to go 9-7 up. However Bec were not done quite yet, and managed to trade the next eight goals evenly to leave them trailing 13-11 with four minutes left. Despite trying to play some controlled korfball in the final minutes, Croydon managed to concede two sloppy goals to bring the game to 13 a-piece, and the game looked destined to end a draw. However, Croydon have had the useful habit this season of edging the tight ones, and went in search of a quick winner. The opportunity came as Hudspith drew a penalty under the basket, which he duly converted to give Croydon a good 14-13 win.

This was a very good win for the Croydon team, and with Mitcham 2 not playing this week they now sit firmly at the top of the table. Whether they stay there will depend on a number of factors. There are still some very definite defensive frailties in certain areas which they will need to address, as you can be sure better teams will capitalise on these weaknesses. Croydon have also been trying to bed in some young players and new recruits this season, with some success. However, more difficult matches lie ahead, and if Croydon are serious about having a proper tilt at the Reserve division title they will need to play the strongest team available to them in these key matches, which would include the likes of the departing Colliers for starters.



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 2 14 vs 13 Bec 2


N Hudspith
(5)

P Jeanes
(4)

D Pratt
(1)

D Moore
(0)

J Johnson
(2)

L Burney
(1)

A Furlano
(1)

L Barker
(0)

Submitted by Sarah | Scoring Breakdown |