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Nomads v Croydon

Nomads, boosted by recent wins, entertained 3rd placed Croydon at Epsom College. Croydon fielded Lorna Elliot in place of Sarah George for this fixture after the latter's recent absence. Nomads fielded a vastly different, and some might say, superior side to the one beaten at Royal Russell earlier in the season.

In an even first half, both teams started brightly with Nomads out of the traps quickest as they pulled out 3-1 and 4-2 leads with goals from Richard Burrows and Duncan Jefford. However two running in shots from Saskia de Jager brought Croydon level. Croydon were not able to build any sort of lead though as the same two Nomads boys again took advantage. Croydon kept their hosts pegged back though and were never behind by more than two goals with all four girls managing to find the basket in the first half. Steve Jones was yellow carded for abusing the ref towards the end of the half and this seem to spur on the visitors as they made up a 10-8 deficit to go into the break at 10-all.


The 2nd half saw the Croydon boys getting in on the attack and the team pull out their first real lead in the game, however at 14-all with 15 minutes remaining, it was clear this was going to be a tight one. The teams continued to trade goals, neither able to scrape out more than a one goal lead. Kim Jones netted a neat goal to bring Croydon ahead at 16-17 and a penalty from husband Jones would surely have sealed the result. However he missed and this allowed Nomads to pull one back to bring the scores to 17 all, and when Nomads were awarded a penalty it could have been all over for Croydon.

However, Richard Burrows took the opportunity for a practice penalty while Paul Jeanes was brought on as a Croydon substitution, but the well known saying "practice makes perfect" back-fired and the ensuing penalty sailed over the basket. The final play of the game was an interesting one. A Nomads attacker, Chris Allen, jumped over the centre line in an attempted interception, he landed on top of substitute Paul Jeanes though and Croydon were awarded a penalty much to the home crowd's annoyance. Having missed in the reserve team fixture earlier in the day, the pressure was clearly on Jeanes. The refs watch could clearly be heard sounding for full time as Jeanes coolly converted. Full time was called with Croydon clearly pleased with the final result. Nomads 17, Croydon 18.


Croydon's march towards Europe continues whilst Nomads will be bitterly disappointed. They will, however, be safe from relegation if they play to this standard from the remaining matches of the season.



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Nomads 1 17 vs 18 Croydon 1


D Butters
(2)

S Jones
(2)

I Aquino
(1)

R Carr-Taylor
(3)

P Jeanes
(1)

K Jones
(3)

S de Jager
(2)

A Jeanes
(2)

L MacKay-Elliott
(2)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |

Nomads 2 stumble past Croydon 2 to end the visitor's winning streak

What a poor match. The break clearly did neither side much good as Nomads entertained Croydon early Sunday morning at Epsom College. Croydon's team was much changed from their last outing with Sarah George and Andy Withers returning from holiday into the 2nd team, whilst Nigel Hudspith was absent in the French Alps.

Croydon started slowly and seemed to be half asleep as they conceded 50/50 balls and 2 goals early on. After a time-out, their play improved and a well-taken brace from Nick Collier brought them back into contention and subsequently into the lead to go into the break 7-4 up. However the 2nd half was worst than the first for the visitors as Croydon were reduced to just one (dubious) penalty goal in the whole half as their attack fell to pieces due to poor organisation, discipline and most importantly passing. Nomads were not much better but managed to score the odd goal every five minutes and eventually overcame their deficit and opened up a two goal lead. This lead was reduced by said penalty converted by Dan Moore but time ran out with Nomads' noses in front at 9-8.

Despite some interesting refereeing decisions, this should serve as a wake-up call to Croydon who have been on a great winning streak but were dreadful in this match, especially given this was on paper one of the strongest line-ups that have been fielded this season. The areas for improvement are manyfold but passing and long-shooting are obvious priorities.


Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Nomads 2 9 vs 8 Croydon 2


N Collier
(3)

P Jeanes
(2)

D Moore
(2)

A Withers
(0)

L Barker
(1)

A Furlano
(0)

J Johnson
(0)

S Withers
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 3 lose out to experienced Woking 2 side

Playing against a Woking team featuring at least 3 first team players, Croydon 4 performed admirably but lost 13-7. Vee Thomas made a strong debut, while Leah Palfreyman and Helen Mansfield put in their best performances this observer has seen from them in a Croydon shirt. Daniel Pratt led his division well, scoring 2 goals, while Nick Collier contributed 3 goals to the other division.



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 3 10 vs 11 Supernova 2


D Pratt
(3)

S Pratt
(2)

C Etheridge
(1)

M Moore
(0)

L Burney
(3)

J Collier
(1)

B Pratt
(0)

S Robinson
(0)

Submitted by Sarah | Scoring Breakdown |