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Croydon v Kwiek

On paper this should have been an easy game for Croydon; Croydon were sitting in third place in the league whereas newly promoted Kwiek were fighting for points near the bottom of the table. However, Kwiek had started performing in recent matches and with the boost of international Dave Buckland, Croydon were under no illusion that this would be the run-out that the previous match between these two teams had been.

Croydon were without Steve Jones, who was away on international refereeing duty, and so started with Nick Collier, Dave Butters, Kim Jones and Anna Jeanes in attack. Lorna Elliott, Saskia de Jager, Ivan Aquino and Ross Carr-Taylor made up the defence. Kwiek were out of the blocks quickly, scoring twice in the first few minutes. Croydon immediately reacted courtesy of goals from Saskia de Jager, Kim Jones and Nick Collier, however they were unable to contain Kwiek in defence and goals were traded throughout the first half. Neither team could gain more than a one goal advantage, and Croydon went into the break 12-11 up.

The second half started brightly for the home side, as they stretched out a 15-12 lead, but Dave Buckland continued to cause problems for Croydon and the scores were soon lying at 17 all. After a bizarre time-wasting decision against Croydon, Kwiek were soon trying mind-games with their opposition. A time-out was called just as Ross Carr-Taylor was stepping up to take a penalty, and the chance to distract the Croydon clearly paid off as the resulting penalty sailed over the basket. Croydon then tried the same tactic with the next Kwiek penalty; Buckland took the opportunity for a practice penalty, and then calmly converted the penalty after the restart.

With 10 minutes to go and the scores lying at 18-19, Croydon took the opportunity to bring on some fresh legs in the form of Dan Moore and Sarah George. This had the desired effect as Moore slotted away his chance from 5 metres, and when Aquino netted another long shot everything was looking more positive for Croydon. However, Kwiek failed to buckle and they brought themselves level with a long shot. Croydon pulled themselves clear once again, only for Kwiek to be awarded a penalty after a foul was deemed to be deliberate on Buckland who was passing out of attack.

As time was running out, Croydon responded quickly with an Aquino long shot, but there was time for one last penalty as Kwiek earned a point from the 22-22 draw.

Croydon will be clearly disappointed from this result, but when a team concedes 22 goals it puts considerable pressure on the attack. If Croydon are to continue in their quest for European qualification, then future performances will need to be much more decisive. Next week, Croydon face reigning champions Invicta, and with the return of Steve Jones, Croydon will be looking to pick up any points that come their way.



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 1 22 vs 22 Kwiek 1


I Aquino
(5)

D Butters
(5)

R Carr-Taylor
(4)

N Collier
(1)

D Moore
(1)

S de Jager
(3)

K Jones
(3)

L MacKay-Elliott
(0)

A Jeanes
(0)

S Withers
(0)

Submitted by Sarah | Scoring Breakdown |

LDKA Premier League: Tottenham 2 vs Croydon 3

Match report not written yet

Final Score: Croydon 3 11 vs 7 Tottenham 2


N Hudspith
(4)

D Moore
(2)

M Moore
(1)

D Pratt
(1)

B Pratt
(2)

M Carvey
(1)

L Burney
(0)

S Robinson
(0)

Submitted by Sarah | Scoring Breakdown |