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The fat lady is singing

Croydon and Nomads did battle in this year's relegation decider. Royal Russell school was packed to unprecented levels with ~200 people in attendance to see which old club would survive and which would fall. Croydon had Grace Stimpson in for Anneka Barretto but otherwise fielded an unchanged line-up. Nomads were clearly keen to keep everyone guessing as, seemingly, their entire club ran up and down in their pre-match warm up! The team in the end had a mixture of young and old and it was the youngsters who were to do most of the damage.


The players were bound to be a bit nervy given the significance of the game and the size of the crowd and it was Croydon who made the faster start with Paul Jeanes drawing a penalty and converting a sharp chance under the post. Nomads were soon on the board but another penalty, converted by Dave Butters, gave the hosts an early 3-1 lead.

From here the Croydon team seemed to stop playing and Nomads found their way back into the game with a mixture of penalties and long shots scoring the next 5 goals in a row. Croydon called a time-out but this seemed to have little effect as Nomads took the next 2 chances and Croydon's only reply before the end of the half was another penalty from Butters. Half time score: 4-8.


Croydon needed to score first to have much chance of maintaining their Premier League status but they could not keep Nomads out and despite a running in shot from Stimpson and Saskia de Jager, Croydon shortly found themselves 6-12 down with time running out. Stimpson was shortly replaced by Jane Belfourd and to the host's credit they were not done yet: at 9-13 Nomads were under pressure but a penalty restored their advantage and the hosts' heads began to drop. Andy Withers was replaced by Nigel Hudspith but while Croydon chased the game, Nomads did the opposite running the clock down and despite a 2nd running in shot for Belfourd, the game finished with Nomads comfortably ahead. Final score 11-18.


Nomads survive automatic relegation and surely will have enough to see off Premier League hopefuls, Cambridge City. For Croydon it has been an "interesting" season. Events on and off the pitch have done their best to unsettle the side but at the end of the day, their best wasn't often seen and often wasn't good enough.



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 1 11 vs 18 Nomads 1


D Butters
(3)

P Jeanes
(2)

R Carr-Taylor
(0)

A Withers
(0)

N Hudspith
(0)

S de Jager
(2)

A Jeanes
(1)

S Withers
(0)

G Codd
(1)

J Hudspith
(2)

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Croydon 2 hold off Nomads 2 in low scoring match

After the relegation decider, the thriller! Clearly the afternoon's excitement had got to both sides as it took 22 minutes for the first goal! Croydon had Jane Belfourd in for Grace Stimpson but otherwise had their usual line up. Nomads, despite the number of club members there, in the end fielded a leg-weary but still wily Reg Etwaroo. It would be nice to say that defences were on top in the first half but neither side was firing well and chances kept going begging. Eventually Nomads opened the scoring with some dubious travelling going on but clearly referee, Teague, was in a charitable mood by then and even some of the Croydon bench cheered. An equally dubious 2nd goal was also awarded but their was no doubt about the 3rd and the visitors raced to a 0-3 lead at half time.


Nomads were shortly on the scoreboard at the start of the 2nd half but Croydon started to make amends with Dan Pratt converting a penalty. Sister Becky hobbled off shortly afterwards and replaced by 3rd team stalwart Lorna Elliot. Julia Johnson netted from close range to bring Croydon to within 2 as Nomads struggled to put any passes together nor mount a serious attack. Dave "Super Ted" Hall opened his Croydon account with one from distance and 10 minutes later Lynda Barker scored from the edge of her distance to bring parity to preceedings.


Zu Munshi and Pratt were replaced by Vernon Ellis and Gary Heath and these 2 added some pace and cunning, even running Nomads ragged at times. Both scored and Croydon had the bit between their teeth now. The 2nd half seemed to go on forever but the muscular Nigel Hudspith was winning everything in attack and despite no further goals this was enough as the time finally ran out.

A bizarre game which, fortunately, not many stayed behind to witness it. Croydon will be pleased to end the season with a win and to have kept Nomads only 4 goals in 60 minutes. However they should be a little concerned at only scoring 6 themselves!



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 2 6 vs 4 Nomads 2


D Hall
(1)

N Hudspith
(0)

D Pratt
(1)

Z Omar
(0)

V Ellis
(1)

G Heath
(1)

L Barker
(1)

J Johnson
(1)

J Hudspith
(0)

L MacKay-Elliott
(0)

B Pratt
(0)

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Woking 2 vs Croydon 4

The team had set out 1st attack Mike, Steve, Chris & Beckie P and first defence Phil, Jon Daniels, Lorna, & Lorraine Lewsey. Croydon raced off into a 2 goal lead, Woking replied 2-1. Croydon restored the 2 goal lead 3-1 and went into the half 6-4 to the good.


Croydon's defence's played well and the goals continued to go in. Debut boy John Daniels had an impressive first game as did one game a season Lorraine. Mike "The Sniper" Moore had a double hatrick literary snatched away from him in the very last minute of this game, when Steve Pratt pulled the captain's rank, insisting on getting himself on the scoresheet, taking the penalty. Mike's shooting from a great distance had netted him 4 untill then, plus one other from the spot. Croydon ran out healthy winners.




Match Report by Steve

Final Score: Woking 2 7 vs 11 Croydon 4


M Moore
(5)

P Aish
(2)

S Pratt
(1)

J Daniels
(0)

L MacKay-Elliott
(2)

L Lewsey
(1)

C Moore
(0)

B Pratt
(0)

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