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Croydon 1 vs Cambridge Tigers


Croydon hosted Tigers at Royal Russell. Tigers proved tough opponents for a new look Croydon side at the start of the season and with both teams making some changes it was by no means a mismatch. Croydon had Vernon Ellis and Gary Heath in defence and Zu Omar in for Ingmar Otter in attack but were otherwise unchanged.







Croydon started well with a drop off from Becky Pratt in the first few minutes but Nick Armitage soon equalised from the spot after Ellis was adjudged to have fouled Armitage on a running in shot. Anna Jeanes then continued her recent fine shooting form to convert a drop off and a shot from distance as the hosts opened up a 3-1 lead. Tigers were fighting hard though and despite Croydon mounting 5, 6, 7 shot attacks they were unable to sink their chances. Tigers were clearly struggling in defence at this point but Croydon were simply profilgate and didn't take advantage. Another foul gave Armitage his 2nd penalty goal before Butters earnt himself a pen to restore the 2 goal cushion. Tigers' girls are their strongest asset and this was evidenced by a long range running in shot and then a mid range shot from the side from Liv Armitage, however Jane Belfourd sank a long shot in between and Omar, who had a host of first half chances, finally converted a running in shot to leave the scores 6-4 at the break.







Tigers started the 2nd half with a goal but Croydon finally started to score some goals as a one hander from Andy Withers from a restart, followed by long shots from Omar and Grace Stimpson gave them a 4 goal cushion. Tigers to their credit didn't stop trying and their girls claimed the next 2 goals but Omar again scored from distance and Butters finally got on the scoresheet from open play. Eager to make his mark he took a few rash long range efforts with dubious collects but by then the game was nearly done. Jeanes scored a cheeky one to gave Croydon a 5 goal lead and kill the game, although there was still time for Croydon to concede another penalty and Stimpson to complete the scoring.









Overall, Croydon will be pleased with the number of chances they created and the ball retention in attack but their shooting certainly needs some fine tuning especially in the first half. In defence, they were solid again although conceded too many penalties and free passes which enabled the visitors to stay in the match. Tigers battled well and certainly didn't give up but they allowed a (largely toothless) Croydon attack far too much space.





Match Report by Andy | Updated by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 1 13 vs 9 Cambridge Tigers 1


Z Omar
(3)

D Butters
(2)

A Withers
(1)

V Ellis
(0)

A Jeanes
(3)

G Codd
(2)

J Hudspith
(1)

B Pratt
(1)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |

Mitcham 2 vs Croydon 2



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Mitcham 2 21 vs 5 Croydon 2


D Pratt
(2)

J Furlano
(1)

N Hudspith
(0)

P Jeanes
(2)

L Barker
(0)

J Johnson
(0)

L Palfreyman
(0)

B Tobitt
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |

North Downs 2 vs Croydon 3

Right the 3rds had an away game that was like a home game as we were playing North Downs so were at Royal Russell. Starting in attack was my section that was supposed to start in defence but I got the direction wrong! lucky Andy pointed it out before the ball was thrown into our section. So, first attack was Andy (who had to play well or would have to listen to Harry and Iona complain of his poor korfball skills on the drive home), Paul (nicely playing and not looking out of place) and Emma and I (and after the photo we seem together!)

In defence (and luckily didn't start to attack!) Mandy and Sarah (together again) with Mick and Steve. A mix of young and not so young. Right down to the game then, hmm, they obviously intercepted the ball twice so good defence and well done to our attack as we scored twice! Andy (did you see Harry?) and Paul (what an opener!). All change then and didn't our new attack just show us that they can score too and did so. Mandy a long shot from the same scoring spot of last week (mark it girl) and I believe Steve was "if she can then I can..."


OK thats enough of trying to remember game plans and I probably got it wrong ha ha we were all on form, the ref was good, the opposition were friendly so it was good good. Everyone seemed to be scoring long and the balll was just flying in as if it could go no where else! If only we could do that every week! Mick, Steve, Emma, Andy, Mandy all long shots that went in without any namby pamby rolling around the basket and falling in by chance. WELL DONE, do you all have 'korfs' at home you practice on? Interceptions and smiles, thats what its all about!


Thanks to the supporters, Sarah next week I will be getting my boys to nag you in the car on the way to the game to see if that works making you score 3 goals like Harry nagging Andy!



Match Report by Lorna

Final Score: North Downs 2 4 vs 14 Croydon 3


A Burnham
(3)

S Palfreyman
(3)

P Andrews
(1)

M Moore
(1)

E Butters
(3)

A Furlano
(2)

L MacKay-Elliott
(1)

S Muskens
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 4 vs Highbury 2

Croydon fielded the same team as they did in their previous game with the exception of Simon Mills who was replaced by Steve Pratt who was returning from injury. Starting in attack was Jon and Becky Dean, Karen James and Zu Munshi with Steve and Dan Pratt, Rhiannon Williams-Clarke and Zoe Shewell in defence.


Croydon stared slowly and although they created a few chances shots weren't dropping, the defence were shutting down Highbury's attack and it took some clever play from them to put any shots away. The scoring got underway with Zu turning his defender to have a simple shot close to the basket. Croydon continued attacking with Zu providing feeds for the other players but unfortunately the shots were bouncing around and out. Highbury started to put passes together quickly and opened up space to bring the scores level 1-1.

Scoring was still the only thing Croydon were failing to do well and it took a while for them to find the back of the korf again with a good link up play between Steve and Zoe created a charging in shot for 'The Rhino'. Scores 2-1 after 20 minutes. Highbury equalised once again just before half time to bring the scores at the break 2-2.


After the break things started to become physical as Highbury looked to be tiring, all Steve's hard work had worn out his oppostion and he had to be subbed off, Zu rounded his defender to score a running in shot and Karen scored a long shot to give Croydon some breathing space. Shots were being put up a lot more in attack and Dan was rebounding well despite heavy contact under the basket. Despite creating more chances Highbury pulled a goal back 4-3. Not to be disheartened Croydon battled on and Dan scored a long shot to go 2 in front again, Highbury didn't give up and converted a penalty conceded by Dan to make it a one goal game again. Good attack work lead to many chances and Karen scored her second of the game to bring the scores to 6-4.

With the game winding down Croydon seemed to slack a little and a couple of sloppy passes and bad decisions meant that the last few minutes of the game would be tense. Highbury capitalised and scored a running in shot to make it 6-5 and made it even more important that Croydon kept possession better. A quick word to the attack and they knew they were not to shoot unless they were certain to score, Rhiannon took up a feed position and gave the ball to Dan who was past his defender, a nudge in the back meant that he could not score but the referee awarded the penalty and Dan converted the penalty just before time to leave the scores at 7-5.


Croydon can be pleased as this win meant they leapfrogged Highbury to go into 4th place in the LDKA First Division, a huge step up for the 4ths, also they had proved they could beat teams like Bec with technical ability in previous weeks but they managed to win in a physical battle with Highbury today, with their next game against Highbury again they will hope they can cement their place in the top half of the table.



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 4 7 vs 5 Highbury 2


Z Omar
(2)

D Pratt
(2)

S Pratt
(1)

J Dean
(0)

K James
(2)

B Lockett
(0)

Z Shewell
(0)

R Williams-Clarke
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |
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