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Croydon 1 vs Cambridge City

If "nervy" summed up the last game Croydon played, "character", as they say in football, was the epitaph for this one. Or perhaps just "woo hoo"! Croydon started this match with the same defensive section in Anna Jeanes (c), Jane Belfourd, Gary Heath and Andy Withers but player-coach Dave Butters decided to test his team and rest himself, in favour of Nigel Hudspith, to fulfill his coaching duties more fully. Lorna Elliott was also in for Grace Stimpson leaving Zu Omar and Becky Pratt to complete the section. Cambridge had a youthful looking side with the notable exception of the wily Croydon veteran Nick Collier, one the league's top scorers.


It was Cambridge that certainly started the game looking like they wanted it more as they pressed Croydon with a strong front defence. Croydon started a bit slowly and were unable to get their passes away well and the visitors confidence was quickly boosted as they scored 2 quick goals. They followed this up with 2 more as well as BUSA MVP, Angus Davidson, embarassed Withers as he sailed past with 2 sneaky running in shots. Butters called a time-out and the word was patience but Collier was on target with an outrageous running in shot from mid court after losing Omar and all of a sudden the home crowd's hooters were looking a bit redundant at 0-5. However Heath, who was struggling with a bout of man 'flu, put aside the sniffles and scored a cracker from distance and Croydon were finally on the 'board. City's Prioetti beat Heath on a running in shot though and it still wasn't looking good at 1-6 after 18 minutes. However when the comeback came, it came swiftly: in the space of 8 minutes Croydon were back in the game at 5-6 after Omar earnt a penalty (converted by Hudspith), Heath scored from distance and had 3 bites at a penalty after City's players encroached twice, to leave Omar to get his own back with a fake to send Collier off somewhere into the back court. City did score again but the home crowd were considering calling the fire brigade for Heath as his hot streak continued with another penalty (after a Belfourd drive) and another long shot. And when Pratt's flat shot went in, the hooters were in fine voice but City scored as the whistle went. Half time: a breathless 8-all.


If the home crowd thought it could only get better from here they were sadly to be disappointed as their team made them sweat conceding the first 5 goals of the second half! City were making the most of their chances and whatever luck they could find but the ball kept going in and with 16 minutes remaining Croydon were staring down the barrel of the gun at 8-13. However much like the first half, the comeback was quick and this time, ultimately conclusive. Withers dropped off from a rebound and Hudspith muscled in for a running in shot and as he stood up to take a penalty, City called a time out. I doubt Hudspith can recall much of the team talk but no matter as he stroked the ball in from the spot. Withers converted a free-pass and Heath again scored from distance, 13-all and the roof was coming off, especially when Hudspith completed the 6 goal streak with one from under the post. City missed a crucial penalty but to be fair any team would be wobbling after twice losing 2 such leads so perhaps this was a factor. However confusion in the Croydon defence gave them another chance and this time Proietti scored. 14-all and 7 minutes on the clock. Withers beat his man and in the confusion was trampled leaving Heath to convert another penalty and from here it all seemed to go Croydon's way. Jeanes scored a short chance and Omar sealed the match with a long shot. There was still time for Hudspith to score a penalty and put the icing on a hard fought 18-14 win.


So Croydon poke one in the eye of all the naysayers and return to the EKA Premier after one season in the First Division. A great achievement for new coach Butters given that he has had an unsettled team due to injuries and employed a generous rotation policy blooding players for the battles ahead. Not quite sure how much he enjoyed being on the bench for this game though, nor the legion of supporters with their hooters! However the players and coach are under no illusions: the hard work starts here.




Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 1 18 vs 14 Cambridge City 1


G Heath
(7)

N Hudspith
(5)

Z Omar
(2)

A Withers
(2)

A Jeanes
(1)

B Pratt
(1)

J Hudspith
(0)

L MacKay-Elliott
(0)

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Croydon 2 vs Nomads 2

After the drama from the 1st team, Croydon 2 needed to get their act together and concentrate on their own game as Nomads brought a very strong looking team with plenty of experience and steal. Croydon had Joe and Mandy Furlano again stepping up, joining Dan Pratt and Becky Tobitt in a very youthful defence with the old hands (in age order) of Lynda Barker, Paul Jeanes, Julia Johnson and the relative spring chicken, 33 year old Vernon Ellis in attack.


Croydon started with the customary Paul Jeanes penalty but Joe Furlano was in for a tought match against Richard Burrows and the Nomads stalwart was quickly on the scoreboard. A Furlano was on there shortly after though as Mandy scored a skippy long shot which Tobitt followed up on with one of her own. Pratt was trading youthful exuberance against his opponent's wily experience and it was 0-1 to start with as Pratt was turned in the feed for an easy score. However Johnson was keen to make her mark after a few weeks on the sidelines nursing a beer leg injury. She scored anyway but Carswell replied for Nomads and it was clear that the teams were very evenly matched. Mandy Furlano scored from a turn in the feed but Pratt was adjudged to have infringed on a girl's running in shot and after a further long shot the teams were all square at 5-all. Tobitt had her eye in though and traded a goal before the half time whistle went shrilly at 6-all.


Cara Allen ran past Furlano to give the visitors their first lead in the match but Jeanes slotted another penalty and Joe Furlano scored a cheeky one under the post and sister Mandy scored again and the crowd went simply wild. The gypsies weren't done though as Amy Cole slotted a nice middle range shot and Burrows finally broke free of Furlano to bring the match all square at 9's. Pratt was having a good "dialogue" with referee Tony Micallef during most of the match and one must wonder whether that was why he hadn't managed to find the net until this point but perhaps he hadn't needed to with his colleagues making the most of their chances. Anyway he scored one that bounced around the top a bit and finally went in but Carswell again scored and the tension mounted. Micallef was clearly feeling it too: better positioning might have served him well rather than somewhat over elaborate whistling and signalling, however he showed great patience and good spirit in the face of concerted Croydon complaining, including a 2 man diatribe from the sidelines after a somewhat "unusual" time-wasting call on Pratt. However Johnson scored a typical hoppy one from middle distance and Jeanes netted what some commenters (this one in fact) are calling a "roundhouse running in shot" and Croydon were suddenly 2 goals up and time was ticking by. There was just time for Nomads to score a penalty and for Micallef to return to the centre of the action as he disallowed a last minute Nomads goal that would have tied the match but, hey ho, the whistle went and a slightly scratch Croydon team celebrated a great win against a very strong Nomads side.




Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 2 12 vs 11 Nomads 2


P Jeanes
(3)

J Furlano
(1)

D Pratt
(1)

V Ellis
(0)

A Furlano
(3)

J Johnson
(2)

B Tobitt
(2)

L Barker
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 3 vs Bec 2.5

The thirds had Bec 3 at home and due to people being elsewhere, injured, unavailable and even abroad the layout was Emma, Andy and step ups for Zoe and Phil with the other four (or five) Andy, Steph and step ups for Becky D and Simon. Hmm how would they fair? Especially as bec had faces that had played against Croydon 2 in Bec 2 hmmm...

Not sure who started first but as the score was 4-0 really fast I can write that Bec started well. It looked like hard work for the Thirds but with a free throw scored by Mick (followed by another) things looked better... Bec did have nice long shots that were going in and tidy close post goals but all things considered the passing for croydon was good as those people don't usually play together. Defence was tight marking people trying to get running in shots so well done. Work on positioning for some people whether in set plays or just in free play are needed, sorry for all my shouting!


Andy stepped up for a penalty and yeah scored (see Harry, I said your dad would score). Simon also did one of his long long shots that just bangs in, if only they could've been more frequent (but you still need to get the collect)! Emma did her shimmy left right and scored all good stuff. Only trouble was Bec were scoring and scoring. Steph had the right idea of nice close shots but not the luck, Zoe and Becky ran and worked hard and should be pleased with themselves, and tired. Croydon's last goal was from Phil, even fresh legs Steve Pratt coming on for injured Andy didn't get a goal (must need more of a warm up)!


Even though Bec scored 22 to Croydon's 6 half of croydons players were playing 2 leagues above their normal game so I do feel well done and thank you all very much for the running, marking, defending and putting up shots and not letting heads go down...



Match Report by Lorna

Final Score: Croydon 3 6 vs 22 Bec 3


M Moore
(2)

P Aish
(1)

S Mills
(1)

A Burnham
(1)

S Pratt
(0)

E Butters
(1)

B Lockett
(0)

S Robinson
(0)

Z Shewell
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |
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