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Trojans 2 vs Croydon 1

Trojans 2 took on Premier side Croydon 1 in the BKA Cup Quarter Finals at Trinity School. This was a potential banana skin for Croydon after their recent promotion and they knew it. Croydon's Nigel Hudspith was injured so player-coach Dave Butters was back in the line-up. Trojans had a mix of youth and experience. The early start clearly affected both sides as the sparse crowd witnessed one of the most lacklustre first 15 minutes for a long time as neither side seemed to have quite woken up, either that or they were still feeling the effects of the previous night. Croydon started the scoring though as Kerry Sargeant over-committed on Becky Pratt and Butters scored from the spot. Pratt followed up with a long shot but Butters was out of position at a free pass and Tony Woodvine took the easy chance and then converted a penalty to bring the scores level at 2-all. Sam Brooks then scored a very deft free pass and Nora Goodridge dropped off and Trojans were 4-2 up after 12 minutes.


Gary Heath's young defender then over-committed and the clearly confident Heath hoiked in an under-arm shot from fully 8 metres, clearly wanting to out-do Nick Collier from the Cambridge City game. However Woodvine was on form at the other end and the hosts maintained their 2 goal lead. Grace Stimpson then scored another rare running-in shot and Zu Omar turned in the feed to restore parity to 5-all after 20 minutes. Andy Withers sank one from range but was adjudged to have travelled and Trojans took advantage as the otherwise quiet Tash Trigg scored from mid court. Croydon's captain Anna Jeanes scored from down town though and there was stalemate for the rest of the half: 6-all.


Withers conceded an early penalty in the 2nd half but Omar scored from range. Sargeant and then Trigg restored Trojans lead though and Butters called a time-out to get some shape back into the visitor's play. This seemed to work as Stimpson won a penalty which Butters converted and he followed this straight up with one from distance and the teams were tied again. Woodvine wasn't done though and scored a short chance and referee Pete Teague disallowed a goal from Trigg in favour of a free pass which Trojans failed to convert. Withers scored from distance but again Trojans fought back as a lack of concentration left Sam Brooks wide open and he didn't miss. Woodvine fouled Stimpson on a rebound but, as is customary at Trojans, coach Brooks called a time-out before Butters could take it. However this gamesmanship failed, as Butters slotted from the spot.


Now it was Croydon's turn to get their act together, with Belfourd and Withers at the post, they concentrated on Jeanes and Heath and the latter scored a beautifully crafted running in shot to take the lead for the first time in the 2nd half and with only 8 minutes left. However Trojans were again level after a long shot and it was clear that this one was going down to the wire. Teague then awarded a penalty against Jeanes which Brooks converted. The referee had let a lot of contact go in the game and this reached boiling point when Belfourd and Goodridge collided and Belfourd had to leave the pitch with blood streaming from her nose. After some time, on came Becky Tobitt with 4 minutes to go. Omar was by this stage all over his man and scored a short chance to bring the scores to 13-all. Teague then awarded a penalty to the home side but Woodvine's attempt went sailing over. Croydon had a minute to attack and sticking with the gameplan, Heath penetrated and drew the penalty. You'd think they might have learnt their lesson from earlier but another time-out was called by the hosts. However Heath has scored a number of crucial penalties this season and is clearly made of sterner stuff. He walked up, smiled and scored. In the final 4 seconds Trigg did get a shot away but it was to no avail and Croydon ran out winners.

Ironic really that the Trojans missed their vital penalty and Croydon scored all their's despite the enforced delays. There's nothing in the rules to stop it so fair play but this and the fact that 2 of the Trojans boys stormed off without shaking hands, shows that they have a lot to learn when it comes to sportsmanship. Roll on Milton Keynes.




Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Trojans 2 13 vs 14 Croydon 1


D Butters
(4)

Z Omar
(3)

G Heath
(3)

A Withers
(1)

G Codd
(1)

A Jeanes
(1)

B Pratt
(1)

J Hudspith
(0)

B Tobitt
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 3 vs Mitcham 3

Despite a near fight, Croydon came away with the win. They made hard work of it but were clearly the better side and a stronger ref might have made more of a game of it. No matter a win is a win and this completes the double over local rivals Mitcham, hurrah!




Match Report by Lorna

Final Score: Croydon 3 9 vs 8 Mitcham 3


A Burnham
(3)

J Furlano
(2)

M Moore
(1)

P Lindsey
(0)

A Furlano
(2)

L Barker
(1)

E Butters
(0)

S Robinson
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 4 vs Nomads 4

The 4ths played their last game of their season at Royal Russell, taking on Nomads 4 who they played last time out, both teams had changed their line-ups since a fortnight ago, Croydon who had Zoe Shewell, Phil Aish, Jon and Becky Dean missing from action brought in Steve Palfreyman, Sarah Withers and Julia Johnson to fill the gaps, along with regulars Steve Pratt, Karen James, Simon Mills, Paul Andrews and Rhiannon Williams-Clarke. Rhiannon was running late and Croydon had to start a player, and 8 shirts, short. Coach Pratt wanted to mix things up a bit and have the boys playing assisting roles more than previous games and to get the girls attacking.

Croydon set out with Steve Pratt, Simon, Karen and Sarah in first attack with Steve Palfreyman, Paul and Julia starting in defence to give the attack a chance to score 2 goals, the boys obviously hadn't paid much atention to the team talk as they went straight into their usual shooting positions but after a quick reminder Simon was at the post and Croydon managed to get shot after shot and Simon was dominating his player in collect, his hard work paid off after he brought down a rebound and was left under the basket to score the first goal of the game. In defence Steve Palfreyman and Julia were snatching up any loose balls and making it hard for the visiting team, but Nomads made the extra player count and levelled things up. In attack the 3 players made it look easy and Julia was finding space despite being marked by 2 girls and did a good job at collecting despite the added pressure, Steve Palf made their possession in attack count and buried a long shot to make it 2-1.

In defence Croydon seemed to be unfocussed and the opposition were getting a few running in opportunities and managed to convert one of their chances to tie the scores again, and Nomads quickly added another to take the lead for the first time, but Sarah managed to score in her first game for months to bring back parity. Julia bagged her second of the game after some good attacking play, and by this time the tardy Rhiannon had made her way to the right venue and was ready to come on but had to wait for a good few minutes for a break in the game, finally Croydon had a full team but Nomads scored another runner and then Paul was harshly adjudged to have fouled his player. The penalty taker was spotted putting his foot over the line as he missed the penalty but the referee instead of giving the ball to Croydon had the penalty retaken and this time the Nomads player converted it to give Nomads the lead. Very curious. With the game approaching half time Sarah was fouled on a shot and a penalty was awarded, Croydon were this time on the other side of dubious decisions as Simon put his whole foot over the line as he scored the penalty but the goal counted and Croydon headed into the break level at 5-5.


During the break Croydon put the newly arrived kit on and gave one hell of a cheer before the restart. It seemed to give them inspiration as they started to play more as a team and they got off to a great start with Steve Palf scoring a long shot, Croydon also took heed of the half time talk and let their players take the long shots as they had too many running in shots in the first half. This was paying dividends as Nomads struggled to hit the basket and the rebounds being snapped up by alert Croydon players, this gave the attack far more possession and they made it pay with Julia and Sarah each getting 2 running in shots to give the team a healthy 5 goal lead. The pressure being put on Nomads made their passing erratic and Steve Palf was intercepting all over. His hard work was repaid when he sunk a long shot to put even more space between the teams.

The home side began to play with confidence and they moved the ball round with seemless ease, Simon who was in a feed position couldn't resist shooting and turned his defender to score, a short blow of the whistle before the goal went in left Simon and the team disappointed and expecting to see a Nomads restart but then the referee decided it would have been a penalty and when the ball dropped he gave the goal much to Simon's joy. Simon was looking even happier when he scored his 4th of the game and Croydon's 13th to give them an 8 goal lead. Paul Andrews was attacking well and managed to score a long shot from the side of the post.

The game was winding down with only 5 minutes left and Croydon were still piling on the pressure at both ends, Julia got her fourth with another running in shot and with only a couple of minutes and Nomads still not finding the back of the basket in the 2nd half the coach asked the defence to pick up the pressure and close them down, they did a great job and Nomads only had one forced effort which dropped short by a metre. Croydon weren't finished yet though and Steve Pratt put up the final shot of the game to leave the scores 16-5.


With the tight first half Croydon might of thought they were in a battle but the way they pulled together and worked as a team on both ends of the court meant they spanked their opponents 11-0 in the second half. This was the 4th's best win of the season and it showed as everyone came off the pitch with a smile, it was a great end to a good season for the 4ths and they can be proud of what they have achieved.

Thanks also to Sarah, Julia and Steve Palfreyman for filling in for missing players and they made an impact on the game, scoring 10 goals between them. A good performance from the other players as well with Simon scoring 4, Steve Pratt managed 2 Rhino charges and kept his cool despite dubious calls in the first half and Rhiannon for actually putting a shot up (which very nearly went in)!



Match Report by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 4 16 vs 5 Nomads 4


S Mills
(4)

S Palfreyman
(3)

P Andrews
(1)

S Pratt
(1)

J Johnson
(4)

S Withers
(3)

K James
(0)

R Williams-Clarke
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |
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