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Croydon 1 cruise past Invicta 1

Croydon faced an Invicta side who are currently going through a transitional period after losing some key players in previous seasons. So after their last performance they will be hoping to come away with the win.

Croydon started with Jane Belfourd, Anna Jeanes, Vernon Ellis and Nigel Hudspith in attack, Zu Omar, Dave Butters, Dawn Aindow and Grace Stimpson in defence.
Invicta started well and had a couple of chances but it was Belfourd that got the first goal with a good long shot.

Ellis took advantage of some space and buried a long range effort, making it look easy.
Croydon were causing Invicta all sorts of problems in attack and Butters breezed past his player only to be fouled taking the shot, he stepped up to take the resulting penalty himself and calmly dispatched it without any problems taking the score to 3-0.

Invicta began to look like they might put up a fight, creating a chance after Ellis switched to cover Hudspith but that left a free (Invicta) boy who didn't disappoint.
Croydon won themselves a free pass soon after and even though Jeanes' original shot was blocked she recieved the ball and scored on the second attempt to bring the scores to 4-1.

Invicta were awarded a free pass of their own after Omar was unfairly punished trying to win the ball, the resulting free pass ended in a goal for the visitors to bring it back to a two goal lead. After a well worked move Invicta reduced the defecit further with a nice long shot, Croydon looked determined not to let the opposition to draw level and some good defence allowed the attack to take their time and it paid off when Butters saw Aindow's move off the back of the post and she scored with ease.

It looked like Croydon could be in a battle as Invicta wouldn't let Croydon pull away, scoring a running in shot to bring it to within a single goal again. After some good possesion Ellis rounded his defender to score a fabulous running in shot and he celebrated with passion. Invicta still hanging around scored a running in shot of their own but Stimpson scored one of her trademark shots from downtown to bring the scores to 7-5.

Ellis continued his creative form with a behind the back pass to find Hudspith in space, unfortunatley the move deserved a better finish. Croydon had numerous chances but just couldn't make Invicta pay and against the flow of the game it was Invicta who grabbed a goal to once again make it a one goal game. Ellis though began to heat up and banged in another long shot for his third of the game, he continued his good work in defence blocking a shot before intercepting a loose ball but it was in vain as Invicta managed to get the ball to a freeplayer under the post to make it 8-7, Butters seemed to lose a bit of focus, questioning some of the referees decisions but Omar calmed things down scoring a good long shot giving Croydon breathing space again.

Croydon pulled away further when Huspith broke free from his marker to score from distance, with Croydon exerting pressure on both ends of the court Invicta called a time-out to talk things over, it had no effect on Croydon's momentum as Jeanes' burst past her defender only to be fouled taking the shot. The referee rightly pointed to the spot and Hudspith took his chance to grab his second in quick succession taking Croydon past Invicta's grasp.

The home team were beginning to dominate with Ellis working hard in defence. The whole attack section was working well together and it didn't take much for Aindow to get past her player, Butters provided her with a precision pass and Aindow who doesn't miss those kind of opportunities made the visitors get out their purse nd pay dearly. Invicta were shaken but they were still looking to try and get back into the match, they managed to get a running in shot of their own to bring the scores to 12-8.

Croydon at this point though were ready to break away and they did just that, Hudspith scoring another long shot and Vernon added to the tally doing the same. With Croydon pulling away the half time whistle came at the wrong time for the hosts but they would hope to carry on their good form after the break. Scores at half time were 14-8.

After some words from coach Butters Croydon set out looking confident and ready to go, the break didn't look like it affected the team as they scored a quick running in shot with Grace assisting Dave nicely. Invicta pulled one back with a long shot but Ellis sporting a rather dashing haircut (no 1 all over) banged in two long shots in no time at all to take the scores to 17-9. In a short but brief interview after the game Vernon attributed his amazing run to this new haircut. Surely anyone wanting to score 7 in a game should get his barber's phone number.

The next five minutes of the second half saw a flurry of goals, first a long range goal from Invicta and then 4 Croydon long shots, one each from Jeanes and Hudspith and two from Butters making it 21-10. Croydon were cruising, they looked more and more comfortable, able to keep possesion and were making it difficult for Invicta in defence. Croydon took advantage of their lengthy spells in attack putting another 3 unanswered goals, Zu scoring his second, Nigel scoring his fifth and Vernon rounding off his massive 7 goal haul with another lovely long shot. With the game coming to an end Croydon looked to be celebrating their impressive win early and allowed Invicta to score from a free pass and a penalty to make it 24-12. Soon after Invicta's last goal the full time whistle blew and Croydon registered there best win for quite some time.

They will be happy with the win and the points but most importantly everyone managed to get on the score sheet and they can go into the next game knowing that the goals can come from anywhere.

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Final Score: Croydon 1 24 vs 12 Invicta 1


V Ellis
(7)

N Hudspith
(5)

D Butters
(4)

Z Omar
(2)

D Aindow
(2)

A Jeanes
(2)

G Codd
(1)

J Hudspith
(1)

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Croydon 2 comfortable against Invicta 2

Croydon 2 took on a weakened Invicta 2 side hoping to continue their winning start to the season, they took to the pitch with Dan Pratt, Peter Lindsay, Emma Butters and Julia Johnson in first attack, Lynda Barker, Hannah Evans, Ben Hale and Paul Jeanes in defence.

Croydon started the brightest, Pratt giving Butters the ball to score a running in shot and the hosts were off to a great start, Pratt double the lead soon after scoring a running in shot of his own after faking his defender.

At this point Croydon were looking dominant, they were managing to limit Invicta's attacking options and they couldn't find any space to put up any shots. At the other end Jeanes past his player and looked set to put in his shot but he was clattered from behind and Hale punished them from the spot. He piled more misery on the visitors scoring a great long shot to make it 4-0.

Invicta were not ready to throw it away just yet and pulled 2 goals back after some suspect defending, scoring a running in shot and a goal from middle distance, at this point Croydon woke up a bit and Hale grabbed his third and fourth with two goals from under the post. Butters was fouled after she rounded her defender with ease and Pratt stepped up to score from the spot. Croydon were attacking well but Pratt landed awkwardly on another players foot and injured his already weak right ankle, he managed to make it to half time but was in some pain.

Butters continued to cause her defender trouble after half time combining well with Johnson to leave her under the post and she scored despite contact from her defender. Croydon were not in any mood to let up and Jeanes run his defender ragged before dropping in two consecutive running in shots to give the hosts an 8 goal lead. Pratt looked to be struggling on the injured ankle and the chances looked like they were drying up until a free pass gave Johnson the means to comfortabley score.

Invicta began to look lively just as Croydon were switching off and they scored 3 unanswered goals to make the scoreboard look a little more respectable at 11-5, Croydon weren't finished though and with time winding down Pratt faked a shot and with his defender on top of him Pratt threw the ball towards the basket in the hope of winning a penalty, but it wasn't needed as the ball dropped through the hole much to the amazement of all the people in the hall. The final whistle blew and Croydon had done the double over an Invicta side that look like they might struggle this season. Special mention to the poor Invicta player who was acidentally floored by Lindsey who looked like he had been taking coaching lessons from our resident rhino.

Match Report by Sicknote | Updated by Zuton
  
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Final Score: Croydon 2 12 vs 5 Invicta 2


B Hale
(4)

D Pratt
(3)

P Jeanes
(2)

P Lindsey
(0)

E Butters
(2)

L Barker
(0)

H Evans
(0)

J Johnson
(1)

K James
(0)

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All even between Croydon 3 and Woking 1

Croydon 3 took on Woking 1 in a match that was always going to be close. Croydon started with Karen, Sean, Sue and Dave Hall in attack, Dave Smith, Lorna, Zoe and Andy in defence.

Croydon got under way with Sean attacking well almost scoring straight away, they looked like they would take the lead after Sue had won a penalty but Dave H missed from the spot. Woking took the initiative scoring a long shot to give them the first goal of the game.

Sean though continued attacking well and ended up in space to score a middle distance shot to level the scores, both sides were shocked as the hall had some problems with the lights and the game was played in a half light, Croydon seemed to be distracted and they allowed Woking to take the lead again with another long shot.

The lights sorted themselves out and it got Croydon back into a good rythym, seconds after the lights came back on Lorna scored a long shot to make it level again at 2-2. Both sides defences were on top, closing out the half without conceding again.

After the break Croydon took the lead for the first time in the game after Sean found Dave H dropping off and he made it look easy from behind the basket. Woking though were getting Croydon frustrated and they switched off, they were allowing the visitors too many shots and they were punished with Woking scoring 3 unanswered long range goals.

Croydon didn't let their heads drop though and continued to battle, Sean who had a good game in general scored his second with a good running in shot and Dave H also grabbed his second to bring the scores to 5-5. With time winding down it was Croydon who were looking the most likely to score the next goal, but they wasted too many chances and the final whistle came too soon for them leaving the points shared.

Match Report by Sicknote

Final Score: Croydon 3 5 vs 5 Woking 1


S Fellows
(2)

D Hall
(2)

A Burnham
(0)

D Smith
(0)

L MacKay-Elliott
(1)

S Baker
(0)

K James
(0)

Z Shewell
(0)

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Croydon 4 scrape past Supernova 3

Croydon 4 took on Supernova 3 looking to add to their points tally for the season, Becki Pratt started her second game back with Paul Andrews, Jon Dean and rookie Sarah Hole in attack, with newcomer Debbie Wiggins in defence along with Becky Dean, Steve Pratt and Phil Aish.

Becki P showed she hadn't lost any of her sharpness as she scored with her first shot of the game with a lovely long shot. Supernova replied soon after with a long shot of their own, after the change Croydon looked stifled by Supernova's defence and were struggling to create any real opportunities, taking half chances and off balance shots.

Supernova took the lead mid way through the half with another shot from distance and they had the chance to double their lead after Jon gave away a penalty, but the resulting shot sailed over. They did double their lead though, scoring from a free pass to put Croydon 3-1 down. The half time whistle blew a minute later and Croydon would look to turn it around in the second half.

Some words at the break from the coach steadied Croydon's attack and they kept possesion better, working the ball round the section, they were creating more opportunities too, Jon going close and Paul clipped the back where Becki was waiting to collect it, she realised that her defender was not close enough and buried the drop off shot to bring Croydon to within a goal of Supernova.

Croydon continued to pile on the pressure in attack and Jon used his pace to great effect to get past his opponent only to be fouled during his shot. He stepped up to take it himself and fingers were crossed on the touchline, he put it away with ease to level the scores at 3-3.

The home side looked bouyed by being level and took the lead from Supernova with Debbie scoring on her return to Korfball with a great shot from just inside the half. The 4ths don't make life easy and they almost gave the coach heart failure in the final minutes as they let Supernova have a couple of running in shots and free passes and Sarah made a mistake in marking a boy after giving away a free pass. So in the last minute Supernova had the oppurtunity to level the scores and leave Croydon with a point but the ball rolled around the basket and out much to the relief of everyone in a blue shirt.

Croydon managed to hang on and the full time whistle was a nice sound to hear. Croydon's 4th team can be proud of themselves, last season they wouldn't of been able to turn the result around and they can take some positives from the fact they still won despite not performing to their best.

Match Report by Sicknote

Final Score: Croydon 4 4 vs 3 Supernova 3


J Dean
(1)

P Aish
(0)

P Andrews
(0)

S Pratt
(0)

B Pratt
(2)

S Hole
(0)

B Lockett
(0)

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