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Croydon 1 storm past Nomads 1

Croydon 1 were at home to Nomads 1 who many were predicting to finish higher than Croydon, so a win here would prove some critics wrong and give a big boost to the team.

Croydon started the game with Vernon Ellis, Anna Jeanes (c), Jane Belfourd and the returning Nigel Hudspith in attack, Grace Stimpson, Dave Butters, Paul Jeanes and Dawn Aindow in defence.

It was the hosts that got off to the best start with A.Jeanes going close to scoring from distance only to see the ball bounce out. Unfortunately Croydon were caught napping in defence and Nomads scored from under the basket to take the lead. Croydon had many chances to level the score and when Ellis was fouled on a running in shot, Hudspith had the chance to equalise from the spot but the pressure got to him, putting the shot short and wildly missing the rebound.

Nomads missed a penalty of their own soon after but Croydon were slow to react and they scored from under the post to double their lead. With the scores at 2-0 Croydon picked their game up and were defending Nomads well limiting them to short attacks giving the other section longer to score. The pressure paid off when Aindow raced past her player to score a good running in shot.

Croydon were looking to get on terms again after P.Jeanes was fouled trying to pass to Aindow who was free in space to give Croydon another penalty. This time Butters was taking it and he had no trouble scoring from the spot to bring the scores to 2-2.

At this point things began to heat up and tempers were fraying, P.Jeanes tussling with his player but managing to keep his cool, whilst his opponent was visibly frustrated. Nomads won themselves a free pass which gave them a shooting chace, something Croydon had been denying them for much of the time. The opportunity wasn't wasted and they scored to take back the lead, 2-3 to the visitors. Nomads had a chance to double their lead but once again Terry Forde missed from the spot to let Croydon off the hook.

Croydon took the opportunity to make Nomads pay for missing their penalties, with Butters and P.Jeanes covering well in defence, Croydon won themselves another penalty, Hudspith stepped up again and this time he managed to find the basket to level the scores again. At this point Nomads were getting tense and their coach called a time-out to talk things over, it didn't do them much good as they conceded yet another penalty after Terry Forde from Nomads battered Aindow whilst she was trying to collect, Butters putting Croydon in the lead for the first time in the game with another penalty 4-3. It wasn't long after that the half time whistle blew and Croydon went into the break with a lead to defend.

Croydon carried on their good work after the restart after containing Nomads, Stimpson scored from long range with the side's first attack to give Croydon a 2 goal cushion. Aindow was having a rough time out on the pitch, being bumped around on numerous occasions but recovered to defend well. At the other end Belfourd managed to pass her player and scored after the ball bounced over her player to further extend Croydon's lead.

Nomads started to attack better with Ana Osbourne doing a great job in collect but a strange penalty was awarded after P.Jeanes was mowed down by his player. The decision went against him though and Nomads converted the penalty to bring the scores to 6-4. Aindow, who had a great game was on hand to reply immediately with another running in shot to dent hopes of a Nomads comeback.

Croydon at this point were cruising, creating chances with ease whilst closing Nomads down in attack. The pressure at both ends was too much and Croydon were able to start scoring freely, Butters scored with a lovely drop off after a P.Jeanes miss, then Belfourd scored her second of the game with a long shot to make it 9-4. Croydon continued to dominate, but Hudspith missed from the spot again. No matter though as the next attack A.Jeanes scores her first free pass to give the hosts a commanding lead.

The game was slowing down with only a few minutes to go both teams looked like they had settled for the result with their defences winding down, it was Croydon's defence that was broken first with a running in shot but Croydon broke straight back, Ellis scoring from range shortly before the full time whistle to leave the scores at 11-5.

A great win for Croydon, dominating a team they were expected, by their critics, to struggle with. They will hope they can build on this result, and there is no reason that they can't.


Match Report by Sicknote | Updated by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 1 11 vs 5 Nomads 1


D Butters
(3)

V Ellis
(1)

N Hudspith
(1)

P Jeanes
(0)

D Aindow
(2)

J Hudspith
(2)

G Codd
(1)

A Jeanes
(1)

Submitted by Sicknote | Scoring Breakdown |

Young Croydon 2 beaten by Nomads 2

Croydon 2 took to the pitch with a much changed line up, Greg Dring, Dan Moore and Leah Palfreyman all playing their first match of the season to cover for the many absentees.

Croydon started with Dan Pratt (c), Greg Dring, Mandy Furlano and Julia Johnson in attack, Adam Champion, Dan Moore, Leah Palfreyman and Lynda Barker in defence.

Croydon got off to a poor start going 4-0 down in the first 5 minutes also conceding a penalty. It wasn't the greatest way to start a game and Croydon's heads seemed to drop a little, but they started to show signs of life when Johnson was fouled running in to leave Pratt to step up and score the resulting penalty, they reduced the deficit further when Pratt found Johnson running into the post for her to score with a good runner.

This was the closest Croydon were going to get though as Nomads went on another scoring spree with 3 penalties and a couple of long shots to leave the scores a demoralising 9-2. Champion restored some pride just before the half scoring from under the post but it was cancelled out with Nomads scoring a drop off after the defence were to slow to react to the missed shot.

So going into the break Croydon looked to be fighting a losing battle but some reassurance from coach Dave Butters gave the young side confidence and they took to the pitch refocused and ready to go, the restart took some time though after Nomads ended up confusing themselves over who should be where.

Croydon were doing well in defence with Moore intercepting well and winning almost every rebound, the attack though were failing to find space and some sloppy passes put the pressure bak on the defence. Nomads took advantage of the extra possession and created space for a running in shot which they put away, soon after they furthered their lead with a long shot to take the scores to 12-3.

Croydon were out of the game but they didn't let it affect them, still fighting for every ball and it lead to Croydon winning a penalty which Champion cooly slotted away. Croydon scored again after the change, Pratt scoring from a free pass with a good assist from Johnson.
Nomads though were too strong for the hosts and they continued to score, firstly under the post and then from distance to make it 14-5.

Leah Palfreyman was starting to find her range and put up shots, she was rewarded soon after with a nice long shot to put her on the scoresheet. Nomads attack were getting wise to Moore's defence and after jumping high in the air Moore was left stranded, leaving his player to score from close in.

Croydon won themselves a free pass after Pratt was fouled in the collect and after collecting his miss, was fouled trying to pass to the now free Dring. With Pratt stepping up to take the resulting penalty Nomads decided to take a time-out, it wasn't enough to distract Pratt who calmly scored from the spot.

Nomads scored another long shot but it was Croydon who finished the game strongest with Moore scoring a beautiful shot from downtown, and Pratt scoring another penalty to make the scores a more respectable 9-16. With time winding down both sides wasted opportunities, Johnson narrowly missing just before the full time whistle.

Croydon can take away some positives from the match, drawing the second half to a good Nomads side. Also with 6 out of the 8 players averaging 20 this could be a team for the future.


Match Report by Sicknote | Updated by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 2 9 vs 16 Nomads 2


D Pratt
(4)

A Champion
(2)

D Moore
(1)

G Dring
(0)

J Johnson
(1)

L Palfreyman
(1)

L Barker
(0)

A Furlano
(0)

Submitted by Sicknote | Scoring Breakdown |

Nomads 3 beaten off by Croydon 3

To try and keep some consistency amongst the team I put Andy and myself with Paul and starting thirds again Becky D. Now I must write the 'D' for Becky because starting in attack was Dave Smith, Steve Palfreyman, Karen James and Becky Pratt (the section of common names!! ha ha) see I can write that as now is the compliment and didn't they do well, the first two goals woo hoo could it be a win coming up for the thirds???

I must say that Nomads didn't have their usual players but they still had some experienced heads with the youthful players! Anyway that's me just trying to think of what happened next. I do believe our attack scored then Nomads got one. All change. Back with our original attack and didn't they play. A little fast but the ball was moving, passing was direct but best of all they all seemed to be enjoying it. Becky got a long shot then Dave from as good as the starting line throws the ball up (I did say 'looking good') and guess what? it flew in the basket as if there was no other place! I think it's as Steve and Becky had scored, no kidding the section was good.

Now to our section. Andy was superbly on form scoring 4 goals in total, most running in, but he could've scored more had he put all his chances away! Harry you should be proud and Callum as I scored 2! oh but then our supporters would've had to have been watching the game instead of the PSP! Paul and Becky fitted right in, we even had a flowing four to zero throw around at one point. Just need to beef the pair of them up to be mean and lean!

Sadly, Steve got injuryed (not what korfball about) these dodgy ankle people but Leah was straight there with the Ibruprofen go nurse! and lucky for us Jon came on for an extra run and to keep Nomads thinking. He's always been able to run but good collection, well done!

Well done and good job everyone, enjoy Christmas. Steve I hope the ankle isn't too bad and sorry Karen (he still should be good for shopping though) xx


Match Report by Lorna | Updated by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 3 11 vs 4 Nomads 3


A Burnham
(4)

D Smith
(1)

P Andrews
(0)

S Palfreyman
(2)

J Dean
(0)

B Pratt
(2)

L MacKay-Elliott
(2)

K James
(0)

B Lockett
(0)

Submitted by Lorna | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 4 draw with West London 2

Croydon 4 hosted West London 2 in what would be a good test to judge where they might end up at the end of the season.

Croydon started with (Phil Aish), Jon Dean, Sarah Hole and Rihannon Williams-Clarke in attack, Steve Pratt, Andrew Lam, Jess Parsons and Becky Dean in defence.

Both sides struggled at the start with the score still 0-0 after 5 minutes, West London had the chance to take the lead with a free pass but Steve 'the Rhino' Pratt was quickly out to his player to make it too difficult. They were given another chance soon after though with a penalty but they still could not find the basket. Luckily for the visitors the penalty was re-taken and this time it was put away to make it 0-1.

Croydon had started without their coach due to a delay getting there but he arrived to guide the team through the rest of the match. His first job was to instruct Jon Dean to take the penalty as he has never failed in the past, this was no different with Jon scoring from the spot to level the scores.

Croydon though fell asleep in defence and allowed West London to get past them too easily, they were punished with the visitors scoring twice from running in shots to give them a 3-1 lead. Croydon seemed to buck up their ideas thankfully and Sarah found the basket for the first time this season with a great long shot. (Phil) also was attacking well and flew past his defender to score a running in shot to tie the game up at 3-3.

It was to be the last action of the first half with the teams going into the break level. Croydon came back from half time ready to go but against the run of play West London crept back into the lead with a long shot. Becky Dean though was not about to let them get away and after beating her player scored to make it 4-4.

Croydon allowed West London too much time on the ball, giving possession away too easily and they were duly punished with a long shot. With time winding down Croydon drew level again with Rhiannon scoring her first ever goal for the club from middle distance. Croydon could have won the game but they were lucky not to have lost after giving away a penalty in the last minute only for West London to miss. The referee blew his whistle soon after leaving both sides dead-locked at 5-5.

Match Report by Sicknote | Updated by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 4 5 vs 5 West London 2


P Aish
(1)

J Dean
(1)

A Lam
(0)

S Pratt
(0)

S Hole
(1)

B Lockett
(1)

R Williams-Clarke
(1)

J Parsons
(0)

Submitted by Sicknote | Scoring Breakdown |