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Croydon 1 out shot by Mitcham 1

Croydon 1 took on title contenders Mitcham 1 at Royal Russell hoping to cause a massive upset, they started with Dave Butters, Zak Omar, Dawn Aindow and Grace Stimpson in attack, Vernon Ellis, Nigel Hudspith, Anna Jeanes(c) and Jane Belfourd in defence.

Mitcham started strongest but it was Croydon who had the best chance to take the lead early on as Aindow barely missed from a running in shot. The visitors though were the ones to start things, scoring a drop off shot to take the lead. Aindow again almost scored but the ball bounced out from her free pass. Mitcham doubled their lead with a running in shot after Ellis had switched to cover Hudspith.

Croydon had the chance to get off the mark when Jeanes was fouled feeding Ellis, Hudspith scored from the resulting penalty to half Mitcham's lead. The visitors though regained their 2 goal cushion with a running in shot after Omar had over committed trying to intercept.

Butters got off the mark after he scored a trademark goal from downtown, he must of been confident as there was nobody in collect. This was the closest Croydon were going to get though as Mitcham turned up their attacking style, scoring with a running in shot followed by a penalty after Butters had fouled Omar's player. Mitcham's long shooting was near perfect as they seemed to find the back of the basket with ease, twice scoring from distance under pressure to give them an 8-2 lead.

Croydon did respond as captain Jeanes scored from long range but Mitcham continued to score, two running in shots split up by another goal from distance gave them an 8 goal advantage.
The hosts had the chance to pull one back after Mitcham twice stepped in on the free throw to award Croydon a penalty but Hudspith failed to score from the line, it was to be the last action of the half and Croydon went into the break 11-3 down.

Half time hadn't stopped Mitcham's momentum as they continued to show their prowess from long range scoring two more from far out. Omar was the first Croydon player to score in the second half with a nice running in shot but it was not enough to slow down the impressive visitors as they added a further 6 unanswered goals to leave Croydon 18-4 down.

Croydon needed to talk things over and a time-out was called, the visitors though buried another from long range, Ellis had the ball in the basket but it was harshly disallowed, Mitcham's dominance continued and 5 more long shots found their way into the goal follwed by a runner.

The hosts rallied for the last 5 minutes playing the ball round well, Stimpson scored again from downtown and the Ellis scored with a lovely turning shot from the feed but it was Mitcham who had the final word scoring a drop off to leave the full time scores at 26-6.

Croydon didn't play badly but were undone by Mitcham's ultra-efficiancy from long range as Croydon created almost as many chances but the team in green seemed to score with every shot.

Match Report by Sicknote | Updated by Zuton

Final Score: Croydon 1 6 vs 26 Mitcham 1


D Butters
(1)

V Ellis
(1)

N Hudspith
(1)

Z Omar
(0)

G Codd
(2)

A Jeanes
(1)

D Aindow
(0)

J Hudspith
(0)

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Croydon 2 almost upset Mitham 2

Croydon 2 took on unbeaten Mitcham 2 who were huge favourites for the title. They started with Paul Jeanes(c), Adam Champion, Emma Butters and Lorna Elliot in attack, Ben Hale, Pete Lindsay, Mandy Furlano and Hannah Evans in defence.

Croydon 2 almost took a shock lead but Champion's long shot narrowly bounced out, it was Mitcham who got the first goal of the game with a shot from distance. Things looked to be taking a turn for the worse as Lindsay injured his finger but was taped up and continued to play. Champion and Jeanes combined well in attack and almost levelled with a drop off but it was Elliot who got the hosts off the mark with a running in shot only for it to be disallowed for cutting.


Croydon were looking the better side and were limiting Mitcham to one shot attacks, Elliot was doing well and scored with a drop off this time the goal was allowed and the scores were level at 1-1.
Elliot though gifted Mitcham their second after over commiting, leaving her player free to score from close range. The visitors went further ahead with a free pass and a running in shot to give them a 4-1 lead.

Butters was giving her marker trouble and as she was taking a running in shot her defender fouled her giving Jeanes the chance to score from the spot, as always Jeanes tucked away the penalty. Croydon at this point were pushing their luck in defence with Mitcham unlucky not to score, Elliot was doing well in defence and finally got a defended decision, she followed that up with a neat interception which lead to Evans almost scoring a running in shot

Mitcham were unable to find any real chances but were gifted a penalty against Jeanes for reasons unknown, Mitcham didn't turn the oppurtunity down and scored from the spot to give them a 5-2 lead. Hale had the chance to pull it back but missed a runner, coach Dave Butters decided to call a time out but it didn't have much impact as the half time whistle blew soon after.

The game restarted and Elliot continued her fine form intercepting again to break up Mitcham's attack but it was not enough to stop them scoring, they managed to put away another two goals without reply to leave Croydon looking at a 5 goal defecit. Elliot transfered her form to the attacking end and scored a running in shot assisted by a good pass from Champion.

Hale had another running in shot but once again failed to score but made up for it soon after scoring from distance instead to get Croydon back in it at 7-4. Mitcham scored again from distance to quiet Croydon down but the hosts were only muted for a short time, Champion scoring from the back of the post after a lovely move between him and Jeanes. Butters had a chance after getting past her defender and despite being fouled from behind and being marked by a male defender she still managed to score to bring Croydon right back in it at 8-6.

Croydon had a host of chances to increase their streak but Hale and Lindsay managed to miss on numerous occassions putting all the pressure on the defence, they were holding Mitcham at bay but barely as the visitors had two chances trickle out of the basket.
Coach Butters called a time-out to try and inspire Croydon's attack to grab a goal but Hale missed another chance, Mitcham punished Croydon scoring a long shot to give them the cushion they needed and they closed the match out to leave the final scores at 9-6.

Match Report by Sicknote

Final Score: Croydon 2 6 vs 9 Mitcham 2


A Champion
(1)

B Hale
(1)

P Jeanes
(1)

P Lindsey
(0)

L MacKay-Elliott
(2)

E Butters
(1)

H Evans
(0)

A Furlano
(0)

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Croydon 3 beaten by Bec 3

Croydon 3 hosted Bec 3 at Royal Russell, they started with Dan Pratt who was playing his first game since injuring his ankle, Sean Fellows, Sue Baker and Becky Tobitt in attack. Steve Palfreyman, Andy Burnham, Zoe Shewell and Karen James started in defence.

Croydon started well and had the chance to take the lead after Dan was fouled taking a shot, he stepped up himself to take the penalty but missed. Bec punished the mistake scoring first with a goal from the side of the basket.

The hosts eventually got off the mark, with Dan finding the basket from the penalty spot on the second time of asking to level the scores at 1-1. Bec though were not about to give in and they scored 3 long shots in quick succession. Croydon rallied and Steve began to heat up, he scored from way downtown but Bec responded once again scoring from a penalty, this was to be the last goal of the half leaving the scores at the break 5-2.

After the break Bec continued to find oppurtunities and they managed to score with a drop off to give them a 4 goal lead. Steve though brought Croydon back scoring once again from long range, Dan scored his second penalty soon after to half the visitors lead. Bec though regained their 4 goal advantage scoring from distance and then a running in shot.

Sue was working tirelessly and was rewarded for all her efforts when she scored a great goal but Croydon's defence was opened up again with three long shots to leave the scores 11-5.
Sue got her second of the game of the game to give Croydon a glimmer of hope but two Bec goals sandwiched a goal from Andy. The final whistle blew and Croydon were on the wrong end of a 13-7 scoreline.

Match Report by Sicknote

Final Score: Croydon 3 7 vs 13 Bec 3


S Palfreyman
(2)

D Pratt
(2)

A Burnham
(1)

S Fellows
(0)

S Baker
(2)

K James
(0)

Z Shewell
(0)

B Tobitt
(0)

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Croydon 4 battle to beat Highbury 3

Croydon 4 started the day at the bottom of their pool, level on points with Supernova 3 (5th) and 2 points behind their opponents Highbury 3 (4th).

Croydon lost the reverse fixture at Score by 3 goals and had to beat Highbury by the same margin to overtake them in the table.

Croydon brought in new recruits Hayley Rand and Neil Tarling and let them start the game, Hayley started in attack with Debbie Brotherhood, Jon Dean and Phil Aish. Neil was joined in defence by Paul Andrews, Sarah Hole and Rhiannon Willaims-Clarke.

The hosts started badly, allowing Highbury to score from close range to give the visitors a 1-0 lead early on. Croydon responded soon after though as Phil buried a free throw with some style. At this point Highbury began to dominate and they scored a drop off soon after. They added another, it looked to be defended but the referee disagreed so the scores were 3-1.

Highbury had the chance to pull further ahead when a dubious penalty was awarded but they missed from the spot, they did manage to grab their 4th though with another goal that should of been defended. Croydon started to fight back but despite having numerous chances they couldn't seem to score. The breakthrough came though Jon ran his defender in and dummied one way before scoring a metre from the post.

The half time whistle blew and it was looking like Croydon may have to settle for bottom of their pool being 4-2 down. During the break Steve "The Rhino" Pratt came on for Neil who had been having a good first game.

The substitute had an immediate impact in the second half scoring with a neat turn from the feed position to bring Croydon back within a goal. Steve brought the hosts level soon after, scoring from the penalty spot after Sarah was fouled. With the scores at 4-4 both sides knew that the next goal was going to be important.

Croydon began to run out of ideas in attack and the game was shutting down but the introduction of Zoe Shewell in for Hayley got things going again, she scored with her first shot to give Croydon their first lead of the game at 5-4.

Croydon were now dominating Highbury and the visitors were unable to have any shots on goal, this gave Croydon's attack the time they needed to carry on scoring, they did just that, Jon scoring his second of the game with a neat running in shot.

The hosts continued their dominance, Steve scoring his third in the half and Croydon's 7th of the game to give Croydon the 3 goal lead that could take them above highbury in the table.
Croydon were letting Highbury back in and it was going to be a frantic last few minutes trying to hold on to that lead.

The hosts though were not going to let things slip and got the cushion of another goal with Sarah scoring from distance to give Croydon an 8-4 lead. Time was running out for Highbury and they had to score twice to stop the hosts ovetaking them. Croydon made it dificult and limited them to one shot attacks. Time eventually wound down and the sound of the referee's whistle was music to coach Dan Pratt's ears.

With Supernova taking on top of the table Mitcham it was unlikely that they would get the win and Croydon on the final day of their season had done what looked impossible having not won since January. The whole team have played amazingly throughout the season and have really deserved the result today so a big congratulations to the 4ths and everyone who has helped them out this season.

Match Report by Sicknote

Final Score: Croydon 4 8 vs 4 Highbury 3


J Dean
(2)

P Aish
(1)

P Andrews
(0)

S Pratt
(3)

N Tarling
(0)

S Hole
(1)

D Brotherhood
(0)

R Williams-Clarke
(0)

H Rand
(0)

Z Shewell
(1)

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