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Trojans' strength too much for Croydon

Croydon 1 hosted Trojans 1 at Royal Russell, a fixture in which the visitors had trouble coping with Croydon’s height previously. Coach Dave Butters changed the personnel slightly starting with himself, Dan Pratt, Lorna Elliot and Grace Stimpson in defence, captain Anna Jeanes, Jane Belfourd, Zak Omar and Andy Withers in attack.

Trojans started brightly and had the better chances in the opening exchanges, and it was no surprise when they opened the scoring with a middle distance shot, the visitors soon doubled their lead with another shot from mid range to make it 2-0. Croydon pegged them back when Butters scored from under the post after beating his player but Trojans responded scoring again from 6m.

The hosts were beginning to find a rhythm to their attack and Jeanes got past her player only to be fouled and Omar slotted home the resulting penalty to bring the scores to 3-2. Croydon went close with a free pass but it was Trojans who scored next from long range but they couldn’t break clear, with some players whining to the referee rather than concentrating on their game. This left Pratt to dummy his marker to score from close range to close the gap once more.

Both sides were settling into the game and the opening pace slowed down with Trojans reverting to using the block to secure the rebound, the extra possessions in attack led to another goal from mid range which prompted Butters to call for a time out with 10 minutes left in the half.
After the talk Croydon came out strongest and won another penalty after Omar was fouled in a goal scoring opportunity, he stepped up again and scored from the spot to make it 5-4.

Trojans started to pick up the pace in attack and fast passing movements let them score twice from running in shots to give them their biggest lead of the game at 7-4 and they pushed on further with a drop off shot, Croydon replied when Jeanes scored a nice long shot but the defence weren’t having as much success shipping two more goals before the half time whistle went to make the score going into the break 10-5.

After the restart Croydon seemed sluggish and some good defending from the visitors forced some errors, Trojans took advantage of the longer attacks and scored the first goal of the second half, Omar soon replied from mid range after he was left wide open.

The goal wasn’t enough to inspire a comeback as Croydon let in 3 goals without reply, all from mid distance to leave them 14-6 down. Croydon showed some signs of life when Belfourd scored from middle distance after both Trojans girls had switched to cover Jeanes. Croydon followed that up with another goal, after Withers out jumped Sam Brooks, who was left out of position which allowed Withers to score from under the basket.

Croydon just couldn’t keep Trojans out though and they scored another goal from mid range to keep the score ticking along at 15-8. With 8 minutes remaining Butters used his remaining time out to talk things over and afterwards made two substitutions, Dave Butters brought himself off replaced by Edwin Chaney and Andy Withers swapped with Pete Lindsey, both players had faced Trojans earlier in the season and both had good games.

Chaney’s impact was immediate, his first touch of the ball was a long shot which he buried to make it 15-9, unfortunately with the change around his player responded straight away, scoring from mid distance.

Trojans scored 3 more goals without response, one of which was a penalty after Lindsey apparently marked a girl. Trojans attack began to break down, and it seemed as though the visitors were desperate to score 20 goals, they took a time out with a couple of minutes to play to talk things over, but after the break it was Croydon who scored, Jeanes scoring her second long shot to make it 19-10.

Trojans had a chance right at the end after Pratt over committed but his player missed, Pratt then recovered to block the next shot emphatically. The final whistle blew seconds after and the final score was 19-10 to the visiting team.


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Final Score: Croydon 1 10 vs 19 Trojans 1


Z Omar
(3)

D Pratt
(1)

D Butters
(1)

A Withers
(1)

E Chaney
(1)

P Lindsey
(0)

A Jeanes
(2)

J Hudspith
(1)

G Codd
(0)

L MacKay-Elliott
(0)

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Trojans 2 protect their lead against Croydon 2

Croydon 2 took on Trojans 2 hoping to build on their close match with Bec but knew they would have to work hard and get a bit of luck along the way if they were to get a result from a strong Trojans side.

The hosts started with Edwin Chaney, Pete Lindsay, Lynda Barker and Hannah Evans in attack, captain Vernon Ellis, Ben Hale, Julia Johnson and Zoë Shewell in defence.
Croydon started the game well, with Evans scoring from long range to give the hosts the early lead, Trojans pegged them back, scoring from the penalty spot. The goals kept coming and Croydon edged ahead again, Shewell scored from close range but again the visitors levelled the game at 2-2 with a mid distance shot.

Trojans took the lead soon after with another mid distance shot, Croydon were battling hard and fought for every loose ball but Trojans’ quick passing left Croydon exposed and after Chaney over committed and left his player free to score from close to the post, a further goal left Croydon 2-5 down, Ellis won a penalty for he hosts which Hale stepped up to take, with a deep breath he scored from the spot to get Croydon back within 2 but 3 quick goals from Trojans took the wind out of Croydon’s sails, stand in coach Dan Pratt called a time out to try and refocus the players.

Croydon shut down Trojans’ attack for the rest of the half and were creating chances but they just wouldn’t drop for the hosts and the half time whistle went giving both sides a chance to regroup.
The start of the second half would determine the outcome of the game and unfortunately for the hosts, Trojans got off to a blistering start, scoring freely and managed to bag the first 4 goals from the restart.

At 12-3 Croydon were out of the game and only had their pride to play for. The players heads never dropped and they continued to battle for every loose ball. The hard work paid off in the end when Shewell scored her second of the game, Trojans were finding space hard to come by and had to settle for shots from distance, but even Croydon’s pressure was not enough with the visitors scoring from long range.

With Lindsay and Chaney in the same section Croydon were able to rebound well and keep the ball for longer in attack which gave Evans and Barker more chances, Evans went close on a number of occasions before Barker popped up in space to score a long shot, the kind she scores for fun in training to make it 5-13.
The visitors though kept the goals coming and scored twice, once from a free pass and then a lovely long shot.
Croydon’s attack still centred around the girls shooting and Lindsay and Chaney were doing well, selflessly assisting, Barker scored her second of the game from middle distance.

Despite all the hard work from Croydon’s defence they were not able to cope with the accuracy of their opponents long shooting and 4 goals from distance were only broken up by a mid distance goal from Chaney to make it 7-20.
The remaining few minutes were played without much incident and the full time whistle went; Croydon had fought hard and deserved more than the score line suggested. If Trojans hadn’t been so efficient from distance then the game would be up for grabs.

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Final Score: Croydon 2 7 vs 20 Trojans 2


B Hale
(2)

E Chaney
(0)

V Ellis
(0)

P Lindsey
(0)

L Barker
(2)

Z Shewell
(2)

H Evans
(1)

J Johnson
(0)

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Croydon 3 steam-rollered by North Downs 1

Croydon 3 hosted North Downs 1 who share the same home venue, Croydon sat one place below their opposition and a win would take them level on points with only goal difference separating the teams.

Croydon started with captain Paul Jeanes, Andy Burnham, Emma Butters and Kathy Dean in attack, Gary Heath, Steve Chadd, Steph Robinson and Amanda Furlano in defence.

North Downs scored first but Butters replied with a long shot to get the game off to a flying start, things slowed down after and Burnham was breaking up the visitors attack with some good interceptions but it wasn't enough to keep them at bay and they scored twice to retake the lead at 1-3.

Burnham continued his good work and took Croydon closer, scoring a long shot but North Downs pulled away again with a long shot. Things became heated when Jeanes was charged whilst trying to stand his ground but the referee didn't see it and awarded a jump ball. Despite the North Downs player trying to attach blame to Jeanes and over-reacting the game continued. Croydon looked unsteadied by the outburst and allowed North Downs to score twice without reply to leave the scores at 2-7. The half time whistle signalled the end to a tense first half which had the hosts rattled and they were hoping to improve dramatically after the break.

The second half began much like the first ended with Jeanes player still moaning and charging him, North Downs got the half going again and scored a long shot, and when Jeanes was once again taken out with a battering ram of a run the referee finally blew his whistle for contact, but much to the surprise of Jeanes and the rest of the supporters he awarded a penalty. The visitors scored and they were beginning to get out of sight at 2-9.

Croydon pulled one back when Dean scored her second goal of the season which came with a dance to celebrate. North Downs scored a short shot which began a back and forth game, Croydon scoring with Robinson getting the ball behind the basket for a simple shot, the visitors then came back with a mid range goal which Croydon responded too by scoring a penalty after Burnham was fouled. The visitors then scored three without answer before Furlano scored a peach of a long shot to make it 6-15. North Downs though had the last say in the game with a long shot to finish the game scores 6-16.

A disappointing loss to a team Croydon were hoping to leapfrog in the table.


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Final Score: Croydon 3 6 vs 16 North Downs 1


A Burnham
(1)

P Jeanes
(1)

S Chadd
(0)

G Heath
(0)

K Bradford
(1)

E Butters
(1)

A Furlano
(1)

S Robinson
(1)

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Croydon 4 lose relegation battle against Pelham 1

Croydon 4 were hosting Pelham 1, who earlier this season they drew with to claim their first point of the season. They were hoping home advantage would see them across the line winners this time.

The home team started with Sarah Hole (c), Hayley Rand, Phil Aish and Russell Comber in attack, Charlotte Feakins, Jo Dean, Neil Tarling and fresh back from injury Karen James in defence. Croydon started well having a lot of time in attack thanks to some good defending but they just couldn’t find the back of the net. It was Pelham who got things underway with a running in shot, Croydon pegged them back within seconds with Aish scoring a runner of his own to make it 1-1.

The hosts then took the lead after Dean stepped away from his marker following a collection to score from close range. A mistake in defence gave Pelham the chance to level from the penalty spot but they failed to convert the chance. They had a second go at scoring from the spot after another mistake and this time the result was a goal to make it 2-2.

The visitors soon regained the lead with a running in shot but were again pegged back when captain Hole scored from close range to leave the scores 3 a piece. Croydon’s defence seemed to switch off with 5 minutes left in the half and allowed Pelham far too many running in shots which they managed to score from twice. The half time whistle went and Croydon went into the break 5-3 down.

The first goal in the second half would be important and Croydon would need to get it if they were to mount a comeback, unfortunately for the hosts, Pelham scored 3 goals in quick succession to leave Croydon looking out of the game at 8-3. With the pressure gone from the game Croydon looked the better team creating a whole host of chances and Feakins scored her first goal for Croydon with a lovely drop off shot. Pelham scored another from distance but Croydon had the last say in the game, with Aish scoring his second of the game from distance to finish the game at 9-5.


Match Report by Sicknote | Updated by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 4 5 vs 9 Pelham 1


P Aish
(2)

J Dean
(1)

R Comber
(0)

N Tarling
(0)

C Feakins
(1)

S Hole
(1)

K James
(0)

H Rand
(0)

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