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Croydon 2 trade goals with Highbury 2 for a draw

In a bottom of the table clash, with fellow strugglers Highbury, this match was always going to be intense for both sides.

Croydon started with captain Vernon Ellis in attack, with Ed Chaney, Zoe Shewell and Julia Johnson, whilst coach Dave Butters teamed up with Ben Hale, Hannah Evans, and Karen James in defence.

The starting few minutes set the tone for the whole match. Croydon scored first with a well timed Ellis running in shot. This was soon followed though by a goal from Highbury to even up the scores at 1-1. With the turnaround, the ref managed to get himself out of position and so couldn't see that Ellis was satisfying all the requirements for a shot to be defended. His attacker shot anyway, and the ball went through the basket. When the whistle went, Ellis picked the ball up for a defended shot, and his player, as well as the other players on both sides were ready for the pass out of defence. There was therefore much confusion then when the ref gave the goal. 1-2.

Butters was dominating the post, both in collect, and the feed, and this gave the Croydon attack time and space to put up their shots. After several close shots from all the players, it was Hale who broke through for a running-in shot. 2-2.

Highbury were gifted the lead back from a penalty as the teams changed ends, so the pressure was back on the Croydon attack. Ellis was pushing his section to pass and move into space, and it worked, as Chaney threw his player a dummy, and found space to shoot under the basket. 3-3.

Croydon were all over Highbury like a rash in defence, giving their attack plenty of time on the ball. Highbury tried a shot from close under the post, but with James' in a clear defending position, the home team again thought they had it covered. Unfortunately the ref must have again managed to get in the wrong position because he didn't see James' defending, and again the goal stood. 3-4. Coach Butters was fired up now, and took a break from post work to put up one of his trademark shots from way down town. It went in, and the scores were even again. 4-4.

It didn't last long though. Highbury had some fast players, and they managed to confuse the Croydon defenders under the post, and in the ensuing muddle, up went a shot, and in went the goal. 4-5.

Ellis and Chaney were combining well, and the passes and shots were flowing. Shewell and Johnson were pinging the ball around the pitch, giving their defenders no time to ball watch. Ellis had his shooting boots on, and he darted to the side of the pitch, and shot a beautiful goal that his defender couldn't get anywhere near. 5-5.

Both teams were starting to settle into their play, and learning when to run and when to shoot. Highbury showed some good tactical play, which culminated in a well executed drop off the back goal. 5-6.

Croydon were fighting hard though, and although Hale and Butters had never played in a section together, you wouldn't have guessed as they alternated in the collect, while Evans was running her player, causing her lots of problems, and James was taking balanced shots from distance. Both were unlucky not to score. Hale slotted in the next goal from distance, to level the goals once again. 6-6.

Again Croydon defended really well, but managed to let Highbury drop off again, for their second goal from the same move. 6-7. Ellis was fired up though, and this time scored from the free throw spot. 7-7 and half time.

The half time talk must have worked for Croydon, as they then went ahead through a drop off of their own from Hale. 8-7. This was the first time they had been ahead since the first goal. It didn't last though, as Highbury scored their 3rd drop off goal of the day. 8-8.

Croydon had had a sniff of being in the lead, and they liked it. The defence stepped up, and they worked like crazy. The trouble was, the attack suddenly started to struggle, and the flowing play of the first half ground to a halt. Ellis managed his 4th goal of the day, another long shot (9-8) but there was then 15 minutes with no goal scored. Croydon's attack just couldn't find the space and shape they had had, whilst the Highbury attack were struggling against the suffocating Croydon defence, who were picking off the collects and getting intercepts almost at will.

With the clock ticking down, it looked like this might be it, but Highbury pulled a running-in shot out of the bag to level the scores (9-9) and the players switched ends. In a matter of seconds Butters had put Croydon ahead again with a shot from miles out. From the throw off, before Croydon had had the chance to draw breath Highbury equalised with a long shot of their own. 10-10.

There were some frantic last shots, but it was too late for either team, and the final whistle blew. On the face of it, neither team could draw ahead by more than one goal, but both will perhaps be wondering what might have been, if the ref had managed to get a up with play a little more.


Match Report by Anna | Updated by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 2 10 vs 10 Highbury 2


V Ellis
(4)

B Hale
(3)

D Butters
(2)

E Chaney
(1)

H Evans
(0)

K James
(0)

J Johnson
(0)

Z Shewell
(0)

Submitted by Anna | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 3 team work wins the day against Trojans 3

Croydon 3 set out with Paul Jeanes (c), Mark Irving, Lynda Barker, and Steph Robinson in attack, leaving Steve Chadd, Andy Burnham, Emma Butters, and Sarah Hole in defence. Trojans were playing a player short, and it cost them dear as Croydon's Irving slotted home the first 2 goals, both of which were runners past his stunned defender.

As the teams swapped ends, Chadd decided he wasn't going to let Irving have all the fun, and he slotted home two mid-distance goals of his own, 4-0 to the home side, and the match had only just started.

Croydon were picking up loose balls and making interceptions, despite the hard working Trojans players making life hard for them. The Croydonites were working well and putting up shots which were being recycled.

Chadd took the opportunity at this point to dive onto the floor in a random attempt to give the packed crowd a laugh, and it certainly seemed to work, from the howls that came from the sidelines!

Jeanes then scored a trademark mid-distance shot to open the lead even further. Irving could have scored his hat-trick, after winning a penalty, but he decided 3 was far too many goals for him, and gave it away!

Trojans made the most of the mistake to score their first of the match. It wasn't long though before Butters showed that it wasn't only the men who could score, as she put one in from distance.

After half time, the Croydon side came out slightly slower, and took their foot off the pedal somewhat. They let in 2 goals before Barker put her foot down and stopped the rot with a distance shot. 7-3 to Croydon.

With just over 25 minutes to go, Chadd was replaced by Phil Aish. Irving decided this was the time to roll on the floor and flick a pass up to Emma, whilst his player was pretty much right on top of him. He made it look like the most natural and everyday pass in the world.

Trojans scored a runner, to put some pressure onto Croydon, but pressure was obviously what Burnham needed as he finally scored one of his great long shots.

With the score at 8-4, Croydon thought they had the game in the bag, and promptly gave away a penalty, followed by a close shot under the basket, but it was too little too late for the travelling Trojans, and the match ended 8-6 to Croydon 3.


Match Report by Anna | Updated by Andy
  
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Final Score: Croydon 3 8 vs 6 Trojans 3


M Irving
(2)

A Burnham
(1)

P Jeanes
(1)

S Chadd
(2)

P Aish
(0)

L Barker
(1)

E Butters
(1)

S Hole
(0)

S Robinson
(0)

Submitted by Anna | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 4 lose out to strengthened Mitcham 3

Croydon 4 were in confident mood, having not just 8 players ready and eager to go, but 2 subs as well. It was their last game of the season and they wanted to make the most of it. There was a mix of experience, age, youth, and energy. For two of the Croydon players it was their Korfing debut, for some of the others it was nearer their 200th!

Kathy Dean teamed up with Jon Dean, Charlotte Feakin, and new to the game, Tom Knott. At the other end were Hayley Rand, Phil Aish, Mike Lavine and new to the game Helen Umpleby.

Croydon 4 put some good passes together, and as the game went on they became more confident in their play and passing. Knott was having a great first game, getting his positioning right around the post, and putting up his shots. Umpleby was also showing great potential at the other end. She stormed past her player, not once, but twice, to force Mitcham into conceding a penalty (which unfortunately Croydon then failed to convert!)

Feakin was getting some good collects but was having a tough time of it against an England u16 player. Dean Jnr showed real grit and determination, combined with some sheer skill, to dominate her player. She managed to score a lovely drop off the side and then converted her first ever penalty, to score both the Croydon goals.

Lavine was only playing in his second game for Croydon, but was all over the pitch, grabbing the ball and making his mark on proceedings. Rand and Dean Snr were also putting their unique stamp on the match, leaving their respective players in little doubt as to their enthusiasm and impact.

Just after half time, Daniel James and Neil Tarling came on for Knott and Lavine. They worked hard to get their positioning right and to get the ball to the right place at the right time.

Although the team didn't win, they fought hard and showed just what progress they have all made over the season. Given the fact that 3 of the Mitcham team have played all season in the Mitcham 2 team (where 2 of them are in top 6 goal scorers for the 2nd teams), it was always going to be a hard game. Croydon played with pride, poise and confidence though. And fair play to the experienced Mitcham player who helped one of the Croydon players, as well as his own team players, rather than going for the glory of scoring lots of goals.


Match Report by Anna | Updated by Andy
  
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Final Score: Croydon 4 2 vs 14 Mitcham 3


P Aish
(0)

J Dean
(0)

D James
(0)

T Knott
(0)

M Lavine
(0)

N Tarling
(0)

K Bradford
(2)

C Feakins
(0)

H Rand
(0)

H Umpleby
(0)

Submitted by Anna | Scoring Breakdown |
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