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Trojans hang their horse in shame after Croydon goal-fest

Croydon took on local rivals, Trojans, at Royal Russell School in a crucial match at the top of the London Regional League. Croydon had Dan Pratt, Zak Omar, Grace Stimpson and Hannah Driver in attack with Vernon Ellis, Anna Jeanes, Julia Johnson and Andy Withers in defence. Trojans were fielding a lesser side to the team that beaten Croydon earlier in the season but they still featured some experienced players and Croydon old-boy, Blake Palfreyman.

Croydon wanted a tight, fast start and they got this with Omar scoring with the first attack of the game under the post after a long shot fell short from Pratt, and, after good defence scrambling down the other end, Omar followed this up with a runner to give the hosts a perfect start. Pratt conceded possession out of defence though and Croydon were punished as Trojans scored a runner but Withers dropped off from a neat pass from Jeanes to restore the 2 goal cushion. Palfreyman showed what he was made of with a great goal from distance but Omar scored his free-pass in relaxed style. Referee Morgan was having an interesting game, he started by ruthlessly penalising every early infringement with a free-pass and after Palfreyman missed a couple of chances Trojans did indeed net from the spot. This style of refereeing was to continue unabated throughout the game as Ellis won Croydon the first of an incredible 16 penalties for the match. One could well argue that the players should have adapted to the referee's interpretation of the rules but the players were generally as bemused as the spectators. Nonetheless Withers scored from the spot and Pratt did likewise to create a 3-goal lead after 10 minutes at 6-3.

Trojans were still in this game though, mostly due to Croydon's generosity as they conceded free-passes and penalties and the visitors scored a neat pair to bring themselves within striking distance. Croydon's 2nd section were working on the visitor's larger, less experienced player though and this paid dividends as Ellis again scored from range. Pratt scored another penalty. Withers took his anger at a perceived bad call with a finger-top blam on Palfreyman but Trojans' collecter was the first to react and stepped round Jeanes for a feed and the young Trojan made no mistake. Withers tweaked his groin as part of these exertions though and despite limping through the next attack, he was replaced, with 10 minutes of the half remaining, by Ed Chaney who had just completed a full-on 2nd team game.

Whether it was the captain's departure, coincidence or the introduction of Chaney, Croydon suddenly cut out the poor defending and despite a missed penalty, went on a run of 6 goals scored, including a free-pass from Jeanes - the only Croydon girl to score all game - with only 1 conceded. At half time and 14-7 the game appeared to be heading only one way.

After an extended half-time, Trojans were down to 7 players after injury forced one of their girls off. Chaney was scoring freely down the other end but this lack of opponent seemed to fox Croydon's attack and they struggled for 10 minutes or so to work it out. The instruction from the Croydon time-out was to play normally and this seemed to help although Trojans did their best to disrupt the flow with 2 further time-outs in the space of 4 minutes.

Ellis was getting the better of Palfreyman in attack now and won 2 penalties to take Croydon over the 20 goal mark before Pratt scored from range to give Croydon a 22-11 lead. Croydon rang the changes at this point with Chaney taking a well-earned break for Luke James and Sue Baker coming on for Driver with 8 minutes left. There was some confusion with the scoreboard at this point with Morgan gifting a goal per team from somewhere but after that settled down there was still somehow time for 5 further penalties to be conceded by Croydon but Ellis and Omar kept the hosts ticking over and so the match ended 25-14.

For Croydon this was an important and, in the end, comfortable win, inflicting Trojans 2's first loss of the season, but even putting aside some very enthusiastic refereeing, Croydon need to look at the number of free-passes and penalties they conceded as this was the source of 50% of Trojans' goals in this high-scoring and entertaining match; a match which rounded off a perfect day for Croydon after 4 straight wins for the senior sides.


Match Report by Andy | Updated by Andy
  
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Final Score: Croydon 1 25 vs 14 Trojans 2


V Ellis
(8)

Z Omar
(6)

D Pratt
(5)

E Chaney
(3)

A Withers
(2)

L James
(0)

A Jeanes
(1)

G Codd
(0)

J Johnson
(0)

H Robinson
(0)

S Baker
(0)

Submitted by Andy | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 2 get off to a flyer against Supernova 2



Match Report by Anna | Updated by Sarah
  
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Final Score: Croydon 2 17 vs 7 Supernova 2


M Irving
(5)

G Heath
(4)

E Chaney
(0)

A Champion
(2)

L James
(0)

K Jones
(3)

S Baker
(2)

K James
(1)

S Robinson
(0)

Submitted by Paul | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 3 show their class against Bec 4

Match report not written yet
  
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Final Score: Croydon 3 11 vs 6 Bec 4


S Mills
(3)

M Wright
(2)

P Lindsey
(1)

S Chadd
(0)

S Wright
(0)

S Withers
(4)

L Barker
(1)

V Goode
(0)

B Pratt
(0)

Submitted by Sarah | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 4 find the basket in the second half

Croydon started with Susan Wright, Javier Plaza, Dom Leppard and Natalie Hannigan in 1st attack and Sarah Hole, Rhiannon Williams-Clarke, Martin James and Steve Pratt in 1st defence. The game started slowly and sprang to life in the 5th minute with a long shot goal from Susan and it was quickly followed with a second from Javier. Bec scored the next 2 goals. Again Susan and Javier scored putting Croydon 4 2 and gradually Bec scored the next 2 to end the half 4 4. The second half started with normal service from Susan and Javier making 2 hat tricks and a 6 4 score line. Bec pegged a goal back but Martin James broke the duck for the 1st defence section. Karen James on as a sub scored her one. Susan scored her solitary goal of the half. With 10 minutes of the half left Croydon led 9 5. Martin then scored his 2nd and Steve quickly followed with his first. Croydon let Bec have the 2nd of their goals in the half. To finish the game Dom scored his first and Martin scored his third to make it a hat trick for him and a hat trick of players to score 3 or more Susan Wright 4 Javier 3 Dom 3. A good performance again from the 4th team - keep up the good work.

Match Report by Paul

Final Score: Croydon 4 13 vs 6 Bec 5


M James
(3)

J Plaza
(3)

D Leppard
(1)

S Pratt
(1)

S Wright
(4)

N Gilbert
(0)

R Williams-Clarke
(0)

S Hole
(0)

K James
(1)

Submitted by Paul | Scoring Breakdown |
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