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Croydon 1 lose out to Norwich Knights penalty-fest

Croydon travelled up to Norwich to play the twilight match, that was a make or break for both teams. This was the chance to get the vital points needed to stay up in the Premier League. It started at 5.30 in the evening, but the Croydon team set off early to make sure there were no last minute hiccoughs.

Croydon started with captain Omar in first attack, with Ellis, Belfourd and Jones. Defence consisted of Hudspith, James, Stimpson and Jeanes.

The first goal of the evening set the scene for the rest of the match. It was a penalty to Norwich, coolly taken and slotted home without a blink. Croydon had done their homework and knew that Norwich scored many of their goals from the penalty spot, so the coach had warned the team not to make any contact on running in shots in particular, and anything else around the post. The Londoners had taken heed of this warning and were making every effort not to contact their players.

Croydon's defence was working hard to shut down the key Norwich attackers, and this was working well. Despite their much taller boys, Norwich were not allowed easy shots or collects. With the defence giving their attack time to do their job, Omar topped off some great attacking teamwork with a well worked goal from distance 1-1.

The ref replied almost immediately, giving a penalty to Norwich, which they scored.

Croydon were showing how Korfball should be played though, and the new section in attack worked the ball round which resulted in a long shot for Jeanes 2-2. Omar then slotted home a drop off, to taken the travelling side into the lead. It wasn't to last long though, as Norwich scored their first open play goal to level the scores.

Stimpson had worked out the ideal pass back to make to Jeanes from a free pass, and this resulted in Croydon going ahead yet again. Croydon's defence was still keeping to the game plan, and this prevented Norwich from getting many good shots away in open play. As the half entered the last 10 minutes though, Jeanes conceded a long shot, and the ref awarded another 2 penalties to Norwich. They went into half time, 6-4 up but there was still all to play for.

The second half started slowly, but it was James' who got himself on the scoreboard to bring the score to 5-6. With 6 minutes gone though the ref awarded another two penalties to Norwich. They don't miss those. Stimpson scored two great goals in the half, Jones scored a peach from under the basket and Jeanes scored another freepass but this wasn't enough. Despite doing all they could to heed the coaches advice not to do anything that might look like a penalty, the ref awarded another 4 penalties to the home side, who only scored 3 open play goals in the whole half.

Croydon should be pleased that their plan to keep the key scorers pressured at all times, worked. They can also be pleased that they only conceded 6 open play goals in total.

But, today was a game of penalties, and Norwich scored all 10 of the ones they were awarded, whilst Croydon missed the 4 they were given. To win games such as this, the team will need to raise their game to a totally new level ...



Match Report by Anna | Updated by Zuton

Final Score: Norwich Knights 1 16 vs 9 Croydon 1


Z Omar
(2)

L James
(1)

V Ellis
(0)

N Hudspith
(0)

A Jeanes
(3)

G Codd
(2)

K Jones
(1)

J Hudspith
(0)

Submitted by Anna | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 2 just miss out on close run nailbiting game against Bec 3

Croydon 2 missed out by the narrowest of margins after a real thriller of a match at Royal Russell this evening.

Croydon set out with Pete Lindsey, Susan Wright and Kathy Dean in first attack (joined a few minutes in by Adam Champion). While Julia Johnson, Lorna Elliot, Steve Jones and stand in captain Simon Mills took first defensive duty.

Bec started strongly assuming an early advantage over Croydon who had started with 7 players. It didn't take long for Croydon to respond and with Adam Champion's arrival, soon warmed into the game picking at Bec's advantage gradually before finally bringing the scores to parity.

Both teams found themselves giving away a number of penalties some perhaps harsher than others. Susan put hers away confidently and Simon after a 'practise' run did the same.

By half time Croydon were playing well and with a slender lead to show for it. Bec came out into the second half fighting having made a couple of changes and before Croydon could respond Bec had not just caught up again but had pushed in front once more.

Croydon were finding it difficult to adjust to the change in Bec's play but after a well timed time out the team soon settled once again.

The sides started trading goals with Susan Wright and Steve Jones in particular scoring, as well as Simon Mills, who had rediscovered his shooting form from distance wih two long efforts.

As the game neared its conclusion, Croydon went level at least twice and as the minutes ticked on a point seemed to be the least they deserved. However it was not to be and Bec's joy was Croydon's disappointment as they found another basket from distance (most of their goals seemed to be!)

As the full time whistle blew, Bec celebrated the result like a cup final while Croydon were left exhausted but pleased with their overall performance in a game that at the end really could have gone either way.

Match Report by Simon | Updated by Simon

Final Score: Croydon 2 22 vs 23 Bec 3


S Jones
(6)

S Mills
(4)

P Lindsey
(3)

A Champion
(2)

S Wright
(6)

J Johnson
(1)

K Bradford
(0)

L MacKay-Elliott
(0)

Submitted by SteveW | Scoring Breakdown |

Despite a good 2nd half Croydon 3 have too much to do after a bad 1st half

Match report not written yet

Final Score: Croydon 3 9 vs 20 Supernova 2


M Wright
(4)

P Aish
(2)

D Bradford
(0)

M James
(0)

S Hole
(2)

A Furlano
(1)

V Goode
(0)

S Robinson
(0)

Submitted by SteveW | Scoring Breakdown |