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Croydon 2 unable to repeat heroics at Highbury

An early start to everyone’s favourite venue (Millwall) was on offer for the 8 men and women of Croydon 2 on Sunday 25th January for the team’s second fixture of 2015.

The blues travelled with the memory of a fantastic 15-7 victory over their hosts back in November, which provided hope that a similarly excellent score line could once again trump the reds of Highbury 1. As such Croydon started with a first defence of Dom Bradford, Kathy Bradford, Stephen Gooch and Anna Jeanes; while first attack consisted of Annie Campbell, Simon Mills (c), Zu Munshi and Sarah Withers.

Croydon made a superb start claiming the ball almost immediately from the Highbury throw off, the ball was played into attack and a lovely pass/shot from Withers found its way to captain Mills who calmly slotted a drop off from around 4 meters. Highbury quickly returned the favour and then took themselves into the lead. Another goal for the away side promised an intriguing tie but as the hosts started to assert themselves the reality was the opening exchanges were as good as it would get for Croydon.

Highbury started working the ball well to cause all sorts of problems and while the blues desperately tried to match up by the half time whistle they found themselves 8-4 down in what had been a fiery first half. At the break the sections offered each other some words of wisdom and plenty of encouragement reminding themselves that they were still very much in the game.

Unfortunately their opponents were of the same opinion and did not let their guard drop going into the second half. Despite some excellent running in the attack, from the Croydon girls in particular, their efforts were wasted as they were called for charging.

As the game entered the last ten minutes it was clear the match was over as a contest, the hosts holding a commanding lead - despite the best efforts of the young Gooch with some fine shooting from distance saw him score two from near half way. In a final time out the seconds were encouraged to forget the score now and try to enjoy the rest of the game - easier said than done in such an aggressive encounter.

The final whistle blew and Croydon 2's dream of a league double over London's other Promo division team turned out to be just that. Regardless the team should hold their heads high; they fought hard and didn't allow themselves to get caught up in a number of difficult situations. While the result wasn't a positive one, a number of players could still take pride from elements of their performance. Gooch attacked well, scoring two outstanding efforts and Munshi put in an MVP performance defending superbly, making a number of excellent interceptions in the process.

With another game just around the corner Croydon 2 need to put this result behind them quickly so that they are ready and raring to go again next week.

Match Report by Simon | Updated by Simon
  
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Final Score: Highbury 1 19 vs 9 Croydon 2


S Gooch
(2)

D Bradford
(2)

S Mills
(1)

Z Omar
(0)

S Withers
(2)

K Bradford
(1)

A Jeanes
(1)

A Campbell
(0)

Submitted by Simon | Scoring Breakdown |

Swans go top with convincing win at Millwall

Things were looking a little touch and go for a while with train delays holding a few players up. However there were no delays once the game started and the Swans steamed in to an early lead. The section of White R, Sturgess, Palmer and Smith turned the ball over immediately allowing George to assist Galloway for a well taken runner. George, making his first league appearance this season then buried the Swans 2nd of the day. Change of ends but no let up in the pressure as White found the feed position with ease and was able to assist Palmer and Sturgess to both score well executed runners for 0-4. Highbury struck back with one from 5 metres before George got his 2nd of the day. Change of ends again and Smith found the korf with a nice one handed before Sturgess found herself in acres, looked right and left before shouts of "shoot" reminded her to be more attack minded and she slotted it in with ease.

A few words from Walsh and James at half time with the message pretty much more of the same. Walsh managed to burry a runner to the disappointment of Sturgess and White who were taking great pleasure at the fact Walsh had failed to find the korf in the first half. George then scored again to take the score to 1-9. Swans lost their way slightly and became a touch complacent. Walsh lost his man a few times and George was outsmarted by his more experienced counterpart. White scored a well worked runner with a reverse pass in to Palmer before spinning and beating his man. Walsh and Sturgess then completed proceedings to end the game with a convincing 13-5 score line. Another very convincing performance by the Swans and great to see the goals being shared around. MVP goes to George for a superb 5 goals showing that he hasn't lost it! Swans go top of their half of the league and will be looking to stay there for the remainder of the season.

Match Report by Ben

Final Score: Highbury 4 5 vs 13 Croydon Swans


T George
(5)

B Walsh
(2)

J Smith
(1)

R White
(1)

E Sturgess
(2)

J Galloway
(1)

H Palmer
(1)

W White
(0)

Submitted by Ben | Scoring Breakdown |
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