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Croydon 1 take all the points against Croydon 2

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Final Score: Croydon 1 22 vs 9 Croydon 2


N Hudspith
(7)

L James
(5)

D Pratt
(4)

A Withers
(2)

B Pratt
(2)

K Bradford
(1)

H Robinson
(1)

G Codd
(0)

Submitted by Luke | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 2 unlucky to lose out to rivals Croydon 1!

Croydon 2 took on the might of promotion seeking local rivals Croydon 1, in the light, airy and spacious Royal Russell School. Croydon 2 drafted in leading dutch coach, Dirk Zaagman alongside established UK coach Paul Jeanes to drive them forward in their goal to upset the favourites, Croydon 1. Supporters were ready, voices were ready to shout, the ref was ready; it was all to play for.

CKC2 lined up with the ever speedy Ellis, the dynamic Stevens, the elderly Jeanes (A) and the super-scorer Swygart (E) in first attasck, leaving the defensive pressure up to Captain Mills, super springy Omar, interceptor Swygart (K) and revered Elliot.

Croydon 1 were well organised and worked the ball well, but CKC2 were not there to be outplayed, and under the expert guidance of Zaagman and Jeanes (P), they put pressure on the 1st teamers, and made them work for each and every goal. An early injury to Captain Mills, saw eager and ready Sub Stevens the Elder, launch himself into his first Regional League match with gusto and vigour. (I promise not to mention the embarrassment of his son, or the reason he was embarrassed!!)

The 2s disrupted many Croydon 1 attacks, getting in the ball lines and intercepting wayward passes, as well as limiting the attacks to single shots. There were some excellent performances, and great effort around the pitch. The ability to put the ball in the basket at key points of the game, was the difference between the teams though, and Croydon 2 struggled in attack to create the chances to score. The defensive pressure was just a little too much.

At half time, the tireless Stevens (C) tired slightly, so was replaced with the youthful secret weapon of Gooch. (Huge thanks to him for stepping into the fray.)

So, despite working hard from start to finish, Croydon 2 were just that little bit less lucky, and their shots just didn't happen to go through the basket as often as those of the opposition! Bring on the return match though, when Croydon 2 will have the advantage of playing at home and Croydon 1 will have to travel that great distance to our home ground!!!

Match Report by Anna | Updated by Anna
  
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Final Score: Croydon 1 22 vs 9 Croydon 2


Z Omar
(3)

V Ellis
(0)

A Stevens
(0)

S Gooch
(0)

S Mills
(1)

C Stevens
(0)

E Swygart
(3)

A Jeanes
(1)

L MacKay-Elliott
(0)

K Swygart
(1)

A Campbell
(0)

Submitted by Simon | Scoring Breakdown |

2nd half Swans crushed Croydon 4 1st half glory

With much appreciated guest coach Dirk Zaagman popping over especially for this match (I think that's what he said) Croydon 4 started with the attack of Craig, Alex, Charlotte and Katie starting in defence were David, Paul, Annie and Twinkle Toes. Dirk gave us a good talking to as to what was expected of us both in attack and defence. The Swans started with no holds barred (no doubt from all the practice they have had with the 4s) slotting two home in quick time then Croydon started to get their act together, with relentless pressure both in defence and attack. Annie opened the scoring for Croydon with a quick response from the Swans. With my section obeying instructions from Dirk to keep tight on our prospective attackers we successfully held the Swans from scoring although sadly it has to be said not all due to defensive work as Ben easily made it around his defender a number of times (that was me) who needlessly over committed. In the mean time in the other section both Charlotte and Katie swopped collects to give the boys opportunities get take shots. One was converted from a medium distance by Craig and with the repeated pressure from successful collects Alex managed to work a penalty which he converted. With equal pressure from both the Swans and Croydon's defence Annie managed another goal just before half time.
4-3 to Croydon 4 at half time - a big surprise to myself.
Sadly despite wise words from Dirk at half time the Swans came out with more determination, controlling play for most of the second half, scoring more or less at will even though Croydon did defend well it was not as strong as the 1st half and our attacks seemed to lack something. However Craig's section with the height of Charlotte and backup from Katie were still recycling well but the shots were just not finding their mark. In the other section Annie and Twinkle Toes worked well but both were closely marked with myself making errors that allowed Swans multiple attempts at shots and it is at this point that I must mention Paul who backed my poor defence superbly so thank you as Swans would have no doubt had more attempts if he hadn't closed them down. The only score for Croydon in the second half was from a long shot which from my view point just soared up and into the korf.

Final scored 12-5 to the Swans who at the end of the match did deserve it.

Match Report by David | Updated by Anna
  
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Final Score: Croydon Swans 12 vs 5 Croydon 4


D Hughes
(1)

C Stevens
(1)

A Burr
(1)

P Westbury
(0)

A Campbell
(2)

C Feakins
(0)

L Lambird
(0)

K Morley
(0)

Submitted by David | Scoring Breakdown |

Croydon 5's 8-7 victory over Mitcham 3. Plus we win by default as well

The rainy Sunday lunchtime fixture saw Croydon 5s head to Graveney School to face the new look Mitcham 3 side! I was pleased to field a strong side despite four other Croydon teams in action today and a number of 5th team regulars unavailable this week!
The sections were set out with Burr, Sturgess, Raffield and Russell defending first, and Champion, Kelly and White in first attack.
Unfortunately for Mitcham they could not field a legal team, and so we found ourselves playing a friendly, with the points in the bag. Yay!!!
So with very little pressure on ourselves, to our surprise Mitcham got the game underway with a goal almost straight after the first whistle, and swiftly followed this with a second to try and put their stamp on the game.
However, Croydon 5 quickly got their own game underway, with Emma scoring well from under post, soon followed by Bryan with a long shot. Croydon kept the momentum going with Wendy scoring a cleverly worked goal from behind post, and Adam then got his name on the scoresheet with a nice running in shot. However, Mitcham were not to be outdone, and they slotted two goals in before the half time whistle, with the half ending with the score four apiece.
At half time, Ben gave us some words of wisdom, including some options for mixing up our attacking style.
Within seconds of the second half starting, Adam redeemed a first half passing error with a running in goal, and this was soon followed by Peter scoring from distance.
Bryan continued Croydon's dominance in the game, first with a long shot goal from the side and then with a second from just behind the post.
Mitcham did not give up the fight, and scored three more goals in the last ten minutes. Both sides had a number of opportunities to put the game out of reach, but with no more goals being scored, this friendly game ended 8-7 to Croydon.
The game was a tough affair, with both teams giving it their all to win. Indeed, both Peter and Adam commented on how tough a 5th team friendly match could actually be.
Despite this being a friendly, it felt very good to actually win the match, as it could easily have gone the other way.
Well done to everybody involved.
Thanks for help with the report to Ben and Alex

Match Report by Bryan
  
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Final Score: Mitcham 3 0 vs 10 Croydon 5


B Burr
(3)

A Champion
(2)

P Lindsey
(1)

T Raffield
(0)

E Sturgess
(1)

W White
(1)

L Kelly
(0)

H Raffield
(0)

Submitted by Bryan | Scoring Breakdown |

Swans shade first Croydon derby of the day

The first local derby of the day at Royal Russell saw Croydon Swans take on Croydon 4. Both teams set out in what was anticipated to be a highly competitive game. Croydon Swans took the lead through a nicely executed shot by Joce, quickly followed by a running in shot from Ben. Roger further increased the lead with a 4m shot from the side. This sparked Croydon 4 into gear and they quickly levelled the score with 3 unanswered goals, a further strike for the 4's on the stroke of half time sent them in 4-3 up leaving the match finely balanced at the break. 

Swans Coach for the day Paul Jeanes used the break to rally the troops. Happy with the crisp passing game on show, he challenged the team to be more subtle and clever with their positioning and attacking play. 

With Jeanes wise words still ringing in their ears the Swans came out fighting and quickly turned the 1 goal deficit around with some well worked attacking play. The Swans never relented throughout the second half scoring 9 goals in the process. They kept up their high levels of energy in defence, limiting their opponents to mainly long shots, which saw David win the coconut shy competition with a stunning shot from downtown. The Swans second half goals were shared between Ben, Roger and Sturge who completed her first ever korf hat trick with 2 calm and cool penalties and a well worked runner, all inside 25 minutes. The whole team worked tirelessly throughout the second half to get into the right positions and this was clear with some great assists from all around the team. 

A pleasing performance from the Swans saw them eventually run out 12-5 winners. A hard fought victory in a competitive match played in great spirit by both teams. Particular thanks to Paul for coaching and to Luke for reffing. 

MVP and congratulations went to Sturge for her second half attacking show and a first triple of her career.


Match Report by Roger
  
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Final Score: Croydon Swans 12 vs 5 Croydon 4


B Walsh
(5)

R White
(2)

J Smith
(1)

S Bracey Lane
(0)

J Galloway
(1)

A McDanell
(0)

C Sheahan
(0)

E Sturgess
(3)

H Palmer
(0)

Submitted by Ben | Scoring Breakdown |
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