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Croydon 1 go the distance to beat Cambridge Tigers

Croydon took on Cambridge in a crucial match in the promo league. There was a slight tweak to the sections with Withers moving across for Stevens and Omar back in for Gooch. Cambridge were there early raring to go.

Croydon started well with a couple of quick goals but the visitors were battling hard and replied quickly. In a feisty encounter it was tit for tat for most of the half with Croydon ahead and with a 4 goal lead at one point but the half ended with Cambridge scrambling back into it at 8-6.

With Bradford on for the injured James, Croydon continued to fight with the first goal of the half being key. The hosts scored it but Croydon struggled to break free and the changes were rung with only Stevens retained in defence and James back on. Pratt scored in a bitter battle with her opponent and James continued his scoring spree and Croydon stretched to a 16-11 lead. Goals suddenly started flowing now and Cambridge, to their credit, finally found their range but it was too little too late. Final score 19-16.


Match Report by Andy | Updated by Andy
  
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Final Score: Croydon 1 19 vs 16 Cambridge Tigers 1


A Withers
(3)

A Stevens
(1)

L James
(5)

Z Omar
(4)

D Bradford
(0)

D James
(0)

D Aindow
(2)

K Swygart
(1)

H Robinson
(1)

K Munro
(0)

K Bradford
(1)

B Pratt
(1)

Submitted by Dom | Scoring Breakdown |

Excellent CKC4 performance seals 2nd win in a row

CKC4 travelled to Bec full of confidence after closing out a win with only 7 players the previous week. With transport issues delaying Sarah Hole, CKC4 started with White, Walsh, Nash and Spooner (on debut) in attack and Kugadas, Wright, Wright and Goode in defence. With Spooner standing in at the last minute the brief was to slow the game down and keep the ball in attack. Walsh requested that we keep it tight and try and keep it at 0-0 until Hole arrived. Nash and White were clearly not listening as they linked up brilliantly within 30 seconds to give CKC4 an early lead. Bec equalised soon after; all change!

Spooner, Nash and White were tenacious in defence and bought enough time for Kugadas to slot home from 4 metres against his old club hotly followed by a Wright korf from the same distance. Ends changed and Nash and Spooner showed the benefits of playing sport together as Spooner telepathically picked out Nash's run who was fouled as she was about to score. Walsh just about managed to finish the pen. The next goal came from a different footballing partnership; this time White's pass was perfectly weighted to beat the Bec defender and allow Walsh to turn and score from under the post.

1-5 and CKC4 were cruising to a much needed victory. Bec were finding Croydon's high tempo defence hard to overcome, it was only the award of another penalty that brought them back in to it. Wright then restored the 4 korf lead from under the post before Bec pulled one back just before the half time whistle.

Spooner, who had been excellent, made way for Hole as the team in blue took the court for the second half with a 3-6 lead. The next goals would be vital and and they both went to Bec. 3-6 turned into 5-6 and the strong Bec side seemed favourites to go on and win unless something changed. An inspired bit of play from Wright where he collected his own shot twice and scored 3rd time round was the boost Croydon needed. Hole made her fresh legs count and ran her girl to draw a penalty giving Walsh the chance to take the score to 5-8.

Bec and Croydon traded one more penalty each before Kugadas slotted home his second to give CKC4 the much needed points and bag himself MVP against his former club. An absolutely outstanding performance all round and CKC4 are not accepting relegation without a fight.

Match Report by Ben

Final Score: Bec 3 6 vs 10 Croydon 4


B Walsh
(4)

M Wright
(3)

V Kugadas
(2)

R White
(1)

V Goode
(0)

C Nash
(0)

D Wright
(0)

S Hole
(0)

Submitted by Ben | Scoring Breakdown |
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