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Croydon settle for a draw in a close game

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Final Score: Croydon 1 16 vs 16 Nomads 2


E Bassom
(5)

Z Omar
(1)

A Stevens
(1)

L James
(4)

D Bradford
(1)

S Withers
(2)

E Lawson
(1)

K Munro
(1)

K Bradford
(0)

Submitted by Luke | Scoring Breakdown |

Strong Croydon 3 see off a spirited Nomads 4

First Attack: Tom, Ed, Ren, Karen.
First Defence: Andy, Vik, Annie, Emma.

An experienced Croydon 3 took to the new floor at Royal Russell ready to take on a strong looking Nomads 4.

Croydon hit the ground running and dominated the opening 20 minutes of play. Excellent defence enabled the attacking sections to enjoy lots of possession through recycling and well worked attacking plays. Karen and Ed opened the scoring before Andy sank two identical goals in quick succession with a cheeky step away from the post and his trade mark one handed shot. Eager not to be left out Tom managed to score a 4m shot as his defender dropped deep to collect a rebound that never came. A nervy penalty was the next goal to be scored marking Tom's second. Andy managed to give Croydon a 7-0 lead before Nomads finally got off the mark with a penalty of their own. The next goal of the game went to Croydon as Ren sank a mid range shot having had a number of close efforts earlier in the game. Tom fed Karen for a well worked runner taking Karen's tally to two and the scoreline to 9-1. Spirits were high and Croydon couldn't have asked for a better start to the game.

With half-time approaching Croydon perhaps took their foot off the pedal and Nomads went on their longest scoring run of the game with four unanswered goals to bring the score back to a much closer 9-5. Emma, who was having a great game in defence, also managed to get in on the scoring action to take Croydon's scoreline to 10 just before the whistle. 10-5 HT.

During the half time break Annie, who had already fought for Croydon 5 earlier in the day, had to retire from the game making way for Jade to make her debut appearance for the 3rds. The team talk revolved around tighter defence and better use of tactics in attack considering the players in the Nomads team.

Rejuvenated after the break Croydon were keen to get back on top. However things did not go according to plan as a young Nomads player (whose shooting was on fire) scored first, 10-6. On the change of ends Karen was quick to get back to scoring ways and sank her third of the game from mid range. Following some good post work and clever rebound play, Tom managed to get beyond his defender to down a runner and signal another change of ends. Jade was working her way into the game and having just defended resolutely now found herself in attack and scored her first ever goal for the thirds! Nomads scored the next goal of the game to take the score to 13-7. Karen then earned a penalty and determindly stepped up to score the goal, her fourth of the game. Nomads scored next to mark the change of ends and Vik, Jade and Emma worked hard to conjure up the next goal which Andy scored taking his own tally to four. The referee's whistle signalled a third Croydon penalty and Vik's effort unfortunately did not fall. More bad news soon followed as Karen took a tumble and grasped her ankle - a lengthy injury break followed and Karen was carried off; we hope for a quick recovery and to see Karen back in a Croydon shirt really soon.

This gave Nomads a boost and took the wind out of the Croydon sails as Nomads went on another scoring run to try and claw back at Croydon's lead. One, two and then a third goal went in for Nomads taking the score to 15-11! However, time was on Croydon's side and with some sensible attacking play between the three of Ed, Ren and Tom the seconds were eaten away. In the end resolute and dogged defending from Emma, Andy, Jade and Vik led to the referees whistle and a final score of 15-11.

It was a thoroughly deserved win for Croydon 3 who looked slick in attack with goals shared throughout the team and a stalwart defence. The scoreline perhaps could have been more in Croydon's favour. That said Nomads played a good game and worked their way back into the contest twice. It was a game played in high spirits and a sense of fairness and was a pleasure to be involved with.

High praise should go to the whole team but a special mention for Jade marking her first appearance with a goal and an MVP award to Emma, who has only recently returned to korfball, looking like she has never been away with excellent supporting play and defensive work marked with a goal of her own.

Report by Tom.
Scorers, scoreline and notes provided by Hannah.


Match Report by HannahR | Updated by Andy

Final Score: Croydon 3 15 vs 11 Nomads 4


A Withers
(4)

T Raffield
(3)

E Chaney
(1)

V Kugadas
(0)

E Sturgess
(1)

L Williamson
(1)

K James
(4)

J Arnold
(1)

A Campbell
(0)

Submitted by HannahR | Scoring Breakdown |

Strong first half, but Croydon 5 defeated by Highbury 4

Croydon 5, making their first appearance of the season (in November!!), took to the pitch at Royal Russell to take on a tricky looking Highbury 4 side.

In first attack were David, Callum, Jane and Jade leaving Jon, Steve, Charlotte and Annie in defence.

The game got off to a slow start with both defences having the better of the game as the teams got to grips with each other. The first goal of the match fell Croydon's way as Callum scored a well worked mid range shot. Highbury hit back immediately for 1-1 and a change of ends. A penalty followed and Highbury were clinical from the spot and took the lead 1-2. Annie was working tirelessly in attack and managed to create a goal to bring the scores level. Highbury were beginning to find their range and even though the defence was tight close to the post, the 5m and 6m shots were starting to go in which made life tricky for Croydon. Highbury scored either side of a missed Croydon free pass to take the score to 2-4.

Croydon never gave up and worked hard in attack. Jon was working hard to create space and feed his team as Charlotte, Annie and Steve covered a lot of ground. The referee's whistle sounded for a Croydon penalty as a runner was blocked off and Annie scored this before Jon scored a penalty of his own straight afterwards, 4-4. Highbury took the lead again as the half time whistle was approaching by scoring two quick fire goals, 4-6. Suddenly Steve, who had run his socks off, was left in space at the 5m mark and scored his first ever Croydon goal! His celebration clearly showed how happy he was with the effort and this was echoed from the sidelines with a raucous cheer, 5-6! Amazingly things got even louder on the next goal as Steve, being given freedom at 5m, scored his second goal with an identical shot and pulled the score back to 6-6!! Cue delirium on the sidelines and another celebration which almost left Steve in the wrong end as his section crossed the half to defend. Croydon even had a chance to take the lead with a free pass which was unfortunately missed and as if to rub salt in the wound Highbury sank the final goal of the half to walk from the pitch with a 6-7 lead.

A well earned rest and team talk followed; it had been hard work but Croydon were definitely in the game.

David got the second half off to a flyer with a goal of his own and bringing the scores level. Highbury, who had substitutes available, rotated their team and went about scoring again. Two goals followed and Highbury were fighting hard to not give up their lead which they had created early in the game. At 7-9 David managed to score his second of the game and reduce the deficit to one, 8-9. The game went on and everyone in a blue shirt was working tremendously hard and this effort began to tell. Highbury went on their longest scoring streak of the game with four without reply and they created a lead which was now not going to be caught, 8-13. Croydon never gave up and continued to give it everything they had but Highbury could sense the fatigue creeping in. Jane's handwork throughout the game led to a well deserved goal but this was the last of Croydon's goals to fall and Highbury steamed on. With the clock ticking down, Highbury were merciless in their attack and equalled their longest scoring streak with yet another four goals, 9-17. The referee signalled the end of the game and Highbury had done enough to see off a very determined and dogged performance from Croydon 5.

MVP went to Jon for his leadership and experience within his section but credit to the whole team for sharing the goals. A special mention to Steve too, who was making his first ever korfball match appearance and went home tired and weary but with two goals to his name.

Report by Tom.
Scorers, scorelines and notes by Hannah.

Match Report by HannahR | Updated by HannahR
  
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Final Score: Croydon 5 9 vs 18 Highbury 4


D Hughes
(2)

S Raffield
(2)

J Dean
(1)

C Elliott
(1)

A Campbell
(2)

J Hudspith
(1)

J Arnold
(0)

C Feakins
(0)

Submitted by Ad | Scoring Breakdown |
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