Croydon 6 Hollands & Blair 2

Croydon shot up to second place after a domineering performance against bottom side Hollands and Blair on Saturday afternoon. Five minutes into kick off, Croydon got a free kick, which Blair cleared, but ended with Jamie McGeoghegan, whose header was saved by Mark Sitton. Then Marvin Armstrong had a chance only to be cleared by an opponent. Blair then had a chance only to be stopped by Matt O'Donoghue. Croydon soon had a corner, but Aiden Brown's attempt was blocked by an opponent. A couple of Croydon chances went over the bar, the second from Stefan Joseph. The first goal originated from a McGeoghegan free kick, which went to Armstrong who crossed to Andy Mott who scored after 23 minutes. Blair equalised six minutes later after a cross went to Luke Daggers whose shot went past Alex Hewitt.

Croydon regained the lead a minute into the second half when Aiden Brown scored. McGeoghegan extended the lead on 55 minutes when with a free kick that ended up in the back of the net. There was a feeling of deja-vu when three minutes later he did the same making it 4-1 to Croydon. For a brief period of the game, Blair had possession and made it 4-2 when substitute George Keen's shot flew into the net. However, Croydon were quick off the mark when a minute later Stefan Joseph scored with a header after the ball came off the crossbar. Another renaissance period came for Blair with a goal that was disallowed for offside and followed by a couple of chances that were stopped by Hewitt. Blair also had a free kick that went over the bar. Joseph then had a shot ending wide of the post, McGeoghegan had a shot saved by Mark Sitton, his first save since a chance at the start of the game. It was all over for Blair two minutes into stoppage time, when following a corner Joseph's header made it 6-2 to the Trams.

Croydon: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Davidson-Phipps (Ojo 45), McGeoghegan, Sinn'Kaye Christie, Campbell (C), Brown (Wilson 60), Armstrong, Joseph, Mott (Hogan 74), Shango

Subs (not used): McAllister, Obazee

Deal Town 3 Croydon FC 1

Croydon's long journey to Deal was in vain when their winning streak in the League came to an end on Saturday. Croydon had an early free kick soon after kick off that was caught by Deal's James Tonkin caught. Then Deal got a corner which Alex Hewitt saved. Another free kick went towards Hewitt, then at the other end Callum McAllister had a shot that went on target but straight to Tonkin. Come the half hour mark, and with the amount of possession Deal had, surprisingly the game was goalless. But Deal broke the deadlock on 32 minutes when a shot from outside the box went past Hewitt and inside the far post. Two minutes later, Fiden Fejzi had a shot that went wide of the post, followed by a shot that was punched out by Tonkin. Fejzi passed to O'Donoghue whose shot went straight to Tonkin. Lauris Chin had a chance that was cleared by a Deal defender. There was concern two minutes later when Chin and an opponent went down before the end of the first half but both carried on. For Croydon, captain Jamie McGeoghegan missed a chance as did Levi Shango whose shot went over the bar. Hewitt ended the half denying a Deal forward a goal.

The first half for Croydon was bad, but the second half was worse. Deal's second goal came from a penalty after Fejzi fouled an opponent, and Daniel Adams scored his second of the game after 54 minutes. Deal scored their third five minutes later courtesy of Andrew Miller. By now it was heads down for Croydon for both players and fans. Croydon tried their best to get some consolation, Andy Mott had a couple of chances that went over the crossbar in the second half. Marvin Armstrong had a chance that went straight to Tonkin, then came a couple of Croydon corners, the second was saved by Tonkin. Robby Mete-Lobonza had a couple of shots saved. In the middle of those chances, there was a Croydon goal, and thanks to Lauris Chin in the 76th minute, Croydon didn't leave empty handed.

Croydon: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Davidson-Phipps, McAllister (Hogan 76), McGeoghegan, Mete-Lobonza, Fejzi (Brown 73), Wilson (Armstrong 53), Chin, Mott, Shango

Subs (not used): Somo, Hudson

Croydon 1 Corinthian 4

Croydon's winning streak of six games ended today when Corinthian beat 4-1 at the Arena. The day started with the news that Jeff Duah-Kessie had left Croydon to go to Bostik South side Phoenix Sports, where he scored on his debut there. I'm sure all at Croydon FC wish Jeff good luck playing at a higher level, and the fans probably wish he scored today for Croydon. Andy Somo wore the no 9 shirt today, and started with a chance that went wide of the far post. Corinthian scored their goal after ten minutes, when following a corner, their captain Jack Bath scored with a header. Matt O' Donoghue had a chance to equalise, after going forward, and receiving a pass from his left, his shot went wide of the post. A little later, O'Donoghue managed to reach the ball before it went over the goalline, but his shot went to an opponent who cleared the ball. Having received a pass from behind, Fidan Fejzi had a shot which landed wide of the near post. Croydon got a free kick, but Jamie McGeoghegan's shot went straight to the keeper. As the first half was ending, Nathan Campbell was given a yellow card when both he and an opponent were going for the ball. The first half ended with a pass to Lauris Chin, and his shot going wide of the far post.

Croydon were out run by Corinthian throughout the game, and Croydon took any chance when they could. After Michael Hurcomb's goal in the 48th minute, Croydon thought they'd bring in fresh legs in the form of Levi Shango in place of Daniel Hogan. But it made no difference as Corinthian held possession, and scored a penalty via Conor Johnson. Croydon did get a free kick afterwards when Shango was taken down, only for Fejzi's free kick to go wide of the far post. Andy Somo missed a sitter with twenty minutes to go, and this was followed by a good opportunity when Shango kept on his feet and passed to Fejzi only for the ball to be cleared by an opponent. With the wind picking up again, a loose ball came off Aiden Brown and the ball was heading towards an empty goal only for the ball to end up wide of the post. Corinthian's keeper stopped chances from Brown and Shango in quick succession. Shango was tripped by an opponent and Croydon got a penalty which Jamie McGeoghegan took but came off the keeper but off the rebound Andy Somo scored five minutes into stoppage time. However within the space of a minute, the ball was in the back of the opposing net courtesy of Oscar Housego before the whistle blew for full time.

Team: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Davidson-Phipps, McGeoghegan, Mete-Lobonza, Campbell (C), Chin (Brown 65), Wilson (Mott 65), Somo, Hogan (Shango 54), Fejzi

Subs (not used): McAllister, Owusu

Crockenhill 0 Croydon 4 (Kent Senior Trophy)

Surrey club Croydon FC are through to the next round of the Kent Senior Trophy after beating Crockenhill 4-0 at their ground. Defender Rio Davidson-Philps was out injured and Andy Mott returned to playing his first game after coming back from injury.

Crockenhill made a good start, and James Fotheringham had to clear a ball for a throw in. Then their striker Ollie Freeman was denied a chance thanks to captain Nathan Campbell heading the ball out. Jeff Duah-Kessie's first chance saw him going through the middle before the ball went straight to keeper Joe Bailey. Another attempt afterwards saw Duah-Kessie taken down as he tried to get ahead of the opposing defender.

Andy Mott's return was marked by a challenge from an opponent which led to a free kick to Crockenhill. Then came a couple of Croydon corners, the first was short, and the second corner was long this time. Mott was in the right place at the far post as he put the ball in the net. Then came three chances in short succession for Croydon, all starting with free kicks and all finishing wide of far post. A fourth, coming from a corner, was saved by Bailey.

After a challenge on Callum McAllister, Croydon were given a free kick, which McCallister side footed to Campbell whose shot went wide of the near post. Crockenhill then got a free kick which was saved by Alex Hewitt. Then came a run down the right win from Duah-Kessie, but his shot hit the side netting. Crockenhill then had a chance when a cross from Freeman was caught by Hewitt.

Another chance came when Mott passed to Matt O'Donoghue whose shot was cleared by an opponent. Croydon made it 2-0 when a ball was played to Duah-Kessie. He was actually taken down, but while down he stretched his leg to the ball and it went past the keeper. In contrast, Duah-Kessie's next chance landed very wide of the post.

Aiden Brown scored after 50 minutes, then there was concern when there was a clash of heads between Duah-Kessie and Ryan Gallifaint. Although both players returned to the pitch, Gallifaint was substituted later. To show there was no damage done, soon afterwards Duah-Kessie made it 3-0. Crockenhill responded with a chance coming from a corner, which went straight to Hewitt. Another attempt to get a hat trick came from Duah-Kessie following some good passing but his shot went wide of the far post.

At the end, David Owusu missed a chance at close range. Following a cross from Fidan Fejzi, Owusu ducked his head and missed the ball! Crockenhill ended the game hitting the side netting and Croydon went through to the next round.

Team: Hewitt O'Donoghue Fotheringham (Wilson 39) McCallister Mete-Lobonza Campbell (C) Brown (Owusu 63) Mott Duah-Kessie, Dan Hogan (Fejzi 58), Shango

Subs (not used): McGeoghegan, Joseph

Subs:McGeoghegan Owusu Fejzi Wilson Joseph

Glebe 0 Croydon 1

Croydon held on to their joint top position thanks to a solitary goal from Marvin Armstrong after 27 minutes. Former Tram Tolulope Jonah didn't have much to do apart from watch his former team. Glebe were quick to get off the mark after only three minutes when defender Max Fitzgerald's shot went across an empty goal when Alex Hewitt was out of the way. Croydon were then in possession for a while and even got three corners but the third was headed clear by an opponent. There was a chance for Croydon after the third corner but offside was given, as were Glebe a few minutes later. In the 27th minute after a run, O'Donoghue went past the defence and scored past Darren Betch to give Croydon the lead. Soon after Glebe appeared to be frustrated, a player got booked and Croydon passed well for the remainder of the first half.

The second half started with a few chances from Glebe. Then came a couple of corners for Croydon. On 63 minutes, Croydon got a second goal from Stefan Joseph, but this was considered to be offside. Prior to this came a good chance when Jamie McGeoghegan passed to Fidan Fejzi whose chance ended wide of the near post. Joseph passed to Sam Johnson, and his shot went even wider than Fejzi's. With the final whistle about to blow, Glebe had a couple of chances, the first was headed wide of the post and the next was cleared thanks to a posse of defenders. Croydon hold on to joint top position in the SCEFL.

Croydon: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Davidson-Phipps, McGeoghegan, Mete-Lobonza, Campbell (C), Fejzi, Wilson, Joseph (Somo 86), Armstrong, Shango (Johnson 57)

Subs (not used): McAllister, Duah-Kessie, Brown