Whitstable Town 2 Croydon 0

With a few changes in personnel, Croydon were able to halve the goals conceded compared to the previous Tuesday's Cup exit. Eden Blake, Stefan Joseph and Harry Pilkinton were out, and Andy Mott was relegated to the subs bench, meaning the return of Daniel Hector, Bradley Wilson, David Owusu and Trey Williams. Despite an early save from Alex Hewitt, he was unable to reach a shot from outside the box from Ricky Freeman after only four minutes. Croydon responded with a couple of attempts from Owusu and Hector which were blocked by Whitstable's defenders. Following another save from Hewitt, there was concern when Jamie McGeoghegan's head was bleeding, as a precaution he was bandaged, but he changed his shirt and went back on the pitch anyway, carrying on until the middle of the second half. Croydon were able to get a couple of free kicks, and in both cases the ball reached an opponent rather than a team mate. Croydon almost conceded a second goal three minutes into stoppage time when a free kick was given after a Melvin Adesina foul, and the shot thankfully went across Hewitt's goalmouth.

Croydon improved in the second half, with more possession, more passing and some chances.Following a Whitstable booking, Fiden Fejzi had a free kick saved early in the second half, but it was Whitstable who extended their lead in the 54th minute. A Croydon player took down a Whitstable player in the box, and Danny Williams scored the subsequent penalty. Bradley Wilson then had a free kick, which went wide. Then Williams, outside the box, took a shot from outside the box that was saved by the keeper. Owusu also took a shot that was saved. Hector made sure he wasn't left out either and his shot was saved too. Mott, together with Raekwon Bailey Allen, the latter was useful as he troubled Whitstable with his fresh legs. He had a chance as did Hector towards the end but this was wide of the post.

Team: Hewitt, Christie, Adesida (Lukumbo 56), Akongo, McGeoghegan (Mott 70), Campbell (C), Hector, Wilson, Owusu, Fejzi (Bailey-Allen 63), Williams

Sub (not used): Brown

Yellow cards: Adesida 45+3, Christie 87

Stats (courtesy Whitstable Town)

Whitstable   Croydon
16 Attempts 5
8 On Target 3
5 Corners 3
1 Offside 6
11 Free Kicks Won 12

Sheppey United 2 Croydon FC 3

The Trams opened 2018 with a win at Sheppey United. In fact the Trams did very well considering they were without Nathan Campbell, Lauris Chin or Stefan Joseph. It took the Trams ten minutes to get a shot on target when Daniel Hector had his first attempt, but then he put his name on the scoresheet three minutes later when he made a run down the right channel, getting past Sheppey's defenders and his cross went past keeper Joshua Glover. Newly signed Trey WIlliams, playing his first game against his old side, also had an attempt, running past his former team mates, only to hit the side netting. Sheppey made the most of an opportunity with a free kick, which only came off Bryan Akongo for a corner. After the corner was taken, captain Jamie McGeoghegan cleared the ball upfront, towards Andy Mott, whose shot towards the goal went high over the bar. David Owusu made it 2-0 to Croydon, getting into the box his shot went past Glover, who failed to get a hand to it. However, within a minute Sheppey got a goal back, from Dan Bradshaw, and Sheppey captain Rob Saunders equalised two minutes later.

The second half opened with an Eden Blake free kick that went over the bar. Then Hewitt made sure that Sheppey didn't take the lead with a couple of saves early in the second half. On 57 minutes, Owusu regained the lead for Croydon, controlling the ball and getting his shot past the keeper. Fidan Fejzi almost extended the lead missing a sitter, as did Sheppey's Bradshaw whose shot ended wide of the post. Croydon held on to the end, with one remaining shot following a pass from Fejzi to Mott, whose shot went high.

Croydon: Hewitt, Adesina, Blake, Akongo, McGeoghegan (C), Christie, Hector, Mott, Owusu (Bailey-Allen), Fejzi, Williams (Ojo 87)

Subs (not used): Dabo, Mata, Pilkinton

Canterbury City 2 Croydon 2

Croydon went to Deal and managed a draw against Canterbury City's experienced and physical side. The game saw Amadu Tangara, signed from Dulwich Hamlet, make his debut in goal for the absent Alex Hewitt. However it was the Trams who took the lead when after a throw in, and a pass from Andy Mott, Bradley Wilson put Croydon in the lead after only four minutes. Canterbury responded after 21 minutes, when Jamie McGeoghegan headed the ball back softly to Tangara, but then Matt Martin nipped in to equalise. Canterbury then led on 41 minutes when a good cross from Gonzalez Bello eluded Croydon's defenders and Sam Lawford's volley went past Tangara.

When Marvin Armstrong came on for the injured McGeoghegan in the second half, he made a difference. Minutes after coming on, he made an assist to Lauris Chin, who equalised after 68 minutes. Armstrong assisted a couple of more times and could have put Croydon in the lead. However, there was a disappointing end to the game. With five minutes added on, Canterbury goalkeeper Jack Delo was sent off for an incident on an opponent. A free kick to Croydon was given, and Chin was also given a red card for another incident, before the referee blew the whistle for full time.

Croydon's last game before Christmas takes place at Croydon Sports Arena on Saturday 16 December when Chatham Town visit Albert Road. The first game after Christmas is the Croydon derby against AFC Croydon Athletic, again at the Arena, on 30 December. Both games kick off at 3PM.

Croydon: Tangara, O'Donoghue, Blake, McGeoghegan (Armstrong 61), Fotheringham, Campbell, Chin, Wilson, Joseph, Mott, Fejzi (Brown 67)

Subs (not used): Dabo, Hudson

Bookings: Chin 90+5 (Red card)

Lydd Town 1 Croydon 4

The biting wind that blew in from the nearby Channel helped neither side in the SCEFL Cup tie, the side kicking in to the gale having difficulty in clearing their lines. So it was for The Trams during the first half and any high kicks were blown back at the defence. Alex Hewitt had to make a low save early on and then carried the ball out of the area to concede a free-kick.

Failure to clear gave the home team time to scramble their goal after twenty-nine minutes but the Trams were almost back on track six minutes later after a mazy run by Bradley Wilson was kneed against the upright by a defender.

The restart saw Lydd having the same difficulties and Croydon equalised from a Wilson thirty-yard free-kick in the fifty-fourth minute immediately after captain Nathan Campbell had been sent off.

Trams then accelerated and four minutes later, Lauris Chin sped inside and hit a low shot inside the far post. Fidan Fejzi netted the third with a similar run ten minutes later. The final nail was sunk into the lid of the coffin with eight minutes of normal time remaining when Mohammed Dabo floated in a cross for Andy Mott to head home at the far post.

Croydon 2 Sheppey Utd 2

Croydon were very close to gaining three points which would have put them top of the table, but for a goal from Sheppey that took place four minutes into stoppage time. An early chance saw a good free kick from Bradley Wilson, and Jamie McGeoghegan's header went wide of the post. A free kick from McCeoghegan followed by a the taking down of Lauris Chin was saved by Sheppey's keeper Josh Glover. Matt O Donoghue's first chance was a cross towards goal that was intercepted by a Sheppey defender. Then on 17 minutes O'Donoghue put Croydon in the lead, with a header past Glover. Croydon hoped to extend their lead in the first half, a Wilson shot was caught by Glover, whilst Lauris Chin had a shot going wide of the post.

The second half saw Sheppey have a better second half, with Alex Hewitt having to make a save whilst another Sheppey chance went wide. For Croydon, a Stefan Joseph chance went high and wide of the goal. For a few moments in the middle of the second half came a flurry of chances from Chin and Joseph only for Sheppey to get one back in the 77th minute. It was looking like a draw with both Croydon and Sheppey having possession but Croydon regained the lead in the 85th minute as O'Donoghue scored his second brace in two games. A minute before the final whistle blew, Croydon lost their concentration and four minutes time into stoppage time, Tom Brunt scored the equaliser for Sheppey.

Croydon: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Ojo, McGeoghegan, Fotheringham, Campbell (C), Chin (Shango 79), Wilson, Mott (Akongo 78), Owusu (Fejzi 63)

Subs (Not used): Blake, Hogan

Yellow cards: Joseph 54, McGeoghegan 73, Fotheringham 90+3