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

Chatham Town 3 Croydon 2

Croydon were knocked out of the Kent Reliance Senior Trophy at Chatham Town on Saturday. Chatham had the majority of chances, but fortunately for Croydon, most of those were not on target, meaning the first half ended goalless. Goalkeeper Alex Hewitt made a couple of saves in the first half, early on he caught a cross from a Chatham forward, and with almost half an hour gone, he tipped the ball over the bar. Just like Chatham, Croydon's chances were off target. The Trams took a quarter of an hour for the first one from Bryon Akongo, whose shot went wide of the far post. He was booked a couple of minutes later for taking down Kyron Lightfoot. Chatham got a free kick, but the subsequent goal was disallowed for off side. Stefan Joseph had a couple of chances go wide, and Chatham were close to scoring just before half time when Hewitt was away from the goalmouth and luckily the ball didn't go in the back of the net.

Chatham scored their first goal on 51 minutes courtesy of Laurence Collins. Croydon made it hard for the Chats to get past the defence at first, after a free kick, they had four attempts before Collins got the ball past Hewitt. The second goal came eight minutes later following a corner, Taylor McDonough's header went past Hewitt. The third came after 67 minutes from Billy Brown, the defence blocking one shot but unable to stop Brown's. Lauris Chin came on as substitute in the second half, and his first chance was blocked by a defender. Croydon made a comeback by now, Chin passed to Matt O'Donoghue, who put the ball past goalkeeper Ryan Nicholls on 78 minutes. Croydon did get a free kick when Chin was taken down which was saved by Nicholls. However it was too little too late for Croydon. Some consolation came when O'Donoghue scored his second goal a minute into stoppage time.

Team: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Ojo, Akongo, Mete-Lobonza, Campbell (C), Fejzi (Blake 72), Hogan (Owusu 59), Joseph, Mott, Shango (Chin 53)

Subs (not used): Fotherinham, Hudson

Yellow cards: Akongo 17 mins, Mete-Lobonza 42 mins

Beckenham Town 0 Croydon 1

Croydon are in second place after their local derby win over near neighbours Beckenham Town at Eden Park Avenue on Saturday. This was a game where both teams wanted to do well, this was a local derby with former Croydon players Hassan Oshilaja, Adam Allen and James Fray amongst Beckenham's ranks, and Beckenham wanted to get revenge following Croydon's London Senior Cup earlier this season. Andy Mott had a shot go wide of the post soon after kick off, and Croydon's defence was able to clear a few chances afterwards. Stefan Joseph almost scored after a corner, then Beckenham had a shot go wide of the post. The game was dominated by bookings, there were seven for Croydon starting with Jamie McGeoghegan's foul on 16 minutes. However, Croydon took the lead on 24 minutes when Joseph went past the Beckenham defence and calmly scored past Sam I'Anson. Croydon tried to extend their lead, McGeoghegan had a shot which deflected straight to the keeper, which was followed by a couple of Beckenham chances, one of which ended high above Alex Hewitt going high into the trees behind the goal! Bradley Wilson ended the first half with a chance that ended high and wide of the goal.

Croydon played a passing game for the first fifteen minutes with Beckenham hardly in possession in their half for the first fifteen minutes. The Trams again tried to extend their lead when after a run, Levi Shango in a goalscoring opportunity was taken down but a goal kick was given instead of a free kick. Just as Joseph was about to score, the referee blew the whistle for a free kick for an incident elsewhere on the pitch. Despite his goal, it wasn't Joseph's day. Booked earlier in the game, and following the free kick, Joseph's shot went wide of the post. By the end, Joseph had a run on goal but went down as he was about to score. In between chances, Wilson was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on a Beckenham player, so Croydon played with ten men for the last fifteen minutes. Towards the end, player-manager Harry Hudson was booked, and five minutes into stoppage time even Alex Hewitt was booked.

Croydon are through to the next round of the London Senior Cup after beating Glebe 5-0. Fidan Fejzi scored a first half penalty, which was followed by a Stefan Joseph hat trick, and Andy Mott scored towards the end. The Trams will be away to the Badger Sports Ground, and the opponents will be either Greenwich Borough or Cray Valley PM, both of whom play at the Badger ground.

Croydon's next game is a Kent Reliance Senior Trophy match away to Chatham Town on Saturday, kick off 3PM