Last season saw a game that saw Croydon on the wrong end of a 4-3 victory for Rochester at the Arena. Although there weren't as many goals this time round, there were as many chances for Croydon, who were still on a high after beating AFC Croydon Athletic earlier this week.
Lauris Chin was away injured and so Richard Pingling started the game in his absence. Pingling, together with Duah-Kessie in the first half, saw many chances between them, however they tended to finish wide of the post, or in the case of Duah-Kessie, were given offside. There was the fear that Rochester would take the lead with a chance from Tim Beckford, whose shot hit the crossbar. It took seventy minutes before the first goal. An own goal from Andy Pearce came after 70 minutes, he looked like he was taking a shot on goal rather than defending. Jeff Duah-Kessie scored the second Croydon goal, controlling the ball and putting the ball in an empty net. In between the goals Rio Davidson-Phipps apparently spoke one word too many to the referee to earn a red card in the 74th minute. The subsequent free kick, just outside the box was saved by Alex Hewitt. Croydon had one more chance to extend the lead in stoppage time when following a corner, Bradley Wilson's shot went over the bar.
Speaking after the game, captain Nathan Campbell said that he was "Happy to get the points, always good to win, but a little bit disappointed with the quality of the performance. But when you play badly and win 2-0 you got to take that and we go on to Wednesday to try and keep climbing up the league and keep on getting points on the board."
Team: Hewitt, O' Donoghue, Mote-Lobonzo (Davidson-Phipps 60), Weller (McAllister 58), McGeoghegan, Campbell (C), Fejzi, Wilson, Duah-Kessie, Pingling (Davies 66), Bombelenga
Subs (not used): Fotheringham, Shango
Red card: Davidson-Phipps 74 mins
Goals: CFC - Pearce og 70, Duah-Kessie 80