Croydon won against a previously undefeated Cray Valley PM at the Badger Sports Ground on Wednesday night to go into third place in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division. The Trams could've led after only two minutes when Craig Davies hit the post. However, it was Ben Francis who put the Millers in the lead when Croydon conceded a penalty, which Francis converted after only six minutes. Fidan Fejzi had a shot that went straight to keeper Luke Colquhoun. Then Cray Valley PM led 2-0 after only 15 minutes, when Marvin Armstrong let in an own goal. Very soon after, Jeff Duah-Kessie ran down the right wing and his shot came off an opponent who nearly conceded an own goal. This was followed by a chance from Callum McCullum, but his shot was cleared by an opponent. Davies was on target on 23 minutes when he took a chance and scored. Six minutes later, a Jamie McGeoghegan free kick towards the box had, like earlier come off a CVPM defender and thankfully for the home side, just cleared a little wide of the far post. Colquhoun was lucky to hold on to the ball after a Croydon corner, and then after a free kick, punched out the ball following Duah-Kessie's header. With eight minutes to go, Fejzi scored out of the blue to make it 2-2 to Croydon.
In a lively second half, Taylor McDonough took out Davies from behind, and the striker was off the pitch for a short while, only to be replaced by Lauris Chin. Already this half had seen McGeoghegan's shot go over the bar before Marvin Armstrong had a shot caught by the keeper. Stephane Bombelenga was taken down, and Croydon responded with some good passing at this stage. The Trams missed a chance to score when Bombelenga passed to Chin, but was unable to turn around to score. Nathan Campbell had a chance as well but he ended wide of the post. Then Chin made a run on goal, went past the keeper and was tripped, and Jamie McGeoghegan scored the penalty that put Croydon in the lead. CVPM responded with a couple of chances, the first went straight to Alex Hewitt, the second ended wide of the post. But Croydon held on to the win and to a winning streak.
Croydon: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Mete-Lobonza (Davidson-Phipps 26), Armstrong (Fotheringham 73), McGeoghegan, Campbell (C), Fejzi, McCallum, Duah-Kessie, Davies (Chin 55), Bombelenga
Subs (not used):Weller, Pingling
Yellow cards: Armstrong 41, Fejzi 51