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