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.