Sheppey United 2 Croydon FC 3

The Trams opened 2018 with a win at Sheppey United. In fact the Trams did very well considering they were without Nathan Campbell, Lauris Chin or Stefan Joseph. It took the Trams ten minutes to get a shot on target when Daniel Hector had his first attempt, but then he put his name on the scoresheet three minutes later when he made a run down the right channel, getting past Sheppey's defenders and his cross went past keeper Joshua Glover. Newly signed Trey WIlliams, playing his first game against his old side, also had an attempt, running past his former team mates, only to hit the side netting. Sheppey made the most of an opportunity with a free kick, which only came off Bryan Akongo for a corner. After the corner was taken, captain Jamie McGeoghegan cleared the ball upfront, towards Andy Mott, whose shot towards the goal went high over the bar. David Owusu made it 2-0 to Croydon, getting into the box his shot went past Glover, who failed to get a hand to it. However, within a minute Sheppey got a goal back, from Dan Bradshaw, and Sheppey captain Rob Saunders equalised two minutes later.

The second half opened with an Eden Blake free kick that went over the bar. Then Hewitt made sure that Sheppey didn't take the lead with a couple of saves early in the second half. On 57 minutes, Owusu regained the lead for Croydon, controlling the ball and getting his shot past the keeper. Fidan Fejzi almost extended the lead missing a sitter, as did Sheppey's Bradshaw whose shot ended wide of the post. Croydon held on to the end, with one remaining shot following a pass from Fejzi to Mott, whose shot went high.

Croydon: Hewitt, Adesina, Blake, Akongo, McGeoghegan (C), Christie, Hector, Mott, Owusu (Bailey-Allen), Fejzi, Williams (Ojo 87)

Subs (not used): Dabo, Mata, Pilkinton