With a few changes in personnel, Croydon were able to halve the goals conceded compared to the previous Tuesday's Cup exit. Eden Blake, Stefan Joseph and Harry Pilkinton were out, and Andy Mott was relegated to the subs bench, meaning the return of Daniel Hector, Bradley Wilson, David Owusu and Trey Williams. Despite an early save from Alex Hewitt, he was unable to reach a shot from outside the box from Ricky Freeman after only four minutes. Croydon responded with a couple of attempts from Owusu and Hector which were blocked by Whitstable's defenders. Following another save from Hewitt, there was concern when Jamie McGeoghegan's head was bleeding, as a precaution he was bandaged, but he changed his shirt and went back on the pitch anyway, carrying on until the middle of the second half. Croydon were able to get a couple of free kicks, and in both cases the ball reached an opponent rather than a team mate. Croydon almost conceded a second goal three minutes into stoppage time when a free kick was given after a Melvin Adesina foul, and the shot thankfully went across Hewitt's goalmouth.
Croydon improved in the second half, with more possession, more passing and some chances.Following a Whitstable booking, Fiden Fejzi had a free kick saved early in the second half, but it was Whitstable who extended their lead in the 54th minute. A Croydon player took down a Whitstable player in the box, and Danny Williams scored the subsequent penalty. Bradley Wilson then had a free kick, which went wide. Then Williams, outside the box, took a shot from outside the box that was saved by the keeper. Owusu also took a shot that was saved. Hector made sure he wasn't left out either and his shot was saved too. Mott, together with Raekwon Bailey Allen, the latter was useful as he troubled Whitstable with his fresh legs. He had a chance as did Hector towards the end but this was wide of the post.
Team: Hewitt, Christie, Adesida (Lukumbo 56), Akongo, McGeoghegan (Mott 70), Campbell (C), Hector, Wilson, Owusu, Fejzi (Bailey-Allen 63), Williams
Sub (not used): Brown
Yellow cards: Adesida 45+3, Christie 87
Stats (courtesy Whitstable Town)
|8 On Target 3|
|5 Corners 3|
|1 Offside 6|
|11 Free Kicks Won 12|