Croydon 2 Tunbridge Wells 3

Croydon played the first game in a busy week on Easter Monday. There was disappointment that Saturday's game away to Rochester was postponed, meaning an additional fixture in an already hectic April for Croydon. But there was more disappointment for Croydon who conceded the first goal with Tom Laurence scoring from a free kick and goalkeeper Alex Hewitt grasping for air as the ball was out of reach. Then Jared Trespadarne, who earlier barged into Hewitt, injuring the goalkeeper and not getting booked, doubled the lead with a shot from close range. The first half saw Croydon attempt to respond with a couple of chances from corners but failed to reach their targets.

By now, Croydon wished they had Emmanuel Maja currently on trial at Manchester City. Croydon brought on Ashley-Paul Robinson, newly signed from Forest Hill Park, as substitute in the second half, and after only five minutes on the pitch, scored a great goal from a free kick past Cameron Hall who had no chance. Tunbridge Wells scored their third goal six minutes later when Jack Harris slotted the ball past a crowded goalmouth. Croydon were very soon after a man down when Bryon Akongo got a second yellow card but despite this, Croydon had a few chances that usually hit the side netting. Croydon managed to get a goal back, thanks to Lauris Chin, who earlier had missed chances each side of half time, but finally got a header past a gap and past Hall to make it 3-2.

Croydon celebrate their 65th Birthday on Saturday and have a game against Cray Valley PM at the Arena KO 3pm. This is followed by the rearranged game at Crowborough Athletic on Tuesday night KO 7.45.

Croydon: Hewitt, B Wilson, Johnson (Mott 61), Campbell (C), N Wilson, McGeoghegan, Hector, Akongo, Chin, Sontan (Robinson 50), Bailey-Allen (Bruce)

Subs (not used): Brown