Croydon 2 Sheppey Utd 2

Croydon were very close to gaining three points which would have put them top of the table, but for a goal from Sheppey that took place four minutes into stoppage time. An early chance saw a good free kick from Bradley Wilson, and Jamie McGeoghegan's header went wide of the post. A free kick from McCeoghegan followed by a the taking down of Lauris Chin was saved by Sheppey's keeper Josh Glover. Matt O Donoghue's first chance was a cross towards goal that was intercepted by a Sheppey defender. Then on 17 minutes O'Donoghue put Croydon in the lead, with a header past Glover. Croydon hoped to extend their lead in the first half, a Wilson shot was caught by Glover, whilst Lauris Chin had a shot going wide of the post.

The second half saw Sheppey have a better second half, with Alex Hewitt having to make a save whilst another Sheppey chance went wide. For Croydon, a Stefan Joseph chance went high and wide of the goal. For a few moments in the middle of the second half came a flurry of chances from Chin and Joseph only for Sheppey to get one back in the 77th minute. It was looking like a draw with both Croydon and Sheppey having possession but Croydon regained the lead in the 85th minute as O'Donoghue scored his second brace in two games. A minute before the final whistle blew, Croydon lost their concentration and four minutes time into stoppage time, Tom Brunt scored the equaliser for Sheppey.

Croydon: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Ojo, McGeoghegan, Fotheringham, Campbell (C), Chin (Shango 79), Wilson, Mott (Akongo 78), Owusu (Fejzi 63)

Subs (Not used): Blake, Hogan

Yellow cards: Joseph 54, McGeoghegan 73, Fotheringham 90+3

Chatham Town 3 Croydon 2

Croydon were knocked out of the Kent Reliance Senior Trophy at Chatham Town on Saturday. Chatham had the majority of chances, but fortunately for Croydon, most of those were not on target, meaning the first half ended goalless. Goalkeeper Alex Hewitt made a couple of saves in the first half, early on he caught a cross from a Chatham forward, and with almost half an hour gone, he tipped the ball over the bar. Just like Chatham, Croydon's chances were off target. The Trams took a quarter of an hour for the first one from Bryon Akongo, whose shot went wide of the far post. He was booked a couple of minutes later for taking down Kyron Lightfoot. Chatham got a free kick, but the subsequent goal was disallowed for off side. Stefan Joseph had a couple of chances go wide, and Chatham were close to scoring just before half time when Hewitt was away from the goalmouth and luckily the ball didn't go in the back of the net.

Chatham scored their first goal on 51 minutes courtesy of Laurence Collins. Croydon made it hard for the Chats to get past the defence at first, after a free kick, they had four attempts before Collins got the ball past Hewitt. The second goal came eight minutes later following a corner, Taylor McDonough's header went past Hewitt. The third came after 67 minutes from Billy Brown, the defence blocking one shot but unable to stop Brown's. Lauris Chin came on as substitute in the second half, and his first chance was blocked by a defender. Croydon made a comeback by now, Chin passed to Matt O'Donoghue, who put the ball past goalkeeper Ryan Nicholls on 78 minutes. Croydon did get a free kick when Chin was taken down which was saved by Nicholls. However it was too little too late for Croydon. Some consolation came when O'Donoghue scored his second goal a minute into stoppage time.

Team: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Ojo, Akongo, Mete-Lobonza, Campbell (C), Fejzi (Blake 72), Hogan (Owusu 59), Joseph, Mott, Shango (Chin 53)

Subs (not used): Fotherinham, Hudson

Yellow cards: Akongo 17 mins, Mete-Lobonza 42 mins

Beckenham Town 0 Croydon 1

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

Croydon 6 Hollands & Blair 2

Croydon shot up to second place after a domineering performance against bottom side Hollands and Blair on Saturday afternoon. Five minutes into kick off, Croydon got a free kick, which Blair cleared, but ended with Jamie McGeoghegan, whose header was saved by Mark Sitton. Then Marvin Armstrong had a chance only to be cleared by an opponent. Blair then had a chance only to be stopped by Matt O'Donoghue. Croydon soon had a corner, but Aiden Brown's attempt was blocked by an opponent. A couple of Croydon chances went over the bar, the second from Stefan Joseph. The first goal originated from a McGeoghegan free kick, which went to Armstrong who crossed to Andy Mott who scored after 23 minutes. Blair equalised six minutes later after a cross went to Luke Daggers whose shot went past Alex Hewitt.

Croydon regained the lead a minute into the second half when Aiden Brown scored. McGeoghegan extended the lead on 55 minutes when with a free kick that ended up in the back of the net. There was a feeling of deja-vu when three minutes later he did the same making it 4-1 to Croydon. For a brief period of the game, Blair had possession and made it 4-2 when substitute George Keen's shot flew into the net. However, Croydon were quick off the mark when a minute later Stefan Joseph scored with a header after the ball came off the crossbar. Another renaissance period came for Blair with a goal that was disallowed for offside and followed by a couple of chances that were stopped by Hewitt. Blair also had a free kick that went over the bar. Joseph then had a shot ending wide of the post, McGeoghegan had a shot saved by Mark Sitton, his first save since a chance at the start of the game. It was all over for Blair two minutes into stoppage time, when following a corner Joseph's header made it 6-2 to the Trams.

Croydon: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Davidson-Phipps (Ojo 45), McGeoghegan, Sinn'Kaye Christie, Campbell (C), Brown (Wilson 60), Armstrong, Joseph, Mott (Hogan 74), Shango

Subs (not used): McAllister, Obazee

Deal Town 3 Croydon FC 1

Croydon's long journey to Deal was in vain when their winning streak in the League came to an end on Saturday. Croydon had an early free kick soon after kick off that was caught by Deal's James Tonkin caught. Then Deal got a corner which Alex Hewitt saved. Another free kick went towards Hewitt, then at the other end Callum McAllister had a shot that went on target but straight to Tonkin. Come the half hour mark, and with the amount of possession Deal had, surprisingly the game was goalless. But Deal broke the deadlock on 32 minutes when a shot from outside the box went past Hewitt and inside the far post. Two minutes later, Fiden Fejzi had a shot that went wide of the post, followed by a shot that was punched out by Tonkin. Fejzi passed to O'Donoghue whose shot went straight to Tonkin. Lauris Chin had a chance that was cleared by a Deal defender. There was concern two minutes later when Chin and an opponent went down before the end of the first half but both carried on. For Croydon, captain Jamie McGeoghegan missed a chance as did Levi Shango whose shot went over the bar. Hewitt ended the half denying a Deal forward a goal.

The first half for Croydon was bad, but the second half was worse. Deal's second goal came from a penalty after Fejzi fouled an opponent, and Daniel Adams scored his second of the game after 54 minutes. Deal scored their third five minutes later courtesy of Andrew Miller. By now it was heads down for Croydon for both players and fans. Croydon tried their best to get some consolation, Andy Mott had a couple of chances that went over the crossbar in the second half. Marvin Armstrong had a chance that went straight to Tonkin, then came a couple of Croydon corners, the second was saved by Tonkin. Robby Mete-Lobonza had a couple of shots saved. In the middle of those chances, there was a Croydon goal, and thanks to Lauris Chin in the 76th minute, Croydon didn't leave empty handed.

Croydon: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Davidson-Phipps, McAllister (Hogan 76), McGeoghegan, Mete-Lobonza, Fejzi (Brown 73), Wilson (Armstrong 53), Chin, Mott, Shango

Subs (not used): Somo, Hudson