Croydon 4 Rusthall 1

Andy Somo made his debut in this match and scored after 4 minutes with a promise of "more goals to come." Describing his goal. he said "The goal I scored was a weird type of goal as the defender came towards me to clear the ball and then (the) ball hit me in the face and (it) went in." Then Stefan Josephs, who made his Croydon debut at Rusthall's local rivals Tunbridge Wells earlier in the week, also scored. A run down the right from Fiden Fedzi, he crossed to Josephs who headed the ball past goalkeeper Callum Christie. Christie then let in his third goal in 15 minutes when Aiden Brown crossed from inside the box. There was an attempt from Matt Weller who volleyed the ball straight to Christie after a corner, then on 28 minutes Rusthall got their one goal when Jacob Wright's cross from the left went past Croydon's keeper Alex Hewitt. At the other end, Fedji had a shot pushed out by Christie, which was followed by a chance from Brown that was saved by Christie. Another player. Lolu Ojo made his debut, replacing Brown, but only lasted 13 minutes before he was knocked out with concussion.

Croydon could have extended the lead three minutes into the second half when a shot hit the near post before Rusthall quickly cleared the ball. There were a few chances for Croydon. Marvin Armstrong had a shot saved by Christie, Lauris Chin had a couple of passes, one to Josephs, where the shots ended wide of the post. Then Croydon definitely put the game out of reach of Rusthall when in the 78th minute, a cross from the right and Armstrong's shot went past Christie. Croydon now meet Crockenhill in the next round of the Kent Senior Trophy.

Croydon: Hewitt, Davidson-Phipps, Fotheringham, Weller, McGeoghegan, Mete-Lobonzo, Fedji, Wilson, Josephs, Somo (Chin 67), Brown (Lolu Ojo 33(Armstrong 45+3))

Subs (not used): McAllister, Bombelenga

Tunbridge Wells 1 Croydon 0

Croydon missed the chance to go top after an own goal from Jamie McGeoghegan after 35 minutes. Matt O'Donoghue failed a late fitness test before the game and Bradley Wilson played in his place instead. Croydon also brought in two new signings, Stefan Joseph, signed from Banstead Athletic, and David Owusu, who previously had played at Rochdale. On the pitch, Tunbridge Wells threatened, after only 12 minutes following a short pass from his left, Wells' Jack Harris short tap in was saved by Alex Hewitt. Then, Jeff Duah-Kessie's first attempt to score was in vain after his lack of pace meant he was unable to reach the ball, and goalkeeper Chris Oladogba got there first. A Fiden Fejzi pass went to captain Marcus Campbell, who nearly scored, but again, Oladogba cleared the ball. Oladogba denied Croydon again when Joseph's header was caught. Then on 35 minutes, Croydon conceded a corner, and in trying to stop an opponent, the ball came off McGeoghegan into the net. Rio Davidson was close to equalising when his shot went over the bar six minutes later. As for the second half, Stephane Bombelenga also had a chance that ended wide of the far post.

Tunbridge Wells got a free kick, and Jon Pilbeam's free kick was saved by Hewitt. Then Wells got a corner, which was headed out by Campbell, who saw a ball go past him and the near post. At the other end, a corner was cleared by a Wells defender, and later an Adan Brown passed to Joseph, and his shot came off Oladogba. Another shot, this time from Duah-Kessie, came off Oladogba, and a couple of chances from Wilson and Duah-Kessie went over the bar. Croydon tried their best, but just couldn't get on target, with the last three chances hitting the side netting, ending behind the goal after a corner, and finishing very wide of the post.

Croydon: Hewitt, Wilson, Davidson-Phipps, Armstrong (Brown 60), McGeoghegan, Campbell (C), Fejzi, Weller (McAllister 51), Duah-Kessie, Joseph, Bombelenga (Owusu 69)

Subs (not used): O'Donoghue, Mete-Lobonzo

Croydon 2 Crowborough Athletic 2

A disallowed goal in the 88th minute meant Croydon finished 2nd in the SCEFL Premier Division table rather than top. Nathan Campbell's header was disallowed after an off the ball incident spotted by the referee. Overall though, Croydon had a good game. Croydon had a number of free kicks to start off with, Stephane Bombelenga's was blocked by an opponent, Jamie McGeoghegan had one which eventually led to a goal kick for Crowborough. Matt O'Donoghue crossed towards the midfield, only to be cleared by an opponent. It took 15 minutes for Crowborough to get a free kick, which went past Marcus Campbell but a Crowborough shot went to Alex Hewitt. Lauris Chin came close to scoring, his shot deflected off a defender only for the ball to end up in Dan Ellis' hands. Chin then had only Ellis to beat but Ellis got to the ball first clearing it. Then Jeff Duah-Kessie made a run and his shot went straight to the keeper. Time for Hewitt to do some work and he was able to punch out a cross from Tom Phipp. O Donoghue thought he'd take a chance and a long punt towards the keeper landed just in front of him. Another free kick came for Croydon from McGeoghegan, to Duah-Kessie who crossed to James Fotheringham whose header went in giving the Trams the lead and Fotheringham the distinction of being the first player-director to score. Croydon were threatened by a chance just before half time. Although the shot landed just wide of the far post, it was so close to the goal it hit Hewitt's water bottle!

The second half was played in a heavy downpour, but both sides persevered and carried on regardless. Four minutes into the second half and Crowborough equalised from a direct free kick from Zac Attwood. Then Croydon regained the lead three minutes later after a header from Lauris Chin. Croydon almost extended the lead when Duah-Kessie hit the crossbar, However, Crowborough equalised in the 62nd minute with a header from Tom Phipp. There was a lively ending to the game. Crowborough's Sam Carrington had a shot that ended up wide of the post. Fiden Fejzi made a valiant attempt to score despite being heavily marked with opponents all around him, Having gone around one opponent, Duah-Kessie had a shot blocked by another opponent. Marvin Armstrong then hit the side netting. Then Campbell's goal was disallowed. Croydon then had two last chances to win the game when Duah-Kessie had a shot which deflected off a defender and went over the bar. The last chance came from Bombelenga, whose free kick went way over the bar before the referee blew the whistle for full time.

Croydon: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Fotheringham, Armstrong, McGeoghegan, Campbell (C), Fejzi, McCallister (Wilson 65), Duah-Kessie, Chin (Brown 70), Bombelenga

Subs (not used): Mete-Lobonza, Weller

Yellow cards: Chin 59, McCalister 61

Goals: - Fotheringham 37 Chin 52

Cray Valley PM 2 Croydon FC 3

Croydon won against a previously undefeated Cray Valley PM at the Badger Sports Ground on Wednesday night to go into third place in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division. The Trams could've led after only two minutes when Craig Davies hit the post. However, it was Ben Francis who put the Millers in the lead when Croydon conceded a penalty, which Francis converted after only six minutes. Fidan Fejzi had a shot that went straight to keeper Luke Colquhoun. Then Cray Valley PM led 2-0 after only 15 minutes, when Marvin Armstrong let in an own goal. Very soon after, Jeff Duah-Kessie ran down the right wing and his shot came off an opponent who nearly conceded an own goal. This was followed by a chance from Callum McCullum, but his shot was cleared by an opponent. Davies was on target on 23 minutes when he took a chance and scored. Six minutes later, a Jamie McGeoghegan free kick towards the box had, like earlier come off a CVPM defender and thankfully for the home side, just cleared a little wide of the far post. Colquhoun was lucky to hold on to the ball after a Croydon corner, and then after a free kick, punched out the ball following Duah-Kessie's header. With eight minutes to go, Fejzi scored out of the blue to make it 2-2 to Croydon.

In a lively second half, Taylor McDonough took out Davies from behind, and the striker was off the pitch for a short while, only to be replaced by Lauris Chin. Already this half had seen McGeoghegan's shot go over the bar before Marvin Armstrong had a shot caught by the keeper. Stephane Bombelenga was taken down, and Croydon responded with some good passing at this stage. The Trams missed a chance to score when Bombelenga passed to Chin, but was unable to turn around to score. Nathan Campbell had a chance as well but he ended wide of the post. Then Chin made a run on goal, went past the keeper and was tripped, and Jamie McGeoghegan scored the penalty that put Croydon in the lead. CVPM responded with a couple of chances, the first went straight to Alex Hewitt, the second ended wide of the post. But Croydon held on to the win and to a winning streak.

Croydon: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Mete-Lobonza (Davidson-Phipps 26), Armstrong (Fotheringham 73), McGeoghegan, Campbell (C), Fejzi, McCallum, Duah-Kessie, Davies (Chin 55), Bombelenga

Subs (not used):Weller, Pingling

Yellow cards: Armstrong 41, Fejzi 51

Croydon FC 2 Rochester United 0

Last season saw a game that saw Croydon on the wrong end of a 4-3 victory for Rochester at the Arena. Although there weren't as many goals this time round, there were as many chances for Croydon, who were still on a high after beating AFC Croydon Athletic earlier this week.

Lauris Chin was away injured and so Richard Pingling started the game in his absence. Pingling, together with Duah-Kessie in the first half, saw many chances between them, however they tended to finish wide of the post, or in the case of Duah-Kessie, were given offside. There was the fear that Rochester would take the lead with a chance from Tim Beckford, whose shot hit the crossbar. It took seventy minutes before the first goal. An own goal from Andy Pearce came after 70 minutes, he looked like he was taking a shot on goal rather than defending. Jeff Duah-Kessie scored the second Croydon goal, controlling the ball and putting the ball in an empty net. In between the goals Rio Davidson-Phipps apparently spoke one word too many to the referee to earn a red card in the 74th minute. The subsequent free kick, just outside the box was saved by Alex Hewitt. Croydon had one more chance to extend the lead in stoppage time when following a corner, Bradley Wilson's shot went over the bar.

Speaking after the game, captain Nathan Campbell said that he was "Happy to get the points, always good to win, but a little bit disappointed with the quality of the performance. But when you play badly and win 2-0 you got to take that and we go on to Wednesday to try and keep climbing up the league and keep on getting points on the board."

Team: Hewitt, O' Donoghue, Mote-Lobonzo (Davidson-Phipps 60), Weller (McAllister 58), McGeoghegan, Campbell (C), Fejzi, Wilson, Duah-Kessie, Pingling (Davies 66), Bombelenga

Subs (not used): Fotheringham, Shango

Red card: Davidson-Phipps 74 mins

Goals: CFC - Pearce og 70, Duah-Kessie 80