Hollands & Blair 1 Croydon 4

A Lauris Chin hat trick gave Croydon three points and 4th position in the SCEFL Premier Division.

Captain Nathan Campbell was working today, and so Jamie McGeoghegan was captain for the day. Robby Mete-Lobonza, who was wearing the No 6 shirt in Campbell's absence didn't start the game and so Sam Johnson started the game, his first since he broke his nose at Faversham. Otitololuwa 'Lulu' Ojo, concussed in the Kent Senior Trophy game against Rusthall, also came back today, and came on in the second half. Hollands and Blair led in the 7th minute with a goal from James McDonald whose shot went past Alex Hewitt after a penalty hit the crossbar and he scored off the rebound. Croydon had various attempts in the first half. The first minute saw a Levi Shango cross saved by the Blair keeper Mark Sitton. Then Bradley Wilson's corner was cleared by a defender and later on had a chance that finished just wide of the post. Fidan Fejzi had a chance hit the crossbar, and Stefan Joseph was close to scoring twice. Lauris Chin also had a shot going over the bar in the first half.

Chin's three goals came in the space of four minutes. His first on 55 minutes started with Matt O'Donoghue's pass towards the box, and when the ball connected with Chin, it went in. The second goal on 57 minutes came from a Bradley Wilson pass, and Chin won the one to one with keeper Mark Sitton, and the ball managed to get past the goal line. The third goal on 58 minutes saw captain Jamie McGeoghegan pass to Chin, another one to one with Sitton and the ball slid past Sitton in the bottom corner. Bradley Wilson then made the game beyond Blair's reach with a goal in the 73rd minute and five minutes later almost scored again with a chance that went wide of the post.

Croydon: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Davidson-Phipps, McAllister, McGeoghegan, Johnson (Armstrong 52), Fejzi, Wilson, Joseph, Chin (Mete-Lobonza 65), Shango (Ojo 45).

Sub (not used): Daniel Pepple

Chins hat trick in his own words - The first goal was good wing play by Matty (O'Donoghue) who managed to find Smasher (Stefan Joseph) in the box who pinned his marker and held it up well waiting for me to arrive for the set back. As it was coming towards me all I had to do was concentrate and get a good connection. Once it had left my boot I knew it was going in.

2nd goal was good build up. Brad had time to turn and get his head up. As I was on the move. He managed to split their centre back and fall back. As I latched onto it the keeper was approaching. It turned out to be a bit of a scrappy goal. But managed to get it over the line.

The 3rd was just directly play. Jamie to ball up to Smasher who pinned his marker again and managed to flick it on. I gambled on him winning his aerial duel then I was bearing down on goal waited for the keeper to commit himself before sliding it past him in the bottom corner.

Erith Town 0 Croydon 2

With Duah-Kessie injured, Lauris Chin started this game, as did youngsters Levi Shango and Stefan Joseph as Stephane Bombelenga was ill and Lolu Ojo still recovering from the injury from the previous game. Just as Spurs win the cup when the year ends in 1, Croydon won another game when it was pouring heavily with rain (apart from the Tunbridge Wells game when Croydon lost). Croydon had an early chance to take the lead when an opponent fouled Levy Shango and the Trams were given a penalty. Jamie McGeoghegan took the penalty which unfortunately finished wide of the post. Previously a free kick also went wide of the post but this time it was a free kick from Fidan Fejzi. Croydon took the lead on 25 minutes when Lauris Chin making a trademark run down the right, crossed from near the corner flag and his shot went behind goalkeeper Adam Molloy into the far corner of the net. Callum McCallister attempted a chance, but his shot went high over the bar. Erith had a couple of chances, as did Croydon whose chance was saved by Molloy. McGeoghegan was given a free kick, which was taken from the touchline and caught by Molloy. The first half ended with a heart in the mouth time, when it looked like Erith scored from a corner which reached the far post, but the ball had actually was held by Alex Hewitt.

Five minutes had gone in the second half when Chin almost scored for the Trams. Croydon kept the possession for a fair amount of the half, and Croydon extended the lead on 77 minutes when after a pass, Bradley Wilson's shot went past Molloy to make it 2-0 to the Trams.

Croydon: Hewitt, Davidson-Phipps, Fotheringham, McAllister, McGeoghegan, Campbell (C), Fejzi, Wilson, Joseph (Somo 75), Chin (Weller 68), Shango (Mete-Lobonzo 53)

Subs (not used): Busari

Yellow cards: Campbell 42 Davidson-Phipps/Fejzi 93

Croydon 1 Sevenoaks Town 2

A week earlier Sevenoaks were top of the table and Croydon second, but with only a few points separating the top ten in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division, other teams have pushed Croydon down to eighth prior to today's game. It was a bad day in the office for Croydon who saw Sevenoaks dominate proceedings at the Arena. Surprisingly Alex Hewitt only conceded two goals today considering the number of chances coming from Sevenoaks. By the time Sevenoaks chances went in all directions towards the goal, it took twenty minutes when a Croydon free kick was caught by keeper Greg Benbow, followed by Matt Weller's shot also going straight to the keeper. For a while Fidan Fejzi's passes went past his markers but a ball going in the direction of Stefan Josephs was intercepted by Sevenoaks. Matt O'Donoghue's shot went straight to Benbow and an attempt by Fejzi went wide of the post. Hewitt made a great save from a Sevenoaks forward but having successfully defended one corner, the second Sevenoaks corner was poorly defended this time and Jack Miles took the lead for the away side.

Croydon equalised in the second half when following a cross from the left, Joseph equalised in the 57th minute. But Sevenoaks held possession for a lot of the second half, and like the first half, had most chances. Jeff Duah-Kessie did try to dribble past an opponent only for the ball to go straight to the keepers hands, only for Sevenoaks to have another shot on goal, albeit wide of the post again, soon afterwards. Then Joseph had an attempt, which finished just wide of the post. Five minutes of stoppage time was of no help to Croydon, and the three points went to Sevenoaks.

Croydon: Hewitt, O' Donoghue, Fotheringham (Davidson-Phipps 45), Weller, McGeoghegan, Campbell (C), Armstrong (Duah-Kessie 66), Wilson, Joseph, Fejzi, Bombelenga (Owusu 53)

Subs (not used): McAllister, Chin

Yellow cards: Fotheringham 43, Campbell 90+3

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