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

AFC Croydon Athletic 0 Croydon FC 2

Croydon FC legend Francis Ameyaw faced his old club for the first time since his move across the borough over the summer. The last time the two sides met, Ameyaw was part of a team that won 6-3 but this time round, his current team lost 2-0 on home territory.

Just as the start of the Croydon v league leaders Canterbury City game was delayed because of a wait of a referee, although this game started on time, the referee was injured. When he game did take place, it didn't take long for Ameyaw to make his first save against his old side when a header from captain Nathan Campbell was saved. Ameyaw's former colleague Jeff Duah-Kessie was elbowed by Ibrahim Kallow, who already had a yellow card, and was sent off for after only nine minutes. Already Athletic were making things difficult for Croydon, as they did during the game, gaining the ball off opponents and getting free kicks. Lauris Chin tried to get one past his old colleague but the shot went wide of the post. Duah-Kessie and an opponent both were going to go for the ball but the opponent went down then Duah-Kessie was given a yellow card. Croydon then had several chances, Duah-Kessie and Stephane Bombalenga both had shots finishing wide of the post. Both Bombalenga and Duah-Kessie tried again only to be stopped in their tracks by Athletic's defenders. It took 29 minutes before Croydon got a free kick after Duah-Kessie was taken down by Jamal Jimoh. Taken near the corner flag, the shot was blocked by Athletic captain Morgan Jenden. Croydon had a couple more attempts from Lauris Chin which Ameyaw stopped. Fiden Fejzi was taken down near the corner flag, and Croydon got a free kick, Duah-Kessie made an attempt, Ameyaw palmed the ball out then came another attempt which Ameyaw punched out. Due to the earlier injury to the referee, five minutes of stoppage time were added, which was useful for Croydon as Bombalenga, who on 45 minutes had hit the side netting, scored just before the whistle blew for half time with a cross going past Ameyaw.

The second half started with a chance from Chin, whose shot went towards Ameyaw. As Croydon's top scorer last season, Duah-Kessie was a marked man through the first half, and he was replaced after 49 minutes by Craig Davies. The next minute saw a chance from Fejzi go over the bar, and another shot go straight to Ameyaw's hands. Following an Athletic free kick, Ehis Izokun crossed to Jenden and their shot, the first of note for Athletic, went wide of the post. Marvin Armstong came on for Fejzi, and two minutes later on 64 minutes, Croydon extended their lead thanks to him. There was almost a third Croydon goal on 72 minutes when Bombelenga hit the crossbar. Athletic responded with a free kick that Alex Hewitt saved. Athletic were given a free kick outside the box, which went over the crossbar. There were a couple more chances from Athletic, the first was cleared by Matt O'Donoghue, the second from a corner was also cleared. Play went on despite a possible handball from AFC, but the shot went over the bar. For the remaining five minutes, Croydon managed to hold on to the win, and unlike the game last year, did not score three goals in stoppage time, the game finished 2-0 to Croydon.

Croydon: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Mete-Lobonzo, Weller, McGeoghegan, Campbell (C), Fedzi (Armstrong 62), Wilson, Duah-Kessie (Davies 49), Chin (Pingling 66), Bombalenga

Subs (not used): Russ Obazue, Roache McQueen (G)

Yellow cards: Duah-Kessie 17, Campbell 74

Croydon 0 Faversham Town 0

Croydon were looking for a cup upset today against the Ryman South side but not quite just yet as there would be a replay at Faversham a few days later.

With Jamie McGeoghegan away today, James Fotheringham took his place and the Kinetic coach became the first player-director to play for Croydon FC. The first tests for him came with a couple of corners, the first corner went to a Faversham forward, but this shot went to nothing. The second went straight to Alex Hewitt. Faversham could have led on 24 minutes when a long cross from the left ended wide of Hewitt's post. Croydon got a free kick when Lauris Chin was taken down, and a header from Stephane Bombalenga went wide of the post. Chin himself had a chance but an opponent took the ball off him and safely went towards the goalkeeper. After a couple of clearances following Faversham corners, came another corner but Hewitt went down to save the ball. Croydon got a couple of offside chances, followed by a shot by Bombalenga that went over the bar. The first half ended with Chin facing a difficult angle to score and just couldn't.

Come the second half, Chin tried twice but just couldn't score. Faversham responded with a couple of shots which like Chin were saved by the keeper or intercepted by the defenders. Chin tried again, but there was a lack of power in his shot as the ball slowly went to the keeper. Croydon were putting pressure on Faversham, there was pressure from Jeff Duah-Kessie, then Marvin Armstrong, then Matt Weller's header was thwarted by Overlord. The next few minutes saw Hewitt making a couple of saves from Faversham. Captain Nathan Campbell saved the day for Croydon again. He headed out a Faversham corner, and cleared another ball a little later on. Croydon's last chance saw Duah-Kessie going around Overlord, but the keeper was at hand to make a save and the game remained goalless.

Croydon: Hewitt, Johnson, O'Donoghue, Weller, Fotheringham, Campbell (C), Armstrong (Fejzi 78), Wilson (McAllister 78), Duah-Kessie, Chin (Dabo 85), Bombalenga

Subs (not used): Greenwood, Brown

Yellow cards: Armstrong 72 McAllister 83 O'Donoghue 90+6