Bearsted 2 Croydon 3

Hasting United's poaching of Sinn'Kaye Christie meant changes at the back for Croydon, with the return of Rio Davidson-Phipps and moving Bradley Wilson to right back. But it was the men up front that Bearsted had to look out for. Raekwon Bailey-Allen made the first of many attempts only for his chance to be cleared by an opponent. Bearsted responded after ten minutes when former Tram Ehis Izokun scored following a half clearance from Croydon. The Trams were determined to equalise, and dominated from now on. David Owusu had a couple of attempts, the second just going wide of the post, Andy Mott had a shot saved by keeper Scott Andrews, and Daniel Hector had a couple of shots as well. At the other end, a fingertip save from Alex Hewitt denied Bearsted from extending the lead.

Hector was unlucky not to score thrice towards the end of the first half, but Mott was lucky early in the second half when Andrews mishandled a clearance, and Mott scored into the far corner of the net. It was Bearsted's time to respond, but Hewitt and the defence prevented Bearsted from retaking the lead. Croydon got a free kick when Mott was taken down. Lauris Chin came on after 65 minutes, and with his first touch scored, following Mott's free kick, and a pass from Bailey-Allen to Chin. The lead was short lived, as Croydon conceded a penalty when captain Nathan Campbell stopped an opponent in mid run, gaining a yellow card in the process and an equaliser from Peter Williams. There was an action packed last ten minutes with chance after chance from Croydon, but three minutes into stoppage time saw Chin score a carbon copy of his first goal in his last touch of the game. The win puts Croydon above AFC Croydon Athletic in the League table, and Chin above AFC Croydon's Emanuel Oloyade in the table of the League's top scorers, with Chin joint 4th and Oloyade on 7th.

Team: Hewitt Wilson Davidson-Phipps Campbell (C) Adesina McGeoghegan Hector Akongo Owusu (Chin 65) Mott Bailey-Allen (Williams 72)

Subs (not used) Fejzi

Yellow card Campbell 76 mins

Whitstable Town 2 Croydon 0

With a few changes in personnel, Croydon were able to halve the goals conceded compared to the previous Tuesday's Cup exit. Eden Blake, Stefan Joseph and Harry Pilkinton were out, and Andy Mott was relegated to the subs bench, meaning the return of Daniel Hector, Bradley Wilson, David Owusu and Trey Williams. Despite an early save from Alex Hewitt, he was unable to reach a shot from outside the box from Ricky Freeman after only four minutes. Croydon responded with a couple of attempts from Owusu and Hector which were blocked by Whitstable's defenders. Following another save from Hewitt, there was concern when Jamie McGeoghegan's head was bleeding, as a precaution he was bandaged, but he changed his shirt and went back on the pitch anyway, carrying on until the middle of the second half. Croydon were able to get a couple of free kicks, and in both cases the ball reached an opponent rather than a team mate. Croydon almost conceded a second goal three minutes into stoppage time when a free kick was given after a Melvin Adesina foul, and the shot thankfully went across Hewitt's goalmouth.

Croydon improved in the second half, with more possession, more passing and some chances.Following a Whitstable booking, Fiden Fejzi had a free kick saved early in the second half, but it was Whitstable who extended their lead in the 54th minute. A Croydon player took down a Whitstable player in the box, and Danny Williams scored the subsequent penalty. Bradley Wilson then had a free kick, which went wide. Then Williams, outside the box, took a shot from outside the box that was saved by the keeper. Owusu also took a shot that was saved. Hector made sure he wasn't left out either and his shot was saved too. Mott, together with Raekwon Bailey Allen, the latter was useful as he troubled Whitstable with his fresh legs. He had a chance as did Hector towards the end but this was wide of the post.

Team: Hewitt, Christie, Adesida (Lukumbo 56), Akongo, McGeoghegan (Mott 70), Campbell (C), Hector, Wilson, Owusu, Fejzi (Bailey-Allen 63), Williams

Sub (not used): Brown

Yellow cards: Adesida 45+3, Christie 87

Stats (courtesy Whitstable Town)

Whitstable   Croydon
16 Attempts 5
8 On Target 3
5 Corners 3
1 Offside 6
11 Free Kicks Won 12

Sheppey United 2 Croydon FC 3

The Trams opened 2018 with a win at Sheppey United. In fact the Trams did very well considering they were without Nathan Campbell, Lauris Chin or Stefan Joseph. It took the Trams ten minutes to get a shot on target when Daniel Hector had his first attempt, but then he put his name on the scoresheet three minutes later when he made a run down the right channel, getting past Sheppey's defenders and his cross went past keeper Joshua Glover. Newly signed Trey WIlliams, playing his first game against his old side, also had an attempt, running past his former team mates, only to hit the side netting. Sheppey made the most of an opportunity with a free kick, which only came off Bryan Akongo for a corner. After the corner was taken, captain Jamie McGeoghegan cleared the ball upfront, towards Andy Mott, whose shot towards the goal went high over the bar. David Owusu made it 2-0 to Croydon, getting into the box his shot went past Glover, who failed to get a hand to it. However, within a minute Sheppey got a goal back, from Dan Bradshaw, and Sheppey captain Rob Saunders equalised two minutes later.

The second half opened with an Eden Blake free kick that went over the bar. Then Hewitt made sure that Sheppey didn't take the lead with a couple of saves early in the second half. On 57 minutes, Owusu regained the lead for Croydon, controlling the ball and getting his shot past the keeper. Fidan Fejzi almost extended the lead missing a sitter, as did Sheppey's Bradshaw whose shot ended wide of the post. Croydon held on to the end, with one remaining shot following a pass from Fejzi to Mott, whose shot went high.

Croydon: Hewitt, Adesina, Blake, Akongo, McGeoghegan (C), Christie, Hector, Mott, Owusu (Bailey-Allen), Fejzi, Williams (Ojo 87)

Subs (not used): Dabo, Mata, Pilkinton

Canterbury City 2 Croydon 2

Croydon went to Deal and managed a draw against Canterbury City's experienced and physical side. The game saw Amadu Tangara, signed from Dulwich Hamlet, make his debut in goal for the absent Alex Hewitt. However it was the Trams who took the lead when after a throw in, and a pass from Andy Mott, Bradley Wilson put Croydon in the lead after only four minutes. Canterbury responded after 21 minutes, when Jamie McGeoghegan headed the ball back softly to Tangara, but then Matt Martin nipped in to equalise. Canterbury then led on 41 minutes when a good cross from Gonzalez Bello eluded Croydon's defenders and Sam Lawford's volley went past Tangara.

When Marvin Armstrong came on for the injured McGeoghegan in the second half, he made a difference. Minutes after coming on, he made an assist to Lauris Chin, who equalised after 68 minutes. Armstrong assisted a couple of more times and could have put Croydon in the lead. However, there was a disappointing end to the game. With five minutes added on, Canterbury goalkeeper Jack Delo was sent off for an incident on an opponent. A free kick to Croydon was given, and Chin was also given a red card for another incident, before the referee blew the whistle for full time.

Croydon's last game before Christmas takes place at Croydon Sports Arena on Saturday 16 December when Chatham Town visit Albert Road. The first game after Christmas is the Croydon derby against AFC Croydon Athletic, again at the Arena, on 30 December. Both games kick off at 3PM.

Croydon: Tangara, O'Donoghue, Blake, McGeoghegan (Armstrong 61), Fotheringham, Campbell, Chin, Wilson, Joseph, Mott, Fejzi (Brown 67)

Subs (not used): Dabo, Hudson

Bookings: Chin 90+5 (Red card)

Lydd Town 1 Croydon 4

The biting wind that blew in from the nearby Channel helped neither side in the SCEFL Cup tie, the side kicking in to the gale having difficulty in clearing their lines. So it was for The Trams during the first half and any high kicks were blown back at the defence. Alex Hewitt had to make a low save early on and then carried the ball out of the area to concede a free-kick.

Failure to clear gave the home team time to scramble their goal after twenty-nine minutes but the Trams were almost back on track six minutes later after a mazy run by Bradley Wilson was kneed against the upright by a defender.

The restart saw Lydd having the same difficulties and Croydon equalised from a Wilson thirty-yard free-kick in the fifty-fourth minute immediately after captain Nathan Campbell had been sent off.

Trams then accelerated and four minutes later, Lauris Chin sped inside and hit a low shot inside the far post. Fidan Fejzi netted the third with a similar run ten minutes later. The final nail was sunk into the lid of the coffin with eight minutes of normal time remaining when Mohammed Dabo floated in a cross for Andy Mott to head home at the far post.