Trams Form Sees Them Move Into Fourth Place
TEB are proud to partner with Croydon FC this season as we follow their fortunes in the Southern Counties East League (SCEFL).
After a good start to the season Croydon continued their good form in September as they picked up some impressive victories.
Croydon continue to earn plaudits as they finished September in impressive fashion after back-to-back wins catapult them to second in the league.
Croydon reached the dizzy heights of second in the Southern Counties East League during September. Wins against Rochester United and Cray Valley PM meant the Trams were equal on points with Sevenoaks Town.
Croydon beat the Millers of Cray Valley PM 3-2 after being 2-0 down after fifteen minutes before Craig Davies, Fidan Fejzi and Jamie McGeoghegan all scored to cap off a fine performance. It was even more pleasing as the Millers had won their last game 6-0.
Against Rochester, Croydon had to wait seventy minutes for their opening. It did come, albeit through an Andy Pearce own-goal. Jeff Duah-Kessie rounded off the game with another goal to make sure the Trams took home all three points.
Croydon’s team v Cray Valley:
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
Croydon’s team v Rochester United:
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
A draw and a loss was next on the cards for Croydon against Crowborough Athletic and Tunbridge Wells
Croydon then drew 2-2 at Crowborough Athletic with goals from James Fotheringham and Lauris Chin, in what was another entertaining game.
With only goal difference dividing the two before the game, Croydon only needed a draw at the “lawyers, doctors and architects” of Tunbridge Wells to go top of the league. However, at Tunbridge, Croydon lost to a single goal, an own goal from Jamie McGeoghegan, as the Trams stayed second.
Croydon’s team v Crowborough Athletic:
Hewitt, O’Donoghue, Fotheringham, Armstrong, McGeoghegan, Campbell (C), Fejzi, McCallister (Wilson 65), Duah-Kessie, Chin (Brown 70), Bombelenga
Subs (not used): Mete-Lobonza, Weller
Croydon’s team v Tunbridge Wells:
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 brush aside Rusthall in the Kent Senior Trophy
The next game saw cup action as Croydon took part in the Kent Senior Trophy against Rusthall, who they beat 2-1 in the league earlier in the season. It was the same outcome this time around, but with a different scoreline. Croydon were too good for Rusthall as they won 4-1 with four different names getting on the scoresheet. Andy Somo netted after only four minutes, and then Stefan Joseph, Aiden Brown and Marvin Armstrong all added gloss to proceedings.
Croydon’s team v Rusthall:
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
Leaders Sevenoaks prove their worth as they narrowly defeat the Trams
By the time Croydon met Sevenoaks, both teams were no longer first and second in the league. A lot had happened in just two weeks.
You could see why Sevenoaks were top, as they dominated possession at the Arena. Stefan Joseph’s equaliser was the only shot on target that day for Croydon, and it counted for little as Sevenoaks were back in the lead a few minutes after that goal.
It was a comprehensive performance from Sevenoaks as they continued their run at the top of the league.
Croydon’s team v Sevenoaks:
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
Croydon return to winning ways at the end of the month with successive victories
The Trams were back to winning ways at Erith Town winning 2-0 with goals from Lauris Chin and Bradley Wilson. And then September ended with a four minute hat-trick from Lauris Chin at Hollands & Blair, Bradley Wilson added a fourth to cement a 4-1 victory.
Croydon’s team v Erith Town:
Hewitt, Davidson-Phipps, Fotheringham, McAllister, McGeoghegan, Campbell (C), Fejzi, Wilson, Joseph (Somo 75), Chin (Weller 68), Shango (Mete-Lobonzo 53)
Subs (not used): Busari