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Crowborough Athletic
Croydon
H Muggeridge (40'), T Phipp (45'), J Turner (70' Sent Off)
Full time
N Campbell (45'), A Robinson (70' Pen), L Chin (78')
Tue 10 Apr 19:45 - Southern Counties East Football League - Premier Division Attendance 103

TRAMS DERAIL CROWS PROMOTION RUN.

Crows let slip a two-goal lead and end up missing the points in the end.

What a difference over the two games.
On Saturday the Crows snatched victory in added-on time against Erith Town when over the 90+ minutes they didn't play particularly well but Lady Luck smiled on them it seemed and the points stayed at the Community Stadium.
Against Croydon FC the Crows played infinitely better, went 2-0 up in the first half but ended the game with nothing to show for their efforts. If Lady Luck was looking kindly over us against the Dockers, she certainly wasn't on our side against the Trams in this game, obviously, we must have upset her in some way.
Whereas the passing, movement and tempo was poor and lethargic on Saturday, against the Trams it was far, far better in every aspect. However, all it proves that sometimes it's better to play poorly and win, rather than play very well and lose, especially at the business end of the season.
The Crows were on the front-foot from the first whistle and the ball spent most of the first half in the Croydon half of the field, Phipp was especially to the fore, having three efforts at goal within the first 15 minutes. Attwood, Treleaven and Muggeridge also had efforts which just went wide or were saved by the Trams stopper, Greenwood.
The home side were so dominant that the away side didn't have their first shot at goal in anger until the 29th minute, Chin firing the ball over from the edge of the area. Normal service was soon restored and Treleaven volleyed the ball against the cross-bar from a great Taiwo pass in the 32nd minute before Sontan picked up the first yellow card of the night in the 35th minute for a late tackle on Phipp due to the constant pressure.
With the Crow's fans starting to wonder if the pressure would eventually tell, the home side went 1-0 up in the 40th minute. A neat bit of play between Muggeridge and Attwood, which started on the half-way line, saw the former jink his way in to the penalty area, beating three defenders on the way, before slotting the ball past Greenwood and in to the net, a lead fully deserved at the time.
Turner then picked up a yellow card for a tackle in the 43rd minute which, even though wasn't known at the time, was to have dramatic implications later on in the game. However, 1-0 became 2-0 just before the half time break, in fact, just before Phipp scored with a 25-yard screamer in the 45th minute, the referee had signalled there would be a minimum of 2 minutes of added-on time. Therefore, we all thought great, we're leading 2-0 at the break, unfortunately, the Trams' second effort at the Crows goal saw them make it 2-1 before the half time interval, Campbell planting a looping header over the stranded Ellis from a Robinson free kick.
As the second half started it was evident that the Trams scoring right on the whistle had given them a lift and perhaps had deflated the Crows a little, as they seemed to have upped their tempo and workrate and they even forced their first corner of the game in the 46th minute, which came to nothing by the way.
With possession now more even the Trams made the first substitution in the 50th minute, Brown going off and Pepple coming on. Only a minute later a bizarre event happened when the assistant referee awarded an offside decision against the Crows despite the fact that it was from a goalkick by Ellis and no other player touched the ball until it was gathered by a Crow player. As you can't be offside from a goalkick under the Laws of football.
Unfortunately, only 13 minutes later the same assistant referee was involved when a headed goal by Goldsmith was ruled out for offside from a great cross by Taiwo, many who were in-line with the incident felt Goldsmith was clearly on-side when the ball was played by Taiwo but on such fine margins results can rest on, so instead of 3-1, it remained 2-1.
With the away side now playing with more intent, a run by Chin in to the penalty area was ended by Turner bringing him down and a penalty was awarded accordingly. The referee decided that Turner should receive a second yellow card and therefore, had to leave the field as the red card soon followed. The penalty was duly converted by Robinson and now it was 2-2 in the 70th minute.
With something to hang on to now and the Crows down to ten players, substitutions abounded for both teams, the away side settling for a point, whilst the Crows were trying to regain the lead but make up for losing a player.
Unfortunately, for the home side, Chin scored in the 78th minute to put the Trams 3-2 up following a quick breakaway, the Crows now had a mountain to climb and with only ten players.
Substitutes Stone and Barton both had chances for the home side, Stone actually hitting the cross-bar but the final whistle blew in the 96th minute and the Trams went home with the points for the second season running. Perhaps it wasn't Lady Luck that wasn't against us, it's just that Croydon FC are our bogey team at the Community Stadium, who knows.

Train with the Best - Win a training session with the England 6-a-side squad

Key moments

40:00
Goal Henry Muggeridge scores for Crowborough Athletic
44:50
Goal Tom Phipp scores for Crowborough Athletic
44:59
Goal Nathan Campbell scores for Croydon
70:00
Red Card Jack Turner is sent off for Crowborough Athletic
70:00
Scored Penalty Ashley-Paul Robinson scores a penalty for Croydon
78:00
Goal Lauris Chin scores for Croydon

Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Saved Shot
Lauris Chin has a shot saved for Croydon
90:00 +3:00 Missed Shot
Adrian Stone misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
90:00 +1:00 Yellow Card
Ashley-Paul Robinson is yellow carded for Croydon
89:00 Saved Shot
Jason Barton has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
88:00 Sub Off
Solomon Taiwo is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
88:00 Sub On
Jason Barton is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
86:00 Missed Shot
Adrian Stone misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
82:00 Sub Off
Ross Treleaven is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
82:00 Sub On
Adrian Stone is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
78:00 Goal 2 - 3
Lauris Chin scores for Croydon
74:00 Sub Off
Tom Phipp is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
74:00 Sub On
Tom Vickers is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
74:00 Sub Off
Nathan Campbell is substituted off for Croydon
74:00 Sub On
Harry Hudson is substituted on for Croydon
70:00 Yellow Card
Jack Turner is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
70:00 Red Card 2 - 2
Jack Turner is sent off for Crowborough Athletic
70:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 2
Ashley-Paul Robinson scores a penalty for Croydon
69:00 Missed Shot
Henry Muggeridge misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
67:00 Sub On
David Owusu is substituted on for Croydon
67:00 Sub Off
Daniel Pepple is substituted off for Croydon
64:00 Missed Shot
Marcus Goldsmith misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
50:00 Sub Off
Adam Brown is substituted off for Croydon
50:00 Sub On
Daniel Pepple is substituted on for Croydon
End of period 1
44:59 Assist
Ashley-Paul Robinson makes an assist for Croydon
44:59 Goal 2 - 1
Nathan Campbell scores for Croydon
44:50 Goal 2 - 0
Tom Phipp scores for Crowborough Athletic
43:00 Yellow Card
Jack Turner is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
40:00 Goal 1 - 0
Henry Muggeridge scores for Crowborough Athletic
40:00 Assist
Zac Attwood makes an assist for Crowborough Athletic
35:00 Yellow Card
Martin Sontan is yellow carded for Croydon
32:00 Missed Shot
Sam Crabb misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
32:00 Missed Shot
Ross Treleaven misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
29:00 Missed Shot
Lauris Chin misses a shot for Croydon
22:00 Saved Shot
Ross Treleaven has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
13:00 Saved Shot
Tom Phipp has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
7:00 Missed Shot
Tom Phipp misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
5:00 Saved Shot
Zac Attwood has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
2:00 Missed Shot
Tom Phipp misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Crowborough Athletic
  • Croydon
  • 0
  • Martin Sontan Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Zac Attwood Assist 40:00'
  • Henry Muggeridge Goal 40:00'
  • Jack Turner Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Tom Phipp Goal 44:50'
  • Ashley-Paul Robinson Assist 44:59'
  • Nathan Campbell Goal 44:59'
  • Adam Brown Sub Off 50:00'
  • Daniel Pepple Sub On 50:00'
  • David Owusu Sub On 67:00'
  • Daniel Pepple Sub Off 67:00'
  • Jack Turner Red Card 70:00'
  • Ashley-Paul Robinson Scored Penalty 70:00'
  • Jack Turner Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Tom Vickers Sub On 74:00'
  • Tom Phipp Sub Off 74:00'
  • Nathan Campbell Sub Off 74:00'
  • Harry Hudson Sub On 74:00'
  • Lauris Chin Goal 78:00'
  • Adrian Stone Sub On 82:00'
  • Ross Treleaven Sub Off 82:00'
  • Jason Barton Sub On 88:00'
  • Solomon Taiwo Sub Off 88:00'
  • Ashley-Paul Robinson Yellow Card 90:00 +1:00'

Team selection

Ellis, Daniel Ellis, Daniel
Boddy, Tom Boddy, Tom
Turner, Jack Turner, Jack
Tear, Dan Tear, Dan
Goldsmith, Marcus Goldsmith, Marcus
Crabb, Sam Crabb, Sam
Muggeridge, Henry Muggeridge, Henry
Phipp, Tom Phipp, Tom
Taiwo, Solomon Taiwo, Solomon
Attwood, Zac Attwood, Zac
Treleaven, Ross Treleaven, Ross
Croydon
  • 1. Lochlan Greenwood
  • 2. Bradley Wilson
  • 3. Novell Bruce
  • 4. Nathan Campbell
  • 5. Nick Wilson
  • 6. James Fotheringham
  • 7. Adam Brown
  • 8. Jamie McGeoghegan
  • 9. Lauris Chin
  • 10. Martin Sontan
  • 11. Ashley-Paul Robinson
  • 12. Mothibi Penn-Kekana
  • 13. Daniel Pepple
  • 14. David Owusu
  • 15. Harry Hudson

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Whitstable Town
4
2
AFC Croydon Athletic
0
2
Sevenoaks Town
Bearsted
0
2
Sheppey United

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Sevenoaks Town 38 88
2. Whitstable Town 38 82
3. Crowborough Athletic 38 72
4. Beckenham Town 38 69
5. Croydon 39 65
6. Cray Valley PM 38 63
7. Deal Town 38 60

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