It’s a hat-trick of wins for Croydon following another away win in season 2017, and finals talk is now closer to being a reality following the success at Comets on Saturday.
It was another workmanlike performance resulting in another 1-0 win, Croydon’s fifth of such score-line this season. This time it only took 4 minutes to find the net from an unlikely source when Jarrod Brazzale smashed home from a metre out following a free-kick on the right. Both teams had good chances from then on, although it’s fair to say the defences dominated the game. Brazzale and Bility were stout in the middle, whilst fullbacks Klimek and Panagaris made Comets work hard just to get a cross in on the tight sized pitch. Both sides had hit the post in the during a hectic second half, in a match where easy chances were few and midfields were made to work hard to create any good openings. As the second half wore on, Comets seemed to run out of ideas and a disciplined Kings defence had answers everywhere and were good value to hold on to their 1-0 lead, to keep them in fourth spot, and now eying teams above.
The Kings remain undefeated away from home, and the yellow away kits still have only ever had one blemish, after nearly 3 years!
Next week Croydon will be looking for a fourth win on the trot, and couldn’t face a more stern test when top side Adelaide City come calling. City having lost the cup final a week earlier, had to settle for a goalless draw with Metro, so will be keen to find their scoring boots again when earlier in the season they were scoring goals at will. Croydon stunned City 3-0 at Oakden when they last met, so whilst there will be a lot of respect given to City, there will be no fear as the Kings look to accelerate their end of season run and maximise their chances with a highest possible table finish.
The Reserves got some revenge from an early season loss to Comets, which was compounded when the same side knocked the Kings out of the cup. Croydon triumphed 4-2 in the end, a deserved win and keeps them top of the ladder and again when looking at the talent coach Mick Doyle had on the bench, shows how deep the talent pool is. The U/18’s showed patches of good football, but paid for some missed chances and eventually went down 3-1.
We welcome all of our major sponsors to this week’s home match, where they will all be honoured and thanked for their contributions with a special barbecue lunch and drinks throughout the afternoon. Hopefully our players can reward their attendance by showing off a big win against a class side!
Pic – courtesy Joe Janko – Luke Klimek in action earlier this season has slotted in well at right back since taking on the role and shows he can not only play any position, but he will do it with 100% effort and will always make life hard for his opposite number.