Croydon has had a tough start to the season, but has proved it can overcome the biggest obstacles when the pressure is on and sits confidently in sixth spot on the NPL ladder.
People will see some familiar faces when Adelaide Comets step on to the Polonia Reserve, similar to the recent visit of Cumberland.
Andreas Wiens is a clear danger in attack, and last year’s Sergio Melta Medal winner Allan Welsh has started the season on fire with some vital goals as an attacking midfielder.
Comets have strength all over the park, although its pertinent to note that Croydon usually rise to the occasion and were twice unlucky last season not to beat the Comets in two narrow 3-2 losses.
Rocky Visconte has a goal to his credit after last week’s strike, and it will be crucial that his fellow strikers in McGreevy and Radice feature more prominently in the goals for column as the season goes on, with Sumaoro the only other goal scorer (twice) for Croydon so far.
Rarely does a game featuring the two teams lack goals, and it could be another one for the fans to relish this Saturday.
Croydon might welcome back injured midfielder James Skeffington this week and his inclusion could give the Kings that extra edge at some stage during the game, such is his impact.
Let’s make no mistake – a Kings win will give the club a huge lift and will no doubt be their biggest scalp this season so far, so every attack and every defensive act must be right on song for this to be achieved.
The Reserves will look to maintain their 100% start with several young players impressing so far and will no doubt push for first team selection should the need arise.
Although the opposite is the case for the U/18’s without a point yet, there were positive signs last week against Olympic so as long as they put in 100% for ninety minutes, there is no reason why they can’t break their duck on Saturday.
Finally, we welcome the season kick off for the Croydon “Mermaids” women’s team who officially kick their season off this Sunday at 2.30pm, also against Comets. Please come along and support them as they embark on a historical season. Well done to Simon Kasperski and Ricki-Lee Poppy for their time and effort to make this happen. All the best to ALL Croydon teams on the weekend!
Pic – courtesy Joe Janko – last season’s action featuring ex-King Andreas Wiens for Comets as James Skeffington challenges