South London Korfball’s first team – Mitcham – got their first win of the season, a 13-9 victory over Croydon 3. Solo Mitcham were in the lead for the whole match, but Croydon made a spirited come back after half time and drew the second half 4 all.
Coach Piper opted for Captain Tom Higton to start in attack, joined by Sarah Broadberry, Nicole Williams and Hayden Mullins. Tom Davies and Steph Wood returned and joined Liam Clarke and new joiner Lesley Potter in defence.
Sarah Broadberry got the goal scoring started after 3 minutes followed by Tom Higton scoring a distance shot. Steph Wood scored shortly after going into attack, with Liam Clarke converting the penalty that Lesley won. Croydon got a goal back, before Tom Higton replied. After a change of ends the goal scoring was repeated with Steph scoring and Liam converting another penalty to make it 7-1. Croydon got one back, but Nicole scored from distance to make it 8-2 and Solo made their first substitution, Froeks Kamminga coming on for Lesley. Croydon scored two before half time, with Froeks also getting a goal to leave the scores at 9-5 going into the break.
The second half started slowly. Liam won and scored a penalty to make it 10-5. Croydon scored, Nicole got her second (11-6) and Lesley returned to the pitch in place of Sarah Broadberry. Following another Croydon goal, Solo scored 2 more through Froeks and Steph to make it 13-7. Sarah Broadberry replaced Nicole and Croydon scored 2 more to finish 13-9. Coach Piper was pleased, but thought we could have done better. Onwards and upwards.