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AFC Croydon 5-2 Farleigh Rovers: Penfold on the mark for Rams

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AFC Croydon Athletic brought the curtain down on their home season with a win against Farleigh Rovers last night. After three successive home defeats ,The Rams started determined to put this behind them. In the first two minutes both Danny Penfold and Joe Loyza had chances but couldn't supply the finish. In the fifth minute Penfold was put through one-on-one by Loyza but the visiting goalkeeper Seymour made a good save. But it wasn't long before they took the lead, as after eight minutes Danny Cumber surged forward, played the ball to Loyza, who found Penfold to score. Six minutes later it was two when Loyza used his strength to win the ball, moved forward, and from 25 yards sent a shot screaming into the top corner leaving Seymour helpless. Soon it was three when Cumber won the ball, passed to Loyza, who then knocked it on for Lee Jansen to smash a volley home. Four minutes later it was number four when a cross was handled by a defender and Penfold converted the spot-kick. After their blistering start, the Rams took their foot of the gas and on 33 minutes a through-ball beat the offside trap and Mamdasi beat Dean Rose to make it 4-1. The second half began with the home side slow out of the blocks and on 61 minutes Forest got through on the left rounded Rose and made it 4-2. The Rams couldn't produce the attacking verve of the first 25 minutes but despite having plenty of ball, Farleigh never really tested Rose. As the game went into added-on time, a long clearance by Rose bounced invitingly for Penfold, who lobbed Seymour to complete his second hat-trick of the season. The Rams now face three away games at Spelthorne, Cobham and Mole Valley before their Lemon Recordings Division One Challenge Cup Final on May 6.

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