Pre-season FriendlyRedhill 1-1 AFC Croydon Athletic AFC CROYDON Athletic brought the curtain down on their pre-season schedule with a hard fought but thoroughly deserved draw at Ryman Division South League new boys Redhill on Saturday. The game was keenly contested and after a slow start the Rams looked more than the equals of their higher league opponents. It was during the slow start the hosts took the lead with a fortunate goal, when a cross from the left pin-balled around before falling invitingly for a Redhill forward, who tucked the chance away. After this set-back Croydon came more into the game but couldn't find an equaliser. Redhill were generally contained but they did hit the crossbar just before half-time which could have doubled their lead. The second half saw the Rams get on top but they couldn't find the net. Daniel Penfold was very unlucky when his curling shot slammed against the bar having left the goalkeeper stranded. The Rams never gave up and in the last minute it was Penfold again who took the ball from a free-kick and fired at goal. The Redhill goalkeeper couldn't hold on and Colin Harvey reacted quickest to fire the ball into the roof of the net. AFC Croydon turn their attentions to this Saturday's opening league fixture against Bedfont & Feltham at Croydon Sports Arena (3pm). Meanwhile, boss Ant Williams has added three new signings to his squad. Chris Head has committed to the club having played in several of the friendlies in the pre-season. Danny Arkwright, a six-foot-five centre-back, can count Whyteleafe, Corinthian-Casuals and Sutton United among his previous clubs. And returning to the Rams is Jordan Martin, who made seven appearances last season and will no doubt be looking to secure a place more regularly in the starting line-up.
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