The mens teams at Streatham-Croydon entered in to this season with high hopes after retaining their head coach Matt Hawks and strengthening their squad with a number of new joiners following a successful pre-season of recruitment.
Streatham’s opening three games have shown some areas of brilliance, with some interesting attacking play, a structured game plan and stable set pieces. However, they have failed to find their rhythm and have lost their opening three games, writes Millie Ross.
But players remain very positive with one saying: “We have all the pieces but we are still yet to put them together, once we do we are on for a great season”.
The ladies have had a different fortune, winning three out of their first four league games of the season.
Their first game against Southampton Ladies saw the team come flying out of the blocks after a successful preseason.
They then went on to get the bonus point against newly promoted London Irish, in an away fixture.
The unfortunate 14-7 loss against Canterbury was a tightly contested game and the ladies will be ready to bring it to them in the return fixture.
The ladies bounced back, travelling to Ashford where they put a huge 66-0 bonus point win against the home team.
In the start of the cup run, the ladies lost their first cup game of the year against Guildford Gazelles in a 10-0 fixture which was scoreless after 70 minutes, and saw them dropped down in to the Intermediate Plate competition. On Sunday (Oct 27) they travelled to play Reading Ladies who are at the top of their league but suffered a loss of 36-24.
The development XV has also had two successful large wins to kick start of their season – against the University of Sussex development team, and newly formed Camberley Ladies.
The squad continues to welcome new recruits on a weekly basis so are on track to have a fully fledged squad to enter into a league next season.