A huge downpour for an hour before kick-off did not dampen Croydon womens resilience away at Civil Service, in Chiswick Kings House Stadium.
Both teams were well organised and the first half ended goal-less with just few half chances. Sarah Nicholdson hit a post for the Trams and Nic D’Aranjo made a good sliding tackle, save in goal.
In the second half Croydon came out the strongest and their pressure provided just desserts when an Iffey Chilezie pass through the Red Civil service defence fell kindly to Nicholson, who slotted past the advancing keeper. 1-0 to Croydon.
Croydon then controlled for a vast period. Their favoured blue quart shirts and triangular passes between players Kacie Nadison Singh, Sophie Reid and Nicholson mesmerised their hosts. There was a scare when Kamilla Øvrevik seemed to handle a corner to clear, thankfully waved on by the referee.
The Civil Service keeper was very busy, firstly foiling at the feet of Emma Dyduch, then palming out a long effort from Singh to her right, and reaching well to divert a long range effort from Reid to the opposing post, before catching a drive from Megan Webster.
Suddenly, however, with 20 minutes to go the Service suddenly found their legs and bombarded the Croydon goal. A last ditch slide tackle by Maka Julios averted a good chance, and Natasha Wright cleared the resultant corner.
Jade Asagba saved a few testing long range efforts and stood strong during a scramble in the Croydon goalmouth.
The final whistle came to the Trams relief as they kept their unbeaten record going.
With 2 home matches coming up at the Club Langley, things are looking good for the Trams this season.
Player of match: Sarah Nicholson. Constant threat down the left and well taken goal to get the 3 points.