Seniors back to winning ways

Epsom & Ewell Old Boys v. Teddington Athletic Seniors

3 - 5

The seniors returned to league action today after the splitting of the league and avenged their previous defeat at the hands of Epsom & Ewell Old Boys.   Despite being 2-1 down at half time, a rush of Teddington goals saw them run out eventual 5-3 winners.  Goals for Matt Kidd, Nick Jupp (2 pens), Adam O'Mahoney and Vlad Amitrano.   Well done all.

Seniors out of the cup

Teddington Athletic Seniors v. Sporting Renegades

1 - 3

The unfortunate seniors were knocked out of the Junior Cup today, after three opportunistic goals in the first half saw the game drift out of TAFC's reach.  In the final quarter, the seniors showed the skill and quality that will ultimately see them winning more games than they lose.  Tom Hodgson and Nick Jupp were sorely missed but all the team put in a great work rate.  Hopefully back to winning ways next week!

Seniors lose in muddy conditions

Chessington Galaxy v. Teddington Athletic Seniors

6 - 3

Two defeats in a row for the unfortunate seniors, who generally seem more skilled than their opponents in this league - but deep mud in Chessington stopped the ball moving around and it was hard to play stylish football.  Despite going 1-0 up in the opening minutes, the game was a hard slog and some sloppy lapses in defence let the opponents win by a margin, avenging their cup defeat at our hands back in the autumn.  It was great to see Theo Walcot back in action for TAFC and Nunzio Amitrano and Sam Willis both scored good goals, added to Nick Jupp's well taken penalty.  But letting in too many at the other end sealed Teddington's fate today.

Narrow defeat for unlucky Seniors

Teddington Athletic Seniors v. Epsom & Ewell Old Boys

3 - 4

The Seniors were unlucky to lose 4-3 on a muddy pitch in cold rainy conditions at the Hawker Centre today.  With an onslaught on the opposing goal in the last 20 minutes, the match could easily have gone Teddington's way and the saved penalty in the opening minutes of the game was much rued.  Goals for Sam Willis, Nick Jupp and Nunzio Amitrano assists from Nunzio, Adam O'Mahoney and Max Jackson.  Teddington was the more skilful team and the team spirit is good - keep it up and we will win more games than we lose.  Well done to Max Jackson and Matt Kidd taking one half each in goal. Team:  Max Jackson, Sam Willis, Conagh Nee, Conor Whitmarsh, Oli King, Matt Kidd, Alex O'Mahoney, Adam O'Mahoney, Joe Wick, Nick Jupp, Vlad Amitrano, Nunzio Amitrano, Tom Hodgson (capt)

Seniors win again

Teddington Athletic Seniors v. Surrey Wanderers Reserves

3 - 2

TAFC seniors avenged the pre-season friendly defeat against Surrey Wanderers today and certainly showed superior skill in today's match.  Great performances all round with everyone pulling their weight.   Nick Jupp marshalled the defence with great leadership as always and was supported well by Isaac Jones, Conor Whitmarsh, Oli King, Sam Willis and Conagh Nee.  The midfield and attack all performed well too; Adam O'Mahoney could have got a hat trick but didn't have his finishing boots on, though his disallowed goal should have stood.  Goals from Matt Kidd, Juppy and Max Jackson ensured victory - although it was very fortunate that Wanderers' last minute equaliser was disallowed. The margin should have been greater and despite missing the talents of Tom Hodgson, the team demonstrated skill and character with some great moves.  Well done all.  Team: Alex Smithers, Isaac Jones, Conor Whitmarsh, Nick Jupp, Oli King, Ollie Davison, Nunzio Amitrano, Alex O'Mahoney, Sam Willis, Adam O'Mahoney, Conagh Nee, Matt Kidd, Max Jackson, Joe Wick

Seniors start 2018 with victory

Royal Oak v. Teddington Athletic Seniors

3 - 6

TAFC seniors started the new year in style with a convincing 6-3 victory over Royal Oak, in cold conditions on a muddy pitch which did not play well to TAFC's style.  Nevertheless the superior skill showed through and goals from Nunzio Amitrano, Adam O'Mahoney (2), Nick Jupp, Alex O'Mahoney and Max Jackson saw a well deserved victory.  Everyone pulled their weight, well played all - Alex Smithers, Jake Horne, Max Jackson, Conagh Nee, Conor Whitmarsh, Sam Willis, Adam O'Mahoney, Alex O'Mahoney, Nick Jupp, Tom Hodgson, Harry Dillamore, Oli King, Nunzio Amitrano.  Picture shows celebrations of Juppy's goal.

Seniors unbeaten run comes to an end – here’s to 2018!

Teddington Athletic Seniors v. Ashford Rangers

0 - 5

An unfortunate outing for the TAFC Seniors saw their recent month-long unbeaten run come to a dramatic end; time to pick yourselves up for a bright start to the new year, team!  Despite having some key TAFC players missing or injured, we expected an easier ride against one of the bottom teams in the league, but they had bolstered their squad with 5 players (nearly 50% of their starting 11) who were registered this week and the ID cards picked up this morning, and the ensuing strength of the opponents was too much for a Teddington team that admittedly did not have its best game today.  There were still some good performances with quality players such as Tom Hodgson, Matt Kidd, Oli King, Conor Whitmarsh, Sam Willis, all doing their best - but we were rather overwhelmed by the Ashford onslaught.  Harry Dillamore was a welcome addition to the defence, hope to see more of him when uni allows. This is still a development squad getting to know each other, we still have the potential to do well in 2018.  Thanks for all your commitment and input in the last few months, team, have a great Christmas and see you in January.

Jupp’s goal ends Epsom Albion’s 100% record!

TAFC Seniors v. Epsom Albion

1 - 1

TAFC seniors had another tough fixture this week – after taking a point from the second-placed team in the league last week, this week’s match looked even more challenging – against top-of-the-league Epsom Albion, who had yet to drop a point and whose goalscoring record was a somewhat intimidating 30 goals for, 1 against. By the end of this fixture their 100% record had fallen as a brave and motivated Teddington team battled out a 1-1 draw.

It was another spirited performance and with two clear penalty calls declined by the referee, Teddington could even have won it, though Epsom could equally have taken the three points with a series of corners towards the end of the match threatening the Teddington defence. In the end a draw was probably the fair result.

As always, the TAFC team supported each other and worked well, with everyone pulling their weight. Conor Whitmarsh and Sam Willis were as strong and relilable in defence and midfield as ever; Nick Jupp contributed strongly as always and scored a great header for Teddington’s goal, from a well-taken corner by Oli King. Nunzio Amitrano showed great managerial leadership from the touchline and Tom Hodgson complemented that with strong on-pitch captaincy. Jack O’Mahoney, standing in for the regular keeper, Alex Smithers, provided a safe pair of hands – no-one could do anything about the Epsom goal, a long shot that dipped into the top corner.

Keep it up, seniors, you are really finding your form now!

TAFC Seniors may be the new kids on the block but results are coming in…

TAFC Seniors v. Epsom Albion Reserves

1 - 1

TAFC Seniors have only been together since September and the team is a merger of several old TAFC teams, one of which was a founder TAFC team of 9-year olds in 2006.  The present team has an age range of 19 to 28 and the two ‘old men’ in the team, Adam O’Mahoney and Nick Jupp certainly pull their weight, with the former on the score sheet most weeks and the latter providing a central core to the defence. 

 After a few disappointing results at the start of the season while they were getting to know each other, the team is now settling into a rhythm and the results are starting to come.  Nevertheless last Sunday’s fixture was a daunting one – to second placed Epsom Albion Reserves.  However the Teddington team totally dominated the game, despite the absence of Theo Walcot, one of the star players. 

Their consistent onslaughts on goal should have resulted in a huge victory margin, but some nifty goalkeeping, the woodwork and sheer bad luck prevented this.  Adam O’Mahoney scored the only Teddington goal, his brother Alex netted too but was judged offside, and sadly Epsom’s only attack on the Teddington goal resulted in an equaliser. 

However, a draw against the second-place side in the league is no disgrace.  Tom Hodgson was outstanding as ever, showing skill and leadership on the pitch, but every member of the team played their part.  Team: Jack O’Mahoney, Oli King, Jake Horne, Conagh Nee, Conor Whitmarsh, Tom Hodgson, Sam Willis, Nunzio Armitrano, Isaac Jones, Joe Wick, Matt Kidd, Adam O’Mahoney, Nick Jupp, Alex O’Mahoney, Ollie Davison, Harry Woods