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

TAFC Seniors v. Epsom Albion

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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

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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