Silence in Stoneleigh: Raptors lose 1-4

Raptors U10 v Stoneleigh Athletic
Stoneleigh-St George’s Field.

Silence was not golden for the Raptors today. The scoreline does not tell the full story as the Raptors created multiple chances in this game but incredibly only found the back of the net once! We lost this game in the first half when Stoneleigh appeared to react quicker to loose balls and seemed more alert and energetic. Our attacking play was often very good and we had several shots saved by a very good Stoneleigh goalkeeper.

The game was marked by an unusual but positive FA initiative of ‘Silent Weekend’ which involves spectators and coaches having minimal verbal contact with players to promote a positive and pressure free environment. This was observed by the Teddington parents (and coaches) so thanks to the traveling parents for your support wth this.

The Raptors started the game the stronger team with the lions share of possession and we created several good changes after some good passing moves. Stoneleigh scored against the run of play after ten minutes. We then conceded two more in quick succession. As a collective we did not react quick enough to the loose balls and the Stoneleigh team seemed to want it more!

Lennon Chamlers scored the Raptors only goal of the game at the end of the first half. Lennon broke free of the defence using his pace. His initial shot was saved by the opposition goaly but Lennon reacted quickly and smashed in the rebound.

The second half was much better.
Daniel Jolly had a very good second half
making several purposeful runs on goal and unleashing a couple of powerful long range shots! Hayden Elliot also worked very hard in defence.

Man of the match went to Finlay Simms who made several decisive tackles and made some positive runs down the left wing.

On to the next game.


Resilient Raptors earn draw in tight contest.

Bushy Park 17/11/2018
Score 2-2
Teddington Raptors v Old Coulsdon Blazers U10.

The last time these two teams met the score was 4-4 and a draw again today was perhaps a fair result. This was a very even, yet entertaining match.

The first half was a tight affair with only a few chances created by either team. Jarvis Moore was unlucky not to score when he hit the crossbar with a terrific curling long range effort. Lennon Chalmers also had a couple of chances saved by the opposition goaly.

The first half ended goalless. Billy Hall played his first full game in goal and is looking more and more composed between the posts with each passing game. Billy made some vital saves and his distribution to defenders is now very solid.

The oppositions first goal ironically came after some great attacking play by the Raptors resulting in a corner. With most of the Raptors in the opposition penalty box we were hit on the break and Coulsdon Blazers ruthlessly capitalised.

Jarvis Moore came close to scoring when he turned on six pence with some great skills on the edge of the penalty box but his firm shot went just wide of the target.

The equaliser came from Lennon Chalmers who burst through the opposition defence on the halfway line, homed in on the goal and slotted in from close range.

No sooner had Lennon scored the Raptors conceded a second from a corner and subsequent goal mouth scramble that we perhaps should have cleared.

The Raptors showed great resilience and never gave up. The equaliser came from Finlay Simms who challenged the goaly for a fifty- fifty ball. The ball came loose and fell to Fin who was now lying on the ground. A swinging right leg connected with the ball which appeared to trickle into the goal in slow motion. Not pretty, but an important goal nevertheless!

Man of the match went to Tom Mullins today who had a terrific game in the centre of midfield. Tom kept possession with some great passing and showed a lot of silky skills.

It feels like the Raptors are beginning to find their feet again!


Tough lesson for the Raptors at Leatherhead

Teddington Raptors U9 v Leatherhead U9
Leatherhead 05/05/2018

A glorious May morning on a state of the art 3-G pitch… but the Raptors just couldn’t get started today. Fielding a 7 man squad against a team that beat us 7-3 earlier in the season was always going to be tough.

Although we passed the ball well at times we gave it away too often and the final ball in the opposition half wasn’t up to our usual high standards. In the end not having any subs on a large pitch proved telling and there were several tired raptor legs towards the closing moments of the game.

Thankfully in football there are always great moments, even in defeat. Jarvis Moore used the ball to great effect in the first half holding up the ball and bringing his team mates into play.

Tom Mullins demonstrated again what a promising young playmaker he is when he split the Leatherhead defence with an audacious pass with the outside of his right boot, picking out the run of Max Ranking which left coaches and parents drooling.

Lennon Chamlers came close to scoring a couple of times after some determined dribbles on the right side of midfield.

Finlay Simms was awarded the man of the match for a solid first half in defence and then an impressive debut in goal that kept the scoreline below double figures.

The next game can’t come quick enough!

Raptors go down to Leopards in tough test


The Raptors four game unbeaten run came to an end today against the Leopards, who are surely the strongest team we have faced in the league and unfortunately had not changed their spots since we last met.

The better team won today but the 6-1 scoreline was perhaps unfair, as the Raptors were very much in the contest right up to the last 12 mins when the game slipped out of reach.

The first ten minutes saw the Raptors pinned into the their own box, soaking up wave after wave of attack before finally conceding two goals in quick succession.

We seemed to settle down after 15 mins, breaking into the Leopards half and won a couple of corners. We went into the half time break feeling optimistic we could turn things around.

The Raptors started the second half well, looking very solid and it looked like we may not concede again until disaster struck… the ref failed to spot an injured Raptors defender on the ground, allowing play to continue and Leopards capitalised on the hole in defence.

This was the turning point and the Leopards didn’t look back, scoring another 3 goals.

As always the Raptors had some great moments and it was pleasing to see we never gave up. Daniel Jolly scored the consolation goal when he used his pace to break free of the Leopards defence and beat the goaly with a firm low right foot shot.

The Raptors almost scored a second soon after when Lennon Chalmers curling right foot shot was denied by the post.

Hayden Elliot almost came close too when he picked the ball up deep in his own half and carried the ball the whole length of the pitch with real purpose, before unleashing a low right drive that went just wide of the post.

Cormac Sims was awarded man of the match for another all round great performance in defence, midfield and goal.

Congratulations to the Leopards who were outstanding today and are currently setting the standards for the U9’s age group. A tough test for the Raptors but lots of ‘takeaways’ to help with our on going development.

Raptors stage dramatic comeback in 4-4 thriller

COULDSON 14/04/2018

What a game and what a comeback! Although we played well in the first half we went into the break 4-1 down and this looked too great a mountain to climb…Coulsdon were one of the better teams we have played; well organised, physical and dangerous from set pieces which made the end result even more satisfying!

Despite the 4-1 score line at the break we played some great pass-and-move football. Lennon Chamlers bundled the goal over the line after a goal mouth scramble to make it 1-1 before the Raptors conceeded three goals in quick succession.

The managers message at half time was to continue with our passing game and enjoy ourselves.

Cormac Sims had a commanding performance in centre midfield in the second half juggling roles between playmaker and enforcer.

Billy Hall was again in the right place at the right time to score in the six yard box to make it 2-4 soon after the break and the comeback was on!

Daniel Jolly kept us in the game with a fine save in the second half which was applauded by the away and home fans.

Man of the match was awarded to Zac Lewis for his immaculate performance on the left wing in the second half. Zac ran at players, picked out the right pass at the right time and tracked back when the opposition had the ball. His efforts were rewarded with a very composed finish after a neat one-two with a team mate to make it 3-4.

The equaliser was a great example of the benefits of ‘pressing’ when three raptors (Cormac, Zac and Lenny) descended on a Coulsdon defender like a pack of hungry piranhas forcing an error resulting in a rebound that some how ended up in the back of the Couldson net.

A remarkable comeback and the coaches and parents were very proud of the raptors today!

Teddington Raptors Earn Point in a Hard Fought Draw Against Worcester Park U9’S

25/11/2017 Bushy Park

The Raptors still seek their first win since being promoted to league 4, but this hard earned 3-3 draw against a strong Worcester Park team demonstrates we can compete at this level and the future looks promising.

The Raptors started well with some courageous tackling and pressing but it was Worcester Park who broke the deadlock after a shot rebounded off the Teddington post.

Daniel Jolly responded almost immediately for the raptors with an audacious lob from just inside the oppositions half that sailed in over a stranded goalie to make it 1-1.

The goal lifted the team and the Raptors then took the lead after a typically mazey run from Lennon Chalmers and a shot that proved too powerful for the goalie to keep out!

The Raptors dominated the next ten minutes of the game until Worcester Park scored against the run of play to make it 2-2 just before the break.

The second half was a tense affair as chances seemed to dry up for both teams. Worcester Park nosed ahead after hitting the Raptors on the break to make it 2-3.

Second half substitute Tom Mullins split the opposition in half on numerous occasions with some ‘slide rule’ passing and looked to be our most potent attacking threat.

The Raptors looked to be heading to an unfair 2-3 defeat until the 45th minute when Jarvis Moore won the ball just outside the opposition penalty box, homed in on goal and calmly slotted away to make it 3-3. This earned Jarvis man of the match as he also kept the Raptors in the game in the first half with some fine saves in goal.

Hopefully this draw will the give team the confidence to push on and record our first win against Old Coulsdon Colts next week.

Go Raptors!