Magnificent seven for Raptors

Bookham Colts v. Teddington Raptors

0 - 7

7/12/2019
Bookham, Chrystie Recreation Ground

Two wins on the trot for the Raptors, a clean sheet and seven goals! Happy days!

Today’s match was played on a pitch with a considerable slope, with the Raptors playing uphill in the first half. Despite this we still managed to dominate possession and defend well.

It was Cormac Sims who opened the scoring with a well placed shot from the edge of the penalty box into the bottom left hand corner. Incredibly this was our only score of the first half.

Playing downhill in the second period the floodgates opened and we scored another six! Max Rankin and Tom Mullins ran riot in attack scoring the second, third and fourth goals.

Congratulations to Samuel Valaydon-Hynes who scored his first goal for the Raptors with a looping shot into the top left hand corner.

Another first of the season as Zac Lewis was first to the ball to tuck away a close range effort from a sweetly struck in-swinging corner from Cormac Sims.

Again another incredible performance in defence today. No nonsense tackling from Freddy Lynn and Aaron Lear and the pace of Fergus Tavendale and Lucas Mackenzie ensured the speedy Bookham striker didn’t get a look in. Billy Hall made a couple of vital saves and his long range kicking in the second half piled pressure onto the Bookham defence.

Man of the match went to Max Rankin who bagged his first hatrick of the season and terrorised the Bookham defence all morning!

J.S.

Raptors roaring at Leatherhead

Leatherhead Swans v. Teddington Raptors

1 - 4

30/11/2019
Leatherhead F.C.

This was hands down the best performance of the season...and possibly the best Raptors game ever! Our game today was characterised by pass and move football, gritty determination and some wonderful finishes.

Man of the match went to hatrick hero Tom Mullins.

The Raptors completely dominated the first half scoring three goals. Cormac Sims took the game by the scruff of neck in midfield, winning all his tackles and picking out several neat passes.

Tom Mullins opened the scoring after five minutes of Raptors pressure.

His second goal was his best finish of the game. Tom followed up a rebounded shot and passed the ball into the top right hand corner of the net; a classy finish!

Fergus Tavendale scored the third and what has now become his trademark goal; a lob over the goalkeeper.

Zac Lewis played well on the left wing combining with both Cormac and Tom Mullins playing several ‘one twos’ that opened up the Leatherhead defence on numerous occasions.

The Raptors fourth goal was the best team goal. After some great work on the right hand side Cormac Sims made his way to the by line, before picking out Tom Mullins on the penalty spot who calmly tucked the ball away to complete his hatrick.

The Raptors defence was outstanding today. Lucas Mackenzie purred like a Rolls Royce engine at the back, constantly alert, clearing up any lose balls and won every single encounter with the Leatherhead attackers. Freddy Lynn is showing great leadership skills as a centre back and organised the defence well and Fergus looked very dangerous as an attacking wing back!

All nine boys were fantastic today.

A pleasure to watch and great to see the boys enjoying themselves.

J.S

Raptors return to form

Teddington Raptors U11 v. Redhill Youth U11 Dynamos

2 - 3

This was hands down the best performance of the season so far and was a very even contest and great game to watch. The Raptors were so unlucky not have come away with at least a draw. I stopped counting how many corners we won in the second half after the tenth!

Tom Willis scored the Raptors first goal after a quickly taken corner surprised the opposition and Tom passed the ball neatly into the bottom left corner.

This was a great team performance and there were several contenders for man of the match. Cormac Simms worked his socks off all game. Billy Hall was excellent in goal and kept the Raptors in the game saving a penalty! Man of the match went to new player John Guard. John’s all round passing and pressing game was first rate and he topped it off with a goal to score the Raptors second!

Special thanks to Veronica (Lucas’ mum) who bought the team doughnuts after the game...I’ve never seen doughnuts disappear so quickly!

Jon

Raptors struggle against strong Hersham side.

Teddington Raptors U11 v. Hersham Harriers U11

0 - 5

28/09/2019- Bushy Park

The Raptors were a bit sluggish for the first 20 minutes of the game today. We let in three early goals and so made a mountain to climb for ourselves early on. We played much better after 20 mins with more energy and drive.

We were guilty of playing the ‘swarm’ formation a lot today and were often bunched around the ball. There was often acres of space on the pitch our players were not utilising.

Max Rankin was our most potent attacking force today and worked tirelessly (again) up front.

Man of the match went to Aaron Lear who
had a very solid game in defence. Aaron was quick to clear up any loose balls and also played several accurate through balls. Well done Aaron!

On to the next game

Jon Simms

Raptors record first win of the season against Cobham Colts

Cobham Colts v. Teddington Raptors

0 - 1

14/09/2019
Leg O Mutton Field Cobham

Today’s win was all about hard work and determination. The boys worked really hard and the win was well deserved in this evenly matched contest.

The game was played in very hot and sunny conditions on a hard and dry pitch. The Raptors passing game was not quite on the money today and we need to improve on our movement off the ball.

All though the passing was not quite there, the boys will to win was outstanding and they contested every lose ball.

Congratulations to Fergus Tavendale who scored his first goal for the Raptors today. The decisive moment came mid way in the second half when Max Rankin chased down a long ball over the top and forced the goalie to miss hit his clearance. The ball spilled into Fergus’ path and with the goalie out of his area and stranded in no mans land, Fergus carefully lifted the ball over two defenders into the back of the net. A truly stunning goal!

Congratulations also to the Raptors defence and goal keeper who kept a clean sheet today.

Man of the match went Max Rankin who worked tirelessly up front all game for the team team today.

A great team effort all round. Well done boys!

J.S.

Silence is golden for the Raptors

Stoneleigh Atheletic U10 v. Teddington Raptors

1 - 2

16/03/2019
Stoneleigh

Where do I start? This was hand down’s the best performance of the season against a strong Stoneleigh team that have beaten us in the past two encounters. The Raptors created so many chances today that had it not been for the post, the crossbar and an outstanding performance from the Stoneleigh goalkeeper, it could have been 10-1!

Ironically the last time we visited Stoneleigh it was another ‘silent’ weekend. This is an FA initiative designed to take the pressure of young players from ‘over enthusiastic’ coaches and parents. Thanks to the travelling parents who represented the club very well again!

On to the game. The first ten minutes was an even affair. The Raptors got the ball down on the deck and played some good pass and move football and pressed with fiery determination. Then just when you think you’ve seen it all in football, the sole of Daniel Jolly’s boot decided it didn’t want to stay attached to the rest of the shoe. Unphased and undeterred Daniel quickly exchanged the boot with a studless trainer. More on that trainer to come....

Stoneleigh scored against the run of play after a goal mouth scramble at the end of the first quarter. The Raptors picked themselves up, dusted themselves down and carried on playing some great football. Lennon Chamlers hit the post once and the Stoneleigh goalie made a couple of great saves.

The Raptors first goal came after a great run down the right hand side from Lennon Chalmers whose mind bending speed stretched the opposition all morning. Having reached the touch line, Lennon crossed the ball the into six yard box. Finlay Simms’ great support play was rewarded with an easy tap in to make it 1-1 shortly before half time.

The Raptors started the second half the stronger team and penned Stoneleigh into their own half. Then enter the ‘magic trainer’. Daniel collected the ball on the far right touch line, planted his left foot (with studs) into the ground and then hit a sweetly struck right footed shot (with trainer) that sailed thirty yards over the penalty box and the goalie before landing in the net!

From that moment on the Raptors never looked back and wave after wave of attack followed. Credit has to be given to the Stoneleigh goalie who kept the scoreline respectable.

Billy Hall was outstanding in goal today and stopped several long range efforts. Hayden, Max and Cormac were solid as a rock in defence.

The last five minutes were not without drama! The Stoneleigh striker hit the Raptors on a break and Hayden Elliot, who was outstanding today, made up half the pitch to put in a match saving tackle.

Then in the last minute of the game and after yet another Raptors corner, Stoneleigh hit us on another break. This time Cormac Sims threw his body in front of the shot as if his life depended on it. Bizzarely the referee awarded a direct free kick on the edge of the penalty box. The Raptors formed a wall and we all held our breath... the shot sailed over the cross bar and the final whistle followed immediately after.

All the Raptors were outstanding today..awarding man of the match was almost impossible... but it was Tom Mullins who won the award for another great passing display.

Well done boys!

Raptors unlucky in close contest with Molesey

Molesey Panthers U10 v. Teddington Raptors

3 - 2

9/03/2019
East Molesey the Wilderness.

Lady Luck went for a weekend break today as the Raptors were so unlucky not to have come away with a result. This game had it all; goals, plenty of action and a contraversial disallowed goal!

The Raptors dominated the first quarter of the game with some great pressing and passing. Daniel Jolly looked commanding in centre midfield with some well placed passes. The first goal came after Fin Simms picked up the ball in a deep midfield position and drove purposely forwards before releasing Lennon Chalmers whose shot was too powerful for the Molesey goalie to keep out.

The Molesey team grew with confidence in the second quarter and scored a deserved equaliser.

The Raptors started the second half the stronger team and enjoyed the lions share of possession but Molesey scored against the run of play to go 2-1 up.

Cormac Sims picked up the ball in defence and drove through the heart of the Molesey midfield before picking out Zac Lewis with a well weighted pass. Zac took one touch before releasing a sweetly struck shot into the top right hand corner of the goal. The goalie managed to get two hands to it, but such was the quality of Zacs strike the ball ended up in the back of the net!

Then the moment of high drama! Lennon picked up the ball on the right hand side of the pitch and homed in on goal. His low powerful shot was initially saved but then bobbled over the goalies hands and crossed the line BUT the goalie clawed the ball back into play. The referee who to be fair actually had a very good game, was unable to award the goal as the ball was not in his line of sight. Where was VAR when we needed it most?

With a cruel twist of fate, Molesey scored almost immediately after the incident to make it 3-2 to the home team.

Despite the Raptors best efforts we were unable to grab an equaliser. We were proud of the boys effort and commitment today and at times played some nice football.

Man of the match went to Zac Lewis who put in a great shift on the right hand side of midfield. Zac hit several sweetly hit shots and his efforts were rewarded with a well deserved goal.

Tough lesson for the Raptors

Teddington Raptors v. Worcester Park Colts

2 - 12

This was a tough lesson today against a very well organised league three Worcester Park team, not just for the players but for the managers too. At least four goals scored against the Raptors came from set pieces at corners. We spoke to the opposition manager after the final whistle who confirmed that this was something his team practiced in training and that they always scored many goals from corners! Tight man marking at corners is something within our control that we can work on and help the boys with.

Ironically some of the Raptors attacking play was actually very good at times. Where we were found wanting today was defending as a team. Too many 50–50 tackles were not won and in some cases no tackles were made at all. We simply made life too easy for the opposition!

Thankfully there were a couple of outstanding performances for the Raptors today. Daniel Jolly put in a great shift in centre midfield, running tirelessly from box to box. Daniel tackled and passed well and he also set up the second goal for Max Rankin.

Man of the match went to Max who demonstrated again what a diverse player he is with another great display in a forward role. Max looked hungry and his first goal came as a result of pressing high up the pitch and intercepting a back pass to the goalie. The second goal came after some great work from Daniel down the left hand side of the pitch. Having reached the by-line Daniel cut inside with his right foot and layed off a well weighted pass into Max’s path. Max’s initial shot was blocked by the goalie but Max made sure with his second attempt. Max’s all round game was spot on today; lots of movement up front and he showed some delicate touches and skills with his back to goal.

Today was tough for everyone against this league three team. As long as we learn from our mistakes then we can grow and improve. Today’s key take aways
1. tight man marking in corners.
2. We MUST press and challenge the opposition when they have position in ALL areas of the pitch!

On to the next game against Chipstead Youth, a team from our own league which should hopefully prove to be a more even match.

Raptors lose 1-0 but making great progress.

Teddington Raptors v. Oxshott Youth U10 Blues

0 - 1

26/01/2019
Bushy Park-friendly

The last time the Raptors played this Oxshott team from the league above, we lost 9-0. The fact that we went into the half time break today without conceding a goal and then eventually just missed out on drawing the game, demonstrates the great progress the team has been making in recent weeks.

The first half was excellent from the Raptors. Great pressing and passing from defenders and midfielders and Lennon Chamlers worked tirelessly up front. Neither team created any clear chances though and 0-0 was a fair score line at half time.

Oxshott dominated the game in the opening moments after the break and the Raptors were unable to get out of their own half for ten minutes. Billy Hall made a couple of great saves before the Raptors finally conceded a goal.

The Raptors then showed great fighting spirit again and worked hard to get back into the game.

Zac Lewis had a shot saved by the goaly and Jarvis Moore’s powerful right footed shot went just wide of the post.

Daniel Jolly came closet to scoring for the Raptors when the Oxshott goal keeper pushed his looping shot onto the crossbar for a corner.

The draw was not to be, but well done to the boys for giving it a good go!

Man of the match went to Tom Mullins. Toms passing was exquisite at times today. Tom is thinking about his team mates position’s on the pitch before he receives the ball. This gives him an extra second to deliver an acurate pass, vital at any level of football!

Great effort from the boys today

J.S.

Raptors Victorious in 1-0 Scrap

Teddington Raptors U10 v. Old Coulsdon Colts U10

1 - 0

19/01/2019 Bushy Park

It was third time lucky for the Raptors who have drawn their previous two meetings against Old Couldson Colts. Matches against this team have always been incredibly close but today the Raptors did just enough to deserve the win. Last week the Raptors played a great passing game pleasing on the eye. Today was a combative scrap against a large and physical team who had a couple of players that looked like U13 Rugby prop forwards!

The first half wasn’t pretty, but both teams gave 100% as they battled to dominate possession.

Our passing and all round game improved in the second half. Max Rankin had an outstanding game up front. Max was always available for a pass, had a great first touch and brought the midfield into the game on several occasions.

Up an until the fourth and final quarter either team could have won, but the game swang in favour of the Raptors in the last 10 mins as we began to create more and more chances. Cormac Sims, Max Rankin and Jarvis Moore all had shots that went just wide of the post.

Finally Max Rankin scored the winning goal with four minutes left on the clock. Receiving a ball with his back to goal, Max flicked the ball around a defender with outside of his boot, dribbled around a prostrate goaly and then blasted the ball into the middle of an open goal.

The Raptors held on for another three nervy minutes to secure a hard fought win.

This was a rare clean sheet for the Raptors, so special mention has to go Hayden Elliot and Aaron Lear who did not put a foot wrong all game and were very solid in defence. Billy Hall had another composed game between the posts.

Man of the match went to Cormac Sims who must have run 5km in centre midfield, never lost a challenge (often against boys twice his size) and played some neat through balls to the striker.

Managers and parents were very proud of the boys fighting spirit today.