U15 Girls sunk by Caterham Cannons

Caterham Pumas v. TAFC U15

5 - 1

Teddington Athletic U15 Girls suffered their first league defeat of the season against a fluent and ruthless Caterham Pumas today. After making the long trip to Caterham two weeks ago in the cup both girls and parents were hopeful of a positive outcome, but Teddington were always on the back foot, and never looked like securing the win. Yet on this wet and gloomy day there were still gilt-edged performances that shone through.

Like a harbinger of doom the first spots of rain hinted at a rough voyage ahead for Teddington. No sooner had they cast adrift it was Teddington who were shipping water, two quick goals plunged into their net and the team were close to capsizing. Teddington are made of stern stuff and they soon plugged their leaking holes. Issy had a fighting game at right back, often repelling wave upon wave of Caterham attacks. As the wind and rain pummelled the pitch the girls grew more resolute. The tough conditions bringing out the best in a Teddington team that resembled a slightly ragtag but battle-hardened pirate crew. Caterham had their silky skills and neat passing game but Teddington had the guts and the heart to fight back. Despite Willow putting in an early tackle the midfield was being overrun. Consistently the Caterham vanguard forced back the Teddington back four of Harriet, Lydia, Kate and Issy. Kitty worked tirelessly, sitting a little deeper than usual, she was a consistent outlet for an attacking force that was being cut off from their defence.

Slowly Teddington pressed Caterham into their own half, Issy winning throw-ins down the right and Emma pushing back Caterham with her excellent long throws. Despite this dominance they couldn't find the space to fire a really clear shot at goal. Teddington had just 5 shots in the first half, two of those on target. They won a series of corners though, taken on the left by Emma and the right by Harriet. These were pumped into the danger zone but no easy chances fell Teddington's way. As the half drew to a close Kate was swamped 3 times by the Caterham attack and 3 times she kept her side from drowning.

The second half heralded a change in fortunes, the Teddington pirates had found the key that unlocked the Caterham treasure chest. Kitty swept down the left wing, feeding Emily who was starved all game of those balls she likes to run onto. This was Emily's bounty, she drove to the touchline and cut back an exquisite cross that Sophia rifled into the Caterham net. Fate though is a cruel mistress. Just as Teddington looked to be back in the game a slippery ball escaped Jess' grasp and fell at the feet of a Caterham striker. Once again Teddington came under intense pressure, Caterham counterattacking with speed, forcing a fine save from Jess under her own crossbar. It wouldn't be proper game if we didn't see Lydia swooping in to deny an opponent their opportunity. Now the tide began to turn a little in Teddington's favour, Neave grabbed a foothold in midfield and alongside Willow they were able to link up with Emily. Unfortunately in the wet conditions it wasn't easy for Emily to go on those jinking solo runs, that so often end in a goal.

It was a frustrating second half with a number of corners for Teddington and the inevitable bagatelle in the Caterham box. As the rain abated Caterham's passing game flowed even stronger, consistently they tested Jess, forcing a number of difficult saves in damp conditions. Twice they were quicker to the rebound and buried these chances without mercy. In the final minutes there were some flashes of class from the TAFC midfield too, clever interlinking play from both Willow and Emma gave chances to Emily in attack. The bleakness of the winter rain didn't dampen the spirits of Sophia and Kitty who kept charging forward to the bitter end. Nor to the resilience of the Teddington defence, who looked exhausted at the final whistle. Harriet was awarded Player of the Match by Richard for her steeliness and defiance under intense Caterham pressure.

A big thank you to Megan for coming along to support the girls. On such a wet and inclement day it was beyond the call of duty but very much appreciated.

Thank you to Demetrios for managing the girls, to the referee, and to Jon and Martin for linesmen duties. Congratulations to Caterham who have deposed Teddington at the top of the Division 1 table.

TAFC team - Emily, Emma, Harriet, Lydia, Jess, Willow, Neave, Kitty, Sophia, Kate, Issy
Goals - Sophia (1).
Player of the Match - Harriet (Chosen by Richard)
Shots - Caterham 32 vs 9 Teddington
Shots on target - Caterham 22 - 5 Teddington

Caterham K.O. Black-eyed Teddington (U15 Girls)

Caterham Pumas FC v. TAFC U15 Girls

6 - 3

Teddington Athletic Under 15 Girls ended their cup run in fighting style at Caterham Pumas today (30/09/2018). It was a bruising encounter that ended in defeat and an early exit from the cup but featured heroic performances from Teddington's nine players.

Even though this cup tie was dominated by Caterham it was a close and vibrant contest right until the final quarter of the match. Both teams started with 9 players on the pitch, 2 substitutes warmed the Caterham bench and Teddington had their very own cheerleader in the form of a poorly Sophia. The game was wide open with plenty of space for both teams to play expansive football. It was a difficult match for the 81 year old referee to keep up with, as his pacemaker worked overtime the passes flowed to every corner of the pitch. Caterham set the tone of the match with a shot that tested Jess in the first 60 seconds. Not to be outdone Emily intercepted a Caterham goal kick and fired off a shot in reply. Willow was at her creative best, her flashing green boots a blur as she linked defence and attack. Kitty perched on Emily's left shoulder, keeping close to one another they had a handful of chances in the first 15 minutes. Nothing epitomised Teddington's fighting spirit more than Willow who took a brutal butt to the eye after 20 minutes. It took her out of the game until well into the second half when she bravely took to the field again. Caterham took advantage of Teddington's reeling 8 girl team by laying siege to the TAFC goal. Ultimately it was a high ball that breeched the Teddington defences. (1-0)

Neither Emma nor Megan were cowed by the black eye inflicted on fellow player Willow and the team. They repeatedly broke free on the wing, darting dangerous balls across the Caterham penalty box. Both Harriet and Lydia were kept busy in defence, they never had a moments rest as Caterham slipped passes into the space between keeper and the back three. Again and again they were called upon to rescue Teddington, swooping in at the last moment. Caterham were skilful, and drew some smart diving saves from Jess. As the half neared its end Emma won the ball near the centre circle and sent Kitty loose on the left. Head down she gouged through Caterham like a raging bull. With the Caterham defence split in two Kitty found Emily who finished smartly. GOAL! (1-1).

Teddington looked tired in the first 10 minutes of the second half and their 8 players were starting to feel the pace. A speculative shot found its way past Jess (2-1). Moments later she responded with a brave double save that knocked a Caterham attacker from her feet. Neave was gritty in defence, nipping at ankles and winning a series of close combat skirmishes against her opposite number. It was a busy half for Harriet, she switched last gasp defence to attack, often giving Emily the opportunity to batter the enemies lines. Caterham started to stretch away, outnumbering Teddington with slick counterattacking moves. In quick succession Caterham scored four more times as their attackers showed great composure in front of the Teddington goal (6-1). Emma had another excellent half, as heads started to dip she tapped her deepest reserves of strength and stamina. One of her special long throws threaded its way through the Caterham box and burst through the keepers hands GOAL! (6-2). This galvanised Teddington and once again they took the fight to Caterham. With seconds left on the clock Emily's tenacity gave Kitty the chance to skin the last defender. Her cross was perfect for Megan who rocketed the ball into the roof of the net. GOAL! (6-3).

As the whistle blew Teddington sunk to their knees in exhaustion, they couldn't have given more. It was a deserved win for Caterham Pumas who were just that little bit more fluent and they progress onto the next round of the cup. Congratulations to Lydia who was awarded Player of the Match by Lori. Time after time she saved Teddington with her speed. Thank you to Demetrios for managing the girls, to Martin and Jon for running the line, and all the parents who negotiated the long journey to Caterham and back.

TAFC team - Emily, Emma, Megan, Harriet, Lydia, Jess, Willow, Neave, Kitty.
Goals - Emily (1), Emma (1), Megan (1).
Player of the Match - Lydia (Chosen by Lori)
Shots - Caterham 32 vs 17 Teddington
Shots on target - Caterham 20 - 9 Teddington

U15 Girls Edge Cobham Clash

TAFC U15 Girls v. Cobham Village U15 Girls

2 - 1

Last season the Teddington Athletic Under 15 Girls played two close matches against Cobham Village Girls. Each time Teddington stuck to their task and came away winners. Today was true to form and Teddington edged this early season encounter once again.

The size of the pitch has increased for the Under 15 girls and this match showed that there is more space and time for the girls to play their football. In the first half Cobham were dominant in the middle, with two of their most agile and statuesque players dictating the pace of the game. Despite this advantage they couldn't truly break the defensive line of Harriet (left), Lydia (centre), Emma (centre) and Megan (right). Cobham found it hard to create those clear chances and were reduced to 7 shots, 3 of which were on target. Teddington in contrast spent the first 15 minutes engineering a host of golden opportunities that they couldn't quite convert into a goal. They were also kept at bay by some inspired goalkeeping by the Cobham number 1. Kitty and Emily tested the keeper early on before a Sophia/Lauren combo drew a brave series of saves. A last ditch tackle denied Emily in the ensuing melee, and the offside flag stopped Neave in full flow. The Cobham midfielders varied their attack, spreading the ball wide to their wingers. These crosses pinged dangerously across the TAFC penalty box. The larger pitch is really bringing out the best in Lauren, and with the extra space she was linking well with Emily, who took the opportunity to test the keeper as often as possible.

As the half pushed beyond the midway point Kitty and Kate cracked the midfield conundrum. Kate started to win those 50/50 contests and Kitty profited with some searching forward runs alongside Sophia. Kitty, last week's Player of the Match had another excellent game. Teddington hadn't taken the chances they had created and this bolstered Cobham's resolve. To describe it as a stalemate would be to undersell the fiery battle that was flaring up in the middle of the pitch. Catia lit the blue touch paper with her sparky tackling while Matilda's skillful close control gave those ahead of her chances to push forward. With half time on the Udney Park horizon Emily produced one of those ranging attacks that took her half the length of the field. The defenders desperately shepherded  her to the touchline but Emily tucked a skimming shot under the Cobham keeper from an acute angle. GOAL 1-0.

The second half started in the same vein with Emily immediately testing the Cobham Goalkeeper. Emma had moved into midfield and around her Catia and Willow hunted tirelessly. They worked as a pack, Emma was the lioness, she was sleek and stylish but with a ferocious bite when needed. Megan stalked the right wing and there were opportunities for Kitty, Catia and Willow who prowled dangerously around the Cobham box. It wasn't long before Emily was at it again, through strength and determination she fashioned another excellent solo GOAL! 2-0. Cobham knew they were in a scrap and as Teddington legs tired they stretched the defence before them with their good passing football. Jess and Megan combined to stop a marauding Cobham attack, and Harriet's big boot was called into action to clear the lines (she even managed to kick the ball out of the ground). Lydia was as dependable as ever and extinguished a clear Cobham chance with a speedy tackle. Cobham started to take long range shots but Jess dived left and right, catching high balls and blocking daisy cutters alike. Eventually a Cobham shot just dipped over Jess, her fingertips unable to deflect the ball, GOAL 2-1.

The final 10 minutes were a tense affair. Cobham had a series of very well directed corners that spread panic along the touchline. Kate was unflappable during this tense time, invariably she got her boot in, redirecting Cobham shots or unsettling their rejuvenated strikers (Jon awarded her the TAFC Player of the Match). With Harriet's big kicks Teddington were able to switch defence to attack in the blink of an eye. Both Kitty and Emily profited, and it was the former who hit the bar in the last minutes. There was time for one last chance from Cobham, a fierce shot bouncing on the dusty ground in front of Jess. She was not to be beaten and Teddington were not to be denied an excellent win against a strong Cobham side.

Thank you to Demetrios for managing the side, and to Chris for linesman duties. Thanks to the referee for a fair and enjoyable game. Good luck to Cobham in the season ahead.

TAFC team - Sophia, Emily, Lauren, Emma, Megan, Harriet, Kate, Lydia, Jess, Willow, Neave, Kitty, Catia, Matilda
Goals - Emily (2)
Player of the Match - Kate (Chosen by Jon)
Shots - Teddington 27 vs 21 Cobham
Shots on target - Teddington 13 - 13 Cobham

U15 Girls Blast 21 Goal Salute

Rushmoor Community FC U15 v. TAFC U15

0 - 21

Teddington Athletic U15 Girls kicked off their Division 1 (SCWG League) campaign today (09/09/2018) at newly formed Rushmoor Community FC. After a summer of good living and lazy day holidays the TAFC girls were expecting a struggle as they dusted off the cobwebs and put their fitness to the test. Teddington had nothing to fear as they started where they left from last season with smart dynamic football. They were too much for Rushmoor and finished the game with 21 goals from 10 different scorers.

The early exchanges of the match were hotly contested but it soon became clear that much of the match was going to be played in Rushmoor's half of the pitch. With this in mind defenders and midfielders were given licence to roam free, everyone playing in different positions except Jess who guarded her goal (only touching the ball once). Willow felt this was a day for flamboyance and peppered the Rushmoor goal in the early minutes but it was Emily's speculative shot that started a flurry of goals (0-1). Lauren had a scintillating match, marauding down the left and she soon found Emma hunting in the middle. Such a sweet connection inevitably ended in a GOAL (0-2). It was a day when Kitty's tenacity was rewarded with both goals for her but opportunities for her teammates too. She set up Willow who buried a short range chance (0-3). Megan was clever with her interceptions, and alongside Emma they gobbled up the bouncing balls in midfield. Megan's poaching instincts paid off as she pinged the ball off the post and into the net (0-4). Once Sophia gets up a head of steam nothing derails her, she continually powered into the Rushmoor box, an early chance clearing the keeper, goal (0-5). After some smart link up play with Neave the Sophia locomotive was blowing through the Rushmoor defence again (0-6).

Emma was bossing the midfield as Rushmoor tried to reverse the run of play and it was her skill that gave Megan her second goal, a delightful chip that just cleared the keeper (0-7). Teddington's eighth goal was a historic one, a first for Neave in a Teddington Athletic shirt. It was a classic opportunist's chance, won through quick thinking and a deft touch (8-0). Kitty was finding plenty of space in front of Rushmoor's goal, a cheeky back heel didn't quite break her drought but a bullet straight shot dipped under the keeper's hand and soon it was raining goals for her (0-9). The big kicking Harriet was always a danger and she scored toward the end of the half, straight from a corner (0-10). Amongst all this chaos Emily bagged another goal and Teddington reached halftime with an Eleven goal lead.

The second half was just as frenetic and the goals kept coming despite Rushmoor's valiant resistance. They will get stronger throughout the season, and these early setbacks will be a distant memory. With a first goal in the bag Neave was shooting like a trigger happy gunslinger. Not to be outdone Lydia started to put her considerable pace to good use and hit the post with a stinging shot. This half belonged to Kitty and nearly everything she touched turned to gold, she scored a second goal (0-12) and then Harriet set her up for a third (0-13). Lydia also scored her first ever goal for Teddington Athletic when she nutmegged the keeper (0-14). Lauren was buzzing and caught the eye with her unselfish attitude, she passed to Harriet whose whipping shot bobbled over the goalkeeper's head (0-15). Lauren got a deserved goal with a long range potshot (0-16). A long throw ended with Willow slotting in a second (0-17) and she was soon to bag a hattrick as she tidied up a shot parried by the opposition's keeper (0-18). On her birthday Emily was hunting her very own hattrick, and it wasn't long before she achieved it, curling in a goal directly from a corner kick (0-19).

Throughout the match TAFC manager Demetrios had not only been shuffling the team but also reducing the number of players on the pitch. By the end there were 7 girls playing for Teddington. This left a creative space for both Issy and Kate to express themselves in. Kitty benefited from their passing flair and her Midas touch didn't desert her when she netted her fourth goal (0-20). The ever resourceful Megan powered down the wing, and with a pinpoint cross found an express Sophia who cracked her very own hattrick (0-21). It was a 21 gun salute that heralds the start of a long campaign, with muddy battles and more goals of glory to come.

Thank you to Demetrios for managing the side, and Keith running the line. Thanks to the referee for a fair and enjoyable game. Good luck to Rushmoor Community FC in their new venture. The TAFC Player of the Match was Kitty, chosen by Nikki.

TAFC team - Sophia, Emily, Lauren, Emma, Megan, Harriet, Kate, Lydia, Issy, Jess, Willow, Neave, Kitty
Goals - Lauren (1), Emily (3), Harriet (2), Willow (3), Kitty (4), Lydia (1), Sofia (3), Megan (2), Emma (1), Neave (1)
Player of the Match - Kitty (Chosen by Nikki)
Shots - Rushmoor 0 vs 49 Teddington
Shots on target - Rushmoor 0 - 30 Richmond

2018/19 – Training schedule

As the 2018/19 looms large mmap are running a full programme of training sessions once again.

In September all sessions will take place at Udney Park, and then in October move to the locations as per the key below.

If you can’t find the right age group for you or your child contact your team manager who should be able to help.

 

Key:

HAMPTON COURT HOUSE = HCH
UDNEY PARK = UP
HAMPTON ACADEMY = HA
TEDDINGTON SCHOOL = TS

 

Schedule:

U8 girls Friday 5.30-6.30 TS
U9 girls Friday 5.30-6.30 TS
U10 girls Friday 5.30-6.30 TS
U10 girls Friday 5.30-6.30 TS
U11 girls Friday 6.30-7.30 TS
U12 girls Friday 6.30-7.30 TS
U13 girls(original)Friday 6.30-7.30 TS
U13 girls (new) Thursday 6.30-7.30 UP
U15 girls Friday 6.30-7.30 TS

U7 Monday 5.30-6.30 HCH
U7 Monday 5.30-6.30 HCH

U8 Friday 5.30-6.30 TS
U8 Friday 5.30-6.30 TS

U9 Thunder Thursday 5.30-6.30 HCH
U9 Turbos Thursday 5.30-6.30 HCH

U10 Raptors Tuesday 5.15-6.15 UP
U10 Stags Tuesday 5.15-6.15 UP
U10 Leopards Tuesday 5.15-6.15 UP

U11 Hounds Wednesday 5.15-6.15 HCH
U11 Falcons Wednesday 5.15-6.15 HCH
U11 Eagles Wednesday 5.15-6.15 HCH
U11 Dragons Monday 5.30-6.30 HCH

U12 Rockets Monday 6.30-7.30 HCH
U12 Dynamos Monday 6.30-7.30 HCH
U12 Jets Monday 630-7.30 HCH
U12 New squad Monday 5.30-6.30 HCH

U13 Tuesday 6.15-7.15 UP
U13 Tuesday 6.15-7.15 UP
U13 Tuesday 6.15-7.15 UP

U14 Wednesday 6.15-7.15 HCH
U14 Wednesday 6.15-7.15 HCH
U14 Wednesday 6.15-7.15 HCH

U15 Hurricanes Thursday 7-8 HA
U15 Tornados Thursday 7-8 HA

U16 Sharks Thursday 5.30-6.30 UP
U16 Pumas Thursday 5.30-6.30 UP
U16 Tigers Thursday 6-7 HA

U17 Tuesday 7.15-8.15 UP

U18 Panthers 8-9 HA
U18 Dragons 8-9 HA
U18 Pumas