Giants humbled by Redhill Youth

Giants v. Redhill Youth

0 - 13

The Giants fought hard in the drizzle in Bushy Park but came up against a stronger side and fell to their heaviest defeat since the early days of the season.

After the last two matches, where poor starts cost the Giants a chance of victory, manager Dan Crosby set his team up to contain the opposition in the early exchanges but it was clear from early on that the Redhill team were a skilful and disciplined outfit.

With Louie in goal and Eli in defence, the Giants held out early on, but once the Teddington goal had been breached the goals flowed regularly throughout the game. There were chances for Teddington, Jonty tested the goalkeeper when clean through and Josh ran the length of the pitch only to be denied by the keeper, but the Redhill defence, sponsored by Sainsburys, held firm and restricted the Giants to few chances. At the other end Seb made some terrific saves in goal and Julius and Charlie were in fine tackling form, but you could Taste the Difference between the sponsored side and our lads.

Teddington’s loyal supporters thought that the Giants could have had a penalty when Jake was challenged firmly in the penalty box, but the referee disagreed and the Giants failed to score the first time since September.

Man of the Match: Seb

Reporter: Hu Dano

Giants felled in the woods at Oxshott

Oxshott Royals v. The Giants

5 - 2

27 January 2018

In 1977 Monty Python’s ‘Jabberwocky’ was filmed in Oxshott woods. ‘The monster so horrible that people caught the plague to avoid it’, was accidentally killed by a young barrel maker, played by Michael Palin. The Giants went to Oxshott without fear, but, as with their last match in Walton earlier in the month, early mishaps cost them in a close fought and entertaining contest.

Oxshott has become a popular home for footballers, particularly those that wear the blue of Chelsea, with former players John Terry, Didier Drogba, Graham Le Saux and Solomon Kalou together with manager Carlo Ancelotti all reputed to live in the village. It was perhaps a surprise therefore that the Oxshott Royals play in the colours of their London rivals Arsenal.

The Royals attacked straight from kick off and within the first minute the ball was nestled in the back of the Giants net. Two more goals followed in quick succession and Teddington found themselves three goals down and with a mountain to climb. The Oxshott pitch was larger than the Giants were used to and recent rain created sticky conditions underfoot. The vocal support on the sidelines feared that this could be a long day.

But heads did not drop and slowly but surely the boys grew into the game, pressing the Royals and starting to create half chances of their own. Eli, Tom and Josh pushed forward and good saves from Louie in goal and some last ditch tackling from Charlie prevented the Royals from increasing their lead.

The Giants dominated the second quarter. Jake terrorised their defence, dancing through at will. He scored once with a clean strike from the edge of the box and but for some great saves from the Royals keeper could have had a hat-trick. The Oxshott side created few chances with Julius at the back sweeping up any dangerous balls and Louie proving dependable in goal. With the score 3-1 at half time it was game on.

The Giants continued to press at the beginning of the third quarter and a fizzing shot from Josh was just a whisker wide of the Royals goal. Against the run of play the Royals extended their lead, a third goal for their No 6 putting the Royals 4-1 in front. This was hard on the Giants who had looked solid in defence after the early mishaps. Undeterred they continued to press and Josh got his reward for some excellent attacking play with a goal to bring the score at the end of the third quarter to 4-2.

The pattern of play continued in the final quarter with the Giants growing in confidence. Seb was masterful in defence and Jake, Jonty and Louie probed the Royals defence for opportunities. But the Giants couldn’t add to their goal tally and a chip from the Royals No 6 proved the only goal in the final quarter to give a final score of 5-2.

Assistant Manager Tim Wright, stepping in for Dan, will have been proud of the boys but wishing the game had started five minutes later.

Man of the match: Jake

Reporter: Hu Dano

Colts shoot down rusty Giants

Gemini Colts v. The Giants

7 - 3

13th January 2018

The Giants fell to their first defeat since October on their opening outing of the new year on a grey day in Walton. Their prize for an unbeaten run in November and December had been promotion to Group 2 and the Gemini Colts proved tough opposition on their home turf.

The game was closer than the 7-3 score line would suggest but was lost in a four minute spell in the first half when the sleeping Giants conceded four quick fire goals.

The game had started well with robust tackling from both sides and few chances on goal. Eli was commanding in defence snuffing out the Colts forward play and Seb in goal dealt comfortably with the early shots on goal. Up front Louie, Julius and Jake battled hard against a robust Walton defence but were thwarted in the early exchanges. The Colts broke the deadlock with a rasping shot from range to take a 1-0 advantage into the first break.

The second quarter went horribly wrong for the Giants. Heads dropped when the Colts scored a second and this was followed up by a series of clinical strikes from the boys in lime green. By the time the Giants had regrouped they found themselves 5-0 down. Some measure of pride was restored when Josh struck a fine free kick into the far corner of the Walton goal but the Colts quickly restored their five goal advantage only moments later. This brought exasperated looks from the Giants vocal supporters who felt that the referee had missed a clear foul on our last defender who was thrown to the ground in the build up to the goal. The Giants faced an uphill battle, 6-1 down at half-time.

In the second half the boys proved they could compete at the Group 2 level. The Giants started to show the form that had gained them promotion and dominated possession. Josh struck twice more for his hat-trick, a second in two games for the club, to bring the score back to 6-3 at the end of the third quarter. Were the stars aligned to allow an unlikely comeback against Gemini?

The Giants continued to push in the last quarter but excellent work from the Colts goalkeeper prevented any further Teddington goals. The Colts added shine to their victory with a late strike to give a final score of 7-3.

Man of the match: Eli

Reporter: Hu Dano

Giants thrash toothless Dragons

Giants v. Nutfield Dragons

9 - 2

9th December 2017

‘Come not between the dragon and his wrath’ spoke King Lear but the Giants had little to fear from the Dragons of Nutfield as they romped to a 9-2 victory on a crisp morning in Bushy Park.

The Giants are growing with every game and never looked in danger as they took on a Nutfield team for a second week running. The long grass and sticky conditions in Nutfield were replaced by a touch of frost on the shorter grass at the Royal Park and the boys responded with some slick passing and a solid team performance.

The Giants were on the attack from the off with new boy Josh surging forward to shoot narrowly wide within the first minute. Encouraged by this good start the boys continued to press forward and Josh was rewarded a few minutes later with the opening goal and his first for the club. This was to be the first goal in a great first quarter. Julius added a second a few minutes later following a penetrating run and shot and Josh struck his second a few minutes later. The Giants were rampant and the Nutfield Dragons conceded a fourth when their defence inadvertently deflected the ball into the net direct from a corner for a 4-0 lead to the Giants.

The Dragons tightened up in the second quarter bolstering the defence and despite pressing forward the Giants failed to add to their score. A mix up in the Giants defence allowed the dragons to pull a goal back and it was 4-1 at half time.

The Dragons resistance was broken early in the third quarter when Josh struck again for his hat trick in an excellent debut performance and Eli, Seb and Jake each scored to put the Giants well in control at 8-1.

Louie made it 9-1 after a surging run and cross from Seb and after a goalkeeping error allowed the dragons to pull one back, the Giants almost got a tenth when the ball was grasped by the Dragons keeper on the line.

The hard work in training is starting to pay off with five wins in a row and six different scorers today. Manager Dan Crosby will sleep well tonight!

Man of the match: Josh

Reporter: Hu Dano

Cracking display breaks Nutfield’s resistance

Nutfield v. Giants

4 - 7

2nd December 2017

The Giants returned to the Surrey Hills for a second weekend in succession and once more scored seven in a hard fought victory over a spirited Nutfield side.

Learning from last weeks navigational challenges, the team arrived on time, only to find that the pitch had been double booked. Shooting practice led by assistant manager Tim Wright however served the team well and once the match did start, an hour behind schedule, the Giants were clinical in front of goal.

After a tight first five minutes Jake broke the deadlock with a quick brace and Julius followed this up with a third to give the giants a three goal lead. This was reward for a hard working and energetic start with the whole team pressing their opponents and giving them little time on the ball.

Nutfield, and their No 5 in particular, were a constant threat and they pulled a goal back before half-time following a lapse in concentration in the Giants defence.

The three goal advantage was restored early in the second half when Jake struck again for his hat trick. At 4-1 it looked like the Giants were cruising for another comfortable victory but Nutfield had other ideas and fought back with two quick goals to bring the score back to 4-3. The Giants restored their two goal advantage when Julius netted again only to be pegged back once more by Nutfield’s No 5 who grabbed his fourth of the game to make it 5-4. The tension was increasing on the touchline but the Giants were not going to let this go and Julius broke through the Nutfield defence once again to strike high in the net for his hat trick. This was fine reward for an excellent performance.

Jake added a further goal in the final minute to ensure that the team scored seven for the third game running.

Man of the match – Julius

GIANTS TOO STRONG FOR THE COLTS!

Leatherhead Colts v. Teddington Athletic 'Giants'

0 - 7

Saturday 25 November 2017

The Giants put in their best performance of the season with a resounding 7-0 victory over Leatherhead Colts on a chilly Saturday morning in the Surrey Hills. This was the Giants third win in a row and they finish November unbeaten after successive victories over Hook and Chessington.

In a week when the Chancellor looked to technology to boost the gloomy outlook, technology was almost the Giants downfall. All the talk through the week was on whether the boys would have the right boots to play on the Astroturf pitch but it was sat nav that nearly felled the Giants.

With kick off imminent half our team were driving up a dead end on the wrong side of the River Mole. Undeterred the team attacked from the off with captain for the day, Eli, charging through to score with the Giants first attack inside the opening minute of the game.

Jake ‘Vardy’ Wright followed up his recent impressive form scoring direct from a free kick two minutes later, the ball bouncing in off the inside of the post after a cracking shot from a narrow angle. Jake followed this goal with two further strikes in the first ten minutes of the game, to give him a hat-trick and the Giants a four goal lead. That gives Jake eleven goals in three games after his two against Chessington and six against Hook.

But today manager Dan Crosby will have been most impressed by the quality of the team performance. Goalkeepers Louie in the first half and Tom in the second both kept clean sheets and a tigerish display from the defence and midfield, with Eli, Julius and Charlie pressing and tackling throughout, meant that the Colts never looked like scoring and the Giants dominated the game.

Further goals from Jonty, his first of the season, in the second quarter, and from Louie and Jake in the second half secured a resounding 7-0 victory.

Man of the match: The entire team