Raptors Singing in the Rain

Teddington Raptors U10 v. Raising Stars U10

7 - 0

Busy Park 01/12/2018
Teddington Raptors U10 V Raising Stars U10

The wet and windy weather did not dampen the spirits of the Raptors today. The opposition arrived with only six players and 45 mins late, so this was perhaps not an even contest but the extra space allowed the Raptors to express themselves.

Last week the Raptors waited until twenty minutes into the game before they started pressing and closing the opposition down. Today we stared from the kick off and this gave us the base we needed to start positively and score some goals!

Tom Mullins scored the Raptors opening goal from close range after some persistent Raptors pressure. This was one of Tom’s best games in a Raptors shirt, picking out his team mates with perfectly weighted passes, step overs and drag backs...it was like watching Zidane!

Lennon Chalmers scored four goals today so congratulations to him. The pick of the bunch was his third. He ran with the ball from the half way line and finished with a firm right footer into the bottom left hand corner!

Daniel Jolly scored the Raptors sixth from a Tom Mullins corner. Daniel used the pace of the ball to direct his shot into the net with a delicate glancing touch that saw the ball spin into the top left hand corner.

Max Rankin completed the goal fest when he rounded the keeper in a one on one situation to make it 7-0.

Man of the match was awarded to Aaron Lear who was very solid in defence, reacting quickly to loose balls and didn’t let anything past him today!

Everyone played very well so apologies to those who didn’t get a mention this week.

On to the cup match against Molesey next week!

Silence in Stoneleigh: Raptors lose 1-4

Raptors U10 v Stoneleigh Athletic
24/11/2018
Stoneleigh-St George’s Field.
1-4

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.

J.S.

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!

J.S.

Raptors rejoice after cup win

Teddington Raptors U10 v. AFC Ewell Eagles U10

7 - 3

Bushy Park 3/11/18

The Raptors were roaring once again today. Great passing, great commitment and the majic ingredient...goals!

This was not a walk over as AFC Ewell were a good side and the Raptors had to earn this win. The opposition goaly, a gigantic figure between the posts,was outstanding and prevented the score line reaching double figures.

Lennon Chamlers bagged a hatrick. His second goal was a header, which if my memory serves me correctly was the first ever headed goal scored by a Raptor in three seasons. The fact that it came off the back off Lennons head after a team mate shot at goal (and Lennon admitted after the game he didn’t know too much about what happened), matters not. They all count thank you Lennon. Lennons other two goals were more typical finishes using great skill and pace.

Max Rankin scored two goals from centre midfield. Max’s second was the best finish of the game: a right footed shot hit with the outside of his boot that curled into the top left hand corner! A ’worldy’!

Hayden Elliot, plying in defence, also joined in the goal fest with right a footed shot blasted into the net from just outside the six yard box.

Jarvis Moore scored the Raptors seventh and final goal with a low sweetly struck right footed shot beating the Goaly at the near post!

Every single player played well today. Man of the match went to Daniel Jolly. Daniel was really up for this match, showing great competitive spirit, beating players with a combination of pace and neat footwork. It was also really pleasing to see Daniel lifting his head up before delivering acurate short and long range passes.

The Raptors really deserved this win after a difficult few months and this was reminder of the great football this team is capable of playing.

Out ‘foxed’ by Nork Park

Nork Park v. Teddington Raptors U10

7 - 1

A glorious autumnal morning on a immaculate playing surface in leafy Banstead. Kick off was delayed by five minutes as the opposition grounds man carefully cleared the pitch of any unwanted fox mess. Nork Park from group 3 proved a very tough challenge for the Raptors and the first half was a one sided affair.

We utilised the new FA ‘power-play’ rule at half time for the first time this season and brought on an additional player which balanced out the game. The Raptors only conceded once in the second half and scored a consolation goal late on.

Perhaps our best attacking out field player today was Hayden Elliot whose passing and distribution from the back was excellent.

Max Rankin scored the Raptors only goal today. This was one of the best passing moves of the game which forced the opposition goal keeper to parry a shot into the path of Max, who passed the ball into the bottom left hand corner with the outside of his right boot.

Man of the match went to Billy Hall who had an outstanding game in goal. Billy looked very alert all game and saved 7-8 shots to keep the score line reaching double figures today.

This was our last foray against a group 3 team for now as the Raptors move to group 4 after the half term break.

J.S.

A game of two halves

Teddington Raptors U10 v. Bookham Colts

2 - 4

13/10/2018
Bushy Park

To use the age old cliche this really was ‘a game of two halves’ The effort, running and pressing were all present in the first half but the Raptors passing and movement off the ball was missing.

We defended very well for the first fifteen minutes until pressure from Bookham finally resulted in a penalty which was converted by the opposition striker.

At half time the manager asked the team to focus on their passing. Cormac Sims made an instant impact in centre mid, playing some neat one-two’s with fellow raptors, which set the scene for the Raptors second half.

The Raptors first goal came after a shot from Jarvis Moore was blocked by an opposition defender and the ball fell into the path of Lennon Chalmers, who blasted the ball into the top left hand corner.

Finlay Simms made a couple of
good saves to keep the score line respectable, including a great double save from two low drive’s.

Lennons second goal was reminiscent of Michael Owens goal against Argentina in the 98 World Cup: Lennon used his pace to burst threw the opposition defence before directing the the ball into the top left hand corner.

The last five mins saw the game swing towards the Raptors who were becoming increasingly dominant. There was a sense we might be able to salvage something from the game, but we had left it too late and the referee blew his whistle for full time.

Man of the match was awarded to Tom Mullins who is currently optimising the brand of football of the Raptors are striving to achieve: great passing and movement, mixed with competitive pressing and tackling!

J.S.

Raptors roaring again!

Norbury Rising Stars v. Teddington Raptors U10

3 - 4

29/09/2018
Norbury Primary School

The Raptors should be proud of themselves today after this incredible team effort to record our first win in our new division. The good passing and movement off the ball returned and we showed a gritty steely determination to hold on to our narrow lead in the second half.

The first half started in unusual
circumstances as the opposition only had six players as their seventh player was running late. The Raptors pressed home the advantage and used the extra space to great advantage, going 2-0 up in the first ten minutes, Lennon Chalmers scoring both goals. Cormac Sims was outstanding in central midfield, driving forwards with the ball and tracking back in defence!

Half time saw the arrival of the oppositions 7th player and the match developed into a much more even contest. The Raptors managed to grab an early third goal through Lennon for his hatrick. Credit is due to the opposition who clawed their way back into the game in the second half. They were a big strong physical team who were determined to get back into the game and before long the they had equalised to make it 3-3. The last ten minutes was a dramatic tense ‘backs to the wall’ affair as both teams went for the jugular.

Cormac came close to scoring the winning goal with a long range effort that hit the cross bar and Daniel Jolly made several great saves to keep us in the game.

Finally it was Lennon again who scored his fourth goal with a speculative long range low drive that beat the goaly at the near post to win us the game.

There were several contenders for the man of the match today but the award went to Tom Mullins. Tom was asked to play in an unfamiliar defensive role. Tom was very disciplined, staying in position and his distribution out of defence was excellent. Then in the second half he put in a tenacious battling display in left midfield.

Overall a great team effort from the boys today.

Raining in Reigate

Reigate Dynamos v. Teddington Raptors

7 - 1

22/09/2019
Reigate

The Raptors have not yet adapted to life in league three and we lost to a physical, robust and organised team today.

Tom Mullins was our most creative player and it was Tom who crafted the Raptors only goal of the game. Tom beat two players on the right hand side of the pitch with some neat footwork before pulling back a pass to Lennon Chalmers, who side-footed the ball into the net, catching the Reigate goal keeper off guard.

Credit to the Raptors who kept on trying until the final whistle.

Man of the match went to Lennon who gave 100% and left nothing on the pitch today.

J.S.

Tough lesson for the Raptors

Teddington Raptors U10 v. Oxshott Royals

0 - 9

15/09/2018
Udney Park

There was no shame in losing to this quality Oxshott team who are well established in league three. The Raptors learnt a tough lesson today about the value of ‘pressing’ and closing the opposition down, as Oxshott refused to let us play our normal passing game.

The Raptors started very well, stringing together a few passes and the first ten minutes of the game appeared to be an even contest. A few momentary lapses of concentration in defence led to two goals in quick succession and we never recovered from this. The opposition relentlessly closed us down and pressed high up the pitch for the remainder of the game.

Perhaps our best attacking performance came from Daniel Jolly who used his pace to penetrate deep into the opposition half into dangerous areas on several occasions.

The Raptors never gave up and Cormac Sims ran his socks off and Billy Hall worked hard down the left side as a second half sub, forcing a number of throw-ins awarded to the raptors.

Man of the match was awarded to Finlay Simms for a solid performance in defensive midfield and goaly in the second half.

Take aways from the game today: release the ball earlier and press the opposition team when they have possession.

The next game can’t come quick enough!

J.S.

Promising start for Raptors

Teddington Raptors U10 v. Merstham Youth

2 - 4

Teddington U10 Raptors v Merstham Youth
Udney Park
08/09/18

Although the result did not go our way this was a really great team effort against allegedly one of the strongest teams in division three.

The boys adapted well to a new ‘Christmas tree’ formation, which is a slightly more defensive approach to what the boys are used to. The idea was to soak up pressure and then use the pace of Lennon Chamlers and Jarvis Moore to hit the opposition of the break.

The first goal of the game came from Jarvis Moore who showed great combatative spirit and upper body strength to withstand a strong shoulder challenge from the opposition defender, before unleashing a strong right footed shot into the bottom left hand corner.

Merstham equalised a few minutes later before Lennon Chalmers put the Raptors 2-1 up, using his pace to beat a couple of defenders and finishing at close range. Lennon terrorised the oppo defence all game and was unlucky not to have scored a few more!

The Raptors continued to play well in the second half and Finlay Simms made a couple of good saves in goal.

In the end a lack of subs began to tell and tired legs allowed Merstham to creep back into the game which ended up as a 4-2 loss.

Man of the match was awarded to Max Rankin for an all round great display in defence. Perhaps his finest moment was an incredible tackle after tracking back from the halfway line to deny a Merstham counter attack in the first half.

Apologies to anybody who has not had a mention as everyone had a game today.

Not the right result but a great game and the boys enjoyed themselves.