Raptors U9’s record first win of 2018

TAFC Raptors U9's v. Reigate U9's

6 - 2

RAPTORS U9’S V’s REIGATE U’9s

3/02/2018
Bushy Park
Score 6-2

The passing and pressing have been present in the last two games. Today we added the magic ingredient... goals!

Billy Hall scored the Raptors first. Billy kept his eye on a bouncing ball, allowing it to drop over his left shoulder before swivelling and hitting a left foot volley into the top right hand corner of the goal.

Moments later Billy scored our second after a fine run down the right wing from Lennon Chalmers. Lennon’s low right foot shot was parried into the path of Billy who was in the right place at the right time to tap in his second.

The third was our best team goal. Daniel Jolly found some space in midfield and threaded the ball through to Billy. The raptors found themselves in a two against one situation and Billy unselfishly laid the ball off to Lennon who finished with only the goaly to beat!

Cormac Sims maintained our lead with a few instinctive saves from close range shots.

Max Rankin worked hard up front in the second half and his efforts were rewarded when his snake like dribble resulted in an assist for Tom Mullins, who calmly executed to finish off the move.

Tom soon notched his second when his well hit low cross evaded the opposition defence and goaly and ended up in the net.

Lennon Chamlers scored the raptors sixth and final goal with a rare left foot finish at the near post.

Apologies to those who do not get a mention as all ten players played well today.

Onwards and upwards for the Raptors!

Raptors U9s puts in the best performance since promotion to division (arguably)

TAFC Raptors U9s v. Worcester Park U9s

2 - 3

RAPTORS U9’S V’s WORCESTER PARK

27/01/2018
Bushy Park
Score 2-3

This was arguably our best performance since being promoted to division. The boys deserved a draw at least from this game and it was a bitter pill to swallow to lose after surrendering a two goal lead.

We dominated the first half with great pressing and passing but could not capitalise on our possession and went into the break drawing 0-0.

Daniel Jolly broke the deadlock for the Raptors early into the second half when his low shot pinballed off the post and keeper into the goal.

The Raptors second goal was a bizarre own goal after a mix up between the opposition goaly and defender.

With just 10 minutes to go the Raptors looked like heading towards their first win of 2018... but sadly it was not be. Credit has to be given to the opposition who scored two well worked goals in quick succession.

Then in the final minute disaster struck. The referee saw a challenge in the raptors penalty box that the rest of us could not and awarded a penalty. Lennon Chamlers saved brilliantly from the spot kick diving low to his right, but the opposition striker was quick to react and fired home from the rebound. A cruel blow to the boys who had all worked so hard and played so well.

Despite the score line, the boys must take encouragement from their performance which can hopefully spur us on to our first win.

Raptors U9’s earn draw in tight contest against Horsley Eagles

Horsley Eagles v. TAFC Raptors U9s

2 - 2

RAPTORS U9’S, EARN DRAW IN TIGHT CONTEST AGAINST HORSLEY EAGLES.

20/01/2018
Toms Field. Horsley
Score 2-2

The game against Gemini U9’s the previous week is thankfully now a distant memory.

This was the performance we had hoped for to start the new year. The passing and desire to win had all returned and the team showed great spirit to come back from 2-0 down.

The first half saw the Raptors passing back to its best. Lennon Chalmers and Cormac Sims both made driving runs down the right side.

Hayden Elliot stood out playing in an unfamiliar left midfield role, running up and down the left flank, covering huge distances, attacking and defending all at once!

Jarvis Moore made a great save, tipping a long range effort from Horsley on to the bar. The Raptors held on until the dying moments of the first half when Horsley broke the deadlock.

The opening ten minutes of the second half saw the Raptors pinned into their own penalty box, soaking up wave after wave of attack until the inevitable happened and we conceded again.

Not to be deterred the Raptors bounced back immediately from the kick off. Jarvis Moore pounced on a loose ball, broke free of the opposition defence and beat the goaly in a one on one situation.

The goal lifted the Raptors (and travelling supporters) spirits. Lennon Chalmers playing in right midfield, spotted Jarvis’ run up front and curled a long range Beckham esque pass to his feet and Jarvis once again beat the goaly.

In an almost identical move a few moments later it could have been 3-2 to the Raptors. Chalmers long range pass picked out Moore whose shot was blocked by a defenders arm. In the absence of VAR technology, the referee deemed this to be ‘ball to hand’... which was probably the correct decision. The Raptors held on in the final minutes with some great saves by Cormac Sims to earn the team a well earned draw!

Hopefully the result will give the team a lift and we can go on to secure our first win of 2018!

GO RAPTORS!

In the end 2-2 was probably a fair result as both teams played very well.

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Raptors just miss out in thriller against Coulsdon Colts

TAFC U9s Raptors v. Coulsdon Colts

1 - 2

Bushy Park 02/12/2017

Score 1-2

The result didn’t go our way, but this was a great game to watch and a very spirited and committed performance from the Raptors. Physically the opposition were a great deal larger in size and strength, but the Raptors more than matched them today with our pressing and ‘getting to the ball first’ which we have found is necessary to compete at this level.

The Raptors were outstanding in defence today. Aaron Lear looked very composed and mopped up any loose balls that came his way. Cormac Sims put in a man of the match performance, refusing to let the opposition pass at all costs and turning defence into attack with some accurate passing out to the wings.

The first half was very a even affair but it was Coulsdon Colts who scored the first goal after a few minutes of dominance.

The raptors responded shortly before half time. The goal was a managers dream; passing in a triangle from Tom Mullins, Max Rankin and Lennon Chalmers that unlocked the Coulsdon defence and ended in a lethal finish by Lennon from a tight angle.

The Raptors started the second half positively with Finlay Simms breaking up the opposition play and Daniel Jolly rampaging down the right wing.

A powerful Coulsdon number eight proved too much to handle as he bundled the ball into the Teddington net in the second half, slightly against the run of play to score what would be the winning goal.

The Raptors looked deflated for a
few moments but soon recovered and began to press for a goal.

We nearly snatched a late equaliser in the dying minutes after a goal mouth scramble from a corner resulted in a great save from the opposition goalie.

Takeaway from the game today: at times the boys could try and lift their heads up and look for a pass when in possession. Their commitment today cannot be questioned and a win surely can’t be far round the corner.

Go Raptors

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!