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.

Raptors run riot in 5-1 win

Teddington Raptors v. Leatherhead U10

5 - 1

12/01/2019
Bushy Park

What a start to 2019 for the Raptors! Every single player was outstanding today. We played as a unit, we passed well and we played with confidence!

The Raptors dominated possession for most of the match. Cormac Sims and Max Rankin were virtually impenetrable in defence. Billy Hall had a great game in goal making two notable saves. The first a block from a close range effort in the first half. The second was from a long range dipping shot that Billy managed to push over the bar.

Our first goal came from a rare left footed shot from Jarvis Moore from the right side of the penalty box which crept inside the near post (possibly Jarvis first left footed goal so congratulations to him)!

Lennon Chalmers was in the right place at the right time in the penalty box to make it 2-0 to the Raptors.

Leatherhead then scored against the run of play after we surrendered possession in a dangerous area in front of goal and we went into the break 2-1 up.

Daniel Jolly scored the third goal after his initial shot was saved by the goalie who parried the ball back into Dans path, who smashed the ball into the open net.

Daniel then played a leading role in the best goal of the game. Picking the ball up deep within his own half, Daniel
drove through the centre of the pitch carrying the ball to into opposition penalty box, before unselfishly setting up Lennon Chalmers, who finished the move with a fierce right foot shot.

Lennon scored his hatrick and the raptors fifth goal a few moments before the final whistle. Latching on to a ball that had bounced over the Leatherhead defence, and with only the goalie to to beat, Lennon’s right footed shot went in off the left post.

Man of the match went to Jarvis Moore for an all round great game. On top of his goal, Jarvis passed the ball well and made good decisions. It was also very pleasing to see him track back from the half way line, doing just enough to put the Leatherhead striker off and preventing a goal!

Croygas Falcons U10 v Raptors U10

Croygas Falcons U10 v. Raptors

4 - 1

15/12/2018

Wallington

4-1 (loss)

 

 

The score line does not tell the full story as the Raptors played some of their best football in the first 20 mins since September.  Great passing and pressing and also a few moments of great individual skill. Daniel Jolly’s memorable dribble began in his own half weaving in out of players with great feet and speed before setting up Lennon Chalmers for a shot on goal.

Cormac Sims and Max Rankin appeared impenetrable in defensive, winning all loose balls and then playing out from the back with well measured passes.

Lennon  came close to scoring on two occasions before opening the scoring to make it one-nil to the Raptors.

We looked to be in control but the game seemed to slip away from us in the second half with a few misplaced passes and we could have pressed the opposition with a bit more urgency when they had the ball. Also it has to be said some great play by the Croygas team who were a formidable outfit!

Man of the match was awarded to Lennon Chamlers, not just for scoring his goal but for 100% commitment: Lennon pressed and did not give the opposition defenders or goaly any time or space! A great moment came when he blocked the goalies clearance and the rebounding ball span millimetres wide of the post!

Thanks to the traveling parents who made the long journey down to Wallington 

JS

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.