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.


A game of two halves

Teddington Raptors U10 v. Bookham Colts

2 - 4

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!


Raptors roaring again!

Norbury Rising Stars v. Teddington Raptors U10

3 - 4

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


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.


Tough lesson for the Raptors

Teddington Raptors U10 v. Oxshott Royals

0 - 9

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!


Promising start for Raptors

Teddington Raptors U10 v. Merstham Youth

2 - 4

Teddington U10 Raptors v Merstham Youth
Udney Park

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.

Tough lesson for the Raptors at Leatherhead

Teddington Raptors U9 v Leatherhead U9
Leatherhead 05/05/2018

A glorious May morning on a state of the art 3-G pitch… but the Raptors just couldn’t get started today. Fielding a 7 man squad against a team that beat us 7-3 earlier in the season was always going to be tough.

Although we passed the ball well at times we gave it away too often and the final ball in the opposition half wasn’t up to our usual high standards. In the end not having any subs on a large pitch proved telling and there were several tired raptor legs towards the closing moments of the game.

Thankfully in football there are always great moments, even in defeat. Jarvis Moore used the ball to great effect in the first half holding up the ball and bringing his team mates into play.

Tom Mullins demonstrated again what a promising young playmaker he is when he split the Leatherhead defence with an audacious pass with the outside of his right boot, picking out the run of Max Ranking which left coaches and parents drooling.

Lennon Chamlers came close to scoring a couple of times after some determined dribbles on the right side of midfield.

Finlay Simms was awarded the man of the match for a solid first half in defence and then an impressive debut in goal that kept the scoreline below double figures.

The next game can’t come quick enough!

Raptors go down to Leopards in tough test


The Raptors four game unbeaten run came to an end today against the Leopards, who are surely the strongest team we have faced in the league and unfortunately had not changed their spots since we last met.

The better team won today but the 6-1 scoreline was perhaps unfair, as the Raptors were very much in the contest right up to the last 12 mins when the game slipped out of reach.

The first ten minutes saw the Raptors pinned into the their own box, soaking up wave after wave of attack before finally conceding two goals in quick succession.

We seemed to settle down after 15 mins, breaking into the Leopards half and won a couple of corners. We went into the half time break feeling optimistic we could turn things around.

The Raptors started the second half well, looking very solid and it looked like we may not concede again until disaster struck… the ref failed to spot an injured Raptors defender on the ground, allowing play to continue and Leopards capitalised on the hole in defence.

This was the turning point and the Leopards didn’t look back, scoring another 3 goals.

As always the Raptors had some great moments and it was pleasing to see we never gave up. Daniel Jolly scored the consolation goal when he used his pace to break free of the Leopards defence and beat the goaly with a firm low right foot shot.

The Raptors almost scored a second soon after when Lennon Chalmers curling right foot shot was denied by the post.

Hayden Elliot almost came close too when he picked the ball up deep in his own half and carried the ball the whole length of the pitch with real purpose, before unleashing a low right drive that went just wide of the post.

Cormac Sims was awarded man of the match for another all round great performance in defence, midfield and goal.

Congratulations to the Leopards who were outstanding today and are currently setting the standards for the U9’s age group. A tough test for the Raptors but lots of ‘takeaways’ to help with our on going development.

Raptors stage dramatic comeback in 4-4 thriller

COULDSON 14/04/2018

What a game and what a comeback! Although we played well in the first half we went into the break 4-1 down and this looked too great a mountain to climb…Coulsdon were one of the better teams we have played; well organised, physical and dangerous from set pieces which made the end result even more satisfying!

Despite the 4-1 score line at the break we played some great pass-and-move football. Lennon Chamlers bundled the goal over the line after a goal mouth scramble to make it 1-1 before the Raptors conceeded three goals in quick succession.

The managers message at half time was to continue with our passing game and enjoy ourselves.

Cormac Sims had a commanding performance in centre midfield in the second half juggling roles between playmaker and enforcer.

Billy Hall was again in the right place at the right time to score in the six yard box to make it 2-4 soon after the break and the comeback was on!

Daniel Jolly kept us in the game with a fine save in the second half which was applauded by the away and home fans.

Man of the match was awarded to Zac Lewis for his immaculate performance on the left wing in the second half. Zac ran at players, picked out the right pass at the right time and tracked back when the opposition had the ball. His efforts were rewarded with a very composed finish after a neat one-two with a team mate to make it 3-4.

The equaliser was a great example of the benefits of ‘pressing’ when three raptors (Cormac, Zac and Lenny) descended on a Coulsdon defender like a pack of hungry piranhas forcing an error resulting in a rebound that some how ended up in the back of the Couldson net.

A remarkable comeback and the coaches and parents were very proud of the raptors today!