Raptors just miss out in thriller against Coulsdon Colts

TAFC U9s Raptors v. Coulsdon Colts

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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!