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!


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