Teddington Raptors U10 v. Merstham Youth
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Teddington U10 Raptors v Merstham Youth
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.