Bushy Park 17/11/2018
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!