Todays Results. 1s get an important away draw at Old Owens 1-1 with Rat scoring from long range. This moves them up to seventh. 3s lose 4-2 at home to old Staioners at a very muddy Hood. (pic). 6s get back to back wins beating Old Blues 4 – 2, with an over head kick from Nuno, Spencer free kick, Matt Haswell screamer and even the Skipper Smithy getting in on the action. STOP PRESS Tomorrows Youth Games at HOOD are OFF. Pitch waterlogged.
This was a very good win for our reserves against a very Strong AP side. We had already lost to them earlier this season when AP beat us 6-4 in North London playing most of the game with 10 men after a red card. But our boys bounced back from a disappointing result against Norsemen last week to take all three points in a close game. We lead at half time through a terrific Chris Rayner strike from 20 yds that finished off a good passing movement . AP equalised from a far post header from a corner but Tom Rowe scored what proved to be the winner on about 70 mins when he was played through and hit an early shot hard and low into the corner. Ally Pally are still well placed for promotion and it is probably between them, NUFC oilers and Norsemen. Our man of the match was Rich Moore.
AFA Surrey/ Kent Senior Cup
This was a good performance from the 1s who came up against Lloyds who are top of the SAL third division and had only lost one league game this season. But we put in a strong performance and deserved the win that sets up a Semi- final tie against Alleyns to be played at the \Hood in a few weeks time. The pitch was very wet but playable and we settled quickly and got on top early on. Our first goal came from a very good move with Ackers setting up Woody who rifled it home from 20 yards left footed into the corner. Whilst we were on top Lloyds had their moments and created some opportunities and a bit of sloppy defending after 35 mins saw them equalise so we turned 1-1 at Half time. With the wind behind us we played pretty well in the second half and dominated but Lloys were well organised and never gave up. We took the lead early in the second half when a well delivered Woody free kick was flicked on and Al Gladkow finished well. We had a number of chances to increase our lead none better than Tills blazing over the bar shortly before he scored our third with a far post header.
This was a pretty good performance against a good side who look likely to be promoted to the Second division net season. Tills and Woody won a lot of the midfield headers and Snooks set up some good moves. The surface was never easy but both sides played some nice football . Everyone (both sides)put in a big shift on a very tiring surface. Phil Cook reffed the game very well . I think we were spurred on by our disappointing cup exit in our last game a fortnight ago.
Well done lads and now for the semi final but there is a big league game at Old Owens next week.
Team; Angus (GK), Al G, Browner, Clappers, Rat, Tills, Woody, Snooks, Vanny (Chris Jones 70 mins), Ackers, Bosh (Will Low 60 mins) ,
This was a really good night at the club with 16 teams quizzing the night away. With many teams in contention it looked like The Undateables, last year’s winners might retain their title but ‘Men Most Handsome’ from Team handsome, buoyed by their success on the pitch that afternoon rallied in the final rounds to win the prize (Well no prize actually). Quizlamic Extremists, Many Clouds, Leavemy***alona and Quizzy Rascall all threatened to win but faded with some tough music questions and footy finding them out. At half time the Dodge and Peter Kemp and chefs served a really good curry delivered to the tables by the U12s waiters and we were all entertained by the music of Joe Boshall, singer guitarist. It was a really lively evening and thanks go to a great number of people.
Sherbs did a great job in devising the questions and being Quizmaster on the night. Our Caterers came up with a great curry and the bar was well tended and always busy, so thanks to Dodge, Peter, Jasper and the Steves and our on the night U12 waiters. Also a special thanks to those who helped clear up at the end of the evening. It was also great to see the Murphy team and the graduates (see pics)
The Youth section fielded five teams and really supported the event, organising a terrific raffle that raised over £200 and thanks to all those who brought prizes along. It was the general support that made it such a great evening.
Todays Results. Firsts beat Lloyds 3-1 to set up a semi final with Alleyns O.B. 2s beat promotion rivals Ally Pally 2-1 in a close match, (scorers Rayner with a screamer and Tom Rowe) 4s lose 4-1 to Civil Service 5s lose heavily to Old Sals and 6s win 2 – 1 at Old Blues progressing to next round in the Junior Novets Cup with an away game against Old Finchleians 7s.
Norsemen have some of the best facilities in the SAL . The top pitch is well grassed and close to excellent modern large changing rooms. Even the drive round the M25 wasnt too bad. Weather cold and bright but when we got there the pitch was very wet. In my view it was unplayable ; one of the goal areas was a quagmire. The ref deemed it playable. And then both teams proved me wrong by attempting to play and to a large extent succeeding in playing good quality passing football on the bog. We got off to a good start but after 10 minutes and a couple of missed opportunities Norsemen took control. They scored after 25 mins and made it two nil after 35 mins when their No 9, a very strong player, held off a couple of challenges running through and firing home. A couple of really good saves from Sherbs kept us in the game at only 2-0 at half time. There was optimism as we kicked off in the second half changing from 4-4-2 to 3-5-1. We were also kicking downhill with the wind and defending the shallow end. We also had then tide with us but on the downside the end we were attacking had not stood up very well to the first half skirmishing and resembled a hippos wallow. Still we dominated the second half and Connor Murphy gave us the belief we could at least get a draw by scoring a spectacular volley with half an hour left. We pressed and pressed but could not get in a decisive strike and Norsemen were always dangerous on the break. So we lost 2-1. Norsemen Res play some very good passing football and have some very talented players. Merton are a very good football team on and off the pitch with great attitude. I was very proud of them all. No man of the match for me every one of them gave everything and Wilgo had them organised on and off the pitch. Even to to the extent of retrieving our match footballs from the same people who stole the points. If the pitch was not unplayable at the start it certainly was at the end.
Todays Results. 1s off, 2s lose 2-1 at Norsemen a bit unlucky and deserved a point for great 2nd half performance on an unplayable pitch. Connor Murphy with a spectacular goal. Chris Rayner and Wilgo jt MOM. 3s lose 3 – 1 against Alleyn Old Boys and 6s lose 5-1 to Poly at home well Wimbledon Common Extensions, not really home. Pics of 2s pre match team talk and pitch exit and Gallery of 6s game, snap shots taken by Chris ‘Spanner’ Spencer.
Steve has made special arrangements so that all our three youth teams are playing at home at the Hood on Sunday February 1st
Steve is planning to open the bar afterwards serve bacon rolls etc etc and have a bit of a get together.
He has also invited some of the guys who may be joining the youth section to coach /manage our new teams
Currently we are exploring the possibility of adding 4 new teams next year so that we have 7 teams U8s/U9s/U10s/U11s/U12s/U13s and U14s but this is a plan that we are examining very carefully.
This would be a great opportunity for the Adult club to come and show its support for the Youth section and for Steve who is doing such a great job in keeping this project on the rails and moving forward.
The youth team matches are great fun to watch and it is uplifting to see the little lads playing.
It might also be possible to make it a bit of a bar event aswell.
All 3 youth teams were suppose to be playing at home, but due to the rotten weather and water loggd pitches they was called off. The Under 12s didn’t play but the other 2 games got switched to the opponents ground. So the Under 11s lost 3 – 1 to Doverhouse Lions and the Ubder 8s beat G4G FC 8 – 0. Let hope the weather eases off next week.