Month: May 2015

FA Cup Final Day 30.05.15

Against all the odds we  were blessed with a decent dry day which was essential for the day that was  planned. Thanks to Denys Z we were able to welcome FC Polska to the Hood for a pre Cup Final friendly. They had made the long trek from North London. The game, reffed by our perennial favourite Dave Laughton, kicked off a little late and Merton took an early lead when Al G surged through and set up Denys for a really good goal. This was a little misleading as Polska were  obviously a good side. Despite the early set back  Polska quickly got into the game and were soon level and then scored a really good goal to go 2-1 up. They had some  good players dominating mid field and that soon became 4-1 and a great strike by Wilgo brought it back to 4- 2 . Some real end to end football where all the Merton players stayed at the one end saw some more scoring with FC Polska winning 6-4. Then it was down to the Pre Cup Final drinks and BBQ. Polska certainly knew how to play football but they were pretty good at Post Footy too and stuck to the task of drinking and eating all that was available. Many thanks to the Bar staff for manning the pumps and setting it all up and to Peter and Jasper Kemp for their all round support and provisioning and Sherbs who stepped into the role of head chef. So then it was the sweep on first goal scorer and time of first goal and watching Arsenal play Villa off the park, always entertaining for a Baggies Man. Still it was a good day and a nice preparation for next week’s Awards Day. Thanks to the Polish lads and all the helpers for such an important contribution.

6s vs Alexandra Park 10s 09.05.15

The last game of the season for the 6s and it had to be played and it had to be a North London game.  With the bare 11, only 4 of the regular 6s playing and help from present and past members we arrived at White Hart Lane (Community Sports Centre).  Pulled into the car park to find that there were no changing rooms, strip down on side of pitch and had to pay £1.50 for the car park!! As all the team turned up Manager for the day Matt was wondering if Nuno had got the wrong location and was waiting at the actual White Hart Lane stadium!!  Turns out he wasn’t available; think he is scared of crossing the river?

The team was in a dilemma as Alexandra Park 10s only needed a point to get promoted, do we go out and cause them misery or do we lose and not have to travel this far next season, but the team went out and gave it their all.

10 minutes to kick off and there was no ref, luckily there was an Ally Pally member who was a qualified ref to step in who done an excellent job and was fair to both teams.

With some new faces Manager Matt selected the best formation he could a 4 – 5 – 1, with a midfield of a combined age of 138, Angus, Martin and Matt.  Matt won the toss and select that we kick with the wind at our advantage.  We started off well; both teams had a few chances, Matt and Pete nearly getting a goal from corners. The first goal came from them when a shot came in, our keeper parried the ball and their forward followed in the rebound.  We continued to press from the kick off when Ricardo got taken down midway in their half, Matt stepped up to knocked the ball into the box, which ended up going direct and looping over keeper and into the back of the net, yes the usual type of cross come shot that Matt has.  Ricardo pulled up with a hamstring injury and we went down to ten men but held on to go into the second half 1 – 1.

A quick team talk at half time and a bit of deep heat on Ricardo’s hamstring and we started the 2nd half with the wind against us.  This was a tougher half as legs tired, Alexandra Park attacked us and we had not a lot up top as Ricardo was struggling to move but bravely battled on so we had 11 on the pitch.  They continued to attack and made the score 4 – 1 and as time went on knew that they had the points and promotion was nearing.  We manage to claw another goal back with another Matt Haswell free kick.  Their defender got pulled up for a handball just outside their area, with a four man wall Matt hit a daisy cutter, ball went under the wall and in bottom corner.  This put Matt 2nd top goal scorer for the 6s; if we played more North London games could have been top goal scorer as Nuno wouldn’t have played that many games and not got as many goals!!

Not long after this the ref blew for full time and Ally Pally 10s got their victory and promotion.  Congratulations to them and thank you for getting promoted so we don’t have to travel to North London next season. We all got changed on the side line, and like the Burchells we didn’t have a shower after the match.

Big thank you goes to all that travelled to North London for the game and Angus and son for travelling from just round the corner.  Men of the match go to Pete and Zou for their determination and battling in defence.

FA Cup Final Day 30.05.15

Merton FC X1 vs. FC Polska

2pm KO at the hood 

Those interested in playing should contact Simon Clapperton (07951158536) / Alex Herbert (07808174750)

We are looking for a squad of around 15….

A BBQ will start from 4pm and run throughout (I will run – and liaise with Peter re: his excellent butcher)

The FA CUP is live in the bar (build up from 4pm)

First to score and time of first goal bets………

Come on down and join in the day, cheap beer, good food and good atmosphere…..

Merton FC Golf Day

We are trying to resurrect the Merton FC golf day the “Terry Baker Trophy,” it will be on a Saturday on a local course, we invite members, former members and guests to participate, we have not set a date until we know the interest, this is a good day out plenty of trophies to be won, please let Terry baker know if you wish to play. tbaker87@hotmail.com or 07770 114175 

Youth Result – 10.05.15

Youth Result. In their final game our u12s lost 9-4 to a strong Carshalton Athletic side. One man short but battled to the end. Jamie (keeper) was MoM for a string of saves inc a pen but everyone put in a tremendous effort with Jack heading a brilliant goal from a Mason corner. Well done to Steve and all the lads for sticking to it .youth 10.05.15 02 youth 10.05.15 03 youth 10.05.15 04

Adult Results – 09.05.15

Today’s results 5s win 5-1 at home against HSBC (pics) with a great second half performance, 6s lost 4-2 to Alex park with a scratch side – thanks to all those who made the effort – great Merton spirit, BUT West Wickham beat Poly 1-0 so the 1s are relegated to Div 2 (on goal difference). Really gutted for the lads but very proud of them all (pic) They will be back.

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3s vs Old Garchonians 02.05.15

The 3s last game of the season was against the division champions Old Garchonians. Right fom the start they looked a good well organised side. Both sides took a little time to settle down. We had a scratch side drawn from all parts of the club and so were a little disjointed. It was a fairly even contest but with OGs definitely on top and creating the more chances. An unlikely centre back pairing of Snooks and Ricardo operated well to hold some lively forwards. A good move and finish saw OGs go one up and they had chances to make it 2-0. One of the highlights of the game, apart from our goal, was their forward clearly in an offside position being unable to resist tapping a goal bound shot into the empty net and so making sure it did not count to make it 2-0. He was so far offside even he did not argue and he had argued about everything else. Shortly after that we equalised with a good move out of defence and great finish from Darcy. Both sides had chances to make it 3pts, OGs rather more than us. They were a good strong side who should do well in the higher division. It has been a struggle this season for our 3s but the club is very grateful to some of the stalwarts who have stuck with it through thin and thin. So thanks to Tony P, Darcy, Jamie Scott, Ryan Gresty , all of whom have helped in organising aswell and our keepers Arturs/Ryan. It will be better next season but thanks for the commitment.

2s vs NUFC Oilers 02.05.15

For the last game of the season the 2s entertained the team that finished second in their division but were regarded by our side as easily the best team in the division and against whom they had enjoyed a really good game earlier in the season even though they had lost 3-1. The Oilers are a new club that are born out of Nottingham Uni and their three teams have gone through the divisions to reach the top in a very short space of time. The only irritation is that they settled on an all yellow strip for their club colours and so for this game and because the 3s were wearing the 2s normal blue change strip the 2s wore our clubs ceremonial dress of white shirts and black shorts, appropriate as this was to be Will Ts last game before he goes to oz and possiibly Crusher’s too (for a season anyway??).

We started in lively fashion and had a very good shout for a pen when we capitalised on a rare defensive mix up but a defensive block denied us. Jase was winning the ball in the air and Will’s pace was always threatening but the Oilers were solid in defence and took control of the game through the midfield. The first goal came from a well delivered curling free kick awarded for a perfectly good Ben Cook tackle. It seemed the only way to defend this was to head it decisively into our goal by one of our own who shall remain nameless. This happened towards the end of the first half and it was 2-0 early in the second when we lost possession and fannied about till their man took charge and smacked it into our goal. Dave Hitchcock and Connor had been very solid in defence and Liam was having one of his best games getting very involved in midfield and supporting the MMH Crusher who wa again outstanding. That was the point when I left. I wasn’t doing a Terry because this was a good entertaining game of footy but DQ rather than head our first goal had gone down in a writhing heap and had to go to hospital. I am reliably informed that the final score was 3-0 and we continued to create and miss ‘sitters’ and their 3rd goal was unstoppable. Crusher was ‘Man Most Handsome’ again.

Whilst at St Georges DQ had his dislocated shoulder x-rayd put back in and it disobediently popped out again put back in again and x-rayd again. But by 7.30 he was in the recovery position (ie having copious quantities of alcohol in The Swan and working up an appetite for the obligatory end of season curry. I sloped off to bed unaware of the dramas at the hospital where the doctor had wanted to cut DQs white shirt off his back to save him the pain. Can you imagine that … what are they thinking about. Do they train these doctors??

Well that is the end of a slightly disappointing season. Having come down from the 1st Division it is disappointing to finish in the bottom half particularly when at half way we were well placed. Thanks to Wilgo, CHJ, Marc and Sherbs who helped run the side and the team generally had a lot of fun.