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Youth Awards 25.06.17

ATTENTION ALL YOUTH FOOTBALLERS…
The 2016/17 Awards ceremony is now booked in for Sunday 25th June. The schedule of events is as follows:

Training 10am – 11.30am
Awards 12pm – 1pm
Player registration 1pm – 4pm

The bar/clubhouse will be open all day where food & drink can be purchased.
Please get in touch with Steve Dewsbury if you have any queries, and/or to let him know if you can make it. Look forward to seeing you all there!

Merton FC World Cup Tournament Teams – 13.05.17

As promised, the final draw for the Fitness First six-a-side Merton World Cup. Owing to some pressure from the masses regarding global representation, Holland have been bumped and Cameroon are in!
(Would have bumped England, but as the host nation they hang in by virtue of automatic entry)

 

 

New Under 9s Tournament – 07.05.17

Epsom Falcon’s 5 aside under 8’s Tournament

Merton FC is investing in the future massively these days with a very strong youth team set up. The youngest of the new breed had the opportunity to claim a permanent place playing for Merton’s oldest armature club by representing the newly formed side in this 5 a side competition hosted in beautiful Kingswood.

Epsom Falcons had an impressive set up for this 20 team tournament with some very big names entering such as Corinthian Casuals, Metropolitan Police and of course Epsom themselves with 5 teams.

After only one training session 8 boys were selected to represent Merton at this group format tournament.

Merton found their selves in a very tough group drawn against Epsom falcon’s first team, Roundshaw, Esher and Epsom Falcons Reserves.

We were drawn to play the opening game on pitch two against Epsom Facon’s first team(Blues). The game started off against us due to having to shoot uphill but the boys were happy to just be playing. Epsom were by far the stronger of the two sides and taught us a hard lesson in ball possession and quality on the ball. They confidently knocked the ball around the pitch making our newbies work really hard for every kick. Work hard they did and put an impressive performance in against the team which lost marginally in the grand final. Epsom could only create half chances and needed a wind and hill assisted long shot and bounce over our goalkeeper to get the points in the dying minutes. An impressive first ever game for the boys who really worked hard. Looking back at the fact Epsom only won by one lucky goal, this first ever outing was incredibly impressive.

Game two was against a familiar side for some of the boys having to play against Roundshaw which included a number of players which had played on the same team this past season. The boys were really looking forward to this game as a friendly ‘grudge’ match and luckily got the rub of the green in shooting downhill for this one. The game was a very even affair with very few chances and in fairness Roundshaw did not deserve to lose. The goal came courtesy of a pre-worked corner routine which bounced around the box and big Joey Taffurelli (JT) finished solidly. Merton held out confidently and could have added another towards the end to seal the game. The boys were excited and proud of their efforts and their first ever win.

Game three was against an Esher side who looked very sharp but had been unable to find the net in their games thus far. We once again were shooting uphill so were up against it and an unfortunate slip left an open net for them to go 1 – 0 up. However the boys continued to try and play football and the absolute endless running of Lewis paid off with a fantastic solo effort of beating a few men and finishing with a cracking strike into the top corner.

The final group game was against the less experienced Epsom side but still very well drilled. Shooting downhill we had some half chances. We were caught high up the pitch and were punished on the break with a clinical finish which the goalkeeper could do nothing about.

With the group games finished we ended with a very respectable 4 points nipping into third place due to the head to head rules. This meant a 3rd position play off final on pitch one.

Final

The final set up was slightly different with teams playing 7 minutes each way. This gave us the opportunity to play all the boys in two separate bursts. It was a great game against a really well drilled side who tried to play football. A dubious penalty was given in our favour and a future Merton legend Archie Baker-Haswell followed his Grandfather, dad and uncles footsteps and confidently stepped up and converted to bring home the silverware.

An impressive first outing for these budding footballers who despite the big gaps between games and coming up against some real quality players represented the club in professional fashion. An immensely enjoyable occasion which I am sure made the parents very proud.

An excellent start to what I am sure will be the future of Merton FC.  

Adult Results – 15.04.17

Only one game played today

Latest from the Hood Spring Cup

Merton 3s trail 2-1 to Wandsworth boro when i had to leave. Final score 2 – 1. Action photos attached . Glen our scorer.

Chairman’s Corner – 14.04.17

We don’t often have a clean sweep of defeats on a given weekend, but alas that is what transpired over the weekend. The results belied some good football though, and in particular the 6s enjoyed a very entertaining game against Bank of England. The result wasn’t quite what they wanted, but they can be proud of a very impressive season. Well done to the Youth as well, who enjoyed another strong Sunday.

This weekend we turn our attentions to the first of three bumper end-of-season events – Long Good Friday. On the go will be Youth games, a Vets game (11am) and a senior game against Raynes Park-based oppo (1pm). It’s a wonderful chance for everyone associated with the club – young, old and ‘medium’ – to integrate with each other, and it should be an entertaining afternoon. For those who aren’t playing, do make an effort to pop down and be a part of the festivities. And for those who are playing, please confirm as much either by commenting on the recent Facebook post or messaging Toddy.

Thereafter, we have the Merton World Cup on Saturday 13th May. This will be a six-a-side tournament, with 8 teams and a World Cup-style format with group games, semi finals and a final. It will be followed by a barbecue and drinks in the bar as always. Once again, please confirm your availability when asked to do so. For this event in particular, it will be important to have accurate numbers so as to plan it well.

And the third event, of course, is Awards night on Saturday 27th May. This will likely involve an inter-club friendly, a penalty shootout, the FA Cup Final, the awards themselves, and of course plenty of ‘festivities’ into the evening. Not one to be missed.

Finally, a quick word about discipline. We’ve really shifted in the right direction this year, and although there remains room for improvement, it is good to see the number of yellow and red cards having dropped considerably from last season. In particular, we’d like to say well done to the 5s and 6s, who amassed just three yellows each. Congrats to all, and let’s look to reduce this even further next season, and uphold the ‘Merton Way’.

Chairman’s Corner – 07.04.17

THRIVE TO SURVIVE

After Christmas and when the monsoons have cleared the season seems to go on fast forward and now most teams are winding up their campaign. We still have a lot to look forward to with our Long Good Friday, Awards night and our very own Merton World Cup. During the summer the SAL has some interesting discussions to have and some di cult decisions to take which will a ect the future of the League and of the clubs within it. At the start of the season the League granted a few clubs dispensation not to enter a rst or second team for this season. This was a grasp of reality as these clubs would have had little alternative but to leave the league. This was done for just the one season and was balancing the interests of the SAL, trying to keep as many clubs within it and those of the other individual clubs those who bene tted from the decision and the rest who had to live with it. A few seasons ago when our 3s left just before the start of the season our request to the League was summarily dismissed and whilst we seriously considered leaving the SAL it turned out to be too late to join another league. With the help of a sympathetic xtures secretary we’ve struggled through the sea- son losing about £3K as a consequence but luckily we have ended up a stronger club. Probably the right decision then by the SAL but times are a changing. But there has been a fair bit of discontent among the other clubs where the bene tting clubs have been successful. The need to keep clubs in the SAL – as some divisions are down to nine teams and only 16 games and the Spring Cup. What seems to have happened is a breakdown in the discipline – that the xtures must go ahead. I recall clubs like EBOG and CEV coming all the way from North London with just nine players to preserve the honour of their club and ful l the xture. But on Saturday the 3s opposition Carshalton 4s decided not to turn up. They let us down badly, and their club who have been very apologetic. The rules dictate that Carshalton 4s should have called up the their 5s to make up the number but the 5s were playing a cup nal so that solution which was not implemented was unrealistic. The consequence was that our lads had a totally wasted Saturday and missed their football. Carshalton the club involved are investigating what happened and have o ered to pay all our costs and given a full and heartfelt apology. On Saturday Len (our treasurer) and I went to watch the First team in their SAL Senior semi nal at Crouch End Vampires. It took us two and a half hours to get there by car as Hangar Lane gyratory was being re- surfaced and two hours to get home on the M25. I had all the kit and stu so that I had to go by car. The team travelled by train and did it in an hour or so. But travelling across London is both time consuming and expensive and not much fun. So we know further regionalisation is on their agenda. CEV have similar council facilities to us and very similar pitch conditions and facilities is another area where we all need improvements. (Incidentally it was an entertaining game which we lost 2-0 a little unluckily but on balance they were better than us and deserved it. It was a good competitive game with their second goal coming in 92nd minute). The SAL have some di cult matters to deal with and there are no right are wrong answers just di cult judgements and we need to make the best of it. One really pleasing area is Merton 7s continuing to thrive and the success of our recruitment campaign last summer. We need to continue that this summer and we have produced a poster that we want to be displayed at Colleges and universities. So if you know of anyone at a university or college who could put the poster up after the Easter holidays please let us know and we will get you some posters. (Contact Max.herbert@btinternet.com)

Easter Eggs donations

Carshalton – Queen Mary’s   Hospital for Children’s Needs Our Help!    

We are looking for you to donate any Easter Eggs you can spare to give to the children in our local hospital over Easter. “put a big smile on their face this year”

Thank You

David Laughton

Pls BRING ANY EXTRA EGGS YOU CAN SPARE TO FOOTBALL CLUB OVER NEXT 2 SATURDAYS AND LEAVE AT BAR –  Max and Michael will be collecting.

Training

All training has now finished at St Marks, try stay fit on your own accord if you can chaps.  Please keep an eye out for the date of pre season training which usually begins first Wednesday in July.  This will be a great time to bring friends and colleagues down to join the club.

Youth Results – 02.04.17

Only two games today for the youth section and both teams won.

Under 9s beat Barnes Eagles 4 – 2 great result considering they only had the 6 players.

Under 13s beat Doverhouse 3 – 0 another great result, goals from Ollie, William and Rohan.

Under 13s, 14s and 15s had no fixture this week.

Adult Results – 01.04.17

So then, onto the results from today.

1s lost their semi final 2-0 at CEV. who went 1 up in 65 minute and second goal in injury time. We hit post and bar and had the better chances but they deserved it. Good team and competitive game. A fine effort to put together such a great Cup run though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No game for the 2s, and the 3s were let down by their opponents in the Spring Cup, who failed to show. Also in the Spring Cup the 4s went down 1-0 to Old Wokingians, while the 6s kept their promotion push going in the league with a 5-2 win at South Bank. 7s pulled off another great result, winning 2-1. Well done all