Whyteleafe Wanderers 8-1 Merton Fc
County cup weekend, and Merton were drawn against Whyteleafe Wanderers from the Tandridge League in their 2nd knockout round tie. A 2pm kick off meant that it was a slow burner of a day before time sped up in the build up before kick off.
A chilly day, and in the hilly backstreets of Whytleafe we were at a venue that would hopefully provide a great experience for the players to gain and take them back into the league football.
The message was to keep it tight and work hard against what would undoubtabely be a strong side. Playing on an immaculate 4G pitch provided a great backdrop for what would hopefully be a great game.
Kick off approached and the set up was evident of the game. Whyteleafe would have a lot of the ball, and Merton would need to work hard off the ball. A sloppy start handed Whyteleafe confidence and a goal within the first 3 minutes. Whyteleafe continued to play football and Merton countied to chase the ball and the players and struggled to keep up with the quick movement. The start got worse and whyteleafe extended their lead quickly, and sped into a 5-0 lead within 20 minutes.
Frustrations grew, but Merton’s spirit did not drop. And we worked hard off the ball. We managed to stifle Whyteleafe and began to become confident on the ball. We scored a goal, with a well taken finish from Felix. And that was no less than we deserved in this passage of play. Whyteleafe extended their lead to 6-1 just before half time.
Half time came around and the message was to continue the hard work that the players had put in from the 20th minute. It was important that we done this as we had managed to make Whyteleafe work for what they had.
Whyteleafe scored 2 further goals in the second half, in what was a respectable scoreline in the end. It didn’t look that way in the first 20 minutes!
Well done to Whyteleafe, good luck in the next round
Heads up  and we now go again in the league. Your spirit and desire was evident in bucket loads throughout the second half. Next game Met Police in the league, we can now be positive in the league this season.   
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Merton FC 4 – 2 Whitton Wanderers 
On a cold, foggy morning Merton tried to continue the good performance from the following week against Kingstonians. 
We started extremely strong, moving the ball around at ease and dominating the play. It was only a matter of time; when we scored our first goal. Both strikers battling for the ball, Bradley finally taking control and rolling it underneath the keeper. Lead fully deserved and this saw the team grow in confidence and kick on in the game. We continued to pressurise Whitton when they had possession making it difficult for them to get out of their own half, Bradley capitalising again and scoring his second of the game. 
We continued to keep our shape well and moved the ball around confidently, gaining praise from onlooking parents from the game behind us. The boys at this point looked extremely confident on and off the ball and continued to play with a confidence that they had developed the week before. 
Whitton had a corner, and from the corner we hit them on the break. Bradley having the confidence to turn and run at the back line and finish past the on rushing keeper. 3-0 and Merton looking very strong. 
Big smiles all round and this was looking like it was going to be an excellent day for the side. 
Whitton began to get a foothold in the game but didn’t really test Esteban, who volunteered to go in goal for the first half. 
Half time and it was a clear message of continue what we had produced in the first half. 
Second half began and we had to make changes, one being Tommy in goal. Changes to the team effected the flow of our game and we began to look sloppy and panic on the ball. The message wasn’t getting across to settle down on the ball and don’t panic! 
Whitton grabbed a goal back after some sloppy defending from our back line, allowing Whitton player to get himself out of a tight space with 3 players surrounding him. 
Frustrations grew and Merton couldn’t get their game going again, sloppy passes, tackles and general all round play affected the flow of Merton. 
We reverted back to Sam and Bradley up top and it paid dividends – Sam finishing off a neat move to secure the game. 
Great 1st half performance, sloppy 2nd half. But a win. 
Wanted to mention the impeccably observed minute silence for Nick from the adult side who sadly passed away in the week. The players are proud to wear the badge, as was Nick. Thank you to Whitton for respecting this and joining us in the respectful minute. 
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Merton FC 1-2 kingstonians

Excellent performance that ultimately ended in a defeat for a hardworking and battling side today.

The team had to regroup and start again following the result last week and message of the day was to get the enjoyment back in the team, and have fun playing football.

We made a solid start despite kingstonians having a lot of the ball. Holding strong under immense pressure at times, whilst kingstonians knocked the ball around at comefortable ease.

We nicked a goal and took a 1-0 lead, albeit against the run of play, but something that we had worked hard for. Bradley applying the finishing touch after the ball bobbled around in the area. Following the goal we continued to battle and could have had 2 or 3 more goals had we taken our chances.
A free kick was given 5 yards in our half, not much danger for us; or so it seemed! There skipper pulling out a cracking free kick that flew past estaban in goal.

1-1 and it was game on, an even contest that both teams battled for the upper hand in.

2nd half and we continued to play well, battling and showing our quality when we had the ball. Challenge from last weekend was to create more chances than we did last time, and we did. Continuing to create chances, and getting closer to their goal.

Midway through the 2nd half, Jake running in on goal. K’s goalkeeper came rushing out and handled outside his area. Ks were rattled and Merton carried on pushing for the second goal.

We began to run out of ideas and ks began to increase the pressure on our goal.
We continued to battle and hold out until 79th minute. When we lost our player in the box and he fired in the winner. Undeserved winner – couldn’t be prouder of our players for their attitude and battling spirit.

Massive well done to all players, great attitude and spirit. Especially when opposition challenged the respect campaign to its boundaries!! Keeping our heads and continuing to do what we do best.

Well done lads. Up the Merton

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Difficult result to take this week, especially with the game evenly poised 1-1 with 8 minutes to play!

A solid start to the game and it was a close game between two evenly matched teams, with chances being at a minimum throughout the first half.

A couple of close chances for Hanworth and they took their first clear opportunity and took a 1-0 lead. We carried on battling and creating space but could not find the opportunities to score a goal.

Solid performance continued into second half, creating marginally more chances but that was the theme of the game. Limited chances throughout, it seemed like it had 1-0 written all over it!

We managed to grab an equaliser from Jake D and looked like we could nick a winner. However, another sloppy goal gave them a 2-1 lead.

Our heads dropped and gifted them 2 further goals, leaving with a 4-1 defeat. It was not that score line, a much closer game than the score shows.

Heads up and go again

Up the Merton

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Main message after last weeks result was to see a reaction. A strong start was made, and we raced into a 4-0 lead within the first 30 minutes. Jake D scoring a hatrick, after Malcin had scored a long distance free kick for us to take the lead.

At this point we started to: take our foot off the pressure but made some changes to keep everyone active in the game. Hampton began to put pressure on us and carved out a goal on the final kick of the first half.

Second half began and we continued to be sloppy at times on the ball, handing possession over on numerous occasions. Hampton capitalised on a mistake and made it 4-2.

We began to improve and took a 5-2 lead, but again gifted a goal away and let them back into the game. We handed – literally – them a penalty, which Esteban excellently saved to keep our lead at 2 goals. We scored the final goal of the game to make it 6-3; to which it ended that way.

A good performance with things to work on. Well done again

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Three bridges 7-1 Merton FC

Not a good day at the office today, tough game made tougher by the mistakes made all over the pitch. The hunger and desire shown in the last few weeks was missing today, however we battled and were in the game up until half time.
Three bridges had a lot of the ball and despite only having 11 players to choose from today, made Merton tire by moving the ball very well.
This was a theme of the whole game – they were excellent on the ball.
We defended solidly and stuck at it, looking like we may have come in at half time 0-0. A miscommunication in the back line allowed them in for an incredibly soft goal and they took the lead.
Half time and 1-0 to three bridges. Changes to try and create more chances, we missed 3 good chances before three bridges took the lead.
Second half and three bridges came out of the traps quicker than us in all areas, and nicked an early second goal. Our heads began to drop, and allowed them to score a third.
We found some courage from somewhere and started to battle back and try and get a result. We managed to scramble a goal, and this was deserved for their never say die attitude. We battled throughout, however was overrun by the constant movement of the ball.
In the end three bridges went on to score 4 more to make it more convincing than it should have been.
At times we played some good football, but overall back to the drawing board to put it right.

Reaction needed next week at home to Hampton

Congratulations to three bridges – great hospitality. Thanks

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Merton FC 4-4 Bedfont Eagles
Following on from our great comeback in the cup the previous game, the players entered this game brimming with confidence. Bouncing back from 3-0 down to win on penalties.
The instruction this week was to start strong and not let them get a foothold in the game, and we did exactly that! racing into a 2-0 lead within 20 minutes. Opposite to last week. Tommy heading in the first, Esteban finishing the second.
Controlling the play, we created a number of chances that we should have taken. A tight offside call stopped us from extending our lead to 3-0, and were made to pay minutes later. Miscommunication down our right hand side and they were in and scrambled the ball over the line. The boys heads began to drop and Bedfont were gaining in confidence. They nicked an equaliser and had the upper hand in the game. Beginning to dominate the last few minutes of the first half.
Half time; 2-2 and time to regain composure and confidence. Bedfont started the 2nd half far better than us and began to move the ball around nicely. They broke through us with ease and took a deserved 3-2 lead at the time. Merton was rocking and were under a lot pressure, but true to their character last week fought back and got an equaliser through a well taken goal from Jake D.
We began to grow in confidence and find our feet in the game, when sloppy defending handed Bedfont a 4th goal and took the lead. Yet again chasing the game, but yet again our resilience and not knowing when we are beaten shone through. Ball bobbled around in the midfield and made its way through to Felix who finished from outside of the area. 4-4 full time score.
Well done all, another great game. Onto next week we go!
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