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Adult Results – 05.01.2019

First league games of 2019, although results didn’t quite go our way.
The best of it was the 1s game, who played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw. Goal from young Josh Fitzgerald-Smith, assisted by the equally youthful George Brobbey. Pictured are Max and Sam, who were MOTM and DOTD respectively.
No game for the 2s.
3s result still awaited.
The 4s had a day to forget, losing 9-3, although there were goals for the in-form Denys Zhurbiy (2) and Nick Englefield.
The 5s were unlucky to lose 3-2. Andy Bitmead (pictured) bagged a brace. Also pictured is the DOTD Delman, who was both late and gave away a pen🙈
The 6s also suffered a reverse, going down 4-2 (goals for Lewis Riches and Ricardo). Onwards and upwards!

(Pics from the away day and Merton in white)

Vets vs OWC Vets Report – 01.12.2018

Saturday saw the annual Vets game against Old Westminster Citz take place at the Hood, although few would have expected the match to go ahead when they woke up in the morning. Relentless overnight rain would surely be too much for pitches not renowned for excellent drainage. But a pleasant surprise awaited the pitch inspectors – the Hood had held its own. Game on!

 

Old, returning faces greeted each other excitedly, as a more-youthful-than-average Merton squad of 15 faced up to Jim Perrins and his venerable OWC team. All that was left now to get things under way was the referee’s whistle. But where on earth was he? Luke Newman – a man with a foot in each camp – gamely offered to stand in, but he was eventually spared as the tardy referee – donning an overcoat and no boots – arrived to get things going.

 

It’s fair to say Merton were under the cosh in the opening quarter, as their defence-heavy squad offered little going forward, but plenty of resilience at the back and in midfield. Carl Philpot marshalled the troops well, while Jamie and Ty did their utmost to coerce the lads to keep the ball on the ground and play football. And there was due reward, as, somewhat against the run of play, a long ball was fired to Matt Haswell upfront. Having done well to (ostensibly) beat the offside trap, his left-footed finish was emphatic, leaving their keeper no chance. 1-0 to the hosts.

 

The advantage lasted all of about 4 seconds though, as OWC hit back with a scruffy goal that trickled in, following a failure on Merton’s part to clear their lines, and a subsequent goalmouth scramble. 1-1. Merton then appeared to have at least maintained parity as the break approached, but a back pass from Kevin Wood sold Swanny short, and the OWC striker converted an easy finish to make it 2-1 at half time.

 

A few fresh legs were brought on after the interval, and the game was pretty even for the 10 minutes that followed. However, utter farce was to ensue. OWC’s front line managed to get behind the defence on the right-hand side, and looked to be zero-ing in on goal. Kev attempted a last-ditch slide tackle, up-ending the OWC striker in the process – just outside the box.

 

Or so we all thought.

 

Not only did the referee ignore the divots – nay, trenches – outside the area and point to the spot, he also brandished a RED card. No harm was done, and Toddy had been coming across as the last defender anyway. Utter madness, and 22 of the 23 people on the pitch were left perplexed.

 

“Stop making this all about you, ref!” raged an incandescent Spence.

 

“Please god, don’t send him off ref. We only get to play them once a year!” an incredulous Perrins – the opposing captain – begged.

 

Eventually, the ref saw a modicum of sense, reaching for a yellow instead. (Does that count as three yellows in one, then?). The penalty remained though, and Jim stepped up to put it away clinically in the bottom-left corner. 3-1, but at least we still had 11 v 11 in this enjoyable friendly.

 

And the injustice seemed to spur Merton on. They began to play their best football of the day, and created lots of chances. Steve Burchell had one audacious crack from the halfway line, and there were a couple of other much closer shaves. None, though, came closer than Ty. Having got the better of the defender, he found himself 10 yards out, with the out-of-position keeper leaving an open goal beckoning. Somehow, Ty contrived to hit the post and the danger was cleared. Incredible scenes, and delirium on the disbelieving bench.

 

Nevertheless, the setback was a brief one, as Merton managed to get a second goal, and shortly after, Kev went from villain to hero as he equalised with a crafty header from a corner. 3-3, and what a game!

 

The hosts continued to press, but unfortunately, a counter attack was their undoing, as OWC broke clear, and a thunderous left-footed finish from outside the box restored their lead. Four soon became five, as the Merton defence failed to mark their men at a corner, and a thumping header found the back of the net to make it 5-3.

 

The men in yellow never gave up, and still looked a threat in the final 10 minutes. However, they’d left themselves too much to do, and eventually the ref called time on what had been a thoroughly entertaining game, played in excellent spirit. As always. The bar was abuzz thereafter, with those threatening to only stay for one, staying for a few more than that. The camaraderie was as evident as ever, and a huge thank to Jim and the OWC lads for coming down. We look forward to a rematch, and many more laughs on Long Good Friday.    

Merton Xmas Jump off – 01.12.2018

Well that was an absolute classic of a Merton Saturday. Arguably the finest in recent memory. The Vets fired the starting gun, with the bar buzzing from 2pm. And then of course, things ramped up considerably as the Christmas Jump Off got under way. A huge thanks to all for attending, with some excellent jumpers on display. A big thanks to Sharon and team for looking after us so brilliantly too. The finalists in the Jump Off were Glenn Pitman, Andrew Minkovich and Andrew Dobson. In the end, it was Dobson who took the glory. Pictures below from the evening.

The Christmas Jump Off champion Andrew Dobson has his coronation (and bangs his head for good measure)

Posted by Merton Football Club on Sunday, 2 December 2018

Adult Results – 01.12.2018

Todays Results – The Vets game early kick off. A cracking game with OWCs beating our boys 5-3 annoyingly with two late goals after we had clawed it back to 3-3. The 1s had a terrific win against high flying EBOG 3-1 Goals from Jimbo Jonny and JOsh with a captains and MOM performance. EBOG played some terrific football in the second half and never gave up and in all honesty were a touch unlucky but comfortably won the cross bar challenge with at least four peaches in the second half.The 2s beat South Bank 2-0 with goals from Pearcey and Mario. Clapps the Cat putting on the gloves for a clean sheet and MOM performance Mario DODT 3s lost 3-0 at Carshalton 4s lost 5-3 and 5s lost 8 0 to a very exuberant Poly side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vets game played in wonderful spirit as always – Merton got it back to 3-3, but OWC showed their class to win the game 5-3. Big thanks to Jim and their team for a great afternoon. Pub is buzzing already. Also pictured are Chappell and Carl, who were DOTD and MOTM respectively🍺

Adult Results – 25.11.2018

ResultsTodays – 1s lost in the AFA S?K senior Cup 1-3 at home to Dorkinians. Good game, good spirit, well reffed, good oppo so no real complaints. 2s lost 3-1 at West Wickam another good game but disappointing result. 2s lost at home to Poly s BUT 4s won 6-2 against Actonians Assoc, 5s lost 5-2 but 6s drew 2-2 at BOE. (pics from Hood).

Adult Results – 10.11.2018

Five games played today, and a few draws to tell you about. The 1s drew 2-2 at HSBC, with Jamie scoring both goals, and the tireless George Brobbey providing both assists. Pictured are Jamie and Harrison – MOTM and DOTD respectively. Harrison now safely tucked up in bed, we hear.
2s beat Weirside Rangers 3 – 0, while the 3s had the result of the day with a 2-1 win. Neal and Denys were among the goals in a great team effort. The 4s had no game. The 5s drew 2-2, with a brace from Dulanie and an assist for Andy. Josh was MOTM and our Merton Way editor Luke won the other ‘prize’. The 6s played out a 1-1 draw, with the returning Daban getting on the scoresheet. Tom Johnson with a well-deserved MOTM award, but 4s skipper Ed was voted DOTD. An unbeaten day for Merton.

Training Session – 31.10.2018

Decent training session last night. Stand by for some videos of the skipping….

Sam making it look easy

Posted by Merton Football Club on Thursday, 1 November 2018

Tom making it look less easy

Posted by Merton Football Club on Thursday, 1 November 2018

Tom making it look less easy

Posted by Merton Football Club on Thursday, 1 November 2018

 

Adult Results – 03.11.2018

Couple of victories to tell you about today, starting up top with the 1s, who bagged an impressive 3-2 win. Star of the show was Jamie Cross (pictured below) who assisted one goal, and scored another of his own making. George notched up a goal too. Also pictured with Jamie is Josh Connolly, who secured the DOTD award for a missed pen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2s went down 5-3 in an end-to-end thriller, with Glenn getting a brace and Dan Rist scoring the other. 3s lost 3-1, with MOTM Aaron Byrne getting the goal. The 4s suffered a 4-1 defeat, with Nick Englefield the only man to get on the scoresheet. The 5s lost a tight game 2-1, but good to see Darren Avey representing the Defenders Union with a well-taken goal. And incredibly after last week’s shambles, the 6s kept a clean sheet! Not only that, but they scored 3 too – all of them tucked away by Lewis Riches who keeps the match ⚽️. Well done lads!

Some pics from the Hood A cracking win for the 1s but great in the bar with the 2s coming back from the early kick off and the 3s giving it some too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questionable fashion sense in the Hood yesterday once again. Here we have Jimbo and Scott with matching spikes in their barnet. And the denim/sheepskin look is gathering momentum, with Mustard and Harrison rocking it this week😒 Wonderful scenes in the bar as usual though!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a triple 30th birthday celebration today in the Merton 5s. Many Merton returns to Tiago, Dwayne and Andy. Good luck today gents!

Adults Results – 27.10.2018

Only a few games today, but still good vibes at the Hood. The 4s continue their good run with a 1-1 draw – the returning Mikey Elgar with the goal. The 5s went down 4-1, with Tiago the sole man to get onto the scoresheet. As for the 6s, they scored 4 goals, courtesy of a brace each from captain DG and Darren Fitz. Unfortunately the oppo managed to stick 7 in the ole onion bag. Not a day for the keepers. Pictured are Ryan Burchell and his older brother Ivan, sporting some cutting-edge dad fashion. Good of Vanny to wear his Halloween mask too. Also pictured is Lyndon receiving his DOTD award for wearing tights

Adult Results – 13.10.2018

Results a bit mixed again this week.

1s had a rather fruitless trip up North to Finchleans, going down 3-0. Their fearless leader was voted DOTD, while Max Carveth was the man of the day by virtue of being the least rubbish.

2s ground out an excellent 1-0 over Old Blues here at the Hood – Josh scoring in the 82nd minute. Woody put in a commanding performance for MOTM.

The 3s went down in another thriller 4-3; Vin voted MOTM, with one of the 4 Sams (Britney Speirs) being adjudged the DOTD. They were actually 4-0 down, but goals from Vin, Sam K and Aaron B pulled em back into it.

The 4s drew 1-1 – Dom Plumridge with the goal and Gubby with the MOTM award.

The 5s went down disappointingly 2-0 at home to Actonians. In a stunning turnaround, Dwayne went from DOTD to MOTM, while Pete was unfortunate to go the other way.

Pictured are these two, and also Haydn, who failed to say “EJ”. Do check out the videos which resulted from that transgression

Haydn volume 1 of his failure to EJ

Posted by Merton Football Club on Saturday, 13 October 2018

And here’s volume 2

Posted by Merton Football Club on Saturday, 13 October 2018