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Adult Results – 02.03.2019

Todays results.
The 1s take pride of place with a cracking performance at the Bank of England to take 3 vital points with a 1-0 win DQ the goal scorer . A tremendous team effort orchestrated by Clappers.Well done lads!!! (pics from that game)
6s drew 3-3 Goals from Lewis,Deny and James. MOTM James and DOTD Tom Johnson.
5s lost 2-0 MOTM Pete, DOTD Chris and Luke.!!

Adult Results – 02.02.2019

Only 2 games today – 1s drew 3-3 at Carshalton (Goals Vanny George and Jamie) MOM George and DOTD Vanny, We had enough good chances to win the game but needed a late equaliser to salvage apoint. Vanny DOTD for a wayward wasteful pass in dying moments when we were breaking for the winner. Their man thought he should be booked for time wasting. ^s having gone to enormous efforts to play their game lost 8-2 at WCE. (GS Lewis and James MOTM -James DOTD- Martin the keeper!!!!
(pics Chris bodybuilding pays off and we don’t have a shirt to fit him. Where was Clapps today -TV debut on sky sports and pics from a good competitive game at Carshalton

Adult Results – 26.01.2019

Some wins to tell you about today, although it was a second half to forget for the 1s in North London, as they fell to a 6-1 defeat (Sam P with the goal).

The 2s played out a 2-2 draw, with Ackers and DQ bagging a goal each.

The 3s went down narrowly 2-1, with the goal coming from Aaron.

A 3-1 defeat for the 4s, with Nick Englefield scoring for them.

And now for the good news… the 5s pulled off an excellent 5-2 win, with goals from gaffer Aaron, Isaac, Bitmead and a brace from Marcus.

And then the free-scoring 6s pulled off a thrilling 7-5 victory. Both skipper Dave and Lewis bagged a hat trick, and James chipped in with the other. Special shout out to Dave and Aaron Ackerman for leading their teams to big wins!

Adult Results – 12.01.2019

Results from today…
1s lost 2-0 with Browner MOTM.
The 2s went down 4-0.
The 3s lost 5-2, with Joes Stubbs and Vaughan getting on the scoresheet.
The 4s lost 3-1, with Dom Plumridge the lone goalscorer. Debutant Callum Reid was MOTM in goal.
The 5s drew 3-3, but it felt like a loss, with two late goals doing the damage. Andy Bitmead kept up his goalscoring form with a brace, while Marcus Perkins got the other.
Result of the day goes to the 6s, who won 2-0. Well done to James and Phil, who got the goals, and to Dave for leading the lads so well⚽️ Pictured are Scott and Dulanie from the 5s, who were MOTM and DOTD respectively

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.