Saturday 3 August 2019 Tooting and Mitcham United 3 Hastings United 1 (Friendly)
Despite not having played for 12 days, Tooting made it victory number seven on the bounce in pre-season as they defeated Isthmian South East Division side Hastings United in a hard fought contest this afternoon.
The first quarter of the match was very closely contested in terms of possession and pressure although it was the Terrors that had the better of the opportunities, Daryl Coleman going closest when he crashed a header against the crossbar following a corner out on the right. Midway through the half we had an unfortunate delay of around 10 minutes as one of the Hastings United players was tended to after he was unintentionally caught on the face by Nathan Daly’s boot. As the game resumed things remained evenly balanced until the visitors took the lead on 37 minutes. It happened after a long throw was sent into the Tooting 6 yard box from their right hand side. The ball was cleared but only to the edge of the penalty area from where it was driven back in left footed into the bottom corner of the net. There was almost an instant reply from the Terrors two minutes later however Nebay Haile completely missed his kick from ten yards out after Danny Bassett had pulled the ball back across from the right. The Terrors did draw level though in the 45th minute when a poor back pass gifted the ball to Nebay Haile 12 yards from goal and this time the striker made no mistake, slotting the ball past the ‘keeper to level things up.
HT: TMUFC 1, Hastings Utd 1
The second half saw Tooting slowly start to take control of the game and they went in front just before the hour mark, when Danny Bassett pulled the ball across from the right hand side where it found Nebay Haile in a central position, 12 yards from goal, who gleefully struck the ball left footed into the top of the net for his second of the game. The match was finally sealed for The Terrors when substitute Omari Hibbert curled a low free kick into the bottom corner of the goal from just outside the box on 70 minutes.
FT: TMUFC 3, Hastings Utd 1
TMUFC line up; James Shaw, A Trialist, Alex Filipe (Joel Vian), Nathan Daly, Sol Patterson-bohner (Lexus Beeden), Ahkeem Belford, Daryl Coleman (Kyrique Garvey-Williams), Dominic Morgan-Griffiths (A Trialist), Danny Bassett (David Castanho), Hady Ghandour (Omari Delgado Hibbert), Nebay Haile (Shamal Edwards)
Wednesday 7 August 2019 Tooting and Mitcham United 0 Charlton Athletic XI 2 (Friendly)
Awaiting Match Report.
Saturday 10 August 2019 Tooting and Mitcham United 1 Ramsgate 1 (Friendly)
The Terrors completed their pre-season campaign this afternoon with a competitively fought 1-1 draw at home to Ramsgate F.C.. Included in the Tooting side was new signing, right wing back George Ademilyu (pictured with Joint Managers Ashley Odera Bosah and Cornelius Nwadialor, who’d impressed in a couple of earlier games as a trialist. Let’s hope that signing George proves to be a lucky omen as last season he played for both Hayes & Yeading Utd and Cheshunt; the two clubs promoted from our division!
Whilst Tooting were the dominant side for most of the first half they were unable to capitalize on their supremacy and the teams went in at the break all square.
HT: TMUFC 0, Ramsgate 0
Despite the long list of names on the bench, Tooting made just the one change at the break (albeit a great number more were made during the final 30 minutes), with Alex Filipe, replacing Razzaq Coleman at left wing back. The second half was a much more evenly contested affair which saw the visitors go in front from the penalty spot on 60 minutes, courtesy of Steve Smith after Kane Rowland was judged to have been brought down. The Terrors continued to apply pressure on the Ramsgate goal though and deservedly drew level twenty minutes later when Shamal Edwards got on the end of a great Alex Filipe cross from the left, with a flying header from close range.
FT: TMUFC 1, Ramsgate 1
TMUFC line up; James Shaw, Dean Hamlin, Sol Patterson-bohner (A Trialist), Nathan Daly, George Ademiluyi (Joel Vian (Ahkeem Belford)), Razzaq Coleman De-Graft (Alex Filipe), Daryl Coleman (A Trialist), Dominic Morgan-Griffiths (A Trialist), David Castanho (Shamal Edwards), Danny Bassett (Razzaq Coleman), Nebay Haile (Hady Ghandour)
Saturday 17 August 2019 Herford Town 0 Tooting and Mitcham United 1 (League)
Lack of cutting edge meant that Tooting made hard work of a dogged but mediocre Hertford Town side this afternoon however ultimately, will have been delighted to come away from their first game of the league campaign with all three points.
It was the Terrors who dominated possession in the first half and for most of the opening forty five minutes, controlled play. However despite their dominance in the middle of the park they struggled to get a serious effort on target, the best they could manage being a couple of half hearted long range efforts from the edge of the box which ‘keeper Nick Hayes, on loan from Norwich City, gathered with ease. The one opportunity that fell the way of the home side during the half was snuffled out by an alert James Shaw in the Terrors’ goal, who was quickly off his line to narrow the angle and block a shot with his legs following a brisk attack down Tooting’s right.
HT: Hertford Town 0, TMUFC 0
A half time substitution from Tooting in which Razzaq Coleman replaced Didi Castanho saw a slight change in shape for the Terrors who continued to dominate, but still they failed to create the opening required. There was a great opportunity for the home side on 63 minutes when Prince Domafryie blasted wide after getting on the end of a cross from substitute Bankuna Tshikala. However two further changes in the final thirty minutes saw Tooting up the pace and at last started to put the young Hertford ‘keeper to the test. For most of the game however it appeared that Hayes was equal to it, with some great reflex saves from the ‘keeper and some last ditch defending from Sukru Yildiz keeping out efforts from Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, Razzaq Coleman and two from Hady Ghandour. There was also a great opportunity for Shamal Edwards, unmarked on the penalty spot as the ball was played across to him from the right by Danny Bassett however his effort was hit high over the cross bar. The breakthough finally came Tooting’s way on 85 minutes after continued pressure on the Hertford goal saw the Terrors win a corner out on the left. As the ball was swung in, Omari Hibbert (pictured) stooped low on the edge of the six yard box to head the ball goalward. Although his effort struck the back of Yildiz, standing five yards off the goal line, Hibbert was the quickest to react to the loose ball as it dropped, lashing it, left footed, into the back of the net. There were no last minute scares for the Terrors as they held on to their slim advantage, keeping the ball in their opponents half for most of the final five minutes, and taking every opportunity to wind down the clock to kill off the game.
FT: Hertford Town 0, TMUFC 1
TMUFC lineup; James Shaw, Dean Hamlin, Sol Patterson-bohner, Nathan Daly, George Ademiluyi (Omari Delgado Hibbert 68), Alex Filipe (Shamal Edwards 57), Daryl Coleman, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, David Castanho (Razzaq Coleman De-Graft 46), Danny Bassett, Hady Ghandour, Unused subs; Nebay Haile, Ahkeem Belford
Tuesday 20 August 2019 Tooting and Mitcham United 3 Ashford Town (Middx) 1 (League)
Tooting made it two wins from two starts this evening with victory over Ashford Town and already, just four days into the new season, are one of just four teams with a 100% record - an indication perhaps of how open the division is likely to be this year.
Hady Ghandour opened the scoring for the Terrors after 6 minutes tonight, getting on the end of a Danny Bassett cross, but Ashford drew level just before the half hour through Max Webb. However it was Tooting that went in at the break with the advantage thanks to Didi Castanho’s close range header on 41 minutes.
HT: TMUFC 2, Ashford Town 1
A third goal, this time from Danny Bassett on 71 minutes, with Hady Ghandour turning provider, was enough to ensure the Terrors came away with all three points.
FT: TMUFC 3, Ashford Town 1
TMUFC line up; James Shaw, George Ademiluyi, Alex Filipe, Dean Hamlin, Sol Patterson-bohner, Nathan Daly, Daryl Coleman, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, David Castanho (Ahkeem Belford 65), Danny Bassett (Nebay Haile 78), Hady Ghandour (Omari Delgado Hibbert 71), unused subs; Razzaq Coleman, Shamal Edwards
Saturday 24 August 2019 Tooting and Mitcham United 1 Faversham Town 0 (FA Cup, Premliminary Round)
Tooting cruised to victory in the Emirates FA Cup preliminary round against Faversham Town at the Campus Society Stadium this afternoon, as comfortably as is possible to do so, in a game that had just a solitary goal.
It was a great start for the Terrors who took the lead after just 8 minutes. Didi Castanho whipped the ball in from the right hand side where it found Danny Bassett in a central position just eight yards out from goal. His initial right footed effort was blocked by a defender however the ball game straight back to him and this time he made no mistake, lashing it left footed, high into the net.
Tooting continued to dominate and came close to scoring again on a number of occasions before the break; notably efforts from Sol Patterson-Bohner and Daryl Coleman following set pieces. Tooting did have the ball in the net a second time however Hady Ghandour was given offside after following up at close range from a Didi Castanho effort.
HT: TMUFC 1, Faversham Town 0
The second half followed a similar pattern albeit, Faversham Town did look to attack the Tooting backline more often that they did in the opening half, albeit to no available as The Terrors, defending from front to back held firm. Faversham can probably thank ‘keeper Luke Watkins for keeping the final tally down to just one as he made a number of good saves to prevent Hady Ghandour, Shamal Edwards and Razzaq Coleman adding to Tooting’s total. All in all, a good all round performance from the Terrors and a well deserved victory.
FT: TMUFC 1, Faversham Town 0
TMUFC line up; James Shaw, Dean Hamlin, Sol Patterson-bohner, Nathan Daly, George Ademiluyi, Alex Filipe, Daryl Coleman (Ahkeem Belford 66), Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, David Castanho (Shamal Edwards 59) , Hady Ghandour, Danny Bassett (Razzaq Coleman De-Graft 75), Unused subs; Nebay Haile, Dontai Stewart, Kyrique Garvey-Williams, Omari Hibbert
Following the game, The Ramble Inn Man of the Match award for today, as selected and presented by John Dellafera, was awarded to right wing back, George Ademiluyi.
Monday 26 August 2019 Chipstead 1 Tooting and Mitcham United 2 (League)
Playing their second game in temperatures of 30 degrees plus within 48 hours, and with four changes to the starting line up, one of them enforced, it was perhaps no surprise that Tooting struggled to find their rhythm this afternoon in a somewhat disjointed performance in sweltering conditions at Chipstead High Road.
The Terrors got off to a flying start though, taking the lead in just the 4th minute. Chipstead right back Tommy Smith, apparently under no pressure, gave the ball away inside his own penalty area where it was gratefully accepted by Razzaq Coleman. He then took the ball close to the bye line before pulling it back to Danny Bassett to steer into an empty goal from the edge of the six yard box. However despite their promising start, and still with plenty of possession, Tooting struggled to find the fluidity that has been evident in their play throughout the last few weeks, instead resorting too often to playing long balls out from the back to a strike force that were simply out muscled more often than not by Chipstead’s more physically imposing back line. Frustratingly, Tooting allowed their opponents back into the game after just 15 minutes. After conceding a free kick midway inside their own half, the ball was floated in towards the edge of the six yard area, from where Alan Tait rose, relatively unchallenged, to head the ball past James Shaw and into the net. There were a couple of close efforts on the Chipstead goal midway through the period, one in particular which saw the ball cleared off the goal line before being hacked away for a corner. After that, the two sides cancelled each other out for the remainder of the period and the two teams went in at the break all square.
HT: Chipstead 1, TMUFC 1
The second half started in much the way the first half had ended and little changed until just before the hour mark. At this point, a double substitution saw Omari Hibbert and Shamal Edwards replace Nebay Haile and Didi Castanho. The introduction of two new strikers with a greater physical presence seemed to make the Chipstead back line less comfortable, as Hibbert used his physique to both hold up the ball and hold off defenders, while both the height and pace of Edwards started to worry the Chipstead defence. Whether this had any impact on what happened next we’ll not know however on 64 minutes, Tooting won a free kick wide out on their left, just outside the penalty area. The ball was curled in by Daryl Coleman (pictured), right footed towards the waiting Tooting strikers. As the ball came in, there was hesitancy in the defence as it evaded everyone, strikers and defenders alike, including ‘keeper Oliver Pain who was rooted to his line and could only watch in horror as the ball curled by him before nestling into the bottom corner of the net.
Despite having Omari Hibbert dismissed for some retaliation after being held back by Joshua Gallagher two minutes from the end of the ninety, Tooting held on to come away with all three points, and rise to second place in the table as one of only two teams with a three out of three record.
FT: Chipstead 1, TMUFC 2
TMUFC line up; James Shaw, Dean Hamlin, Ahkeem Belford, Nathan Daly, George Ademiluyi, Razzaq Coleman De-Graft, Daryl Coleman, Kyrique Garvey-Williams, David Castanho (Omari Delgado Hibbert 57), Danny Bassett (Hady Ghandour 90), Nebay Haile (Shamal Edwards 57), Unused subs; Sol Patterson-Bohner, Alex Filipe