MATCH REPORTS - DECEMBER
Tuesday 3rd December Tooting and Mitcham 1 Barking 0
A strike from Jamarie Brissett on 11 minutes was sufficient to see Tooting squeeze past Barking this evening to claim a spot in the Quarter Finals of the London Senior Cup, where they will now face an away trip to Erith Town.
Although the Terrors pretty much dominated the first 70 minutes of the game tonight, supporters were left to bite their nails as despite a number of decent chances being created, Tooting were unable to add to their tally, even after Barking were reduced to ten men for the final quarter of an hour.
Whilst Tooting know that they'll need to be sharper in front of goal when they travel to Chertsey Town on Saturday, they'll take heart from the fact that they have finally returned to winning ways and have kept back to back clean sheets. FT: TMUFC 1, Barking 0 Att 45
TMUFC line up; James Shaw, Nadeem Fosu, Nathan Daly (Daryl Coleman 69), Antonio Simeone, Jamarie Brissett, Razzaq Coleman (Alex Filipe 81), Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, Kyrique Garvey-Williams, Hady Ghandour (Junior Timite 79), Connor French, Ainsley Everett, Unused subs; Sol Patterson-Bohner, Abdelah Sahnoun
Saturday 7th December Chertsey Town 0 Tooting and Mitcham 5
The Terrors’ gradual return to form over the past week or so was underlined with an emphatic victory over promotion chasing rivals Chertsey Town at Alwyns Lane yesterday afternoon, and in doing so they kept their third clean sheet in as many games, something they didn’t even manage to achieve during their flying start to the campaign back in August and September.
The opening quarter of an hour saw a fairly evenly contested affair, although probably more of the game was being played in the Tooting half. However it was the Terrors who struck first, on 19 minutes, when Razzaq Coleman played a ball in from the left to Hady Ghandour. The Tooting striker, who hadn’t scored a senior goal since August, took the ball roughly in the proximity of the penalty spot, turned, made room for a shot, and squeezed the ball in, just inside the post, low down to the ‘keeper’s left. Tooting’s joy however looked to have been short lived, when just six minutes later, Chertsey were awarded a penalty after Daryl Coleman was adjudged to have handled the ball as it was played in towards his body from out on the Terrors’ left. Former Tooting striker, Jake Baxter, stepped up to take the kick however his poorly struck effort was comfortably gathered in by ‘keeper James Shaw, going down smartly to his left.
This proved to be a costly miss for the Curfews, and possibly the turning point of the game, as just three minutes later Tooting doubled their lead as Hady Ghandour struck again. On 28 minutes the Terrors won themselves a throw in, deep inside Chertsey territory on the home team’s left hand side. It was taken quickly by Jamarie Brissett who found Connor French on the edge of the area with his back to goal. The experienced striker, shielded the ball well before turning his marker as he made for the by line and sent a short but high, chipped cross towards the edge of the six yard box, right onto the head of Hady Ghandour, as the Tooting youngster guided deft header looping gently over the ‘keeper and into the back of the net. HT: Chertsey Town 0, TMUFC 2
Chertsey started the second half strongly with two changes to their line up as the strove to get themselves back into the game. Despite the pressure from the home side Tooting’s back line remained strong and repelled everything that Chertsey threw at them. Despite having plenty of defending to do in the second half the Terrors always looked dangerous when they broke forward and the game was eventually sewn up on 77 minutes when Hady Ghandour scored his, and Tooting’s third, another head, this time getting on the end of a cross from substitute, Danny Bassett, following a driving run down the right hand side. There was still more to come however and on 87 minutes, incredibly, Hady Ghandour scored his fourth of the game, this time shooting home from close range after Dominic Morgan-Griffiths back heeled a low hit corner from Jamarie Brissett, directly into his path. He could easily have had another moments earlier too, when he picked up the ball himself, midway inside the Chertsey half and drove towards goal before unleashing a curling left footed shot from 25 yards out which beat the ‘keeper and crashed against the cross bar. There was a fifth goal for Tooting though and it came in the final minute of the game. Once again, Danny Bassett was the provider, this time driving down the left hand side and cutting in towards goal before flicking it across the six yard box from where it was bundled in from close range by Didi Castanho. FT: Chertsey Town 0, TMUFC 5 Att 328
TMUFC line up; James Shaw, Dean Hamlin, Sol Patterson-bohner, Antonio Simeone, Jamarie Brissett, Razzaq Coleman, Daryl Coleman, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, Connor French (Ahkeem Belford 84 Hady Ghandour (David Castanho 87), Ainsley Everet (Danny Bassett 59), Unused subs; Giuseppe Sanatcroce, Junior Timite
Saturday 14th December Tooting and Mitcham 2 Ware FC 1
Tooting put in a solid fighting performance at the Campus Society Stadium on Saturday to earn all three points against second placed Ware, and now sit just one place below their Hertfordshire rivals in the table.
It was an ominous start for the Terrors though, as the visitors, who’d scored 24 goals in their previous 4 games, took the lead as early as the 4th minute. Josh Williams was allowed the space to run out Tooting’s back line from midfield before squaring the ball across the face of the penalty area from the right hand side. His ball found Harry Watkins on the edge of the box, who unchallenged, was able to carefully side foot the ball, firm and low, into the bottom right hand corner of James Shaw’s net. The Terrors immediately fought back though, and just four minutes later, a raking cross field pass from Dominic Morgan-Griffiths found The Ramble Inn of the Match, Jamarie Brissett on a run towards the penalty area out wide on the right hand side. The young wing back took the ball in his stride, took a few steps closer towards goal, before driving the ball low and hard past ‘keeper Calum Kitscha. From that point onwards, Tooting pretty much dominated the opening period and it was no surprise when they took the lead on 21 minutes. It happened after Ware skipper Dan Rumens’s sloppy pass was intercepted inside the centre circle. The ball was played out to Danny Bassett on the right you ran and attacked the Ware right back. He quickly beat his man and cut in towards goal before firing the ball fiercely (in what was probably an attempt on goal) across the six yard box, where it caught the head of the unfortunate Dan Rumens, who could only angle the ball perfectly past his own ‘keeper. HT: TMUFC 2, Ware 1
Ware came into the game a bit more in the second forty five minutes however the Terrors backline once again remained solid and generally speaking it was Tooting who always looked the more likely to score again, as the speed of the breaks consistently had Ware back peddling. FT: TMUFC 2, Ware 1 Att 378.
TMUFC line up; James Shaw, Dean Hamlin, Sol Patterson-bohner, Antonio Simeone, Jamarie Brissett, Razzaq Coleman, Daryl Coleman, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, David Castanho (Connor French 71), Danny Bassett (Dontai Stewart 85), Hady Ghandour, Unused subs; Ahkeem Belford, Kyrique Garvey-Williams, Junior Timite
Saturday 28th December Tooting and Mitcham 1 Chipstead 4
A disappointing and surprisingly abject defensive performance at the Campus Society Stadium yesterday afternoon, from a side that prior to this game had only conceded ten league goals all season, ensured that Tooting failed to close the gap on league leaders Hanwell Town as they were soundly beaten by an efficient and clinical Chipstead side who recorded their fifth consecutive win of the month. The only consolations for the Terrors on the day were that the game was played in front of their highest paying home crowd of the season (for a league game) and the fact that Hanwell Town also went down to a surprise home defeat, being beaten 1-2 by South Park.
For the second home game in succession, Tooting conceded within the opening five minutes. Chipstead won themselves a free kick out on the Terrors right on 4 minutes. The ball was floated in towards the back of the six yard box, from where Chris Boulter was able to find space for himself and head home unchallenged. There was worse to come though for Tooting as the visitors then doubled their lead just six minutes later. This time it was a poor back header from Dean Hamblin on the edge of his own penalty area that had barely any purchase on it and simply dropped into the path of the nippy Tom Collins, whose run allowed him to take the ball in his stride before closing in on goal and slotting the ball past James Shaw. Despite their poor start however, Tooting fought hard to get themselves back into the game and were the better of the two sides for most of the final 30 minutes of the opening period. Despite all their possession though, as has often been the case this season, for the majority of the time, they failed to carve out any clear cut chances on goal, with their only efforts in the next 20 minutes, being a couple of half chances that fell the way of Danny Bassett and Hady Ghandour, however neither managed to connect properly and ‘keeper Ollie Pain in the Chipstead goal remained untroubled. Tooting continued to maintain the pressure though as the half progressed and their efforts finally paid off in the 29th minute when Jamarie Brissett forced the ball home from close range at the far post to bring the Terrors right back into the game. However, their defensive frailty was evident once again just a minute before the break. Chipstead won themselves a corner out on Tooting’s left. The ball was played in and found Spencer Cripps eight yards out from goal, completely unmarked, as he side footed the ball through a forest of legs and into the goal. HT: TMUFC 1, Chipstead 3
Tooting started the half promisingly however still struggled to create anything decisive to trouble Ollie Pain. Then on 53 minutes, perhaps against the run of play at the time, Chipstead broke forward from the half way line, feeding the ball to Tom Collins on the right hand side before he simply carved his way through a gaping hole in the Terrors backline line and slotted the ball past James Shaw once again for his second goal of the game and Chipstead’s fourth. Tooting continued to press forward in search of what was only now likely to be a consolation however despite the pressure, Ollie Pain remained untroubled, the closest Tooting coming to grabbing a second goal coming on the hour mark as Didi Castanho, perhaps with more time than he realised, somehow managing to blast the ball over the from the edge of the six yard box. FT: TMUFC 1, Chipstead 4 Att 357
TMUFC line up; James Shaw, Dean Hamlin (Kyrique Garvey-Williams 64), Sol Patterson-Bohner (George Ademiluyi 76), Antonio Simeone, Jamarie Brisset, Razzaq Coleman, Daryl Coelman, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, David Castanho (Connor French 65), Hady Ghandour, Danny Bassett, Unused subs; Ahkeem Belford, Junior Timite