Saturday 2nd November 2019                                                                                              Tooting and Mitcham 2 Barking FC 1 

Whilst the wind and rain today made for far than ideal conditions for football, Tooting ground out a narrow win over Barking to remain unbeaten in the league this season and stay within touching distance of the top of the table despite playing only one league game throughout the whole of last month.

Tooting started the game the front foot and immediately put Barking under pressure, attacking them down both flanks as well as through the middle. The Terrors won themselves numerous corners in the first half hour but failed to find the decisive strike in front of goal. In fact it was the visitors who came close to opening the scoring just after the half hour mark when ‘keeper James Shaw was forced to go down sharply to his right to keep out an effort from Junior Dadson. The best the Tooting man could do though was push the ball onto the inside of the post as everyone watched while the ball the bounced back across the face of the goal line before being cleared to safety.

Tooting’s territorial dominance finally paid off though in the 39th minute when Didi Castanho (pictured) pounced on a rebound after a Danny Bassett effort from the edge of the penalty area had been saved. The Terrors’ attacking midfield player was quickest to react and struck the ball first time with his left foot, past ‘keeper Montel Joseph to put Tooting one up. Their joy was short lived however as just five minutes later the visitors were on level terms when Daniel Flemming’s header from a free kick beat James Shaw in the Terrors’ goal, going in off the underside of the crossbar. HT: TMUFC 1, Barking 1


The Terrors had a bit more defending to do in the second period than they did in the first however the balance of play was still in their favour. They went back in front in the 54th minute as Dominic Morgan-Griffiths was able to get an inch perfect pass away moments before being scythed down, to set Danny Bassett free down the left hand side. As Bassett (also pictured) closed in on goal, he took his shot early from just inside the penalty area, curling a beautiful right footed effort, past Montel Joseph and into the corner of the goal. Tooting continued to put the visitors goal under pressure with Danny Bassett and Connor French both causing problems inside the penalty and both having reasonable claims for penalties turned aside. Barking never gave up the fight though and Tooting’s backline still needed to keep their wits about them with former Terror Mike Dixon continually looking a danger. Their task was made that much harder though about twenty minutes from the end when defender Sam Owusu was dismissed for a very hefty tackle on Tooting substitute Hady Ghandour who’d replaced Didi Castanho just before the hour mark. There was also a needless yellow card for Nathan Daly in the aftermath of the same incident which at one point saw all 22 players coming together for what in the end was no more than “handbags”. Fortunately things were quickly calmed down and the game finished without further incident – or score. FT: TMUFC 2, Barking 1 Att 201


TMUFC line up; James Shaw, Dean Hamlin, Sol Patterson-Bohner, Nathan Daly, Abdelah Sahnoun (Dontai Stewart 81), Razzaq Coleman, Diadier Camara (Ahkeem Belford 65), Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, David Castanho (Hady Ghandour 58), Danny BassettConnor French, Unused subs; George Ademiluyi, Alex Filipe

Tuesday 5th November 2019                                                                                         Tooting and Mitcham 1 Chertsey Town 3


Tooting missed out on the chance to go top of Group 10 in the Velocity Trophy last night, crashing to a 1-3 home defeat against Chertsey Town in what was only their third loss of the season.

Lax defending and inability to find the target in front of goal in the first half meant that The Terrors went in at half time 0-2 down after conceding twice in four minutes just before the break. This, after failing to convert two or three decent half chances themselves in the opening half hour.


Tooting started the second half a little more positively and had a great opportunity when Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, latched onto a long through ball however his shot from the edge of the penalty area was comfortably taken in by the ‘keeper. They started to ring the changes just after the hour mark with a series of substitutions and immediately looked revitalised going forward. They deservedly pulled a goal back on 76 minutes when Danny Bassett broke clear after a nice interchange of passes and calmly slotted the ball past the advancing ‘keeper as he closed in on goal. For the first time in the game, Tooting were now looking the better team however their hopes of drawing level were dashed 8 minutes from time, when James Shaw was beaten by a glorious chip from Lubo Guentchev from just outside the right hand side of the penalty area. FT: TMUFC 1, Chertsey Town 3, Att 72

TMUFC line up; James Shaw, George Ademiluyi, Nathan Daly, Antonio Simeone (Shkelqim Sadiku 83), Abdelah Sahnoun, Alex Filipe (Razzaq Coleman 65), Ahkeem Belford (Danny Bassett 65), Kadeem Ajeon, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, Hady Ghandour (David Castanho 74), Dontai Stewart (Junior Timite 74)


Last night’s results mean that it's still possible that Tooting could top Group 10 with victory over Whytleleafe in their final game of the qualifiers on 26 November. The fate of the group though, for now at least, currently sits with Whyteleafe, who could sew things up the week before with a ninety minute victory against Chertsey Town. Any other outcome however means that the Terrors could still leap from 5th to 1st place with victory over Whyteleafe, albeit it may require a victory by a margin of at least two or three goals to see them achieve that on goal difference. Things should be a lot clearer though in a fortnight’s time! Current positions are as follows based on 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, plus 1 bonus point for the penalty shoot out win in drawn games;


Chipstead P4 W1 D2 L1 PenWins1 F7 A7 Pts 6 Diff 0
Whyteleafe P2 W1 D1 L0 PenWins1 F3 A2 Pts 5 Diff +1
South Park P4 W1 D1 L2 PenWins1 F7 A8 Pts 5 Diff -1
Chertsey Town P3 W1 D1 L1 PenWins0 F7 A6 Pts 4 Diff +1
TMUFC P3 W1 D1 L1 PenWins0 F4 A5 Pts 4 Diff -1

Saturday 9th November                                                                                                     Margate FC 0 Tooting and Mitcham 4 

Tooting followed up a solid first half performance with a decisive display in the second forty five minutes to stun their Isthmian Premier League hosts and come away from Hartsdown Road this afternoon with a convincing victory and a place in the draw for the 3rd Qualifying Round of this season’s Buildbase FA Trophy.


The opening half hour of the game was fairly evenly balanced albeit more of it was probably played inside the Tooting half of the field than Margate’s. The Terror’s still looked to get into the game as and when they could and the longer they looked and remained solid at the back, the more confident they grew. Margate did have the ball in the back of the net on 30 minutes however the close range effort was ruled out for offside. Overall though it was Tooting who finished the half the stronger, with Danny Bassett, Razzaq Coleman and Connor French all going close in a four minute spell just before Margate’s disallowed effort. It was Danny Bassett who finally made the breakthrough in the 40th minute though, when the Margate defence appeared somewhat surprised as the Tooting striker hit a low, accurate rather than powerful, shot from 30 yards out that went all the way along the ground before nestling into the bottom corner of the net. HT: Margate 0, TMUFC 1


Tooting got off to the best possible start in the second half with the first attack of the period on 47 minutes. Danny Bassett streaked down the right hand side before pulling the ball across the face of the six yard box where Didi Castanho was on hand to slide the ball home and double the Terrors’ lead. Danny Bassett came close to scoring a third for Tooting on 54 minutes however his first time volley across the angle of the goal from outside the box flew just wide of the far post. Remarkably though, Tooting did score a third on 65 minutes and it came after Margate, pushing to get themselves back into the game, won a corner. However it was well defended by Tooting before Abdelah Sahnoun sent a clearance long and high where it found Didi Castanho breaking just beyond the half way line. With most of the Margate defence still in a forward position following the corner, Castanho quickly raced into the penalty area before taking the ball across the ‘keeper and slamming it into the goal from six yards out. And there was more to come. Four minutes from the end, substitute Dontai Stewart sent a high looping cross over the six yard box from wide out on the right, from where the ball found Razzaq Coleman who struck it home with a first time volley, coming in from the far post at a tight angle. FT: Margate 0, TMUFC 4 Att 312


TMUFC lineup; James Shaw, Dean Hamlin, Sol Patterson-bohner, Nathan Daly, Abdelah Sahnoun (Junior Timite 83), Razzaq Coleman, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, Ahkeem Belford, David Castanho (Dontai Stewart 74), Danny Bassett, Connor French (Hady Ghandour 77), Unused subs; George Ademiluyi, Kadeem Ajeon, Kyrique Garvey-Williams, Alex Filipe