Saturday 7 September 2019 Tooting and Mitcham United 3 AFC Varndeanians 1 (FA Cup, 1st Qualifying Round)
Tooting progressed to the next round of the competition against a spirited AFC Varndenians side. The first real action of the opening half came in the 29th minute when the visitors had a good penalty shout for handball in the area turned down by the match officials. A minute later the Terrors went straight down to the other end and were awarded a free-kick just outside the area. David Castanho planted a precision free-kick into the goalmouth and Nathan Daly was on hand to tap in his first goal for the club. Just before the interval Danny Bassett beat a defender and saw his goal-bound strike saved at the near post by the Tom Bradford in the Sussex sides goal.
Half-time : Tooting & Mitcham Utd FC 1 - 0 AFC Varndeanians FC
Early in the second half man of the match Dominic Morgan-Griffiths forced another fine stop by the ‘keeper. In the 58th minute David Casthano, who put in excellent display, made it 2-0 with a clinical finish after good work by Danney Bassett. Just after the hour mark AFC Varndeanians carved out their best chance but Scott Packer blasted over when well placed. The Terrors then replied with a fierce strike from Dominic Morgan-Griffiths which was heading for the roof of the net, but Tom Bradford pulled off a brilliant save. Two minutes from time substitute Nebay Haile made the tie safe when he curled in a precision drive after being set up by Daryl Coleman. The visitors kept plugging away and got a deserved consolation goal in stoppage time when a free-kick was deflected onto the post for the waiting Matt Ford to apply the finishing touch from point blank range. Cue joyous scenes from their small bunch of fans behind the goal.
Half-time : Tooting & Mitcham Utd FC 1 - 0 AFC Varndeanians FC
Tooting & Mitcham Utd FC : James Shaw, George Ademiluyi (Dontai Stewart) Dean Hamlin, Sol Patterson-Bohner, Nathan Daly, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, David Castanho (Isaac Sarpong), Danny Bassett, Razzaq Coleman, Daryl Coleman, Hady Ghandour (Nebay Haile). Unused subs : Alex Filipe, Ahkeem Belford, Kyrique Garvey-Williams, Morgan Campbell (GK).
Tuesday 10 September 2019 South Park 1 Tooting and Mitcham United 2 (Velocity Trophy Group 10)
A much changed Tooting side maintained their 100% start to the season this evening with victory over South Park in the Velocity Trophy, and in doing so, equalled a club record of seven straight wins in all competitions from the start of the season.
The Terrors started brightly, dominating most of the early possession and looking to play plenty of passing football. The break came midway through the half on 20 minutes when an excellent low cross, across the six yard box from the right foot of George Ademiluyi, found Nebay Haile moving in from the far post to fire the ball home first time with the inside of his left boot. Whilst Tooting continued to dominate in the main, although they put the South Park back line under continual pressure, they were unable to add to their first half goal tally.
HT: South Park 0, TMUFC 1
The second half started in similar fashion and just 6 minutes in, Tooting’s lead was doubled. Dontai Stewart won a free kick for the Terrors out on the right hand side, just outside the penalty area. The ball was floated in towards the edge of the six yard box by Nadean Fosu, and following a brief scramble in front of goal, it was Stewart himself who got to the ball first, hitting it home right footed. Again, Tooting struggled to capitalize on their superiority and one or two lapses started to creep in during the final ten minutes with possession being given away too frequently and too easily. Deep into stoppage time, South Park won themselves a corner out on the Terrors’ right and when the ball was swung in, Stephane Trah found himself completely unmarked on the edge of the six yard box from where he comfortable headed the ball past James Shaw to put the home side on the score sheet. Fortunately for Tooting it was too little too late for South Park and shortly after the re-start the final whistle was blown.
FT: South Park 1, TMUFC 2
TMUFC line up; James Shaw, George Ademiluyi, Alex Filipe, Nadean Fosu (Serg Zamara 74), Murray Gibb, Ahkeem Belford, Kyrique Garvey-Williams (Dominic Morgan-Griffiths 79), Isaac Sarpong, Shamal Edwards (Junior Timite 66), Nebay Haile (Jesse Mansaray 69), Dontai Stewart (Razzaq Coleman 74)
Saturday 14 September 2019 Harlow Town 1 Tooting and Mitcham United 1 (League)
In a lacklustre first half at Harlow, Tooting rode their luck with the home side creating five very good chances but being unable to find the final touch. The Terrors struggled for most of the half to find any rhythm in their play resorting to the long ball for Danny Bassett and Hady Ghandour to chase in order to relieve the pressure from their beleaguered goal. However, as half time approached this tactic resulted in the goal by Razzaq Coleman after his run down the left saw a superb finish from a tight angle with very little of the goal to aim at. So Tooting went in at half time one nil to the good which was a score that surprised all the Tooting faithful who had made the journey to what is a nice ground, but one which has a 3G pitch, which does not really suit the Terrors style of play.
HT: Harlow Town 0, Tooting and Mitcham United 1
The start of the second half saw Harlow score within minutes of the re-start. After a good save by Tooting ‘keeper James Shaw the ball came back off the post and into the path of the Harlow striker Tayo Oyebola who had the easiest of jobs to knock the ball in to the net. Thereafter the game ebbed and flowed from end to end with one of the best chances falling to Sol Patterson-Bohner whose thunderbolt of a shot was saved by the ‘keeper’s feet. Late on Hady Ghandour was an inch from winning it for the Terrors when, after another powerful run by Razzaq Coleman, his cross struck the outside of Hady’s boot and whistled past the upright of Harlow’s open goal!
FT: Harlow Town FC 1, Tooting and Mitcham United 1
Tooting & Mitcham Utd: James Shaw, George Ademiluyi (Dontai Stewart), Dean Hamlin, Sol Patterson-Bohner, Nathan Daly, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, Danny Bassett, Daryl Coleman, Razzaq Coleman, Isaac Sarpong (David Castanho), Hady Ghandour (Nebay Haile). Unused Subs : Alex Filipe, Ahkeem Belford.
Tuesday 17 September 2019 Tooting and Mitcham United 4 Bedfont Sports 0 (League)
Tooting moved back up to second place in the table this evening as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable home victory over Bedfont Sports.
Most of the damage this evening was done in the first half with Danny Bassett opening the scoring for the Terrors on 7 minutes, latching on to a long free kick played from midway inside his own half by Daryl Coleman. Bassett ran on to the ball, beating his man, before sliding the ball past former Tooting ‘keeper David Trivino. There was a great opportunity for the visitors to draw level ten minutes later after the ball was given away by Nathan Daly, however James Shaw in goal was out quickly to block from Didi Ndombe. Five minutes later though, on 22 minutes Tooting doubled their lead after a great move which saw Didi Castanho finish a superb Razzaq Coleman cross from close range. There was a further opportunity for the visitors to strike back though on 38 minutes but once again, James Shaw was well positioned to block the effort, this time from Andy Ali. In the 44th minute, it was David Trivino making a great save, denying a powerful strike from Dominic Morgan-Griffiths on the end of another good Terrors’ passing move. Two minutes into first half stoppage time it was 3-0 to the Terrors following a wonderful solo effort from Razzaq Coleman, following an exquisite chipped finished coming at the end of a great run in from the left hand side, started just inside the Bedfont half.
HT: TMUFC 3, Bedfont Sports 0
Whilst still the better side, Tooting weren’t quite as dominant in the second half and struggled to make too many clear cut chances. They were reduced to ten men for the final eight minutes of the game when Didi Castanho had to hobble off, with what is hoped to be no more than a badly bruised foot, after all three substitutions had already been made. There was one final goal in the game though and once again it went to the Terrors. Following a swift break down the left hand side by Razzaq Coleman, he played the ball back across the box where Dominic Morgan-Griffiths was clipped just as he was about to take his shot from about 16 yards out. The referee pointed to the spot and substitute, Omari Hibbert, planted the ball home with a well taken kick to complete the victory.
FT: TMUFC 4, Bedfont Sports 0
TMUFC line up; James Shaw, George Ademiluyi, Razzaq Coleman, Dean Hamlin, Ahkeem Belford, Nathan Daly, Daryl Coleman (Isaac Sarpong), Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, David Castanho, Danny Bassett (Dontai Stewart 68), Hady Ghandour (Omari Delgado Hibbert 71), Unused subs; Alex Filipe, Nebay Haile
Saturday, 21 September 2019 Tooting and Mitcham United 2 (Velocity Trophy Group 10)
Tooting achieved their greatest Emirates FA Cup victory in almost ten years as they deservedly beat Vanarama National League South side, Dorking Wanderers at the Campus Society Stadium this afternoon. It wasn’t plain sailing though as ill discipline both on and off the field saw the Terrors under unnecessary additional pressure as the senior of the two sides attempted to claw their way back into the game.
The game started very positively for the Terrors who came out of the blocks and immediately put the visitors on the back foot as they dominated them for the opening thirty minutes, playing some great passing football through the middle and continually attacking down both flanks. The closest they came to scoring in this period though was midway through when Danny Bassett found himself in the clear, closing in on goal from the left hand side of the penalty area. He chose to try and push the ball past Dorking ‘keeper, Slavomir Huk, with the outside of his right boot however the experienced stopper was quick off his line to narrow the angle and block the effort from the Tooting striker. For the final third of the opening half, the visitors started to compete a little more in midfield resulting in them increasing their, already low percentage of possession and looking to attack the Terrors by releasing their wide players. However the Tooting backline held strong and it would’ve been the home side that went in the happier of the two at the break after a goalless first half.
HT: TMUFC 0, Dorking Wanderers 0
The second half started just as positively for Tooting and the breakthrough came just four minutes in. Dominic Morgan-Griffiths broke free on the left hand side of the Wanderers penalty area and cut in towards goal. Just as it appeared he was going to have a strike, he pulled the ball back for Danny Bassett who’d found space 15 yards out from goal and this time the Tooting striker made no mistake, striking the ball low and hard with his instep, beating Huk this time to send the Terrors into the lead. Ten minutes later though. It was Tooting who found themselves under unexpected pressure. Moments after the Terrors had had a penalty claim turned down, skipper Sol Patterson-Bohner received a second yellow card while midway inside his own half, presumably for something he’d said to the referee. The Tooting captain had barely had time to make his way down the tunnel before the referee had his cards out again, this time waving yellow in the direction of one of the Terrors’ coaching staff followed by a red for Joint Manager Cornelius Nwadialor after allowing his frustrations to get the better of him. It could have gone badly wrong for Tooting from this point however composure was quickly regained and with Daryl Coleman slotting into the vacant centre back spot and Hady Ghandour dropping back slightly deeper from his out and out striker role, Tooting soon settled down, defending resolutely when needed but certainly not looking like a side playing a man short against a side two divisions above them. And whilst Tooting’s back line had plenty of defending to do in the closing ten minutes of the game, it was probably Slavomir Huk who was actually the busier of the two ‘keepers as the game was played out to a close without James Shaw in the Terrors goal ever really being seriously troubled.
FT: TMUFC 1, Dorking Wanderers 0
TMUFC line up; James Shaw, George Ademiluyi (Nebay Haile 73), Razzaq Coleman, Dean Hamlin, Sol Patterson-Bohner, Nathan Daly, Daryl Coleman, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, Danny Bassett, Hady Ghandour (Dontai Stewart 82), Unused subs; Ahkeem Belford, David Castanho, Omari Delgado Hibbert, Morgan Campbell, Jamarie Brissett
Tuesday 24, September 2019 Tooting and Mitcham United 5 Fisher 2 (London Senior Cup, 1st Round)
Two goals from Nebay Haile and one each from debutant Jamarie Brissett, Junior Timite and Didi Castanho, ensured that the Terrors had a comfortable passage into the second round of the London Senior Cup, recording a 5-2 victory against a dogged Fisher FC on Tuesday evening.
Saturday 28, September 2019 Waltham Abbey 0 Tooting and Mitcham United 3 (League)
Tooting took advantage of a bye in yesterday’s Buildbase FA Trophy Extra Preliminary round to catch up on last weekend’s postponed league fixture, drawing level on points with leaders Westfield, with a comfortable victory at Waltham Abbey and in the process, making it 6 wins from 7 league games this season (11 from 12 in all competitions), one of their best ever starts to a season.
The first half of yesterday’s game at Waltham Abbey was pretty much dominated by Tooting with their hosts restricted to the occasional foray forward on the counter. However lack of cutting edge in the final quarter of the field meant that it took until the 41st minute before the breakthrough finally came. A long cross field ball from Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, played from just inside his own half, found Danny Bassett out wide on the left. Bassett took the ball in his stride, cut inside his defender as he ran towards goal before hitting a low, right footed effort from the edge of the box that beat Charlie Crowley between the sticks for the Abbots.
HT: Waltham Abbey 0, TMUFC 1
The second half followed a similar pattern, with Tooting having most of the play. The move that led to their second goal was once again started by Dominic Morgan-Griffiths on 67 minutes, when he found Danny Bassett running into the right hand channel with a looping ball over the top. Bassett took the ball to the bye line before pulling it back for Didi Castanho, up in support, to slide home from 8 yards out. In the closing minutes of the game, Tooting put the match beyond the reach of their hosts when substitute Omari Hibbert was brought down in the box after breaking clear of the defence, down the left hand side. With just 4 minutes of normal time remaining on the clock, Danny Bassett stepped up to place the spot kick straight down the middle for his second goal of the game.
FT: Waltham Abbey 0, TMUFC 3
TMUFC line up; James Shaw, George Ademiluyi (Omari Delgado Hibbert 70), Razzaq Coleman, Dean Hamlin (Kyrique Garvey-Williams 78), Daryl Coleman, Nathan Daly, Dominic Morgan-Grifiths, David Castanho, Isaac Sarpong, Danny Bassett, Hady Ghandour (Dontai Stewart 73), Unused subs; Junior Timite, Alex Filipe