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Tooting & Mitcham United September Review

Tooting & Mitcham United September Review

A tough September for Tooting and Mitcham United FC... Roger Butcher reports on a bumpy month for the lads in his September Review.

Things haven’t got much better this month in terms of results.  But there is a real sense that the team are slowly turning things around, even though the footballing gods seem to have deserted us for the moment!

Actually, September got off to a good start when we beat Merstham 2-0 in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. This was particularly rewarding as we had drawn 2-2 with the same team in a league game just a couple of weeks previously, so it was heartening to see an improvement on our part.

However, the draw for the 2nd Qualifying Round wasn’t kind to us and we had to travel to Folkestone Invicta who are having a pretty good season. And despite having some good periods of play where we were on top, we managed to concede goals at particularly inopportune times and ended up losing 3-1.

In between the two cup games we enjoyed a 1-1 draw at home to Needham Market. We conceded early on but spent most of the rest of the game on the attack. Eddie Dines equalised just before half time, but despite having the lion’s share of possession, we were unable to get the winner that our play deserved.

This was followed by a 3-1 defeat at Burgess Hill, where once again we had a player sent off – this time it was keeper Joe Tupper who was adjudged to have handled the ball outside the area. This game saw a consolation goal scored by new arrival, Omar Folkes, recently signed from Worthing.

New signing Omar Folkes

The next game was a League Cup game against Merstham, and this time the manager decided to give a few of our fringe players and under-23s some game time and the youngsters put up a fantastic performance to achieve a creditable 1-1 draw with debutant Isaiah Jones scoring a late equaliser. However, that was as good as it got as we were eliminated from the cup 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out.

If you consider that we have been slightly unlucky in a couple of games so far, lost a penalty shoot out and had 3 players sent off, you might think that we are due a change of fortune. But nothing doing. We have suffered key injuries to holding midfielders Eddie Dines and Kevin MacLaren as well as goalkeeper Kyle Merson.

Manager Frank Wilson

And we were going to need all the luck going if we were going to get anything from our trip to high flying league leaders, Billericay. There has been a lot of money pumped into that club recently, and a lot of publicity has gone with it. But they have walked the walk as they are topping the table with a run of 6 successive victories. But once again, we stuck to our task and defended well. And it wasn’t one way traffic as we carved out 3 or 4 good opportunities which we failed to convert. Yet another red card followed, which is something that we really need to stop happening! Despite that, we looked like gaining a fantastic draw until the 7th minute of injury time when Billericay scrambled a winner.

So not for the first time this season, we have played well and matched the opposition, only to fall foul of Lady Luck. Whether the manager broke a mirror over the summer, or perhaps ran over a black cat, I don’t know. But I am hoping that the old adage about things evening out over the season starts to come true very soon!

Come along – the 280 bus stops right outside the ground!

Upcoming Home Fixtures:

Staines Town – Tues 3rd October 7:45pm

Worthing – Sat 7th October – 3:00pm

Margate – Tues 10th October – 7:45pm

Folkestone Invicta – Tues 24th October – 7:45pm

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