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Tooting & Mitcham United FC October 2019 Review

Tooting & Mitcham United FC October 2019 Review

Hady Ghandour and Razzaq Coleman
Hady Ghandour and Razzaq Coleman

Their bid for a cup hasn’t gone quite to plan, but Tooting & Mitcham United FC remain unbeaten in the league! Here’s Roger with his latest review...

Well, we are still unbeaten in the league but we have suffered a couple of cup disappointments. We crashed out of the FA Cup at home to Poole in front of our biggest crowd of the season. The visitors, who are top of the division above us, took an early lead, but suffered a sending-off before half time. This gave us hope, but despite having them under pressure for long periods, their experienced defence stood firm and we were unable to make the breakthrough. In the event, they nicked a 2nd goal late on to seal their passage through to the next round.

Next up was the FA Trophy, which is the non-league equivalent of the FA Cup, with a Wembley final at the end of it. In the preliminary round we were drawn away to Whyteleafe in what turned out to be a very competitive encounter. We deservedly took the lead when Jamarie Brissett burst into the box and lashed the ball home.  After that it was far more even and Whyteleafe got an equaliser shortly before half time.

The second half was a tense affair, and Whyteleafe almost nicked it 5 minutes from time when a goalmouth skirmish saw the ball hit our woodwork twice and was then cleared off our line. We went straight up the other end and Danny Bassett scored our 2nd with an expert turn and finish. There was still time for Bassett to add his 2nd and our 3rd and Whyteleafe pressed for an equaliser. It was a very hard-earned and satisfying victory.

We made a few changes for the next game – a Surrey Senior Cup game against lower league opposition Frimley Green. We took the lead through Shamal Edwards and looked like progressing to the next round with ease. But a disastrous last 5 minutes saw us get a red card and concede 2 late goals to go down to a surprise defeat.

The red card was issued to Antonio Simeone who was playing his first game since returning to Tooting after leaving over the summer. Not the return he was looking for!

Our first league game in 3 weeks was away to FC Romania who are in the bottom half of the table. Given our form up to now, perhaps it was a game that we expected to win. And despite not being at our best, we were on top for long periods. However, disaster struck 10 minutes from time when the home side took the lead. We showed a bit of resilience and pulled the goal back through Dontai Stewart 5 minutes later. It ended 1-1 and so we preserved our unbeaten league record and moved to the top of the table. Nevertheless, there was a feeling that we had underperformed and that maybe the last few games had seen us drop from the extremely high standards that we had set earlier in the season.

It may seem a bit harsh to say that things have gone of the boil a bit when we are top of the league and unbeaten, but the last few games haven’t quite gone to plan. Perhaps the manager felt that the squad need a bit of freshening up as he released Omari Hibbert and Isaac Sarpong and brought in experienced forward, Connor French, who had previously played for us a few years ago.

French made his debut from the bench at Sittingbourne in the next round of the FA Trophy. In horrendously wet conditions, Tooting won with the only goal of the game from rising star Razzaq Coleman who has now got 4 goals this season from midfield. This win has earned us a tough away trip to Margate in the next round.

So despite a couple of slightly under-par performances we are still unbeaten in the league and well placed for a promotion push this season. We have an exciting young team who would no doubt benefit from any new support that we can attract. So if you have never been to a game, this is a good time to give it a try!

Come along – the 280 bus is on diversion at the moment and stops at Morden Road, just a few minutes walk from the stadium!

Upcoming Fixtures:

  • Barking – Sat 2nd November – Kick off 3pm
  • Chertsey (Velocity Trophy) – Tue 5th November – Kick off 7:45pm
  • Hanwell Town – Sat 16th November– Kick off 3pm
  • Staines Town – Tue 19th November – Kick off 7:45pm

Keep up to date with all the TMUFC goings on at the Unofficial Website or Official Facebook Page.

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