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Tooting & Mitcham United – September 2018 Review

Tooting & Mitcham United – September 2018 Review

Manager Ashley Bosah (left) and player Anis Nuur.
 

A slow start to the league for Tooting & Mitcham United FC, but a heroic effort in their FA cup games – surely Wembley isn’t far off? Roger Butcher with his latest review...

The new campaign is underway and Tooting & Mitcham United have had a slightly mixed start to the season. We have a new and inexperienced management team at the helm, and a fairly young group of players, so I suppose we should expect a certain amount of inconsistency, especially early on.

The pre season games were a bit low key and gave the new manager, Ashley Bosah, a chance to look at new players and experiment with formations, but we haven’t really brought in any players with Isthmian League experience other than Billy Dunn, who has returned to us for the 3rd time. He will be hoping to recapture the form which saw him score nearly 30 goals in our promotion season just a couple of years ago. Other than that, we will be embarking on the new season with a mixture of returning players from last season, plus a number of our youth set up who will hopefully be making the successful transition to senior football.

This season we are in a newly formed division of the Isthmian League – the South Central – known as the Bostik South Central.  This league contains a number of teams that we have never played before as well as quite a number that we haven’t faced for many years. Our opening away to Northwood was one of those venues where we hadn’t visited for over 10 years, but we started well, opening up a 3-1 lead which we held until the last 15 minutes when we contrived to concede 3 late goals to return home pointless.  Whether this was down to the inexperience of the players and management is up for debate – but the ease in which we were opened up brought back horrible visions of last season.

The next game was at home to Marlow which ended goalless.  Again, it is difficult to analyse the performance – it was certainly good to keep a clean sheet, but were we looking a bit toothless up front?  The team rectified matters a week later when we picked up our first victory of the season in the Bank Holiday clash with Chipstead. Despite falling behind to an early goal, the team responded well and eased to a comfortable 3-1 win.  The scorers were Brandon Tiller, with his first for the club, youth product Isaiah Jones, and one of our longest serving players, Danny Bassett.

We followed this up with a disappointing 3-0 defeat away to Hayes after a disastrous 2nd half where we conceded all 3 goals including a penalty, received a red card for a bad tackle and finally missed a penalty of our own. Obviously a 3-0 defeat isn’t great, but Hayes are probably the favourites to win the league this season, so not many teams will come away from there with any joy.

So just 4 points from 4 games is probably not the start we wanted, but it’s way to early to start worrying about the league table.  However, the FA Cup has provided a slightly different story. We beat Horley Town 2-1 in the Preliminary Round, with Billy Dunn scoring both our goals after once again conceding an early goal.  This earned us a 1st Qualifying tie away to Horsham YMCA where once again we prevailed 2-1. But once again, for the 5th time this season, we fell behind to the 1st goal of the game. We also survived another red card before Elijah Simpson scored our 90th minute winner. This earned us a place in the 2nd Qualifying Round in which we were drawn away to the highest ranked team in the draw – Woking. So a monumental task faces the team in this game.

  

Coming up this weekend (15th September) is a home game against Ashford Town. It’s a big weekend at Imperial Fields with the Wandle Beer Festival taking place from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th September. Then of course there is the game itself.  Also taking place at the ground is a food/produce collection for the Wandsworth Food Bank. Please feel free to donate to this cause.  Follow this link to find out which type of food is particularly required.

So if you haven’t managed to visit our stadium yet, maybe this is the weekend to give it a go!

Upcoming Home Fixtures:

  • Ashford Town – Sat 15th September – 3:00pm
  • Margate (League Cup) – Tue 18th September – 7:45pm
  • Bedfont Sports – Tue 25th September – 7:45pm

Come along – the 280 bus stops right outside!
 

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