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Tooting & Mitcham United January 2019 Review

Tooting & Mitcham United January 2019 Review

A great start to the year for Tooting & Mitcham United FC! Here’s Roger Butcher with the latest...

Its been a decent couple of months for Tooting as we have only suffered one defeat, and that was against runaway league leaders, Hayes & Yeading. Although a few dropped points in a couple of disappointing draws means that we are still outside the playoff zone as we enter the final stretch of the season.

We started off December with a fine 4-2 win against Uxbridge which saw new signing Daryl Coleman open his scoring account with a 90th minute goal which sealed the points. He also scored in the next game away to Molesey which gave us a 1-0 half time lead.  However, the referee decided that conditions had deteriorated sufficiently to abandon the game due to some waterlogged areas of the pitch.

Abraham Odoh
Abraham Odoh in action

Coleman was again on target in the next game away to Chipstead where he opened the scoring in an excellent 3-1 win. This game also saw the first goal by Saidou Khan since his return to Tooting. We slipped up a bit in the final game of 2018 when we could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to lowly South Park. It was a game that showed that even though we have proved that we can compete with every team in this division, we still need to add a bit of consistency to our game. Because, if you want to get promoted, you really have to beat teams who are in the bottom 3.

We made amends with an fine 2-0 win away to Chalfont St Peter which moved us up to 7th in the table, with youth product Hady Ghandour scoring his 3rd goal of the season. So we were 5 games unbeaten when we were presented with a big test as we entertained league leaders Hayes & Yeading. It was a fairly even affair, but Hayes showed their title credentials by making the most of their chances and scoring at key times, and eventually ran out 3-1 winners.

We bounced back with a 2-1 win at Chipstead in the Surrey Senior Cup. This competition represents our last chance of cup success this season, and we have been drawn away to Colliers Wood United in the quarter final, to be played in February.

But we showed our soft underbelly in the next game when we played out a 0-0 draw at home to Hanwell. It must be considered 2 points dropped. But yet again the team responded with a 2-1 win away to Hertford Town under difficult circumstances. Daryl Coleman was given his 2nd red card of the season and will miss the next 4 games. And at 0-0 perhaps a draw was all we could expect.  But Stefan Ilic gave us the lead a few minutes later which gave us something to hold on to. Although Hertford equalised mid way through the 2nd half, we put up one of our best performances of the season, and the 10 men got the points when Sol Patterson-Bohner scored the winner with 10 minutes remaining. It was the sort of performance and spirit that we will need on a regular basis as we go into the last couple of months of the season.

Isaiah Jones, currently on trial at Middlesbrough
Isaiah Jones, currently on trial at Middlesbrough

Meanwhile, off the pitch, there has been some great news for a couple of our youth players who have broken into the first team this season.  Midfielder Abraham Odoh has secured a loan move to Charlton Athletic until the end of the season, whilst winger Isaiah Jones has earned an extension to his trial period at Middlesbrough. A great reward for both players, and a bit of recognition of the youth policy that is now in place at Tooting.

On the subject of youth football, it is pleasing to report that the U23 team are unbeaten this season and currently lead the Bostik Development League. And just as satisfying is the fact than quite a number of these players have made first team appearances and have generally made the step up pretty well.

So to summarise, 2019 has got off to a reasonable start, but we need to add a touch of steel to our displays and to somehow achieve a measure of consistency. Then perhaps we can make a genuine challenge for promotion.

Upcoming Home Fixtures:

  • Northwood – Sat 9th February – 3:00pm
  • Waltham Abbey – Sat 23rd February – 3.00pm

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

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