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U18 Utd Match report v Tooting and Mitcham

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Matt A Right foot past the keeper

An early start on Sunday 17th October so TGT could ref the u12 girls match. We arrived at10:00 on a chilly morning and unexpectedly greeted by a few of the Tooting & Mitcham lads already there. Broms U18 Utd are alway eager to play T&M but 2 hours early, doubt if my lot had crawled out of bed yet. Its always good to know that you are in capable hands for a top clash, and with Cassandra McKoy officiating you know that the will be no dissent and a tough stance on any poor tackles. A fiddly registration card routine led to a slightly late kick off of 12:05.

Both teams made a bright start with Bromleians nudging it - CBs, OllieC and TomGT comfortably dealing with the long ball over the top. Broms were dealing with he strong press applied by T&M, a pre match warning that this would happen. On 23 minutes a missed header in midfield saw the ball bounce towards the T&M striker and Ollie C, OllieC though he could get there before the striker but was turned , no problem, TGT was there to cover, but the clearance didn't clear the striker and the ricochet was straight in the path of the striker heading towards TomY in goal. A massive attempt to get back by OllieC nearly paid off, but unluckily with some giving up the chase the striker was able to put a very good effort beyond TomY 0-1. The remainder of the half was made up of near misses by both teams, Broms having the majority of possession. Midfield was performing well with DanD AdamB and HenryC. JoshN and Adam A both coming close in the closing stages of the first half, ending 0-1.

MattC and Ryan came on in the second half and continued to perform in the roles that AlastairW and HenryC had in the first half. Ryan made some great runs down the left causing their defenders a real issue. DylanH came on to replace MattC in midfield and again continued the great job MattC was doing.

A T&M foul on 57 minutes just inside the Broms half. OllieC , now it seems the designated long distance free kicker taker, put a perfect ball into the back post to find AdamB. A header back across the goal caught the T&M defence flat footed, MattA made a run from the edge of the box to get a left shot away, goal, 1-1.

Broms definitely on top and great movement in the midfield and attack causing all sorts of problems for the T&M defence. A T&M mistake in midfield and Ryan seized the opportunity to put a ball through to JoshN. Josh just about to pull the trigger on goal and the defender got a foot in to send the ball out for a through deep in the T&M half. FredS took the throw, both defenders and attackers missed the ball allowing in to bounce across the penalty area, MattA seized his chance again, but surely not , Right Footed, yes controlled and volleyed past the keeper 2-1.

The remainder of the game again saw attempts by both sides, T&M hitting the bar and JoshN missing by the narrowest of margins. HenryC came back on to replace DanD who picked up a knock in the 80 minute and Tomy was fast off his line to stop an attempt by T&M in the 85 minute.

A massive callout to ZacD for a perfect performance as left back and DanD as the holding midfielder. But this was the second good performance where everyone was working for each other, you could see mojos were back. Could MaxOF have a new strike partner when he returns shortly? With Broms still missing 3 players and one sunning himself in Tenerife, this was a very good result.

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