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Saturday 17th August 2019

Isthmian League South Central

Hertford Town  0-1  Terrors

Well! A win is a win, but against newly assembled opponents, held together by Norwich City loanee keeper Nick Hayes, only the electric Dominic Morgan-Griffiths rose above the ordinary on a rutted, bumpy pitch in acute need of a haircut.

Whist Tooting controlled a poor first half there was little in the way of end product beyond a couple of half hearted long range punts from either side.  It was twenty minutes into the second period before any serious goalmouth action, first the home sides best effort - fired comfortably wide - quickly followed at the other end by a fine close range block by Hayes from the rebound shot after Terrors had hit the bar. Shamal Edwards then spectacularly managed an impossible miss from ten yards when he connected with a Danny Bassett cross, blasting it high above the undefended net landing somewhere near Stevenage.

Tooting scented blood and began to apply more persistent pressure.  Five minutes from time they got the reward when Omari Hibbert was alive to the blocking of his own header from a corner and blasted home the winner.

Team: Shaw, Hamlin, Patterson-bohner, Daly, Ademiluyi (Hibbert), Filipe (Edwards), D Coleman, Morgan-Griffiths, Castanho (R Coleman), Bassett, Ghandour, Not used: Haile, Belford

Tuesday 20th August 2019

Isthmian League South Central

Terrors  3-1  Ashford Town

Tooting followed up Saturdays win with a much more settled performance to maintain their winning start to the season.  

Terrors were ahead on six minutes when Hady Ghandour finished off a Bassett cross, but had already threatened the visitors goal twice, including one that was hooked off the line. In their single brief breakout Ashford had exposed the lack of height in the home defence, but a slip by Skipper Sol Patterson-Bohner on the half hour resulted in a corner that was powerfully met by Max Webbs head who exploited the weakness to equalise.

A more even half turned back in the home sides favour four minutes before the interval when Didi Casthano sneaked in at the back post to head home an enticing right wing Danny Bassett cross.

The second period was a cagier affair with both sides probing, but afraid to give anything away. However, Terrors love attacking the Bishopsford Road end and on 71 minutes Hady Ghandour repaid the first half favour by crossing from the right flank to the feet of Danny Bassett, who fired home the final nail in Ashfords coffin.

Team: Shaw, Hamlin, Patterson-bohner, Daly, Ademiluyi, Filipe, D Coleman, Morgan-Griffiths, Castanho (Belford), Bassett (Haile), Ghandour (Hibbert), Not used: R Coleman, Edwards

Saturday 24th August 2019

FA Cup - Preliminary Round

Terrors  1-0  Faversham Town

The Terrors progressed into the next round of the competition with a deserved victory over a battling Faversham Town side. The winning goal came as early as the 8th minute when David Castanho’s low cross was knocked in from close range by theimpressive Danny Bassett. Four minutes later a good run by Town’s Donieve Jones saw the ball find its way to Max Morgan but he blasted over.

Tooting replied with efforts from Danny Bassett and Sol Patterson-Bohner which were both cleared off the line. Visitors keeper Luke Watkins who gave a man of the match display then made excellent stops to deny a Daryl Coleman header, a David Castanho shot and Hady Ghandour’s powerful drive.After the interval the Lilywhites from Kent had a rare foray upfield but defender JamieMaxted’s hopeful blast flew over. Back came United and that man Luke Watkins made further superb saves from Hady Ghandour and Danny Bassett to keep the tie close. In the closing stages United substitutes Zaq Coleman and Shamal Edwards had openings but could not hit the target. Outsiders looking at the score-line would

think it was a closely fought encounter,  but that was not the case.

Team:  James Shaw, George Ademiluyi, Dean Hamlin, Sol Patterson-Bohner, Nathan Daly, Alex Filipe, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, David Castanho(Shamal Edwards), Danny Bassett(Zaq Coleman), Daryl Coleman,(Akeem Belford) Hady Ghandour. Unused subs Nebay Haile, Dontai Stewart, Kyrique Garvey-Williams, Omari Hibbert.

Match Report by Ian Bullock

Monday 26th August 2019

Isthmian League South Central

Chipstead  1-2  Terrors  

 Tooting kept up their great start to the season a hard fought victory at Chipstead on a sweltering afternoon. The home side gifted the Terrors a 4th minute lead when Tommy Smith inadvertently played the ball to Zaq Coleman who in turn squared it for Danny Bassett to tap into the empty net. Chipstead made it 1-1 in the 15th minute when ex Terror Sam Clayton flighted in a precision free-kick which Allan Tait powerfully headed home.

After the break Danny Bassett had a low drive saved at the foot of the post by Oliver Pain and at the other end United keeper James Shaw was equal to the task keeping out a powerful long-range effort from Daniel Moody. The game was settled in the 64th minute when Daryl Coleman’s low free-kick from wide on the left went through a crowd of players and nestled into the far corner of the net. In the 86th minute the match turned sour as Omari Hibbert was shown a straight red card for retaliation. A minute from time Sam Bell could have made it all square for the home side but he directed his free header wide of the post from a corner.

Team:  James Shaw, George Ademiluyi, Dean Hamlin, Nathan Daly, Akeem Belfold, Zaq Coleman, David Castanho(Omari Hibbert), Danny Bassett(Hady Ghandour), Daryl Coleman, Nebay Haile(Shamal Edwards), Kyrique Garvey-Williams. Unused subs Sol Patterson-Bohner, Alex Filipe.

    Match Report by Ian Bullock

Saturday 31st August 2019

Isthmian League South Central

Terrors  2-1  Northwood

Tooting came from behind to keep up their 100% league record in a pulsating game against a good Northwood side in what was the Terrors first ever home win against the visitors. In the 8th minute Luke Holness who had a spell at Tooting last season got the ball in the net but the referee ruled it out for a foul on our keeper James Shaw. Tooting then put on a lot of pressure with Northwood keeper Rob Partington making outstanding saves from Hady Ghandour, George Ademilyui, Danny Bassett and Razzaq Coleman. It was the visitors who would open the scoring after 29 minutes when Luke Holness played in Alex Witham who took his goal well via the post.

Half time :   Tooting & Mitcham Utd FC   0 – 1   Northwood FC

After the break United continued to press and it paid off in the 63rd minute when Danny Bassett scored with a long-range effort which skidded into the net giving the keeper no chance. Shortly after Razzaq Coleman was a whisker away to adding number two and Omari Hibbert had a goal-bound strike blocked. At the other end Charlie Halford fired just over. Our management team then threw on more forwards in search of the winner and their superb tactical knowledge paid dividends when deep into stoppage man of the match Razzaq Coleman burst through the visitors ranks to rifle in an unstoppable drive to a deafening roar from the fantastic Tooting & Mitcham faithful and break Northwood hearts. Well done to both teams for providing a football feast in breezy conditions.


Team:   James Shaw, George Ademiluyi(Omari Hibbert), Dean Hamlin, Sol Patterson-Bohner, Nathan Daly, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, David Castanho(Nebay Haile), Danny Bassett, Daryl Coleman, Razzaq Coleman, Hady Ghandour(Shamal Edwards). Unused subs Alex Filipe, Akeem Belford.

Match Report by Ian Bullock

Saturday 7th September 2019

FA Cup - First Qualifying Round

Terrors  3-1  AFC Varndeanians

Tooting progressed to the next round of the competition against a spirited AFC Vardenians side. The first real action of the opening half came in the 29th minute when the visitors had a good penalty shout for handball in the area turned down by the match officials. A minute later the Terrors went straight down the other end and were awarded a free-kick just outside the area, David Castanho planted a precision free-kick into the goalmouth and Nathan Daly was on hand to tap in his first goal for the club. Just before the interval Danny Bassett beat a defender and saw his goal-bound strike saved at the near post by the Tom Bradford in the Sussex sides goal.

Half-time :   Tooting & Mitcham Utd FC   1 – 0   AFC Vardeanians FC

Early in the second half man of the match Dominic Morgan-Griffiths forced another fine stop by the keeper. In the 58th minute David Casthano who put in excellent display made it 2-0 with a clinical finish after good work by Danney Bassett. Just after the hour mark AFC Vardeanians carved out their best chance but Scott Packer blasted over when well placed. The Terrors replied with a fierce strike from Dominic Morgan-Griffiths which was heading for the roof of the net but Tom Bradford pulled off a brilliant save. Two minutes from time substitute Nebay Haile made the tie safe when he curled in a precision drive after being set up by Daryl Coleman. The visitors kept plugging away and got a deserved consolation goal in stoppage time when a free-kick was deflected onto the post for the waiting Matt Ford to apply the finishing touch from point blank range to joyous scenes from their small bunch of fans behind the goal.

Tooting & Mitcham Utd FC : James Shaw, George Ademiluyi,(Dontai Stewart), Dean Hamlin, Sol Patterson-Bohner, Nathan Daly, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, David Castanho(Isaac Sarpong), Danny Bassett, Razzaq Coleman, Daryl Coleman, Hady Ghandour(Nebay Haile). Unused subs : Alex Filipe, Ahkeen Belford, Kyrique Garvey-Williams, Morgan Campbell.

Match Report by Ian Bullock

Saturday 14th September 2019

Isthmian League South Central

Harlow Town  1-1  Terrors

In a lacklustre first half at Harlow, Tooting rode their luck with the home side creating five very good chances but being unable to find the final touch. The Terrors struggled for most of the half to find any rhythm in their play resorting to the long ball for Danny Bassett and Hady Ghandour to chase in order to relieve the pressure from their beleaguered goal. However, as half time approached this tactic resulted in the goal by Razzaq Coleman after his run down the left saw a superb finish from a tight angle with very little of the goal to aim at. So Tooting went in at half time one nil to the good which was a score that surprised all the Tooting faithful who had made the journey to what is a nice ground, but one which has a 3G pitch, which does not really suit the Terrors style of play.

Half time : Harlow Town FC   0 - 1 Tooting & Mitcham Utd FC

The start of the second half saw Harlow score within minutes of the re-start. After a good save by Tooting ‘keeper James Shaw the ball came back off the post and into the path of the Harlow striker Tayo Oyebola who had the easiest of jobs to knock the ball in to the net. Thereafter the game ebbed and flowed from end to end with one of the best chances falling to Sol Patterson-Bohner whose thunderbolt of a shot was saved by the ‘keeper’s feet. Late on Hady Ghandour was an inch from winning it for the Terrors when, after another powerful run by Razzaq Coleman, his cross struck the outside of Hady’s boot and whistled past the upright of Harlow’s open goal !

Tooting & Mitcham Utd : James Shaw, George Ademiluyi (Dontai Stewart), Dean Hamlin, Sol Patterson-Bohner, Nathan Daly, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths,  Danny Bassett, Daryl Coleman, Razzaq Coleman, Isaac Sarpong (David Castanho), Hady Ghandour (Nebay Haile).  Unused Subs : Alex Filipe, Ahkeem Belford.

Report by Alan Richards

Tuesday 17th September 2019

Isthmian League South Central

Tooting & Mitcham United FC 4 – 0 Bedfont Sports FC

Tooting continued their fine start to the season with a comfortable win over Bedfont Sports. The Terrors got the best possible start with an early goal from Danny Bassettafter seven minutes. Midway through the half it was 2-0 when David Castanho volleyed in a precision cross from Zaq Coleman. In first half stoppage time Zaq Coleman was at it again to make it 3-0 after a fine solo effort which ended with the ball being chipped over ex Tooting keeper David Trivino. It wasn’t to be all one way traffic as James Shaw made excellent saves to deny Didi Ndombe and Andy Ali. At the other end Trivino also made two superb close range saves from Man of the Match Dominic Morgan-Griffiths

Half time :   Tooting & Mitcham Utd FC   3 – 0   Bedfont Sports FC

After the interval James Shaw was again called into action when he saved low down from Ezekiel Bademosi. In the 89th minute Tooting completed the scoring from the penalty spot when Dominic Morgan-Griffiths was floored in the box. Omari Hibbert stepped up to smash home the spot-kick. The only downside to the match was DavidCastanho limping off with a knee injury late on.

Tooting & Mitcham Utd : James Shaw, George Ademiluyi, Dean Hamlin, Akheem Belford, Nathan Daly, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, David Castanho, Danny Bassett(Dontai Stewart), Daryl Coleman(Isaac Sarpong), Razzaq Coleman, Hady Ghandour(Omari Hibbert). Unused subs. Alex Filipe, Nebay Haile.

Match Report by Ian Bullock

Saturday 21 st September 2019

FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round

Tooting & Mitcham United FC   1 – 0   Dorking Wanderers FC

Tooting produced one of their best FA Cup performances in recent years to deservedly knock out National League South side Dorking Wanderers at the Campus Society Stadium on a very hot afternoon. The opening half saw chances at a premium the only one of note saw Danny Bassett in the clear but Wanderers keeper Slavomir Huk managed to smother his effort. In first half stoppage time James Shaw was called into action for the first time punching clear from a dangerous looking corner when under a lot of pressure.

Half time :   Tooting & Mitcham United FC   0 – 0   Dorking Wanderers FC

After the interval it took the Terrors only four minutes to break the deadlock when Dominic Morgan-Griffiths latched onto a defence splitting ball down the left wing

before unselfishly crossing to the unmarked Danny Bassett who drilled home a low drive to a loud roar from the Terrors faithful. In the 54th minute Dorking had their only effort on target when Daniel Gallagher’s glancing header from a corner was cleared off the line by Dominic Morgan-Griffiths. Four minutes later Isaac Sarpong went down in the area from a hefty challenge but the referee waved play on, soon after Sol Patterson-Bohner already on a yellow card spoke to the referee about the incident and was shown a second yellow card and had to go.

It could have gone wrong for United but with Darryl Coleman slotting into a centre back role the visitors surprisingly even with the extra man hardly threatened and keeper James Shaw had a really quiet afternoon which I’m sure he didn’t mind. In the closing stages the Terrors could have increased their lead when firstly Hady Ghandour had a blistering effort which was destined for the roof of the net brilliantly saved by Slavomir Huk andDontai Stewart fired wide when well placed. Soon after the final whistle went to joyous scenes from the Tooting fans. It brought back memories when we did a little bit of giant killing back in the late 1950’s. Hearty congratulations to the Management Team and the Players you both did us proud.

Tooting & Mitcham Utd FC : James Shaw, George Ademiluyi(Nebay Haile), Dean Hamlin, Sol Patterson-Bohner, Nathan Daly, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths. Danny Bassett, Daryl Coleman, Isaac Sarpong, Razzaq Coleman, Hady Ghandour(Dontai     Stewart). Unused Subs Akheem Belford, David Castanho, Omari Hibbert, Morgan Campbell, Jamarie Brissett.

    Match report by Ian Bullock