3 Teddington 4
12th September 2004
‘Is it me or are they looking
A very useful warm-up for the season in a game which could have gone
The opening period was end to end stuff but the boys’ passing was a
We had spent the previous year drumming into the boys the importance of
keeping the ball and, particularly in the first half hour, the defence
especially were quite brilliant. It was as though the theme suddenly made sense
and they played their way swiftly and accurately out of trouble every time. Man
of the Match Josh was quite
superb in this respect.
The game was thoroughly absorbing and on about twenty minutes Scott
Cozen-Smith was unlucky to push the ball just wide when one-on-one with the
Jon Bn had been playing in central defence and at this point Ian Jones
suggested pushing him up front and bringing Theo on at the back. It was wonderful to see Theo back in action;
supporters will know that he had spent several months early in the year lying on
his front with a slipped disc and to see him kicking a ball around again, having
made a full recovery, was a real boost.
Jon Bn made an immediate impact up front as well – Will
cleverly put him through and it was 1-0 in the blink of an eye. The team
as a whole was gelling very encouragingly, with Tom out on the right catching
Right at the end of the half Jon Bn broke clear again, only to put the
ball over the bar, when a little composure would have made it two. Very good
The second half started a little hesitantly and James O in goal was
forced into a superb push over the bar early on. Unfortunately Teddington
equalised when they were given a free header at a corner and, in a dreadful
twenty minutes or so, the boys completely lost their shape, giving away two
goals, 3-1 Teddington.
The boys fought on and Will was unlucky to put the ball just wide from a
break. We deservedly pulled one back though when Jon Bn made it 3-2 after
Richard had put a super ball over
the top, but Teddington made it four after we stood back and gave them a
straight run through the midfield.