Chiddingfold 3   Teddington 4 (Friendly)

12th September 2004

‘Is it me or are they looking absolutely brilliant?




A very useful warm-up for the season in a game which could have gone either way.

The opening period was end to end stuff but the boys’ passing was a revelation.

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 Teddington keeper.

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 the eye.

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 start though.

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.

We got the final goal, though, Scott slotting home after an excellent through ball and, but for that dodgy period early in the second half, would have won the game.