Saturday 12th
February 2011

Intermediate Division Two League

Tolworth Athletic FC v Fulham DFC

After an excellent
victory over Merton Abbey last week, it was imperative for the Whites to
continue their recent winning run against a Tolworth Athletic team sitting
above FDFC in the league. A win for the Whites would put the top three under
pressure and add yet more substance to the team’s recent upsurge in fortunes.
It was also FDFC’s first match against Tolworth Athletic, so the management team
had some difficulties as to how to approach an unknown quantity.

Both the Gaffer and his
right hand man Martin ‘Mad Max’ Willis agreed to stick with the same line up
from last week against Merton Abbey, and urged the players to close down
effectively as a team and to use the width on both channels. Big
congratulations to Captain Jimmy, who achieved his 100th appearance
to join an ever-growing list of centenarians. Jimmy certainly felt old father
time tapping his watch upon being told he was now a centenarian…..

The game started as a
scrappy affair, as the pitch conditions made it difficult for the Whites to
maintain a rhythm in the first twenty minutes. Tolworth started the stronger,
getting in behind the flanks and drawing a couple of decent saves from Kemp to
keep the scoreline 0 – 0.

FDFC had opportunities
to benefit from some corners, but the delivery was constantly being placed too
far beyond the far post, which had the Gaffer in full cry soon after. Once the
Whites had settled down, the team became more of an attacking threat, with
Daniel ‘Boy Hogan’ forcing a save from a tight angle, despite Willis, Wylde and
Gregory loitering with intent in the box. 
From the resulting corner, Willis gobbled up a half-cleared header and
fired in a terrific shot that dipped into the far corner of the goal, leaving
the Tolworth custodian with no chance. The goal visibly lifted the Whites, with
Wylde coming close to grabbing a second, after good goalkeeping denied him the
chance to notch another goal to add to his impressive tally so far this season.
Willis and Hogan also had chances to score before half time, but they were

At the interval, the
Gaffer demanded improvements in the quality of passing, ball control and to
ensure that the team maintained their concentration levels on a difficult

The players responded-
with a goal. In the 48th minute, some excellent play from midfield
and the forwards saw Sellers play the ball through the Tolworth back line for
Hogan to run on to and smash past the stranded opposition goalkeeper. However,
Tolworth appeared galvanised by going 2 – 0 down and proceeded to show why they
are in the top three in the league by applying constant pressure on the Whites
in a 15-minute spell, which the defence largely managed to weather.

won a much-disputed penalty, which fortunately cannoned off the post and away.
The Tolworth No.10, desperate to avenge his penalty miss, smashed a shot two
minutes later, which bounced off the woodwork and out.

After those chances were
spurned, the Whites began to get back on terms with Tolworth, Del Boy and  Willis Jr continually threatening the
opposition back line in search of a third goal, which came at the death, Del
Boy hammering in a low shot from 25 yards out to give FDFC the three points and
a 3-0 victory.

The delighted Whites
management declared their satisfaction with the result, as it continues FDFC’s
hope of putting pressure on the top three in the SSEC
Intermediate Division Two. The Man of the Match award was given to Willis Jr, who
rounded off a strong performance with a great goal and continually pressured
the Tolworth back-line into errors.

Final score Tolworth Athletic FC 0 – 3
Fulham Deaf (HT 0 – 1)

FDFC Line-up:- Kemp (Alexander 80 min), Lampert, Harding,
Evans (Captain), Monksfield, Swift (Mazija 80 min), Sellers, Gregory, Wylde,
Willis (Bovino 83 min) and Hogan

Unused subs: – Arnold, Rumney