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A solid start for the U16s but a 4-4 draw could have been more

02 October 2016

U16 Boys 4 - 4 Teddington U16 Boys

In a well matched game Teddington took the early initiative as Hawks sought to find their shape in the first fixture of the season away to Teddington.

However despite strong pressure Hawks held their nerve and as the first half progressed they passed the ball with pace and found spaces to exploit in the opponents half. A well struck goal by Laurie Cooke and an excellent flowing move involving James Edmiston and Cooke, saw the ball drilled into the D and Freddie Honeyman beat the keeper.

The game looked to be there for the taking after leading 2-1 at half time a mistake in the Teddington defence was seized upon by Ray Prince and Simon White (Whitey) finished with aplomb.

Teddington then increased the tempo and Hawks began to hold the ball when forced by a robust pressing approach by the Teddington Midfield and Backs. The result was a loss of territory and they fell deeper as the game progressed. Teddington took advantage and scored from a short corner, after a series of Penalty Corners.

The tackling then lost its intensity as Teddington sought to gain dominance but a flowing move through Ray Prince and James Edmiston saw Ollie Graham in space in the left channel and his shot headed for the goal and Adam Byles made sure from close range, We can award half a goal each!

Teddington now threw caution to the wind and a couple of lapses of concentration led to chances falling to Teddington players and with a combination of short corners and giving ground to Teddington as they pushed forward they were able to score 2 late goals to equalise.

Despite leaving with a draw there was much to admire about the performance but also plenty to work on for future games.

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