Fulham Deaf robbed of victory

by / Saturday, 25 October 2003 / Published in FDFC Men

Teddington away from home was a real challenge for Fulham Deaf due to the low number of goals conceded by the hosts and an impressive start to their season with a single narrow defeat to show for it.

The match started brightly with Teddington gaining the upper hand especially with their number 7 controlling the state of play in midfield. Slowly Fulham Deaf came back into the match on equal terms with their counter attacks that made Teddington sit back a little more than they originally had in the first fifteen minutes.

Mark Gill celebrated his fist goal for the club with an outrageous 25 yards lob (25 yards to goal and in the air!) which sailed past the Teddington ailing goal keeper into the far left hand of the net. Gill will maintain he went for goal and that it was not a cross but we'll never know!

After Gill's extraordinary celebrations, Fulham Deaf was caught napping when Teddington equalised twenty seconds after the restart of play. It was a bad error of judgement by the defence who gave the ball away and Teddington slammed the ball into the net off the far post past Richard Parker who had come out to narrow the angle.

Minutes from half time, a counter attack by Fulham Deaf resulted in Nick Beese chasing a through ball to goal. The ball slipped past under the Teddington's goal keeper and Beese leaped over the keeper to slot the ball for what was a legitimate goal. The referee saw otherwise much to Teddington's disbelief and joys and ordered a free kick for reasons only that he could know.

The second half was a real battle of midfield with both teams' central midfielders dominating the ball, which in part killed off the game. A Beese's chip was parried over the bar and the referee, one for handball and another for a knee high foul in the box, ignored two penalty appeals.

A lack of concentration resulted in Teddington going ahead when the ball was not closed down early enough in a similar 'Gill's style' lower lob which ended up in the net past a stranded Parker.

With less than fifteen minutes to go, manager Christof Niklaus decided to pull Clive Campbell off and insert Kevin Harewood on to change the formation to 4-3-3 to pile the pressure for an equaliser. Christof ran out of fingers the number of shots at goal that were taken in the next few minutes in search of the equaliser.

With so many bodies in Teddington's half, something had to give and it came from a Teddington's deflection off a Harewood's drive with thirty seconds to go before the whistle blew for full-time.

With mixed feelings handshakes were made, Fulham Deaf feeling robbed yet grateful for the last grasp equaliser. Credit to

 Teddington for their performance, which had Fulham Deaf on the rails at times.

Final score Teddington BC 2 – 2 Fulham Deaf FC (half time 1 – 1)

Fulham Deaf FC Line up:

Parker, Vorster, Stubbs (Westbury 55), Pendley, Sarraf, Campbell, (Harewood 76), Drury, Gill, Jeffers, Dixon, Beese

Christof Niklaus
Fulham Deaf FC Manager

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