Tayo Oladotun sees Tooting & Mitcham run riot in the Rymans.
Tooting & Mitcham were rampant in their 8 – 2 victory against local rivals Molesey. Goals from hat trick hero Dunn, a brace from Wilson and individual efforts from O’Neil, Bassett and Roberts, were enough to top off a dominant performance, and close the gap on their title rivals Dorking Wanders to just one point. A Pratley-Jones double; which turned out to be a consolation, for Molesey – is the only positive to take from a display to forget.
The hosts started four points off leaders Dorking; in the Ryman South League – with a game in hand on them. They ensured no slip ups – and didn’t freeze on the pitch, in what was a very chilly affair at the KNK stadium.
Molesey tend to impress against their hosts, having drawn and won in the last two games against them. But The Terrors have been in electrifying form, winning their last six league games in a row – this had the look of definite home win. Molesey have found themselves in a worrying 21st out of 24 beforehand – and were looking to get some points on the board. They had no such luck on this occasion.
The game didn’t take long for its first chance, in the third minute, after great wing play by Roberts. His wonderful low driven cross fed his striker colleague Bassett, who couldn’t quite finish. The Terrors were soon to capitalise on their relentless pressure.
A slip by Molesey gave Terror’s striker Billy Dunn a chance to show his composure against a keeper left helpless by causal defending. At 1 – 0, the game was very much open for both teams to show their attacking strengths. After a good passing move, the Terrors doubled their lead, thanks to a wonderful counter attack, with Dunn getting his second of the match, in the 27th minute.
Although Molesey were 2 – 0 down and not showing much attacking initiative, they were gifted a lifeline. Tooting’s Moraes gave the ball away just outside his box, which sent his side’s defence into panic – ultimately they gave away a penalty. Defender and skipper Pratley-Jones made no mistake for the spot, slotting past the helpless Terrors’ keeper.
Suddenly, approaching half-time, what looked like a routine victory at the start, was anything but, as Pratley-Jones got his second of the match. Static marking from the Terrors allowed Pratley-Jones and Molesey a way back into this game – undeservedly so based on the balance of play.
The second half wasn’t the greatest watch – compared to the first half; only the mere six goals in Tooting’s favour! It was a complete capitulation for Molesey, who ended up being on the wrong side of a very embarrassing score line.
Molesey remain 21st and are still battling relegation; the only saving grace is the possibility of capitalising of the team above, Ramsgate, who are only two points ahead of Molesey – who will be hoping to put this result of their heads, as soon as possible.
The Terrors are away to 18th placed Guernseyand will be looking for an impressive eight win in a row. The Terrors, are showing real championship form – and will be hoping for a Dorking slip up – so they can capitalise, and go first for the first time this season.