Friendly report - win over Tooting

Updated: Jul 30, 2018

We needed two late goals to seal victory in this energetic friendly against Tooting and Mitcham United, writes James Barrett-Sterling.

The first shot in anger arrived on six minutes but Jordan Cheadle's 45 yarder drifted off target.

But we took the lead when Ricky Korboa and Rio Davidson-Phipps built down the right and the full back played his teammate in to drill low past Matty Pearson on 12 minutes.

Tooting wanted a spot-kick four minutes later as Billy Dunn claimed that James Richmond had handled his goalbound effort from 15 yards, but the referee waved it away.

Both sides played with a high intensity so further chances were at a premium until we almost added a second on 32 minutes.

We defended a Tooting corner and Dos Santos took Ryan Healy's clearing header forward before swapping passes with Jordan Clarke. He burst through on goal and rounded an incoming Pearson but the angle was terrible and he tried to find Korboa before a late offside flag halted proceedings.

There was an unsavoury moment on 39 minutes as Healy tackled Eli Simpson and the ball rolled out of play. The visiting forward got up and kicked out at our man and a melee ensued - once the dust has settled, and both sides consulted, the referee asked for Simpson to be substituted.

Billy Bishop wasn't found wanting in added time as Tooting won a free kick a yard outside our area, but our keeper tipped the shot onto the crossbar.