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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 09:37 | Written by Andy Clark |
MSS FC3 recorded their first win in the APFSCIL Football league Division Two on Sunday in emphatic style against Exeter City Bauys on the rubber crumb at Market Road. It was only the team's 3rd league game and after an agonising draw against Blackburn Rovers the week before Boro had a point to prove against an improved Exeter City Bauys team. There were five changes to the squad from last week, with keeper Mark Warren, left back Gareth Shackleton, right back Sam Perry, winger Seb Turner and striker Charles Walford making their debuts.
Boro were playing 4-4-2 with Manager Paul Hammond directing proceedings from the touchline. Neither team could gain control of the match but the MSS3 midfield pairing of Alex Brown and Jon Spyrou were quickly pulling the strings as the away side commanded possession, Martin Ogunware and Charles Walford a thorn in the side of the Exeter back four. Chances for both sides were scarce and Boro’s towering defence of Ali Stewart (wearing the Captain’s armband for the first time) and Barry Nugent stayed firm, Mark
Half Time: Exeter City Bauys 0-0 Boro
Glenn Goodman (woken up by Paul Hammond close to two o’clock) arrived part way through the first half and, in a stroke of tactical genius, Greg Walsh took himself off to be replaced by the newcomer. This really was a game of two halves and Boro flew out of the blocks, Seb Turner and Glenn Goodman scurrying down the flanks with Gareth Shackleton and Sam Perry overlapping. A corner in the 50thminute gave Boro their first sight of goal. Glenn Goodman’s inswinging corner was met expertly by Gareth Shackleton (or was it George Friend?) as Boro took the lead. The home side were undeterred and snatched a fortunate equaliser ten minutes later. With the memory of Blackburn Rovers fresh in their minds, Boro began to dominate, Seb Turner hitting the crossbar and Charles Walford coming close to scoring the second before Martin Ogunware thumped home to put the visitors back in front with fifteen minutes to go. As full time approached, the mercurial Glenn Goodman darted into the box and, after neat passing with Martin Ogunware, slid the ball past the Exeter keeper to give Boro a two goal cushion. A late goal in injury time from the Grecians made for a nervous last few minutes but the team held on and emerged triumphant.
Full Time: Exeter City Bauys 2-3 Boro
Shackleton (50) Ogunware (75) Goodman (90)
Boro were jubilant, and rightly so, moving up to 5th in the table with games in hand after only three games as a team - a double Boro promotion on the cards this season?
Team: Mark Warren, Sam Perry, Barry Nugent, Ali Stewart (c), Gareth Shackleton, Greg Walsh (Glenn Goodman), Alex Brown, Jon Spyrou, Seb Turner, Martin Ogunware, Charles Walford.
*** Glenn Goodman - made the difference in the second half with a goal and two assists.
** Alex Brown / Jon Spyrou - dominated the midfield from start to finish.
* Ali Stewart / Barry Nugent - solid at the back and an assuring presence.
Opponents: Bristol City (H)
Kick off: 14:00
Venue: Kingshouse Sports Ground
Thursday, 22 November 2012 11:32 | Written by Andy Clark |
Middlesbrough v Dundee United - Sunday 18th November 2012, League, Kingshouse Sports Ground.
Thursday, 22 November 2012 11:30 | Written by Andy Clark |
Middlesbrough v North Acton - Sunday 28th October 2012, London Cup, Kingshouse Sports Ground.
Thursday, 22 November 2012 11:28 | Written by Andy Clark |
Middlesbrough v Exeter City - Sunday 14th October 2012, League, Kingshouse Sports Ground.
Thursday, 22 November 2012 11:24 | Written by Andy Clark |
Middlesbrough v Aberdeen II - Sunday 7th October 2012, David Baister Cup, Kingshouse Sports Ground.
Score: MSS1 11 Aberdeen II 1
Boro went into this final group game knowing that a point would win them the group having already beaten both Bristol City and Rangers. Aberdeen II had lost to Bristol City but beaten Rangers comprehensively so Boro were expecting a tough match. However, it was nothing of the sort as a disorganized Aberdeen II barely showed up and it was one-way traffic from the outset. Boro were again without numerous players and centre back Scrimgour was added to the injury list this week which meant that Burke stepped in at centre back while Sebastian Turner made his debut when coming off the bench. Boro were rampant from the off in a game reminiscent of Boro's mauling of Manchester City at the Riverside in 2008. Top scorer Gallagher opened the scoring on 2 minutes. Gutcher then added a second with a superb curler as he cut in from the left wing. Lees then made it 3 with a neat finish from the right following good work again from Gutcher who was on fine form. The fourth goal came from Clark who fired in decisively first time from the edge of the box. Aberdeen could barely get out of their own third and Boro added a fifth when Jo Thompson played a one-two with Burke before slotting the ball neatly past the keeper. Burke himself then finished clinically to make it 6-0 as the teams went in for the half-time break.
The second half was similarly one-sided although it took Boro almost 15 minutes to make it 7-0. Clark floated in an inch-perfect free kick for Holian to power a header home for his first goal of the season. Goal number 8 came when Gutcher again cut in from the left and curled another effort beyond the Dons’ keeper. In a rare foray into the Boro half Aberdeen pulled one back as a Boro attack broke down. Their striker's scuffed finish deceived Cox who could only parry the ball into the net. Lees then finished again with a drive across the keeper from the edge of the box. The pick of the bunch then followed as Jack Thompson deftly chipped the keeper from the edge of the box before Gallagher followed up a lost cause and tucked the ball in at the near post to round off the scoring. Three players were on a brace but no-one was quite able to complete the hat-trick. Gallagher and Gutcher both went close, while Lees blazed over from close range on a couple of occasions. In doing so he spurned a golden opportunity of breaking the record for the youngest ever MSS player to score a hat-trick.
A disappointing performance from the opposition but an emphatic display by Boro who commence their league campaign next Sunday with a tough opening fixture against Exeter City at home.
Team: Cox - Woodall - Baker - Holian (c) – Burke - Gutcher - Lees - Thompson, Jack (Leek) – Thompson, Jo (Turner)- Clark - Gallagher
Goals: Gallagher (2, 81), Gutcher (7,77), Lees (32, 75), Clark (14), Thompson, Jo (35), Burke (41), Holian (61), Thompson, Jack (81),
Man of the Match:
*** Burke – another dominant performance all over the pitch – both at centre back and when he moved into centre midfield.
** Gutcher – a constant thorn in Aberdeen’s side – weighed in with 2 well-taken goals.
*Gallagher – another good brace and caused Aberdeen’s defence plenty of problems.
Thursday, 22 November 2012 11:23 | Written by Andy Clark |
Middlesbrough v Wounded Knee - Sunday 30th September 2012, London FA Cup, Kingshouse Sports Ground.
Thursday, 22 November 2012 11:21 | Written by Andy Clark |
Exeter City A's v Middlesbrough2 - Sunday 23rd September 2012, David Baister Cup - Group B Match, Tuffnell Park.
Thursday, 22 November 2012 11:19 | Written by Andy Clark |
Bristol City v Middlesbrough - Sunday 23rd September 2012, David Baister Cup - group match, Riverside Lands.
Thursday, 22 November 2012 11:16 | Written by Andy Clark |
Glasgow Rangers v Middlesbrough - Sunday 16th September 2012, David Baister Cup - group match, Riverside Lands.
Thursday, 22 November 2012 10:16 | Written by Andy Clark |
Blackburn Rovers v MSS FC3
MSS FC3 were playing only their second ever game in the APFSCIL Football league Division Two against Blackburn Rovers who had made a steady start to the season. After losing their opening game against their brethren from MSS FC2 last week, the team were determined to get their first points on the board at Hurlingham Park. The team were without manager Paul Hammond, who had whisked his other half off on a romantic jaunt to pop the question so congratulations to them both. In the absence of the manager, Greg Walsh took over team affairs for the trip to Blackburn. Darren Webster was signed on deadline day but was so excited he ended up at the wrong ground, briefly saying hello to the MSS FC1 lads at Kingshouse Sports Ground.
The game kicked off at a frenetic pace, Martin Ogunware’s shot from the edge of the six yard box was acrobatically turned over the top. However, the home side drew first blood, edging ahead just before the five minute mark but not for long as Martin Ogunware converted from 12 yards after a fine jinking run from Andy Musgrave in the 10thminute. Boro slowly began to dominate and took the lead on 22 minutes, Glenn Goodman supplying the killer pass to Martin Ogunware who emphatically thumped past the Rovers keeper. Boro then went further ahead as Dave Southgate played a perfect through ball in to Jon Spyrou whoslid the ball past the stunned keeper.
Half Time: Blackburn Rovers 1-3 MSS FC3
Rovers came out after the break fired up and were awarded a controversial penalty early in the second half, which was gleefully dispatched to reduce the arrears. Boro were completely undeterred by this setback and Glenn Goodman restored their two goal lead under pressure five minutes later as a frantic 45 minutes sparked into life. Boro were struggling to contain their opponents for a period as the balance of power swung and Rovers snatched another goal back before the hour mark. On 60 minutes, the game was blown wide open as the Rovers keeper was sent off for dangerous play, clattering into Andy Musgrave. Muzza had touched it past the keeper, allowing Dave Southgate to tap home but the goal was not given as the whistle happy referee had inexplicably pulled play back and awarded a free kick.
Rovers then snatched an equaliser and were given a gift of a chance to make it 5-4 from the spot as Alex Brown fouled in the box but they fired wide. It was Boro who were then offered a chance to take the points, when Webster was fouled in the box and the iceman Glenn Goodman made no mistake to fire Boro ahead. As the Boro players were almost on their knees, in the 10th, yes 10thminute of injury time, they were cruelly robbed of their first ever win in the APFSCIL league as Blackburn forced home a scarcely deserved equaliser from a corner to make it 5-5.
Full Time: Blackburn Rovers 5-5 MSS FC3
Goals: Ogunware 2, Goodman 2, Spyrou
Team: Paul Hebdon, Gary Martin, Barry Nugent, Ali Stewart, Glenn Goodman, Dave Southgate, Phil Spyrou, Alex Brown, Greg Walsh (Andrew Samuel), Andy Musgrave, Martin Ogunware (Darren Webster)
Boro left the field deflated after dominating the game but should be proud of their efforts, gaining the teams first ever point in the APFSCIL league in only their 2ndcompetitive match against an experienced Blackburn team. The result is a significant step in the teams development after being hammered in their previous two games and bodes very well for the season.
*** Glenn Goodman - An excellent game, scoring two goals and instrumental in another.
** Martin Ogunware - Fired home two great debut goals to turn the game on its head.
*Andy Musgrave - An effervescent display, battling on after a bruising challenge from the Rovers keeper.
Next Match: Exeter City Bauys, Sunday November 25th, Tufnell Park
Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:43 | Written by Derek Paylor |
Middlesbrough Supporters South Football Team, already in the David Baister Cup final in May, were finally crowned APFSCIL League Division One Champions for the first time in their long 37 year history on Sunday. The team, off the back of two victories against local rivals Sunderland, needed to beat Hibs or rely on Sunderland beating Exeter City in the other game of the day to clinch the title. The team beat Hibs 3-0 with goals from Calder, Aldridge and Jack Thompson to clinch the deal and as it happened, Sunderland also did Boro a favour by beating Exeter City 2-1. Two years ago, the club was struggling to put a team out, at times playing games and getting hammered with 8 men and at other times were simply conceding games as they finished 3rd bottom and were about to go out of existence. At the last minute, Andy Clark and James Nugent decided that they would give it a go and try and build a team of Teessiders and a team to be proud of in London who would be challenging for honours. The goal set out in August 2010 was for MSS to win the double (Division One and David Baister Cup), which with the team never having won a single trophy before, seemed like a pipe dream. The MSS website was redesigned to try and attract more exiles and midweek football was started in Hyde Park, which surreptitiously acted as trials for the football team. The key signing of Marlon Beresford was to prove a masterstroke and as the season kicked off, an MSS team had been formed with a real Teesside heart and a real enthusiasm which had been missing for several years. Brighton, who had finished the season in 3rd place, turned up expecting an easy victory and were shell shocked as they left the field after a 7-0 hammering. This was the start of an excellent season which saw the team miss out on the Division One runners up spot on the last day of the season but more importantly, won the first trophy in the clubs history, defeating Boro's opening day opponents Brighton 2-0 on a sunny day at Hayes & Yeading Stadium in May. Winning the cup was one thing but winning the league was a different proposition altogether and Boro had to overcome an Aberdeen team who had won the league the previous two seasons and a strong Sunderland side with a core of semi professional players...
Boro have simply blown the league away this season, winning 17 of their 18 games so far and the only points dropped were down to a quite ridiculous penalty decision in a 1-1 draw with Exeter City. Boro have kept a phenomenal 12 clean sheets in 18 games, have the best defensive record in the history of the league so far and have smashed in and astonishing 88 goals in 18 league and cup games. All this without star keeper Marlon Beresford who built on his Cup final success by becoming the professional goalkeeping coach for Barnet FC and also the Northern Ireland Under 21's. His replacement, big Andy Cox has been fantastic and deserves to play at a much higher level, a great shot stopper and a menacing figure for any opposition attackers. New defensive signings Alex Baker and John Calder have been simply excellent, adding class and physicality to the Boro defence and complementing the partnership of Tom Scrimgour and Skipper Matt Holian with full backs Eddie Woodall and Ashley Leek providing some quality deliveries form the flanks, the only disappointment being the long term injuries to centre back Ben Sheffield after a promising start to the season. The team has been blessed with some superb central midfielders, the Thompson brothers, Jack and Jo have boundless energy and also the guile to cause teams endless problems, schemer James Shepherd has the ability to control the play, pick a pass and score a goal, Jack Reynolds has the engine and forward running to create space for attackers and the flying wingers of Lee Gutcher and Jordan Lees a constant menace with their tireless running and goal threat. Up front you have the pocket dynamo that is Johnathon Gallagher, the leagues top scorer with 24 goals in 16 games, he puts the finishing touches to the teams constant creativity and every defender in the league hates playing against him. Versatile Player Manager Andy Clark, despite being in his twilight has chipped in with 8 goals from both midfield and attack and a few of those goal of the season contenders. Alfie Burke, a February signing has been superb at Centre Back, Centre Midfield and Striker, has the heart of a lion and Striker Danny Aldridge returned to add pace to the attack. A big mention has to go to Matty Pickover who was a revelation in the MSS attack for the first 9 games until he had to emigrate to Australia due to unforeseen circumstances.
The success of the MSS first team has been complemented by the formation of the MSS FC Second Team, who started the season in Division Two and kicked off their campaign with a 13-1 defeat with only 8 men. This result only proved to spur manager Dean Robson and his team on as once the team picked up their first victory against Hull City, they went on a long unbeaten run, beating leaders Dundee United and drawing with promoted Celtic. With players like Ollie Owolabi, Ladi Kazeem, Will Wyatt, Ian McQueeney, Charles Walford, John Forbes, Chris Hill, Tim Colling, Dave Affleck, Scott Perkins and teaming up with the old guard of Jonathon Rhodes and Richie Hatfield, the future for the MSS 2 team looks very bright and a big promotion challenge could be on the cards next season to join the first team in Division One.
A win for the MSS FC first team against either Glasgow Rangers or Aberdeen in the cup final at Barnet FC (Sunday May 6th, 2pm kick off) to complete the dream of winning the league and cup double and cap a remarkable rise for MSS. I'd urge all MSS members try and get down to Barnet FC if possible to help cheer the lads on to what could be a momentous victory, the team needs the support of Boro community down South. The football team has been a vehicle for change for MSS and helped create a real community spirit down here in the capital, it would be nice to have people lend a bit of support for all the effort that has gone into achieving this over the last two years and you never know, you might even enjoy it. ;-)
Up the Boro (South)!!!.
Sunday, 01 April 2012 22:56 | Written by Derek Paylor |
This Tees Wear derby match had been eagerly awaited by Boro since the Draw was made in February but attempts to play the game were proving difficult as Sunderland tried every trick in the book to delay the match until they had their best team out, including their ex pro keeper who came out of retirement. Boro were without star keeper Marlon Beresford, midfield schemer James Shepherd (New York), defender Ashley Leek (Slept in), midfielder Jack Reynolds (Missus), striker Mark Hughes (Benidorm), midfield lynchpin Ste Dunne (Still drunk from his birthday celebrations in Brazil), centre back Ben Sheffield (Knee Injury), defender Pete Nicholson (skeletal frame) and James Nugent (Boston).
Team Line Up: Cox, Calder, Holian (c), Scrimgour, Baker, Lees, (Jack) Thompson, (Jo) Thompson, Gutcher, Burke, Gallagher. Subs: Clark, Aldridge, Woodall.
It was a beautiful sunny day down by the river but Boro's day didn't get off to the best of starts as defender Ashley Leek missed his train from Scunthorpe and so was unavailable. Then Boro found out their pitch had been double booked for a cup final and Sunderland players were running late so the kick off was delayed by 15 minutes. Not the most ideal preparation for such a big game. Despite this, Boro made a bright start to the game, pushing forward in numbers and forcing a few early corners. A Jack Thompson corner was superbly tipped over by the Sunderland keeper as Boro were forcing the pressure. It was a frantic opening 25 minutes as Sunderland were working hard to deny Boro any space in the opening stages and Boro were giving as good as they got. Despite Boro's early pressure, it was Sunderland who almost took the lead as Holian's pass was intercepted and a snapshot form the Sunderland striker Patterson was tipped on to the crossbar. This was a warning to Boro as they were forced to defend several set pieces in a 5 minute spell.
It was Boro who took the lead though from a corner of their own. Thompson swung the ball to the back post where Holian headed into the area, Calder tried in vain to get a shot away but it was that man GALLAGHER who nipped in to fire it past the keeper from 6 yards. Boro were buoyed by this and started to control the game as Burke battled his way through but delayed too long with only the keeper to beat and the chance was lost. Boro centre back Scrimgour then had to go off injured as Boro were forced to reshuffle at the back. Gutcher was then booked for Boro for taking umbrage at a dangerous late challenge by a Sunderland midfielder. Gallagher was then booked for preventing a Sunderland free kick being taken and a Sunderland player was booked for a late tackle as things got heated. Boro then increased their lead as Boro's top scorer GALLAGHER struck again, pouncing on a loose ball to steer it past the Sunderland keeper. Sunderland were visibly rocked and were defending deeper and deeper as Boro dominated the latter stages of the half.
Half Time: Boro 2-0 Sunderland
Boro were defending superbly after a couple of early scares and had got hold of Sunderland's pacy young striker who had caused one or two problems. Jack Thompson was then booked for a high challenge which looked a bit dubious to say the least. Gallagher then raced through on the inside right channel but skied his shot over the bar with only the keeper to beat. Boro then made it 3-0 as BURKE went round the keeper, then round him again before firing into the far corner to scenes of great jubilation. Clark and Aldridge then replaced Burke and Lees to give the team a bit more energy in the blazing sunshine. Sunderland were resorting more and more to the long ball as they struggled to break down a stubborn Boro rearguard. Tempers then got frayed as a late challange by the Sunderland captain on Jo Thompson saw him booked and verbals started from both teams. Clark then shot wide from 25 yards as Boro were in control but without creating a lot. The referee then blew the whistle to send the current cup holders though to their second consecutive final!!
Full Time: Boro 3-0 Sunderland
Boro were superb from the off, matching Sunderland's early work rate, scoring a couple of first half goals and from that moment never really looked like losing. The back 5 were imperious, the midfield dominant and the strikers clinical. The prize for beating Boro's local rivals is a place in the David Baister cup final at Barnets Underhill Stadium on Sunday May 6th and the league and cup double is now well and truly on. Glasgow Rangers or Aberdeen await Boro in the final.
Johnathon Gallagher*** - Boro's top scorer made it 24 for the season with another two opportunist strikes and is proving invaluable at the present time.
Monday, 26 March 2012 17:23 | Written by Derek Paylor |
After having a depleted team last week, Boro were almost back up to full strength as players returned from holidays. Boro had already beaten Rangers twice this season but were made to work on both occasions when winning 3-2 and 5-2. Boro hadn't lost a league game all season so went into the game in buoyant mood.
Half Time: Boro 3-1 Rangers
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 12:41 | Written by Derek Paylor |
Boro came in to the game having not played for 5 weeks due to bad weather and postponements so it wasn't ideal to be facing the current champions. Boro were also without Marlon Beresford (N. Ireland), Pete Nicholson (scurvy), Eddie Woodall (AWOL), James Nugent (lost in Pompey), John Calder (South Africa). To compound matters, Jack Reynolds had to pull out on the eve of the match due to illness, skipper Matt Holian damaged nerves in his neck but played through the pain, top scorer Johnathon Gallagher was on anti biotics for a chest infection and winger Lee Gutcher was also on antibiotics after a recent operation to correct teeth he damaged in last years cup final. On a more positive note though, Boro welcomed back midfield playmaker Ste Dunne, effervescent Joe Thompson and last seasons joint top scorer Mark Hughes.
HT: Aberdeen 0-1 MSS FC
Monday, 16 January 2012 11:58 | Written by Derek Paylor |
Boro were in David Baister Cup action this week, looking to defend the trophy they gloriously one at Hayes & Yeading last May. Boro have had a very good start to the season having won 10 and drawn one of their first 11 games and were looking for their 5th consecutive clean sheet. It was a tough draw against a Celtic side who only joined the league this season but had won 5 out of their first 6 league games and were looking likely promotion candidates. Boro were without keeper Marlon Beresford (Barnet), defenders Alex Baker (Exams), Ben Sheffield (knackered knee), midfielders James Shepherd (Wedding), Jo Thompson (knee), James Nugent (Jetsetting) and striker Jamie Clarke (Whitby). Boro welcomed Pete Nicholson back into the squad after a long injury lay off.
Not long after though Boro did take the lead, a cross from Lees could only be parried out and GUTCHER just beat Clark to the ball to knock it into an empty net. Confusion between the Celtic defender and the keeper resulted in a collision with Boro striker Gallaghers elbow which saw the keeper picking his teeth out from the inside of his lip and a lengthy stoppage occurred. Boro had dominated the game without really playing that well but went in at half time in the lead.
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 11:19 | Written by Andy Clark |
The game was overshadowed somewhat by the passing of a great friend, Grant Harrison, who was tragically killed on Friday Lunchtime whilst on holiday. On hearing the sad news there was much discussion about whether to postpone the game but the team decided they wanted to play the game and use it as an opportunity to pay their respects and honour his passing. Boro had almost a full squad to select from with the exception of Marlon Beresford (Barnet), Alex Baker (exams), James Nugent (US), Jo Thompson (knee), Ben Sheffield (knee) and Pete Nicholson (knee). The Boro team wore black armbands for the game and London Scottish kindly observed a minutes silence with the Boro lads. All the lads felt a great sense of loss when the news came through as Grant was a regular at Pimlico football every Wednesday, was on the pool team and was a key part of the newly formed MSS second team. He was a bubbly character who was in the thick of things and really enjoyed the active social side, he will be a big big miss to all of us and there were tears shed as the minutes respect got underway.
Boro were straight out the blocks in the second half spurred on by the effervescent Jack Thompson in midfield who seemed to be everywhere, breaking up play and prompting attacks. 5 minutes into the second half and it was 5-0 as LEES raced down the middle to calmly fire past the keeper into the corner of the net. Boro were simply over running London Scottish now and when a Shepherd corner fell to REYNOLDS he steered the ball into the roof of the net from 12 yards. Moments later it was REYNOLDS again as he slotted home in similar circumstances from a corner. Clark then ran through but his shot was saved by the keeper. From the resultant corner, Clark headed inches wide at the far post. SHEPHERD then fortuitously beat his man on the corner of the 18 yard box but there was nothing fortunate about his finish as he beautifully chipped the keeper to make it 8-0. There was still time for one last attack as Calder burst down the wing and his cross was chested down and fired home by Player Manager CLARK who got the goal he desperately wanted to honour a missing friend.
Monday, 28 November 2011 11:44 | Written by Andy Clark |
Boro dropped their first points of the campaign last Sunday in a 1-1 draw against Exeter City when Clark grabbed a late equaliser but were looking to get back on track against leaders Aberdeen. Boro were without seven players including Marlon Beresford (Barnet), John Calder (South Africa), Ben Sheffield (Knee), Matty Pickover (Birthday), James Nugent (New York), Ashley Leek (nephews birthday) and Pete Nicholson (knee). Aberdeen robbed Boro of the double last season so it was up to Boro to try to make amends this season by defeating their biggest rivals.
Two goal hero James Shepherd
Boro deservedly beat Champions Aberdeen with a strong battling display despite missing 7 players from the squad. It ended Aberdeens 20 match unbeaten run and was only he second time a team had stopped them scoring in 69 games. Boro were superb from start to finish and got the goals their play warranted with Aberdeens only danger coming from corners and throw ins. It was a landmark result as Aberdeen were he only team Boro hadn't beaten under boss Andy Clark since he start of last season.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 21:11 | Written by Andrew Clark |
Exeter City v MSS FC
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 22:56 | Written by Matt Holian |
10-man Boro were seconds away from an epic victory yesterday in the second round of the London Cup. Having led for most of the match, Hendon’s immense pressure told in the dying seconds as they took the tie to extra time before winning the match 4-2 after extra time.
Half Time: Hendon Sports Club 0-2
Full Time: Hendon Sports Club 2-2
Full Time Extra Time: Hendon Sports Club 4-2 Boro
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 22:52 | Written by Andy Clark |
Boro were without last weeks star man Jordan Lees who was unfortunately at his Grandads funeral, RIP Grandad Lees and versatile defender John Calder plus San Francisco bound James Nugent. The squad though was boosted by the return of recently married club captain Matt Holian, congratulations Matt, Centre Back Ben Sheffield who missed last weeks game when his car broke down, midfielders Jack Thompson, James Shepherd and big Tom Scrimgour. Boro had already beaten Glasgow Rangers 3-2 in the cup a few weeks ago in a tight competitive game.
Monday, 31 October 2011 13:54 | Written by Derek Paylor |
Boro, having won their opening four games, all in the cup, were finally getting their league campaign underway. It was grey but mild at the Fullers Sports ground at Chiswick as Boro took on newly promoted Birmingham without club captain Matt Holian, who was away in Australia getting married. Boro were also missing fellow centre back Tom Scrimgour, keeper Marlon Beresford and were dealt another blow an hour before the game when a third centre back, Ben Sheffield found himself stranded after his car broke down on the way to the match. Without midfielders Jack Thompson, James Shepherd and James Nugent who also dropped out shortly before the match with a hangover, apparently it affects chimpanzees more severely Boro were down to the bare bones. On a positive note, Joe Thompson, brother of midfielder Jack Thompson joined the squad for the first time.
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 11:40 | Written by Dean Robson |
Midddlesbrough Supporters South 2nd Team were making their APFSCIL Football League Division Two debut at Home to Bristol City, after only 1 hastily arranged friendly together against First Division Aberdeen 2 a fortnight ago. Dean Robson's men were all excited and looking forward to the start of the new season, with ex first team players John Hudson, Chris White and Richard Hatfield in the squad. Unfortunately, the side was hit by several late withdrawals on the morning of the match leaving the squad threadbare and down to only 8 players for the game plus injured Manager Dean Robson.
HT : Boro 0-5 Bristol City
Boro were straight out of the blocks after taking the 10 minute break to recharge the batteries and make the 2nd half as hard as possible for the opposition. Within 2 minutes of the restart. great play by White, through to Walford who slid the ball through for Hudson on the left hand side of the box, who coolly placed the ball past the Bristol City keeper to score Boro South 2nd Teams first ever league goal!!! Was a comeback on the cards for the 9 men of Boro? Unfortunately, this seemed to spur more life into Bristol City who continued to pummell the Boro penalty area with ball after ball and sadly, goal after goal as the 2nd half went on. Manager Dean Robson had to leave the field after 50mins of football, but the game was already over for Boro by this time. Winger Kilgour was also struggling with injury but valiantly continued along with the rest of the team for the full 90 minutes. There was one notable save by Boro keeper Perkins, which was Banksesque, somehow getting down to the goal bound shot from a Bristol City corner to turn the ball away as the Boro defence cleared their lines. Bristol ran up a cricket score in the end which was probably expected giving they had three more men plus subs.
FT Boro 1-13 Bristol City
Attendance: 1 (at times) Manager Dean Robson.
Boro played very well considering they played the entire 90 minutes with only 8 players and who hadn't actually played together before. Despite the heavy defeat, it is a good platform to start to grow the team and squad and the only way is up now. The boys spirit at the end was fantastic and all the lads went to the pub to reflect and have a well earned pint. Skipper John Hudson kept it quiet it was his Birthday the following day. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN HUDSON!
***Perkins- Save after save, 2No. world class saves like Banks and Pears.
**Allen, Rhodes, Kilgour, Hudson, White, Hatfield, Walford- Workman like performances to keep City at bay at times. Great Effort!!
*Robson - Well after only playing for about 50mins, I cant surely give myself 2 stars!
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 11:18 | Written by Dean Robson |
The MSS FC Second Team APFSCIL Division Two Fixtures and results are as follows;
16-10-11. L 1-13 Bristol City Scorers: Hudson
13-11-11. L 1-5 Celtic Scorers: Hill
20-11-11. L 0-3 Plymouth Argyle
04-12-11. Blackburn Rovers (H) Venue: Riverside Lands, Chiswick.
11-12-11. Dundee United (A) Venue: Wormwood Scrubs, North Kensington.
15-1-12. Exeter City Bauys (H) Venue: Riverside Lands, Chiswick.
22-1-12. Manchester City (A) Venue: Wormwoods Scrubs, North Kensington.
29-1-12. Plymouth Argyle (H) Venue: Riverside Lands, Chiswick.
05-2-12. Dundee United (H) Venue: Riverside Lands, Chiswick.
18-3-12. Hull City (H) Venue: Riverside Lands, Chiswick.
25-3-12. Bristol City (A) Venue: Riverside Lands, Chiswick.
01-4-12. Celtic (A) Venue: TBA (SW London)
All matches Kick Off at 14:00 unless stated otherwise.
Fixtures to be confirmed:
Manchester City (H)
Blackburn Rovers (A)
Exeter City Bauys (A)
Hull City (A)
Sunday, 02 October 2011 21:46 | Written by Andy Clark |
MSS FC v Dundee United
Sunday, 18 September 2011 21:15 | Written by Andy Clark |
London FA Sunday Intermediate Cup - Round One
Boro arrived at the Muswell Hill Sports Ground fresh from the MSS Party celbrations after Boro's win at Palace which lasted well into the night. On arrival they were met with what looked like an African team on steroids with one token white lad and some shoddy changing rooms. Thankfully, the first impressions were deceiving as the actual pitch was fantastic, big and wide and in good nick, with the sun shininig down and a nice dew on the ground. There were two changes from the great win over Man City and that was new boy John Calder making his debut at right back for Ashley Leek and Jack Reynolds coming in for player manager Andy Clark.
Thursday, 15 September 2011 15:59 | Written by Andy Clark |
Such has been the success of the rebirth of MSS as an organisation and the trophy winning MSS football team that I can now announce the formation of a second MSS team to join the APFSCIL League, starting in Division Two. The team, who are in the process of being voted in to this Seasons competition will be run by ex Stockton Sunday League manager Dean Robson. On top of Boros first ever cup win last season, this will be the first time ever that Boro have had two teams of supporters in the League. With a total of 35 active fans playing in the league and MSS membership up 3 fold to over 700 supporters, the Boro South machine rumbles on and on with no sign of stopping.
Friday, 09 September 2011 10:32 | Written by Andy Clark |
After last seasons success, signing ex Middlesbrough keeper Marlon Beresford, creating a team full of Teesside exiles and winning the first every trophy in their 36 year history under the new management team of Clarky and Nuge it will be difficult to follow this coming season but that is the plan. Boro have lost ex manager, ex captain and MSS stalwart Henry Warnock-Smith to his band Reign.Broke.Better who he hopes are on the verge of big things. Boro have also lost joint top scorer Mark Hughes who has moved to Windsor and flying full back Paul Kell who has gone off to China to teach kids how to sing Boro songs.
The loss of these key players looked to have left a big hole in the boro squad but luckily the squad has been boosted by the arrival of ex Boro trainee / ex Northern League striker and ex Clarky teammate Matty Pickover. The team has also been boosted by midfield dynamo Jack Thompson after a managerial stint in the US and Jack Reynolds, an attacking midfielder straight from Uni. Ex Northern league veteran and defender John Calder has come on board and ex Norton Forward Danny Aldridge plus winger Wayne Verrill, midfielder Nathan Thomas, defender Chris Hill and midfielder Alex Baker. So from a position of weakness, the squad now looks like the strongest in it's history.
MSS FC have entered the London FA Intermediate Cup this year for the first time in order to pit their wits against other Sunday league teams in London and spread the Boro word. The club have also signed their first ever sponsorship deal with Larner Recycling which will help enormously with costs and with parent club MSS boosting the teams coffers by offering funds to purchase training kit and new match balls the team will be the best kitted out in the league.
The sponsorship with britvic continues with 2 cases of gatorade provided every match, Mcvities have offered up a box of Jaffa cakes every match so the team should be fully fuelled up for the challenge ahead. After last seasons deterioration of the previously excellent Civil Service pitches, a deal has been struck for the MSS team to use the brilliantly kept fenced off pitch, complete with stand to house the teams fanatical fans.
Another major announcement is due in the coming week as MSS FC continues to go from strength to strength.
Monday, 09 May 2011 23:59 | Written by James Nugent |
After a fantastic team performance and two goals from striker Johnathon Gallagher, MSS FC defeated Brighton to become League Cup Champions 2010/11.
This is fantastic reward for the players and management of the team. From escaping relegation by the skin of their teeth and in real danger of folding, to being crowned cup winners is an amazing achievement. Full report to follow.
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 09:18 | Written by Andy Clark |
It was the fourth time these two sides a had met this season with Boro having won the previous three very tight games 2-1, 3-1 and 2-1. Boro were without star keeper Marlon Beresford, Eddie Woodall (clubfoot), Ben Sheffield (medial ligament), Pete Marsh (cruciate ligament), Jack Thompson (USA) and Ollie Owolabi (groin).
Boro line up: Cox, Hughes, Holian, Scrimgour, Leek, Lees, Warnock-Smith, Nicholson, Gutcher, Clark, Gallagher. Subs: Dunne, Shepherd, Kell, Hudson.
There was warm sunshine and Boro's biggest crowd of the season on this hopeful occasion for the Boro boys. Exeter kicked off into the end housing Boro's massed travelling ranks. The game was slow to get into it's stride with the opening 5 minutes being long throws from Boros right back Hughes which were headed away by the scraggy haired Exeter defender. It was Boro with the first chance though as Clark robbed the dawdling defender in the left back position and Lees swung at it but missed it and then Gutcher did the same. The ball spent much of the first twenty minutes pinging about with Lees winning a lot of headers but nothing coming from them. Player manager Clark then pulled up after challenging for a header and after a bit of a rub down from the ref brought himself off for midfielder Dunne with full back Hughes going up front.
It was all fairly scrappy but Exeter were looking dangerous on the break with Cox pulling off a fine save and Boro just about scrambking it clear. Hughes then won the ball and advanced on goal but instead of laying on a goal for Gallagher elected to fire into the side netting. Lees then won a header which put Hughes clean through but he shot straight at the keeper when he should have scored. Great work by Dunne and Warnock-Smith in the engine room put flying winger Gutcher clear and he made no mistake, firing low past the keeper.
Boro then looked fairly comfortable as they cantered through to half time.
HT: Exeter City 0-1 Boro
Sunday, 20 March 2011 00:00 | Written by Andy Clark |
Boro were without 12 players for the visit of Exeter, Marlon Beresford (neices birthday), Paul Kell (medial ligament), Richie Hatfield (Wales), Ben Sheffield (medial ligament), Ashley Leek(marathon), Ste Dunne (30th Birthday), James Shepherd (wedding), Pete Nicholson (wedding anniversary), Mike Newitt (colonic irrigation), James Nugent (medial ligament), Mark Hughes (Work).
It was the third time Boro had played Exeter this Season with Boro winning both previous games 2-1 and 3-1. Exeter are also Boro cup semi final opponents next week. It was excellent weather for football with some give in the ground and a bit of sunshine. With Aberdeen and Sunderland not in action for a couple of weeks, a Boro win would send us back to the top of the first division table.
Boro Line Up: Cox, Woodall, Holian, Scrimgour, Lees, Thompson, Warnock-Smith (c), Gutcher, Clark, Gallagher, Hudson. Sub: Owolabi
The match got underway at a frenetic pace as Gallagher robbed the Exeter player and put Hudson clean through but his heavy touch meant the keeper collected easily. Gutcher then burst down the left beat two men and crossed for Gallagher whose shot was saved. The game wasn't slowing down in intensity and Exeter were giving as good as they got as Cox made a fantastic save to keep Boro in it. Some good passing at the back found Clark in midfield and his 50 yard pinpoint pass released Gallagher but his lob went across the face of goal and was just missed by the outstretched Hudson. Debutant Jack Thompson was full of energy and guile and seemed to be everywhere as he was brought down just outside the area but his free kick hit the wall. Warnock Smith then fired wide from the edge of the box before firing another free kick straight at the wall.
Half Time Boro 0-0 Exeter City
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 17:26 | Written by Andy Clark |
Boro were without 8 key players for the match against high flying Exeter. Marlon Beresford was out with the kids, Paul Kell (medial ligament), Ben Sheffield (medial ligament), Lee Gutcher (Shin Splints), Pete Nicholson (ankle), Mark Hughes (work), Pete Marsh (Cruciate), Graeme Hall (Groin) and Ashley Leek (Phillipines) were the injured players. The rain suddenly crashed down from the sky as the players started the warm up.
It was a bog of a pitch as the game kicked off and got worse throughout. Boro looked purposeful in the opening stages, assured in defence and bright in midfield with Hudson and Gallagher working hard up top. The two wide men Lees and Shepherd were the pick of the Boro players in the first half and it was Shepherd who creatted the goal. An excellent free kick wasn't dealt with by Exeter and Holian stabbed home from close range to give Boro the lead after 18 minutes. It was centre back and captain Matt Holians first goal of the season and he seemed to enjoy it.
Half time team talk - Black is the new blue
Boro were bouyed by the opener and were playing some excellent football as the pitch continued to deteriorate. As left back Newitt inexplicably tried to dribble out the bog he gifted Exeter and equaliser. He was robbed of possession on the right flank, two passes across the box and an Exeter player was left unmarked to curl a very good finish inside the right hand post. Boro heads dropped a bit as Exeter started forcing their way back into the game with a series of corners. Boro keeper Cox was forced into making a couple of saves to keep Boro in the game. Shepherd was still working hard and burst down the right flank and fired a shot just wide after good interplay with Gallagher.
Half Time: Exeter City 1-1 Boro
Monday, 10 January 2011 11:37 | Written by Andy Clark |
Boro took on 3rd placed Exeter in a hastily arranged friendly in order to run off a few mince pies before the League Cup Quarter Final. Boro were without a few key players including Star Keeper Marlon Beresford (Haircut), leading scorer Mark Hughes (some lame excuse), Captain Henry Warnock-Smith (Chicago), Midfield playmaker Ste Dunne (Sightseeing in Thailand), Centre back Ben Sheffield (funeral), midfielder James Shepherd (elephantitus), assistant manager James Nugent (Flu) and Mike Newitt (Plumber). Even though player manager Andy Clark was struck down with swine flu he still made it.
Matt Holian and Johnathon Gallagher deservedly shared the captains armband duties between the first and second half. It was a chance for some of the squad members who hadn't seem much pitch action to prove their worth in the absence of some of the teams key players. Regular strikers Clark and Gallagher started the game on the bench.
Gutcher applies pressure
The conditions were almost perfect for football, although the low lying sun was a bit of a pain in the backside. The game started off quite scrappily although Boro were in the ascendancy, Hudson going close early on after good work by Owalabi. An excellent Gutcher corner was almost headed home by Scrimgour but the keeper pulled off a good save. Lees the headed just over from another Gutcher corner. Gutcher was proving a thorn in the Exeter side with his strong running and after Gallagher played him through on goal he unfortunately, stood on the ball and went flying. Hudson should have scored for Boro after being put in by Nicholson but his weak shot dribbled wide.
Monday, 29 November 2010 14:54 | Written by Andy Clark |
The match was in doubt after freezing temperatures overnight and after midfielder schemer and last weeks star man Ste Dunne got snowed in on a train between Yarm and Darlington the omens weren't looking great. The days sunshine had mildly thawed the ground but the pitch had some hard patches and the referee left the decision to the two sets of players. Both were up for it and agreed to start the game and to see how it went.
Boro were without 8 players for the visit of their local neighbours: Ever present Paul Kell (in Norwich), Vice Captain Ben Sheffield (Best man at a wedding), fullback Eddie Woodall (stiff neck), midfield playmaker Ste Dunne (on a train in the middle of nowhere), James Shepherd (Infected Knee), strikers Pete Marsh (Cruciate), Ollie Owalabi (hamstring) and top Scorer Mark Hughes (work).
Middlesbrough Team: Beresford, Nicholson, Holian, Scrimgour, Leek, Lees, Warnock-Smith, Nugent, Gutcher, Gallagher, Clark Subs: Newitt, Hudson.
Boro kicked off and were straight into their rivals, Lees down the right flank causing problems and from a Lees cross Gallagher had a header cleared off the line. Clark then stormed through but with the sun in his eyes mis-hit his chip and Gutcher couldn't quite turn it in. Nugent then played in Clark who found Gallagher, his pass found Lees who fired straight at the Sunderland keeper.
Boro were well on top in the early stages but couldn't get the goal their smart play deserved. Leek playing in Gutcher who shot weakly at the keeper. A Warnock-Smith Corner found Nugent at the far post but his header was weak. Lees then headed just wide from a Warnock-Smith free kick. Sunderland slowly got a small foothold in the game but several speculative crosses were superbly taken by Beresford. Sunderland then had a speculative left wing cross hit the angle of post and crossbar as they almost snatched the lead. Scrimgour was the pick of a solid Boro defence ably assisted by Holian, Nicholson and Leek. The ref blew for half time but it was a miracle the match was still 0-0.
Half time: Middlesbrough 0-0 Sunderland
Sunday, 21 November 2010 22:32 | Written by Andy Clark |
Boro were looking to bounce back from last week's defeat against Aberdeen with a victory over bottom club Rangers. Rangers had been having a tough time of it this season after being one of the top teams in the APFSCIL over the past few years and had been struggling to raise a team. After 3 no shows they managed to pull some players together in a friendly against Exeter City and had a full complement plus subs for todays game. Boro were without defender Woodall, midfielders Shepherd, Newitt, Lees plus strikers Gallagher, Owolabi and Hudson.
Welcomed back in to the fold was keeper Beresford, playmaker Ste Dunne, Pete Nicholson, midfield dynamo Lee Gutcher and striker Pete Marsh and player manager Andy Clark.
The pitch was in good nick but was absolutely tiny and more suitable for dwarves than for an adult football match. Boro kicked off defendign the Bungalow End and made most of the early running with Hughes and Marshs strong running. It was this pair that combined to put Marsh in on goal, as he took it round the keeper he was cynically fouled and the blind referee failed to see this and waved play on. Unfortunately this was Marsh's final bit of action as he had torn his medial cruciate ligament and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Gutcher was brought on to replace Marsh up front in a like for like swap. Kell almost scored as the game restarted, beating the keeper and defender to the ball on the 6 yard line but failing to get his foot round it and the ball hit the side netting. Things looked to be getting even worse for Boro as a clash of heads from a Boro corner left Holian prostrate and with a large black eye but he dusted himself off and despite double vision carried on.
Warnock-Smith and Gutcher challenge for the ball
Boro were just about on top but it was Rangers who took the lead. Nugent lost possession in midfield and was out paced down the right wing, a fantastic cross was inadvertently headed in to the Boro goal by defender Holian, giving Beresford no chance. Boro battled back though as Hughes fed Gutcher twice but his efforts were saved at point blank range. It was Boro who scored next though as a Ste Dunne through ball was taken away from the keeper by Gutcher and Hughes gleefully headed into and empty net.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 22:02 | Written by Andy Clark |
It was a wet and windy day in Chiswick as Boro looked to make it 7 wins out of 7 games against last seasons Champions Aberdeen. Already without Player Manager Clark, Midfield Play-maker Ste Dunne, Boro were rocked prior to kick off when they lost winger Lee Gutcher (Shin splints) and goalkeeping star Marlon Beresford (flu, sickness, diarrhoea) from the squad. This meant that midfield enforcer and captain Henry Warnock-Smith had to take over in goal and further weakened potential options.
Aberdeen were first out of the blocks with the wind and the rain in their favour and were lumping balls in behind the Boro backline which were proving difficult to deal with. Aberdeen's 5 man midfield were dominating and they hit the bar after 10 minutes with a speculative long range effort. Boro were struggling to get going and it was no surprise when Aberdeen took the lead, albeit fortuitously. A free kick from the touchline 40 yards out was missed by everyone and crept inside the post. Boro though hit back 5 minutes later as a Shepherd free Kick was brilliantly headed home by Hughes.
Boro's tails were up for a period as they finally started looking threatening but it was Aberdeen who almost took the lead as hesitation in the Boro reargauard allowed Aberdeen through but Warnock-Smith pulled off a wonder save to keep the scores level. With the wind at their backs, Boro were struggling to deal with a succession of Aberdeen corner kicks. As the ball was weakly cleared from one of these kicks, an Aberdeen player fired through the crowd from the edge of the area and into the corner. Boro were battling but not making much headway and Shepherd took a good whack for his troubles in the midfield.
Boro were moments from half time and a chance to change things when Aberdeen scored a 3rd. The winger outpacing Scrimgour on the right and his cross was met by the onrushing centre forward to score. Boro's wide men were struggling to get into the game and the lack of creativity meant that Boro strikers Hughes and Galagher were feeding on scraps.
Half Time: Boro 1-3 Aberdeen
Sunday, 10 October 2010 23:33 | Written by Andy Clark |
It was a warm sunny day down by the river in Chiswick and this brought MSS biggest crowd of the season out to watch, around 12 hardy souls. Unfortunately, Hibs kit was stuck in traffic somewhere so the game kicked off 20 minutes late which messed up Boro's carefully planned pre match routine. It was Boro that were first out the blocks, Gallagher firing across the goal from a great position.
Holian then played in Clark and he also fired wide from a good position as the pressure was building. It took a wonder goal from Gallagher to finally break the deadlock after 20 minutes, firing a right footed volley into the top corner from 25 yards giving the keeper no chance. 5 minutes later Gutcher broke down the left and crossed for Lees, his shot was parried as far as Clark on the penalty spot who steadied himself before lashing the ball into the roof off the net.
Monday, 27 September 2010 16:24 | Written by Andy Clark |
Middlesbrough Supporters South v Brighton
Sunday, 05 September 2010 23:56 | Written by Andy Clark |
King Georges Park, Wandsworth.
The day didn't get off to the best of starts when the referees scooter broke down on the M4 and so each team decided to share the refereeing. It was a mild but overcast day but the pitch was terrible and not conducive to flowing attacking football. The management team of Clark and Nugent added 3 debutants to the Boro squad for the second friendly of the season against Plymouth Argyle, Ex Boro keeper Marlon Beresford, Ashley Leek and Chris White. Boro were also thankful to Britvic who provided 3 crates of Gatorade for the game and Larner Recycling for supplying the team Polo shirts.
Sunday, 15 August 2010 21:34 | Written by Andy Clark |
Middlesbrough Supporters South played their first preseason friendly at Chiswick under the new management team of Clarky and Nuge. The pitch wasn't in the best condition but the weather was good and with 9 new signings in the squad it was a chance for people to get to know one another. Boro were without 6 or 7 key players including ex Arsenal and Barnet Defender Graeme Hall and ex Boro keeper Marlon Beresford. Marlon was mourning the sad loss of his Brother Dean who died suddenly last week. The thoughts of the team go out to Marlon at this sad time.
The team started off with a 3-5-2 formation in the red Adidas kit. The game was played as 3 x 30 minute games instead of the normal 45 minutes.