Waltham Abbey were beaten 3-0 at home by Tooting & Mitcham who continue their fine run by going second in the BetVictor SouthCentral Division. The visitors took the lead just before half time and then doubled their advantage after 67 minutes. They added a third after a debatable penalty with 4 minutes of normal time left to add some extra gloss to the scoreline on what was a tough day for the Abbotts.
Tooting & Mitcham started the game in the ascendancy, pinning the home side in their own half for much of the opening exchanges. The Abbotts look solid at the back, however, during the opening exchanges. Charlie Crowley, making his debut in goal, was able to tidy up anything that got through the defence.
Waltham Abbey began to work themselves into the game as the first half wore on with their brightest moments coming down the flanks through Appiah and Koranteng. Unfortunately, the home side were unable to find the killer pass when needed.
The visitors looked good on the ball and well organised. They earned a deserved breakthrough just before half time. Danny Bassett received the ball down the left, quickly cut inside and unleashed a powerful drive past Crowley. It was a tough blow for the home side to take just before halftime, but Tooting & Mitcham had been the better side.
The visitors started the second half as they did the first and made it difficult for the Abbotts to get out of their own half. Waltham Abbey held firm, however, and started once again to get a foothold. Just as it looked as though they may threaten Tooting & Mitcham doubled their advantage. A free-flowing move down the right led to the ball being pulled back to David Castanho who swept the ball into the bottom corner.
It felt as is that would be the telling blow, but the Abbotts continued to try and play and had their best spell of the game, keeping possession and fashioning a couple of chances. Leon Mckenzie went close with a driven shot just past the post and Billy Holland had a half-chance following a corner.
It wasn’t to be for the home side and in the final 5 minutes the game was put to bed by a penalty. It appeared that Louis Bowen had won the ball but the referee saw otherwise. Bassett stepped up and made it 3-0 to Tooting & Mitcham.
The Terrors ran out deserved winners and look like one of the teams to beat in the South Central Division. The Abbotts showed enough in patches to be encouraged but weren’t able to keep possession for long enough against their well-drilled opponents. The Abbotts remain in 10th place and travel Northwood next Saturday after a midweek cup trip to Parkside to face Grays Athletic.