Tooting Bec v Sporting Hackney

3pm  20 January 2018

London Senior Trophy, Quarter-Final
Tooting Bec 2 Sporting Hackney 1 (att 11)

Both these sides were revealed this week to be among a list of step seven clubs who have applied for promotion to step six for next season, and on the evidence of this very enjoyable cup tie they would have no problems competing at a higher level.

For Tooting Bec it might mean a move away from the ground they call home currently, a 3G pitch at the rear of Tooting and Mitcham United's Imperial Fields ground, and that was a factor in me choosing this game for my afternoon's entertainment.

It's a better ground than most 3G venues though, with proper spectator areas around all four sides, and an elevated section along one side the provides a good vantage point as well as increased capacity.

Not that the ground's capacity was tested, with just 11 people watching the tie (a couple more stayed for a while but disappeared before half time). For a cup quarter final, with Tooting and Mitcham playing away and many local games on grass called off because of the weather, I'd expected a larger crowd.

The many who stayed away missed a good game. Tooting Bec are going very well in the Surrey Elite Intermediate League, and two first half goals put them in control against their Middlesex League visitors.

Sporting Hackney improved in the second half, deservedly pulling a goal back with seven minutes to play. They had chances to pull level, but despite some nervous moments at the back Tooting Bec held out to advance into the last four.

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