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Titans get the rub of the green as Falcons fall to defeat

London Falcons ended their pre-season campaign with a defeat as a bizarre equaliser helped London Titans edge out the hosts on a thirsty Tooting Bec terrain.

Falcons XI: Arian; George (c), Charlie, Jimmy W, Matt D; Jim P, Baptiste, Marshal; Rob N, Will, Stevie

Subs: Jimmy, Leo, Kieran, Myles

With the Falcons’ home patch looking neglected after months of lockdown and a mini-heatwave, both sides struggled to find any rhythm with their respective passing games. Therefore it came as no surprise that the Titans found their first from a looping ball into the box, that eluded the Falcons’ back line before being hammered home from a far post header.

The Falcons looked edgy, but as the first half progressed they worked hard to force a shift in momentum. With the forwards pressing higher, the midfield found more gaps and Marshal, Canada’s greatest export since Justin Bieber, exploited this with a cutting run down the right, which he finished off with a lofted finish across the face of the goal and into the top-left hand corner.

Almost immediately it was two. With the Falcons’ press continuing to cause issues, Will was able to feed into strike partner Stevie down the left-hand side. As he cut in, the Irishman’s finished was spilled by the Titans keeper, leaving the hosts in front at the interval.

It seemed like some act of God would be needed to break the Falcons’ grip of the game - and indeed that very act arrived within ten minutes of the restart. A speculative low-cross into the Falcons box looked to be a routine collection job for keeper Arian, but an inexplicable bounce of the arid turf sent the ball back on itself and somehow into the Falcons’ net.

With the game becoming stretched at 2-2, it was the visitors who took away the win with a well-worked set piece routine. A late run into the box left the Titans with a free header, which was clinically dispatched to send the boys back to Chiswick with a victory.

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