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  1. Very disappointing 2-1 defeat last night. Josh Urquhart played left back this time with Joe Payne on the bench, whilst Glenn Wilson came in for Marc Weatherstone and Sam Hatton was back in at right back. Junior also replaced Scott Thomas. First half was comfortable and we went in 1-0 up after a Ken Charles snapshot. Probably should have been further ahead but, at that stage, Brightlingsea matched their lowly league position. As so often seems to be the case the second half was a completely different story and Brightlingsea thoroughly deserved their win. Good luck to them for the rest of the tournament - Corinthian Casuals' win in the league last night pushed them down to second from bottom. Think the next 4 games, all against good sides, will give us a good idea of where we'll be finishing up this year. We really need to raise our game massively if we're to get anything out of these.
  2. ETFC U23s are at home tonight, 7.45pm kick-off, v Harefield in the Middlesex County Premier Cup. https://www.enfieldtownfootballclub.co.uk/news/enfield-town-u23-take-on-harefield-town-tonight-in-2504738.html
  3. Good highlights package. It was a good game - we battled hard for the win and I thought we deserved it, though Cheshunt were a little unlucky not to grab a point. Didn't look like a top 7 team against a bottom 7 game - though, in truth, we looked nearer to their actual level than they did to ours. Good to see the new signing, Josh, involved with the winner. Though when I said before the game that it looked like a good signing, I had rather assumed he was a centre back that would help us shore up the centre of defence. Don't think we had a problem at right back with probably two of the best in the league in Sam Hatton and Jonathan Muleba, certainly in going forward. Josh looked to be of the same ilk - no immediate improvements on show in the defensive duties and I expect Sam will have been disappointed not to have played. Seems odd if we've just signed a third right back?
  4. Good call, completely agree - just caught up with the Chairman's contribution to the Non League Show (link is on the ETFC website), very well done, Paul, well worth a listen, thought you struck the right note and answered some of the recent comments on here about ambition. Carry on listening just after the Chairman signs off as it was nice to be reminded of Enfield's very own Jan Molby - Billy Goldstone! I've also enjoyed many of the Twitter comments about ETFC's best player since formation - lots of very valid shouts with most going for Mark Kirby or Liam Hope, two great players for this club. For me though its Rudi Hall all the way - what an influential player. Surprised not to see more votes for Stuart Blackburne too. Interesting comment from Fabio Valenti that he was average at best for us - Fabio, if that was you at average I'd have loved to have seen you play at your best as some of your football for us was mesmerising. Very encouraged by the new signing announced this morning, Josh Urquhart - looks a very good addition. Hope the rain holds off now and allows the A10 Classico to go ahead. COYT!
  5. I see that Ware have confirmed on their Twitter feed that tonight's U23 match has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
  6. ....and the away game at Margate has now been rearranged for the following week, Tuesday 28th January.
  7. For those who didn't catch the announcement at the game on Saturday, please note that there has been a fixture change for Tuesday next week, the 21st January. Instead of the originally planned league trip to Margate, we will now be at home to Brightlingsea Regent (again) in the next round of the Velocity Trophy with a 7.45 kick off. So an early chance to improve on Saturday's 2-2 draw with the same opposition. No midweek game this week but for those in need of their football fix the U23s are at home to Ware this coming Wednesday.
  8. Not sure why some people seem to think this is some sort of secret society - the club has always been very open and honest with its finances. Profit and Loss Accounts, covering income and expenditure, are presented annually at members' meetings and are published on the club's website. The most up to date figures presented for ETFC Ltd are those to 30/6/18 (so I would expect those to 30/6/19 will be provided shortly). The figures to 30/6/18 showed a rise in Playing Staff Expenses from £105,181 in the year to 30/6/17 to £125,590. It will be interesting to see how this changed in the following year. Bear in mind though that the club's costs are far greater than just playing staff expenses - figures for Football Related Costs for instance to 30/6/18 were £203,354. If members want more players to be placed on contracts this would inevitably cost more (and would need players to sign - neither Mo nor Josh would) and so these funds would need to be provided from somewhere. I suspect that our members are largely paying as much as they would want to at the moment (many very generously). These are legitimate discussions for an AGM but I suspect there are no easy answers.
  9. Corey Whitely joins Bromley on loan from Newport.
  10. Good performance last night as a very strong Town side comprehensively outplayed Staines Town in our defence of the Velocity Trophy in front of an official attendance of 120. First half goals from Ken Charles, a Ryan Blackman hat-trick and Bobson Bawling saw us race into an unassailable lead. Whilst we 'lost' the 2nd half 1-0, that didn't tell the full story. Staines' young keeper pulled off a string of at least half a dozen good saves as we continued to pepper the Staines goal - though without Ryan who was withdrawn at half time far more of our shots were woefully high or wide. A good run-out for the boys nonetheless. Team was McDonald, Hatton, Weatherstone, Muleba, Payne, Livings, Blackman, Della-Verde, Bricknell, Charles, Bawling - subs (all used as this trophy allows 5) King, Mubayi, Ibe, Youngs and a welcome return from injury for Jack Hockney.
  11. A classic it wasn't but I guess it was never going to be on a very heavy and sticky pitch. Very pleased to come away with the win, meaning a 6 point haul from the two festive games, putting us back up to 5th in the league. The players worked their socks off, particularly Billy who got his rewards from sheer persistence (though the first was an own goal after he had cut the ball back from an impossible angle). Good to see Mo at the game (as a spectator) despite all the rumours about his departure. My concern for the future is that we're trying to put square pegs in round holes. Would like to see Ken given a chance up front with Billy, but not as part of a wide man in a front three which doesn't suit Ken or Billy who I think is always a much better player when he has somebody playing close to him. Ken looks to me a promising out and out striker who needs to be more central. We also need to get some pace into that back line or we'll continue conceding goals at an alarming rate.
  12. Disappointing yesterday as we were never really in it after conceding the goal inside a minute. We're certainly going through a bad patch at the moment but its only lasted 2 or 3 weeks and this group of players has played some good football at times before then. They need to get a bit of confidence back, particularly in front of goal. The positives to take are that we could have folded to a much heavier defeat in that second half but the players worked hard and never gave up. The reality of a better organised, bigger in stature and fitter (fully professional) side was just too much for us. Whilst we wouldn't have deserved it, a scored penalty (instead of a save) and Billy's spectacular effort going in (rather than hitting the bar) could have got us a draw so we weren't a million miles away and the players can be proud of that. Hoping for an improved result on the road at Worthing before the derby games against Haringey and Potters Bar over Christmas and the New Year.
  13. Reality check? The U23s are not having a great season - 8th out of 10 in the league, with 7 points from 6 matches! And yes, I have seen quite a bit of them....
  14. Having read the well put together tribute to Corinthian-Casuals club history whilst down at Tolworth on Wednesday (where Kingstonian are currently ground sharing), I finally just caught up with the amazing documentary about the club and their Brazilian history that was on ITV on Thursday night (called 'Brothers in Arms'). Recommended viewing for any and every fan of non league football - I promise you you won't be sorry to watch it. Made me proud to be a supporter at this level of football - well done to all at Corinthian-Casuals, and particularly the players and staff that went to Brazil for an amazing match with SC Corinthians Paulista, what a story!
  15. For a 0-0 that was an enjoyable game last night between two good sides. Kingstonian were, I thought, the best passing side we've played this season and we matched up well to them. Sam Hatton had a really good game particularly in the first half, in central midfield. Things were certainly more difficult when both Sam Youngs and Marc Weatherstone went off injured but we coped well with the system change and Ken Charles, in particular looked very bright. A good hard-fought point on a very cold night.
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