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  1. Good game of football to celebrate Non League Day though, in the inimitable phrase of Alan Hansen, some of the defending was 'woeful'. Andy was certainly tearing his hair out in that second half. Cray seemed like a nice club and were good going forward - we just edged it on the day in what was a strange match on a very wet artificial surface. How important Mo is to this side was there for all to see - welcomed back in a starting three with Ken Charles and new signing, Bobson Bawling, Mo broke free of the offside trap within minutes of the start of the match and for the first 10 minutes we looked like we could add more. Cray, to their credit, then got on top and pulled a goal back, whilst threatening more. When Mo scored another brilliant goal just before half time we were very much on the back foot. All changed at the start of the 2nd half as Town raced to a 5-1 lead (one of Ken's goals being the pick of the bunch after good work from Bobson, I think) - and with 20 minutes still to go, a cricket score looked on the cards as everything our forwards touched turned to gold. But Cray turned it around again, pulling back to 5-3, and it really could have been 5 all by the end. Think we just about deserved the win. We were on fire up front and Sam Youngs and Ryan Blackman worked their socks off in midfield. How we add Alex Read (who came on for the last 15 mins or so), Billy Bricknell and Roman Campbell to the mix is anybody's guess - I imagine we'll see a much changed side for the Northwood game on Tuesday. ETFC fans were amazing again - in the rain, congregating on all three sides of the ground that were open - an impressive stand behind one goal at what is Bromley's ground remained firmly closed. Surprised at the 600+ crowd announced though - I'd have thought 3 or 4 hundred looked closer to the mark! Well done to Andy and his management team who I must admit seem to be proving a few of us wrong this season - long may it continue. 3 points off the top with a game in hand! Suspect we may need an FA Trophy run too though to pay for those forwards....
  2. Great result, the commitment shown by all the players on a very hot day was much appreciated by the travelling faithful. We did very well to come back from a goal down to win at what's always been a very tough ground for us to come away with anything. Still a lot to be worked on though as, in truth, the win papered over a lot of cracks and we had Nathan M to thank for another really good performance. Why we continue to play the ball in the air so regularly, when that's clearly not playing to our strengths, baffles me - we were so much better when Ryan Blackman came on and played the ball to feet. Time to learn the lessons! Ken and Mo up front troubled the Leatherhead defence all afternoon, though I didn't think either had their best games. Both worked hard though and got their rewards in the end by combining well for the winner.
  3. Not on your own, Theodopolous - I've seen most of the friendlies and have seen nothing to get too excited about. Most of the results have been good but if we go into the season with this squad I think we'll struggle too. Nathan M and Weatherstone have been the stand out players for me so far, itself worrying as I don't think we're strong enough at the back for this league. Disappointing that very few players have actually played 90 mins - I know we need to look at players but a good pre-season for fitness can't be bought later in the season. I also find it odd that so many players are unavailable throughout pre-season - must be frustrating for the management - some question over commitment there for me. I know its the age we live in but fans seem more committed than the players! I see that Hampton, who beat us, lost their first game 4-1 yesterday and Royston, who also beat us, lost 3-1 to Bishops Stortford from our league in mid week. Best performances for me were the FC Utd of Manchester and Spurs U23 games but I'm not sure how strong either of those sides were - be very interesting to see how the latter do against Liverpool U23s in their first league game on Saturday. I go into the new season with more hope than expectation - but will get behind the team all the same. COYT.
  4. A big thank you to Christine Hamilton and anybody else involved in organising last night's dinner to raise funds for the club. Some good money was raised - well done too to Steve Read who conducted the auction - and a great time was had by all. Gary Mabbutt was entertaining as guest speaker and had some very complimentary things to say about our club and good profile was achieved with several local politicians in attendance. Well done to the many supporters who backed the evening - hopefully we won some new fans and future financial opportunities too.
  5. Yes, well done Taylor, and also to another former fans' favourite, Jey Siva, at Heybridge.
  6. Congratulations to Tonbridge Angels who won the play-off final against Merstham but still have to travel to Metropolitan Police in the Super Play-Off Final to determine who goes up. Commiserations to former players in Mark Kirby, Harry Ottoway, Taofik Olumuwewe, Jake Hutchings, Liam Hope , Percy Kiangebeni and Nathan McDonald who all lost in various play-offs - and well done to Dave Kendall! Congratulations also to Matt Nolan and George Quarrington-Carter who've been selected by Middlesex Wanderers, and former EFC legend Eddie McCluskey, for their tour in Jersey.
  7. Completely agree, OT. Believe it was Brandon's choice to move on - but would he have made that choice if we'd given him game time? It was, of course, at the time of the season when we were persisting with one up front - never given the opportunity to partner consistently with Billy.
  8. I know:- It was an end of season game with nothing to play for. The pitch was hard, bobbly and one of the worst we've played on this season. The wind and cold made it difficult. ....but we still had to travel for 3 hours to get there and back and I don't think what we got from the players yesterday was acceptable at this club. With one or two acceptions I didn't think we looked interested. So after 2 years of the current project I agree with those saying it's time to move on. It's not been a disastrous season - we've stayed up and Andy can be rightly proud of the Velocity Trophy win - but we could, and should have been so much better. Yes, we were only 3 wins, and a few weeks, off a play off place but the standard of performances, both ours and in this league generally, have been poor this year. I understand, and respect, the opinions of those who think the management should get another chance but fear that we'd be forced into making a difficult decision at a more troubling time come October, with a troubling impact on revenue from reduced supporter numbers. There are those who've been calling for the manager to be replaced for sometime - with winks and nods towards a board not listening to the fans. I don't believe that to be the case - we all need to remember that our board are all volunteers and the Chairman has full-time employment to fit in so the process of bringing somebody new in is difficult to accommodate. We're not a full-time outfit. It takes time and I think early in the close season is a better time to consider making that change. I would have liked to have seen better use made of the U23s. I've watched them on a number of occasions this year and they've been very entertaining. There is a big gap between that and the first team, I fully acknowledge, but Josh for instance has looked a better, stronger player from his recent games (and has the potential to form a good partnership with Billy and/or Mo) - I suspect he might not have got the chance but for enforced injuries. George Quarrington-Carter's performance was also one of the bright spots yesterday - again enforced by injury. Disappointing in recent weeks that we've seen the likes of Ed, Mario and Steve named as substitutes with very little intention to play - a little more thought in advance could surely have helped to blood some more youngsters into the first team frame, even if they haven't ended up playing. There weren't too many there yesterday that would have been keen to go to another away game next week had we had one!
  9. Still buzzing from Wednesday night - a creditable achievement to win this Trophy, well done to Andy and his management team, the players, and everybody behind the scenes who work so hard at our fan owned club to make nights like that happen. Most pleased for the supporters who deserve this - its not always been pretty this year but we all enjoyed this one. I was so wrapped up with the presentation of the trophy that I missed the Hornchurch guard of honour mentioned above - well done to them, touch of class.
  10. Thanks, 3spirit, for an interesting and well reasoned view. Pleased to hear about the stability at Slough Town and sounds like you're very happy with your management team. I see that they too started from scratch by taking most of their squad with them from Godalming Town at the outset and achieved promotion in their first season! I believe you've had another promotion since which won't have harmed their cause. Remarkable to see that Slough are also 11th in the league with an identical points tally to us and an identical record this season of 15 wins, 10 draws and 13 defeats - though you've scored a lot fewer goals. Slightly surprised if the good people of Slough are satisfied with that, particularly as you're not scoring much more than 1 goal per game? Admittedly you are at a higher level than we are.
  11. As disappointed as everybody else, yesterday was poor all round. Think its fair that the management team gets the chance to win the League Cup having made it to the final successfully. I hope the team raises their game on that day. On attendances, somebody said that Spurs and Arsenal weren't playing yesterday but there was still 45,000 at White Hart Lane for the Legends game at the new stadium. Our attendances, even at the old club, have always been disappointing even when we were winning things - the remarkable thing about this club though is the high percentage of our home supporters that go to all the away games too!
  12. Thoroughly enjoyable trip to Whitehawk yesterday, A million times better than my last time there when we lost 6-0. Whitehawk look a good side and played some decent attacking football - I hope they stay up this season. We were deserving winners and the whole team worked incredibly hard. Particularly strong performances from Matt Johnson, Marc Weatherstone, James Mulley and Joe Payne. Shame Sam Youngs got injured as he seemed in a lot of pain - we will miss him in midfield, get well soon, Sam. Baffling decision from the ref to book Mickey Parcell for kicking the extra ball on the pitch. Was the ref's responsibility to remove it and poor that he didn't notice it as the ball was out of play at least once. The lino should have helped him out by flagging it though - he was definitely aware as he told the cameraman, who offered to go and get it, to sit back down! Seemed to me that Mickey just kicked it out of the way as he ran past it. It didn't go off the pitch, but why should Mickey impede his attacking run in order to kick the ball in another direction? Not sure if yellow cards can be appealed? What offence did he commit?! Excellent 3 goals in particular Joe Payne's. Matt Nolan was solid again in goal. Muhammadu looked a class act for the brief time he played - his pace is exceptional. It's a blow that I don't think we'll see him play again for a while - be strong, Mo. So we're 5th and a play off spot is in our own hands now. Next two games against Bognor & Haringey are perhaps the most difficult of the just 8 remaining league fixtures. The boys are going to have to work hard for each other to win these games. But its doable. COYT
  13. Agree with most assessments above - very poor first half showing, better second half though against a poor side likely to struggle to stay up. A bit of a scratch team with the loss of Remi and a few unavailable - several players playing out of position and it showed. Solid start from James on his debut. Glad to see us trying to play 2 up front - Karl was more effective than he had been on Tuesday night when playing wider and Billy certainly benefited. Kezie has always looked effective when brought on but we've not seen enough of him. Bringing in a defender looks to be a priority - we're overloaded in quality midfield players but struggling to put out a defence, though Sam Hatton did a good job covering in the centre. Still feel the balance of this team is not right - and can't help thinking Sam Youngs is a player to build a team around rather than constantly being asked to fill in in different positions. Don't agree with the goalkeeper comment - Joe's not got the best distribution from feet, and I don't think ever will have, but he's one of the best in the league at shot stopping, cross taking and commanding the area (and frankly, has saved us on numerous occasions this year). Matt Nolan did a good job filling in whilst Joe was injured but I think we saw on Tuesday night (when Matt was again covering) that Joe's a different class.
  14. With apologies to those who don't like discussion of the old club, I hope you'll allow me some indulgence as I've just realised that I've been coming to Enfield football matches, be that the old club or Town, for 35 years this year, mostly home and away (once I reached driving age! - before that the away games were mostly the bus to Barnet and the odd coach trip). I realise this makes me a 'Johnny-come-lately' compared to some of you, and I'll let my cousin, who was at that first game with me, out himself if he wants to do so! Due to some great documenting online by Nuneaton Borough FC, I've found that my first Enfield game was on the 21st August 1984, a 1-0 home win over Nuneaton with the goal scored by Steve King. The team was Waller, Barrett, Howell, Cooper, Hazeldene, Flint, Drummy, Taylor, Ashford, Richards & King with Savage & Ironton as subs. Is it rose-tinted glasses that makes me think that 5 of those may be in my all time combined Enfield side? Maybe not, we were particularly blessed at the time! Think that means my combined Enfield Honours list during that time is one Conference win, one Isthmian win, 2 Essex Senior League wins, 1 FA Trophy win, 5 Middlesex Senior Cup wins & 1 Cherry Red Trophy - which looks a little sparse, lets hope Andy can add a Velocity Trophy to that this year! Be interested to hear of the first games of other supporters, if you can find details online - now there's a challenge!
  15. Don't think we should underestimate what a good result, and performance, many of us witnessed yesterday. Matt Johnson was outstanding in a more advanced midfield position than in recent weeks and was my man of the match even before his stunning two goals, followed very closely behind by Micky Parcell. Great performances all over the pitch though, with everybody standing up and being counted against a team that destroyed us at home. We all know these players are capable of performances like that (remember Tonbridge away?) but we need to do that more consistently - if you watch the interview with Worthing's manager after the game, Andy could have uttered those words word for word far too many times this season. The challenge to the players is to see that level of performance regularly. Travelling support was magnificent again yesterday, by the way.
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