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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. A lucky escape for Chelmsford it seems, as even their supporters thought he was about to buy them! Interesting developments at Braintree Town too as our former player Jake Hutchings (is he really only 23?!) was appointed player manager, with our former manager George Borg appointed as his coach.
  4. Another good win at home last night in the Middlesex Charity Cup, 4-2 against Broadfields Utd. Andy took the opportunity to play some of those not getting in the first 11 at the moment, as well as some of the U23 squad, and those there were treated to another good performance. Broadfields certainly put on a good showing themselves and it took until the latter part of the game before we finally saw them off. Our team was Teddy Reynolds, Mo Koita, Lewis King, James Mulley (on his return to the club), Glenn Wilson (C), Dante Mcintosh, Samson Esan, Kyle Lynch, Ken Charles, Junior Mubayi, Gideon Nsiah. Used subs were Charles Brown, Brandon White & Nnamdi Egboh. Goals from Koita, Brown, Charles (pen) & Mubayi. Some decent performances on a chilly night and good for some to get their fitness levels up.
  5. From the Premier League website:- Producing the full fixture list is no random draw. It is the result of a meticulous and painstaking process that lasts almost half a year and involves the scheduling of 2,036 matches across the top four divisions. Do clubs from the same area play at home on the same day? Most clubs will have a partner club that they cannot clash with. There are the obvious ones - Manchester United and Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton - and then when you get into London it gets a bit more complex and less obvious. Fuller explanation here:- https://www.premierleague.com/news/261976
  6. Completely agree with Steph's comments, thought the ref was over fussy and I agree that Sam Youngs was our Man of the Match - though I do think that Sam puts in performances like that most weeks, never giving less than 100%, and probably the player I'd be most disappointed to lose from this squad. The shame is that he always seems to be the one who has to fill in around others but that just shows the quality he brings wherever he plays I suppose - the James Milner conundrum. Not the most interesting game to watch but conditions were difficult on a very wet afternoon. I heard it described as 'a proper scrap' and that called it just about right! Certainly wouldn't fault the commitment of the players but I don't think the formation was right, reverting to 3 up top again. I can certainly see why Andy would want to try to fit all 3 of Billy, Mo and Ken into the line up (and probably Alex too!) but I've never been a fan of that formation (unless we're about to sign Salah, Firmino and Mane!) - you certainly need the right players to play it. Thought we looked better when Bobson came on for Ken, allowing Mo and Billy to get closer together - Billy needs somebody playing close to him in my opinion, whilst Mo looks better when playing centrally. That's not to do down Ken in any way - great young player with fabulous prospects and probably had his best game for us himself just a couple of weeks ago at Cray. Wasn't getting the right balls played to him yesterday. Jon Muleba also had a good game up against Aaron Greene who we know can destroy a right back - still don't think we've got it right at the heart of the defence though, we look suspect from every breakaway and, surprisingly, every corner too. Thank God for Nathan in goal or we'd be losing far more games than we are! Anybody have a view of the Mario Noto/Aaron Greene sending off incident? Looked something of nothing to me although I didn't have the best view. Can't believe there would have been any malice in it - another example of the ref calling it wrong?
  7. Disappointing to go out of the Middlesex Senior Cup last night against a team we should have beaten. Andy took the opportunity to play many of the squad players and, in truth, the game wasn't as bad as the 1-0 scoreline suggests - we hit the woodwork 3 times and whilst I've not yet seen the footage I thought we had the ball over the line at one point. The officials did not agree. Good performances in particular from Roman Campbell, Samson Esan and Gideon Nsiah who were a constant threat despite not quite managing to break the deadlock.
  8. 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....
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Yes, well done Taylor, and also to another former fans' favourite, Jey Siva, at Heybridge.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
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