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  1. Awful result from a very winnable game. At 2-1 up that match was there for the taking. Some senior players need to take a long hard look at themselves as that simply wasn't good enough. The substitutions were mostly unfathomable and even with 6 defenders on the pitch at the end we still couldn't defend. Down to 8th, amazingly we're still only 4 points off the play-offs but I don't agree that the squad is stronger than last year. Fed up with watching players that can't defend every week - it's not that difficult! We need a response on the field on Tuesday.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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?
  5. 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!
  6. I see that Ware have confirmed on their Twitter feed that tonight's U23 match has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
  7. ....and the away game at Margate has now been rearranged for the following week, Tuesday 28th January.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Corey Whitely joins Bromley on loan from Newport.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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....
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. 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....
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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