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AnfieldTowner

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  1. A useful exercise, mainly an effort to keep in touch as there's not really that much to discuss at the moment. Think there were 50 or so households logged in and it was nice to see some familiar faces. Most of the talking was done by Mr Chairman (who chaired the Zoom meeting very well), Andy, Billy, Marc and a little from Mario. General feeling from Andy following his discussion with other managers seemed to be that we're unlikely to restart in August - October? The players felt we'd need about a month pre-season before starting. Some discussion of impacted budgets but clear that the board has not yet been in a position to provide Andy with clear figures on this. Guess we're all looking to see what happens in German football today and in the next few weeks. Whilst we're unlikely to be playing our games behind closed doors it will be interesting to see whether the German players become infected following the restart as this could have a significant impact on wider society.
  2. Watched on YouTube Kingstonian's fans forum from last week - very interesting. On this subject, their manager, Hayden Bird, said he is preparing for the season to start on the 8th August as planned but he suspects its more likely to start in September. What I found particularly interesting, for a club sitting in 10th place when this season was called null and void, is how positive the chairman, manager and players are about the club's prospects next season. Seems they saw last year as a building season and their aim this year is very much to win the league, even allowing for the financial difficulties brought about by the pandemic. As a football fan, really encouraging to see - though maybe not so much as an ETFC fan!
  3. I still feel the decision of our league/the FA to make the season null and void is premature. The FA Council have, I understand, yet to ratify the decision and there is a campaign to ask them to reconsider. 1) A petition - https://www.change.org/p/the-fa-completion-of-all-football-leagues 2) A letter signed so far by 132 club chairmen and growing every day. Not surprisingly, I see that Worthing have added their name to this. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-rmjvLNedh-3B7gcE2NgTRO_we_-JUIv/view
  4. Horrendous decision now made - cannot believe they would be stupid enough to do this! All results expunged for the season - no promotion or relegation. https://www.betvictoristhmian.co.uk/fa-announcement-season-termination-61688
  5. This looks controversial - essentially, they're saying the season should end now, either null and void or with final positions allocated on a points per game basis. I couldn't be more opposed.... https://www.betvictoristhmian.co.uk/isthmian-league-statement-24th-march-2020-61677
  6. If you’ve lived your life according to the mantra of Bill Shankly, now is a tough time! 2 strands to this post so bear with me:- 1) What do we all think should happen now to the league season? My own view is that, whenever we can play again, the season should be resumed where it left off. We must complete this season. Looking increasingly like that may be some months down the line so maybe its next season that doesn’t take place, with more cup games and smaller leagues (Champions League style) to take us through. Thoughts? Interesting that Kingstonian have arranged a friendly with Dorking Wanderers this week – in two minds about how sensible this is in the current scenario but currently thinking I’d probably attend if it was us! 2) Support during the tough times. It was heartbreaking listening to some of the older members of our community on a radio programme last night, facing up to the potential of being told to self-isolate for 4 months. I’m not really in favour of this but I do think we need to listen very carefully to the scientists about how to defeat this terrible virus. What I do know is that, even in isolation, society as a whole needs to ensure that people who may be physically isolated are not mentally isolated too. ETFC is a strong community and I hope that we’ll be able to harness that in some way for the benefit of our fans, particularly the older ones. In the meantime, use the forum (or the direct messaging system within it) if anybody feels the need to stay connected. For once, I hope forum members will allow non football related chat to keep our supporters mentally engaged. Stay strong everybody. COYT! ‘Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that.’
  7. Completely agree 55 Seasons. Looks like our wonderful summer of sport will be destroyed too... Interesting that the National Leagues are continuing - was actually thinking of going to Boreham Wood today but they've called their game off on the basis that they share their ground with Arsenal U23s. Life seems to have been put on hold - I don't think this is likely to be for a short period and many will struggle as a result.
  8. Agree with much of what was said in the previous two posts - what was pleasing was the way we battled to the end and kept the clean sheet. Should have put the game to bed earlier but Bishop's Stortford will feel they could have got something out of the game if they'd taken their chances so I think we should be pleased with the 3 points. Glenn Wilson was brought into central defence with Jon Muleba moving across to the right to replace Sam Hatton (I wonder if that was with Aaron Greene's pace in mind?). Lyle Della-Verde also replaced Ken Charles in the starting 11. MoM for me was Lyle, with strong performances too from Jon Muleba and Ryan Blackman. Nice to see Shaun Okojie get his goal - a proper striker's goal getting across the defender to meet a good cross from Muleba. Strange weather - not as cold as in recent weeks (about time!) but with a strong wind that had an impact.
  9. Was surprised to see us lining up without a recognised wide player on Saturday, with Lewis injured and Lyle and Bobson both on the bench. We did put in a decent performance though, helped by Billy's early spectacular lob. Scott was probably MoM for me in the middle of the park. Agree with Theodopolous that a point away at Folkestone would usually be a decent result - we're in the stage of the season now though where we need to start picking up 3 points consistently if we're to have any chance of pushing for that play-off spot. 9 points off Carshalton in that final play-off spot at the moment, but we do have 3 games in hand so the wins are now very important. Hope we can start with one away at Bishops Stortford tomorrow night.
  10. It was Andy Leese that mentioned it in the post Lewes match interview on #GoToTown - said he'd been training with us for a while but there had been a delay in obtaining international clearance. I thought he said that had now been resolved but I wonder if they're waiting for formalities to be completed before a formal announcement?
  11. Roman Campbell, who was with us on loan from Gillingham earlier in the season, has joined our opponents on Saturday, Folkestone Invicta!
  12. Disappointing result and performance last night. Whilst Lewes have picked up a few points since the recent appointment of a new manager, I thought that side last night were there for the taking. Yes, they had a very tall centre forward making his debut for them on loan who had a good game but I still felt they looked pretty poor overall. Just watched Andy's interview and I agree with him that we seemed to drop off in performance level after the first 20 minutes. What surprised me though is that it seemed to me and others around me last night that we were crying out for more width to stretch the game wheareas Andy said they chose to make it more compact in the second half! All about opinions I suppose. I thought we had more success when Josh pushed further forward from left back, but a left footed player there might have produced better results. Lots of games to come this month including 3 of the top 6. Crucial that we get a run of wins together if we're to push for that play-off place - last night didn't help. Interesting to hear that we've signed Mo Faal's 21 year old cousin, a centre forward who's been playing in Germany. Looking forward to seeing him play if he's anything like Mo (or Joe Gomez!).
  13. Today's game against Kingstonian is off - waterlogged pitch. 8 weeks of the season left - 13 games still to play.
  14. We don't see much comment on here about the U23s but I thought last night's game is worth a mention given the involvement of several first team squad players. It's become usual practice for a lot of clubs to ask the U23s to play in the same manner as the first team - in our case, maybe be shouldn't follow that quite so religiously! What looked a very strong Town side (on paper) should have been good enough to beat a spirited Bedfont & Feltham in the Quarter Final of the Middlesex FA Premier Cup but we eventually came out on the wrong end of a 5-4 scoreline. The Town line-up included the likes of Matt Nolan (in goal), Joe Payne (in central defence), Junior Mubayi (in centre Mid), Bobson Bawling (in his usual wing role), and Jack Hockney & Samson Esan (up front). Samson put in the sort of performance that Josh Davison was giving in the U23s last year and scored a hat-trick whilst Joe Payne scored a towering header. Must be difficult for the U23s management to include quite so many non-regulars but at least it gave some game time to the first team squad players who may be called upon with a lot of games in March. Good luck to Bedfont & Feltham who must have a real chance of winning this cup now.
  15. A pleasing solid team performance. Much better side on the day - we'll have tougher tests in the coming weeks. Both forwards, Ken & Billy, looked sharp. Lewis was excellent again in the first half and Lyle took over in the second half. MoM for me was Sam Youngs for consistency throughout, though I agree Sam Hatton had a very good game.
  16. Disappointing but not surprising. Nothing to do with the pitch - one of the dugouts was apparently completely taken out by Storm Ciara.
  17. Completely agree, Barney. A welcome much better performance.
  18. Not much positive to take from yesterday's game which I'm sure has left us all a bit down after the high of Tuesday night. We were simply beaten by a better team and our defensive frailties were as evident as ever. The second half was certainly better than the first - couldn't really have been worse - and Hornchurch probably took their foot off the gas. Makes it difficult to argue that this year's squad is better than last year's when we were so comprehensively outplayed by a team containing four of our ex-players. I'm sure AL would tell us that there are things behind the scenes that supporters are not always aware of and that he feels this squad gels better - this needs to translate to consistent performances on the pitch. Difficult day for our new striker, Shaun Okojie, to come into - particularly as were 4-0 down when he came on after only about half an hour! He only signed on Friday night so I suspect he didn't even know most of the players. Remains to be seen whether he'll improve the team. Ambition of the club continues to be questioned by some, which I understand. I do think the board have made it clear - the Chairman explicitly on a recent radio show - that promotion is the aim. Some have said, I think a little unfairly, that the club have only stuck with AL because he's cheap. Finances are, though, a reality and it's clear that we can't afford to pay a manager - finances are going to remain an overriding consideration unless we can bring in much bigger crowds and/or more sponsorship. Amazingly, we are still only 2 points off the play-offs - though my own opinion is that's mainly due to the inconsistency and lack of quality from other teams around us. We got a reaction to the Cray result at Margate on Tuesday - now need to see a reaction to this one against Bognor Regis on Saturday. COYT!
  19. Wow, what a performance, where did that come from? Not many of us were expecting that, especially when we saw the team without the likes of Sam Hatton, Sam Youngs and Ken Charles (and Mario Noto also unavailable from the bench). What we saw was an assured professional outing, 3 good goals (touch of handball for the second?) and, most pleasingly, a clean sheet! Hard to believe that was, I think, our 9th clean sheet of the season but our first for over 2 months. All the boys put in a real shift on a cold night - stand out performers for me were Junior Mubayi (a really mature performance) and Nathan Livings, but I also heard others giving their personal MoM to Lyle Della-Verde and Ryan Blackman and there were others who had great games too. Crucially, everybody played their part and the management deserve their own congratulations after a lot of recent criticism. Andy Leese was very quick to point out this counts for nothing if we don't do it again against Hornchurch on Saturday (who, by the way, lost last night - we're now 1 point off the play-offs, so everything to play for!). One final point - a lot of us air our opinions on here, and are right to do so, but let's have a thought for the level of commitment put in by players, management team, directors, volunteers and supporters on behalf of our club. The team coach got back to the stadium at just before 1am last night and everybody then had their own onward journeys, with many needing to get up for work this morning. I've been able to enjoy Premier League football more than most this year but, not for the first time this season, last night left me proud to be an Enfield Town supporter. I only wish more people would join us to experience the highs (and lows) of non-league football.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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?
  24. 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!
  25. I see that Ware have confirmed on their Twitter feed that tonight's U23 match has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
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