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  1. Cracking result!! Seems to me that the manager knew we were light up front (especially with Cass carrying a knock) so he has strengthened. Can’t argue with 5 goals away from home, more of the same please!! Was home for 2 weeks but timing proved to be poor as both Saturday matches I wanted to attend were off, and a prior commitment meant I missed the Canvey match too (sounds like I didn’t miss much). So no live football for me until Xmas. Hopefully we will have consolidated our play-off position by then.
  2. My sons went to the Bowers match yesterday. Feedback I received is that it was a comfortable win, defence was solid, Bowers pretty poor, and we should have scored more than the 2 goals. I'm glad the manager started Bilal Sayoud yesterday, I think he is a very skilful player who offers something different going forward. Also has a really good shot from distance. The Potters Bar match away tomorrow will be a good test. 2 games in 3 days is tough so I expect to see some changes in the starting line-up. I'll finally get to a game myself on 10 Sep, looking forward to seeing the various new players, in particular Wylie.
  3. Can’t comment on the game as I am abroad but I think this is going to be a point gained rather than 2 lost. Decent looking starting line-up, looking forward to seeing feedback from those who could get to the game. Hornchurch lost away so Tuesday night is going to be a good gauge. I think Folkestone and Hornchurch will finish top 6 so if we can get a result on Tuesday, that’s a decent start to the season.
  4. It was Cheshunt’s responsibility to verify that whatever the player told them was correct. A 30-second internet search for “Ben Frempah” would have found ETFC’s post announcing his signing. The Cheshunt secretary is in an awkward position. Interesting that CC says there is evidence the Cheshunt manager has been poking fun on-line. I can’t be bothered to look but if this is so, he’s a fool. Can’t respect a manager who posts just a couple of weeks ago that he has released 2 of Cheshunt’s squad from last year because they weren’t committed to the club, only to have no problem poaching a player registered with a different club and completely ignoring the rules. Our (ex) PM has found to his cost that people who say one thing but do another, eventually get caught out.
  5. The whole affair reflects poorly on the player (and on Cheshunt). Frempah is (was) an experienced professional and must be familiar with registration formalities. He knew that he had signed registration forms with ETFC only a few days ago. Incredibly naive if he thought he could play a trial/friendly for another club mere days later and NOT cause a stink. I agree with LS. No way Frempah can be allowed back into the ETFC dressing room now. Andy signed him because he thought he would fit well with the team and set a good example. Sadly, the player’s actions speak for themselves. Cheshunt’s conduct is equally unbecoming. Somebody at Cheshunt FC approached Frempah to play. The question is whether that “somebody” knew that Frempah was registered with ETFC. I await with interest the result of the FA’s investigation. But to some extent that investigation is irrelevant. The player’s conduct demonstrates an utter lack of commitment or loyalty and Craig Edwards has already made his feelings on that plain: https://cheshuntfc.com/2022/07/05/news-from-manager-craig-edwards/ I’d be pretty disappointed if I was a Cheshunt fan, to see Frempah in their team going forward. He’s done it to us, who’s to say he won’t do it to them? I quite enjoy Albury Walker’s banter on this forum, it’s exactly what a local club rivalry should be. But this isn’t oneupmanship, this is conduct unbecoming. I hope Cheshunt do the right thing, send Frempah packing and clear the air with our manager and board. Their post about ETFC’s non-participation in this weekend’s Community Cup tournament was pretty ill-considered too.
  6. Also sounds like there is an outside chance that Mo Faal will still be around. Surprising that nobody from the Conference (or Conference South) has come in for him (yet). Good luck to him, he will be a fantastic addition for whoever he decides to play for (selfishly, I hope it is us) …..
  7. If Cass, Della-Verde and Sayoud do sign on the dotted line (and Andy Leese indicated at the ETFCSS meeting last night that all 3 would), I think the squad is shaping up nicely. Tough start to the season though (Folkestone home, Hornchurch away) and drawing Kingstonian away in the FA Cup preliminary qualifying round will be a stern test. Roll on the season!!
  8. With such a bumper crowd for the play-off semi vs. Hornchurch (call it 2,000), the club must have made a decent amount of money from gate receipts, bar take, club shop sales, food etc. What I hadn't realised until I checked on the Isthmian League website Meeting Your Responsibilities.pdfis that the play-offs are treated as cup games, not league games. This makes a big difference. For league games, the home team keeps the gate receipts (minus all matchday expenses). For cup games, the gate receipts are split 37.5% home team, 37.5% away team and 25% to the league. So my guess of, say, GBP 15k gate receipts would mean ETFC and Hornchurch both getting GBP 5,625 and the league getting GBP 3,750. ETFC would keep all profits from the bar, club shop, food etc. so say another GBP 2k. So ETFC coffers boosted by (my guess) GBP 7k to 8k. Still good, but not as much as I thought. 25% for the league looks high to me, and I think the home team should be rewarded for its performance over the season by getting a higher split than the away team. Thoughts on the split?
  9. Ahead of the semi-final playoff against Hornchurch, I spotted these on the ETFC Facebook page. All three well worth a listen.
  10. Good luck to all involved with ETFC for the play-off semi-final against Hornchurch tonight!! Really hope we make it through to the final …..
  11. Good Sam Youngs got Supporters’ POTY, he’s had a terrific season 👍👍👏👏
  12. Can someone post re end of season awards please …..
  13. We finish 3rd in the league!!!!! Superb! 👏👏👏👏 Bring on the play-off semi, nothing to lose 🥂
  14. I think it's been a great season already. All of us would have settled for the play-offs given the pre-season we had. The club has done us proud. Anything here on in is a bonus.
  15. Looks like Hornchurch away for the play-off semi-final. We'll go in as underdogs and I think that will suit us ...... Premier Table Filter By Division # Team Pl HW HD HL AW AD AL W D L F A Diff Pts Adj 1. Worthing 40 17 1 2 13 3 4 30 4 6 98 42 56 94 0 2. Bishop's Stortford 40 13 6 1 11 6 3 24 12 4 86 31 55 84 0 3. Hornchurch 40 13 3 4 12 3 5 25 6 9 87 38 49 81 0 4. Enfield Town 40 15 2 3 9 4 7 24 6 10 88 57 31 78 0 5. Cheshunt 40 8 5 7 13 4 3 21 9 10 69 39 30 72 0 6. Folkestone Invicta 40 11 7 2 9 4 7 20 11 9 81 57 24 71 0 7. Lewes 40 10 4 6 10 5 5 20 9 11 87 60 27 69 0
  16. Important 3 points last night, very tight between no. 2 and no. 5 in the table. Every dropped point between now and the end of the season is going to cost. Cheshunt also challenging for top 5 if they win their games in hand. We have a strong squad this season, look at last night's bench (Joseph, Smith, Della Verde, Kiangebeni, Sayoud). And Cass is suspended! Going to be a terrific finish to the season. COYT!!!! # Team Pl HW HD HL AW AD AL W D L F A Diff Pts Adj 1. Worthing 36 15 1 2 11 3 4 26 4 6 88 42 46 82 0 2. Bishop's Stortford 36 11 6 1 9 6 3 20 12 4 76 31 45 72 0 3. Enfield Town 36 14 1 3 8 4 6 22 5 9 80 51 29 71 0 4. Hornchurch 35 12 2 4 9 3 5 21 5 9 69 34 35 68 0 5. Folkestone Invicta 35 11 6 1 8 4 5 19 10 6 75 47 28 67 0 6. Lewes 35 9 3 5 9 4 5 18 7 10 76 51 25 61 0 7. Cheshunt 33 8 4 5 9 4 3 17 8 8 55 30 25 59 0
  17. Made the most of an unplanned week at home by watching the East Thurrock game. Had a good feeling pre-match that we would get the 3 points and agree with other posters that although East Thurrock were poor, we did what we needed to do. Not a match that will live long in the memory except for Della-Verde’s free kick, which was a cracker! Thought our midfield 3 of Thomas, Youngs and Maia looked solid. Add Percy to the mix when back from suspension and at last we have proper competition in midfield. Which we will need for the Hornchurch game. If we get a point (or better) from that, we must be strong contenders for the play-offs. Nothing much else to report except job done. Jeez I had forgotten how cold it can be in March, definitely a thermal socks day.
  18. Listened to the Worthing live commentary. Disappointing but I think the Wingate game away was the one that really knocked our confidence. Worthing and Bishop’s Stortford are both strong teams and deserve to finish above us in the table. Was surprised to see Faal, Cass, Sayoud and Cunnington start. If we learned anything from the Wingate game, it is that we are better balanced with Della Verde in the starting 11. Need to get back to winning ways quickly if we are going to make the play-offs now. Having said that, and on the back of 3 straight defeats in the league, I still think we have had a good season (cue accusations of lack of ambition) 🙃
  19. Where to start? 2-word summary: “trip hazard”. 1-word summary: nah, this a respectable forum.This match confirms what I’ve long known - I would be a useless football manager. Got to the ground in plenty of time, looked at the team sheet and immediately thought this is good, we’re going for it. Bilal Sayoud picked from the start against (one of) his old teams so a front 3 of Faal, Cass and Sayoud. Bit uneasy about Della-Verde on the bench but if you start Sayoud, where do you fit Della-Verde in? Anyway, got a tea, had a brief wander around the ground (more on that later) and watched the warm up. Very impressive warm up, thought everybody looked well up for the game. Town supporters everywhere, must have outnumbered home supporters 3 to 1. All was well! Then we kicked off. Right from the start the formation didn’t look right. Tried to pass it around and keep the ball. Kept losing possession. 5 minutes in, a routine shot on goal that Nathan was comfortably behind but Bray (I think) panicked, stuck out a needless foot, OG. 15 minutes in, another careless loss of possession on our RHS outside the area, Wingate worked the ball through our gaping defence and the diminutive no. 7 tapped home. 2 down - cue deep intake of breath. Cass and Faal ran hard but were feeding on scraps. Bayoud just didn’t fit in. Unlike the other 2 up front who have clear roles and playing styles (Mo’s rangy running, speed and deceptive skill, Cass more of a traditional target man), Sayoud seems to be more of a technician who can exploit space. It just didn’t work. Needs some proper thought and clarity on what his role is, if picked. The only shot of note I can recall from what was a dismal first half for us was at 0-2 when Cass raced clear after a long ball over the top, had time to set himself and promptly smashed it straight at the keeper. He’ll be kicking himself. That should have made it 1-2 and if we had got to half time just 1-2 down, we’d have still been in the game (on the basis that we couldn’t be that dire in the second half as well). Alas no. Out of nowhere the Wingate no. 7 hit an absolute worldie from at least 30 yards. I was standing at the side right behind it and watched in disbelief as it soared through the night sky, swerving left to right and flew into the roof of the net Ronaldo-esque. Cue another deep intake of breath, followed by a floodlight failure right on half time. Prayers for divine intervention failed, the floodlights on the side of the ground where I was standing remained resolutely on and after a painful 20 minutes or so watching the 8 failed floodlight bulbs slowly flicker back to life (1 every few minutes), the second half began. We started like we meant business. Sayoud got hooked at half time and on came Della Verde. The formation immediately looked better. Kept the ball, slope was in our favour (helps the mindset) and pulled a goal back after 5 minutes. Could the comeback be on? 10 minutes or so later after another good spell, we won a penalty. This would make it 2-3 with half an hour to go - comeback defo on. Not to be. Keeper saved the penalty and the follow-up rolled agonisingly wide. That was the turning point. Penalty scored, crowd roaring the players on, I think we might have scraped a draw. Not to be and we got hit on the break shortly thereafter. 1-4 and game over. Credit to W&F, they took full advantage of our woeful defending and were good value for the win. Friendly bunch in the tea hut and good natured banter from the home supporters (c/w whiffs of wacky-baccy from a small group who spent most of the second half taking the pi** out of Percy). But I have to say that the ground itself is awful. Pitch was excellent so no complaints there but 3 sides of the ground were so narrow, you couldn’t call it terracing. It was just 3 narrow and uneven steps all the way round. So narrow behind 1 of the goals that it was blocked off. Add to that the irritation of the 5 a side training pitches squeezed in on the far side, followed by inevitable “ball on main pitch having flown over fence”, the highlight of the second half was seeing both Enfield and Wingate players launch said balls in the vague direction of Barnet. I know clubs at our level need to maximise income but please, don’t book the 5 a side pitches during home matches. Donkey Lane was White Hart Lane in comparison. I’m not familiar with the ground grading req’ts for our league but don’t know how Summers Lane ticks all the boxes. One big trip hazard and boy, did we trip 😡
  20. Great signing! Thought he stood out when he played for Potters Bar against us on New Year’s Day (one of the few games I have been able to see this season). Very impressed with the way the club are going from strength to strength. Our fellow title and play-off contenders definitely sitting up and taking notice now ….. https://etfc.london/bilal-is-back
  21. Big result! 4 points from the next 2 games will make it a superb return from a really tough schedule.
  22. Cass signing proving its worth! Manager may need to up his 50 point by end Jan target - terrific stuff! Looks like we’re doing to Kingstonian what Lewes did to us …..
  23. Whatever’s going on, more of it please!!
  24. The funniest thing I have read on here for a long time!!! Good luck to the Cheshunt boys 👍 - tough draw, long journey but you never know, there could be an upset in scenic Stockport 😉
  25. Lesson learned - use laptop, not iPad .....
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