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  1. Whatever the reason(s), our recent performances and results do not inspire confidence, and I think it would be fair to say we will start our FA Trophy match on Saturday as underdogs, rather than favourites with home advantage. That said, we are well capable, on our day, of causing an upset against higher division sides, as we have done in cup competitions earlier this season. Ebbsfleet are having a difficult time themselves this season, and are at present at the wrong end of the National League table. They will probably see our FA Trophy match as a great opportunity to get back to winning ways, increase confidence, and move away from the relegation zone. Up until recently, Town have delivered some excellent performances, and are still well in contention for the play-offs. This Saturday we will need to raise our game, against Ebbsfleet's full-time professionals. It certainly won't be easy, but if our guys go out and play to the best of their ability, showing plenty of ambition and determination, they will definitely be in with a shout, and an upset is always possible in tricky, wet, windy conditions. The crowd will have a BIG role to play on Saturday. We need to hear plenty of home support and encouragement for our guys throughout this cup-tie. We performed well to beat a very good Maldon side in the last round, let's see if we can progress a stage further in this match. See you there. Good luck everyone! COYT
  2. A couple of observations on recent posts regarding support and our recent home attendances at the QE2 this season. Whilst success on the pitch has always been a key influence in boosting attendances, this season there is little doubt our gates are suffering because of Spurs moving into their new stadium, with its substantially increased capacity, now attracting gates of circa of circa 58 - 60K, plus the fact that a number of their home fixtures have clashed with our own. Enfield is a key catchment area for Spurs support, and quite a number of our supporters are members of both clubs, so it is an extremely difficult situation. I agree with LS that we need to do everything possible to develop our association or tie-in with them for the benefit of our Club. Regarding the distribution of free entry tickets, to local schools, clubs, etc, it is a commendable initiative, but it would be interesting to know the return, and how many took advantage of the offer.
  3. Oh dear! This 0-4 home defeat leaves me speechless, and it was certainly not what I was expecting this afternoon. I am loathe to criticise, but after witnessing our 4-1 reverse at Bognor on Tuesday evening, I was hoping we would bounce back today, with a confidence boosting win and three points, before we play National League side Ebbsfleet in the FA Trophy at the QE2 next Saturday. Sadly, it didn't materialise, and whilst undoubtedly the absence of skipper Marc Weatherstone was a big loss today, it is hard to understand or explain this loss against a Bowers & Pitsea side we have already beaten away this season, who before today were 17th in the IPL table, and had only scored 16 league goals in 15 matches. After a good run, we have now taken only one point from our last three league matches.This is very disappointing for everyone connected with our Club, and we really need to be up for it next Saturday against Ebbsfleet, who managed a 1-1 draw today away to Eastleigh. A tough cup-tie in prospect. Let's hope we can turn things around, get back to winning ways, and show the form which has got us up to the top end of the table this season, and produced some excellent performances / results in cup competitions.
  4. Fair comment Andy. Over the years, I have never ceased to be amazed how the local public come out of the woodwork to support their local team in FA cup competitions, but disappear as soon as they are eliminated. Clearly it is a widespread problem and, as you rightly say, it is the reality of non league football. Many new initiatives have been tried by our Club, and many others, to attract interest and support from within our natural catchment area. It is an ongoing process, but as has been pointed out recently, in other postings, our cause is not helped by home fixtures clashing with Spurs fixtures.This is not a new situation, but it is a difficult one to address and overcome. In the case of Chichester and Maldon, generally their average attendance is lower than ours, but having performed so well in their respective FA Cup matches, one would have thought their supporters would have turned out to welcome back their local hero's. On second thoughts, maybe not! Does anyone else have any thoughts to contribute on this topic, and the challenges facing non league clubs in their efforts to increase support and attendances?
  5. Two of our recent cup opponents, who attracted a lot of public interest, and went on make substantial sums of money from televised matches in the FA Cup, are Chichester City and Maldon & Tiptree. Both were back in action last night in County matches, with Chichester losing 2-3 at home to Lewes, and Maldon winning 0-4 away at Witham. After all the excitement last weekend, a bit sad to note their matches attracted attendances of only 84 at Chichester, and just 55 at Witham. How quickly interest and support disappears at non-league level! Think everyone would agree that Maldon', who came to us on the back of a 25 match unbeaten run, are probably one of the best sides seen at the QE2 Stadium this season. Interesting to note that Danny Parish, who scored twice against us, including a penalty, and was a constant threat throughout the match, scored all four goals for the Jammers' in their match against Witham. Some striker!
  6. Good to hear we battled to the final whistle to salvage a point, which could prove crucial come the end of the season. North London derby matches are never easy, particularly when one side is fighting to get away from the relegation zone. Also worth bearing in mind that that is our 4th match in 11 days, and we have chalked up 2 wins and 2 draws, including that seven goal thriller against Maldon & Tiptree. After this weekends results, we are 5th in the IPL table, 5 points behind pace-setters Horsham with two games in hand. A nice position to be in, and we are also through to the First Round Proper of the FA Trophy for the first time, so we are not doing badly are we folk? I wasn't there on Saturday, but will be at Bognor on Tuesday evening, to see another battling never-say-die performance from our guys and, hopefully, some more away points. COYT
  7. Any thoughts or suggestions 4WF as to how attendances can be increased for cup competitions? Suppose the lower attendances have nothing to do with the prevailing miserable weather conditions, or that everyone, including members, season ticket holders, etc have to pay for admission to FA Cup & FA Trophy matches? We are having a very good season, and producing excellent performances in both league and cup competitions. We beat a very good side on Saturday, their first defeat in 25 matches this season. So, low attendances at the QE2, have nothing to do with the quality of the football, or our success on the pitch. With all your experience over the years, do you have any ideas as to how attendances can be increased, because I am sure they will be most welcome at the Club.
  8. What a match, what a result! This was the game everyone was looking forward to, and on a damp, cold, miserable afternoon, it did not disappoint. This was a cup-tie that had everything, and this match, between two very good sides, will stay in peoples memory for a long time, as one of the best games of the season. Town had to play well to win this game, and play well they did! This was the Jammers first defeat of the season, and it was not difficult to see why. They are a young, talented, hardworking side, who use the ball well, break quickly, and always look dangerous near goal. They play Newport County at home in their BBC2 televised match on Friday, and if they play on Friday, as well as they did yesterday, they will have a very good chance of progressing. Very best of luck to them, we wish them well! Great credit to Andy Leese, his football management team, and our players on this superb win, which sees us through to the FA Trophy first round proper draw tomorrow for the first time. Fingers crossed for a nice home tie! Shame we didn't get a larger crowd yesterday, but very well done to all our supporters behind the goal, who made a lot of noise and really got behind the team. Great support, well done guys!
  9. Hi WR, from a personal perspective I think we have a good, strong squad of players this season, who are blending well as a team, and I believe we all might be pleasantly surprised by our team line-up tomorrow. Don't know about us being down to " bear bones ", but I do hope all our supporters are there in numbers for this FA Trophy match, to get behind our team, and create a ' bear pit ' atmosphere throughout the game, to drive our players on and produce the win we need to be in the FA Trophy next round draw on Monday. COYT.
  10. After securing an excellent away point at Kingstonian last night, Town switch focus this weekend to the FA Trophy, when we host Maldon & Tiptree at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium on Saturday. KO. 3.00pm. The Jammers, who play in the Isthmian League Division One North, are having a great season. Unbeaten in the league, and going great guns in the FA Cup and FA Trophy. Their recent results include an FA Cup win at Leyton Orient, and a 4-3 extra time home win against Folkestone in the FA Trophy. So, they come to us with a very good track record, and our players will need to deliver a top quality performance to beat them, in what is sure to be a thrilling cup-tie, in front of a decent size crowd. This will be a great occasion for fans of both clubs, and Town will be looking to make home advantage count. As you may be aware, it has recently been announced that Maldon's FA Cup second round match will be shown live on BBC2 next Friday 29 November at 19.55pm. The Jammers will make a cool 75,000 pounds from the transmission. Wow! We wish them the very best of luck in that match. It could be the perfect time to play the Jammers on Saturday, six days before their FA Cup match. They've already made a lot of money from their cup run, and stand to make a pile more if they make it through to the next round. They will want to field their strongest possible XI in the televised FA Cup match, so will be hoping to avoid serious knocks or injuries to key players this Saturday against Town. Let's have a big turnout on Saturday to support the Town and show plenty of Enfield pride and passion in this important cup-tie. Arrive early, have a drink, and watch the West Ham - Spurs match in the bar before the main event! Good luck everyone. See you there! ' UP THE TOWN '
  11. Thanks guys for some excellent feedback on yesterdays match. When you live distance away, and can't get to a game, it keeps you in touch and gives you a feel for the good, the bad, and ugly. Shame we didn't get something from the game, but when you are two goals down at the interval, and chasing the game, it was always going to be difficult. You don't always get what you deserve, and even the best teams lose some matches! Personally, I think we have a very good squad of players now, and it is very encouraging to note the number of talented young players being promoted through to our first team squad. A great credit to our coaching staff! We have a very interesting and challenging week ahead. I can't make the Kingstonian match on Wednesday, but will be there next Saturday, with great expectation, for our FA Trophy clash with Maldon. Think that is going to be some match, a real game and a half, another 'must win' occasion! Let's be there in numbers and make ourselves heard. See you there!
  12. A very disappointing result for the Town today, but only our second League defeat of the season, against a very good side. Well done to Folkestone, but with circa five months of the season left, this reverse is not a disaster, providing we dust ourselves down, and bounce straight back to winning games again in our forthcoming matches. Interesting to note that our FA Trophy opponent's next Saturday, Maldon & Tiptree, lost their 100% league record this afternoon, when they drew 1-1 at home against Histon. Please share your thoughts on this afternoons match and result. Cheers!
  13. Momentum is everything in a tight title race, even if it is only mid-November, and that certainly applies right now to the Isthmian League Premier Division, where things are very close at the top end of the Table. Town, who are currently 5th in the Table, with games in hand on all the teams above them, host 2nd place Folkestone Invicta at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, tomorrow (Saturday 3.00pm), looking for a win and three precious points to close the gap. Invicta will be looking to bounce back after their disappointing FA Trophy defeat at Maldon & Tiptree on Wednesday evening. While Town will be aiming to extend their impressive unbeaten run of results. It should be a very close, exciting match, between two very good sides. Let's have plenty of loud noisy Town support and encouragement for Andy and the lads. Good luck everyone. Enjoy! 'UP THE TOWN'
  14. A very interesting draw today! Nothing will be easy in this competition from now on. But we have home advantage, and if we play as well as we did on Saturday, we will certainly fancy our chances of progressing.
  15. 'BIG MATCH DAY' has arrived and we can expect a tough challenge from Thatcham Town this afternoon, as both sides battle for a win and a place in the next round of the FA Trophy. So who will come out on top in the "Battle of the Towns"?? No predictions posted on here, so too close to call. I have never won the pools, but pushed for an answer, I am expecting Enfield Town to make home advantage tell with a 2-1 or 3-1 home win. How about your thoughts?
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