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  1. I have just picked up on a bit of interesting news from the Bostik League website that some people may not be aware of. With hindsight, it is interesting to note, that the young Bognor goalkeeper Petar Durin, who played in yesterdays match, is on loan to The Rocks from Portsmouth, and is in fact the Croatian under 18 international goalkeeper. Hey, hey, didn't we do well to put three past him!!
  2. Thanks for your posting Andy, couldn't agree more. Hope you're all having a great time in Cyprus. For the hardy souls who turned up for this match (attendance 418), they saw a very closely contested contest, with plenty of chances at both ends, played in drab conditions, with swirling gale-force wind, which made the game a bit of a lottery from start to finish. Allowing for the very difficult conditions, I thought the quality of play, from both teams, was a credit to the Bostik League Premier Division. Towns line-up was deleted by the absence of Joe Wright, Mo Fallah, Sam Youngs, all injuries, and Micky Purcell, one match suspension. As you might imagine, this was a very entertaining 3-3 six-goal thriller, and the atmosphere throughout was brilliant. People most certainly got value for money! It was a match which could have gone either way, but a draw was a fair result, and the only disappointment is that we didn't win. But it certainly wasn't for lack of trying! You missed a good match, but you can't be in all places at once. Enjoy that lovely hot sunshine while you can! I'm off to Tenerife next weekend. It's got to be done!
  3. This season Town have fared pretty well against Sussex based Bostik League Premier Division clubs, and have chalked up wins against Burgess Hill, Worthing, Bognor, and Whitehawk last weekend. Tomorrow we lock horns again with Bognor, another ambitious play off chasing club, in front of what is expected to be an above average, decent size crowd. The Rocks are well supported, so they will bring a good number of fans to the match. It should be a great atmosphere, and the Town Ultras, who have given our players fantastic vocal support, both home and away this season, have a major role to play. We really need them, and everyone else supporting the Town, to turn up the volume and lift our players (and the roof!) throughout this match, to make home advantage count! Well respected Bognor Manager Jack Pearce will have rallied his troops for this match, and stressed the importance of getting something from the game. Town need a high-energy performance, match their determination, and be up for the challenge. We need to win! COYT
  4. Hi djwilf, No official announcements or updates as yet, which is hardly surprising, as often late fitness tests are involved which can impact on team selection. Let's hope for some good news!
  5. The Bostik League Premier Division season is now entering the final stages, but there is still plenty to play for, not least for The Town who are on the cusp of the play off places. After our vital away win, and three huge points last weekend, Town play a massive ' must win six-pointer' league match against Bognor at The Queen Elizabeth Stadium this Saturday. Matches against 'The Rocks' are always close exciting encounters. Back in December, Town picked up a 1-2 away win in a hard, very competitive match at Nyewood Lane, Bognor, after coming from behind at the interval. Town are now 5th in the Table, three points and +9 goal difference ahead of 'The Rocks' in 9th place, so all to play for this weekend. Another very tight game in prospect! There's a way to go yet, but timing is everything, and Town have started to hit form at the right time. Don't miss this enthralling contest. There's no Premier League action this weekend, so if you live locally and are a Arsenal or Spurs fan, why not come and enjoy some non-league action, and cheer on your local team as they push on for a place in this seasons play offs. Let's hear it for The Town! COYT Good luck everyone! See you there.
  6. Good to read some very positive comments on last Saturdays match down here on the south coast. Think everyone who made the long journey, and there were quite a number of our supporters, will have enjoyed the experience. Be interested to hear the thoughts of other Towners who made the trip. Are we now back on track for the play offs? Over to you guys.
  7. Yes, how right you are seemgee. With Bognor and Worthing both dropping points today, this win lifts Town up to 5th in the Table, only seven points behind second place Haringey Borough. What about the match today? Well this was a gutsy performance by Town, and a hard-earned victory in very difficult circumstances, against a dangerous Whitehawk side who came into the game with no defeats (4 wins and a draw) from their previous five matches. Both sides badly needed the points from todays match, and it was end-to-end play from start to finish. Level at half-time, and all to play for after the interval, Town's cause was not helped when Micky Parcell was dismissed for a second yellow card offence after 65mins. His first booking was for kicking a ball away, when there were two balls on the pitch. A very poor decision, and over-reaction by the match referee. Down to ten men, Town could have crumbled as Hawks stepped up the pressure, but loan signing Joe Payne put Town back in the driving seat with a great strike, before Billy Bricknell added a third to put the outcome beyond doubt. Well done to Andy and the boys today, and all the Towners who made the long journey down to East Sussex, and competed well with the noisy, friendly, home supporters. On the downside, Town picked up a number of worrying injuries today, in particular Sam Youngs who had to be helped from the pitch, Mo Fallah who also limped off before the end, and Billy Bricknell who played the whole match, but appeared to have suffered a knock. Hopefully, they will all make a speedy recovery. Enjoy the result, it was a good day for the Town, and the boys did us proud!
  8. Today Town travel down to the South Coast to face Whitehawk in a Bostik Premier Division clash at the Terrapura Stadium, looking for a crucial away win and three precious points, to boost their chances of a place in this seasons play offs. For much of this campaign Whitehawk have been struggling in the relegation zone, but have recently clawed their way off the bottom, with four wins on the bounce against Lewes, Harlow Town, Burgess Hill, and Potters Bar. Back in October, Town took all three points in a dominant home display at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium to beat the Hawks 6-0. It is likely to be a lot closer today! The South Coast has been a happy hunting ground for the Town this season with impressive performances and away victories against Bognor and Worthing. Today could see the welcome return to the squad of Mo Faal, Lewis Taaffe, Aaron Greene, plus new arrival Joe Payne, a defender, loan signing from Barnet. So a very interesting competitive match in prospect, with a lot riding on the result. Can we complete a hat-trick of away wins down here in sunny Sussex? Very best of luck to Andy, Mario, Steve and our players this afternoon. I am looking forward to joining other Towners at the Terrapura Stadium in East Brighton to add my support. See you there! COYT
  9. Thanks djwilf, an excellent update on what sounds like a very enjoyable, entertaining match.
  10. All over, no goals, and another home draw, albeit against one of the better sides in the league. Was this a fair result, did we deserve to nick it, how did we perform today, who was your MOM, how was the match in terms of entertainment value? Let's hear from you Towners.
  11. Close! Excellent play from Oliyide who sets up Bricknell whose shot is snuffed out by the Angels defence. Yes CC, how sad he left!
  12. Tonbridge Angels have started the second half strongly and have just hit the post. You get the impression a goal is not far off.....but for who?
  13. A goal-less first half at the QE2 Stadium, but a bright start from the Town who have created more chances, and gone close with both Sam Youngs and Marc Weatherstone hitting the bar. Still everything to play for, so let's hope we find the net after the interval.
  14. Saturday is here again, and Town face another formidable test this afternoon at the QE II Stadium, when they clash with Tonbridge Angels in the race for a place in the Bostik League Premier Division play offs. Last weekend we saw off Folkestone, today we host another Kent side, in a real ' six-pointer' which both sides will be very keen to win. Back in October, Town travelled over to the Longmead Stadium, delivered one of our best performances of the season, and beat the Angels 1-2. They come to us today 4th in the Table, two places and two points ahead of Town, with an excellent away record. Town really will need to be on top of their game this afternoon to secure the three points and do the double over the Angels. So, another very exciting close encounter in prospect. Let's have plenty of loud noisy support for our guys! COYT Good luck everyone! Enjoy the game, and please share your thoughts on our performance and the result after the match.
  15. Morning All, Some interesting comments posted on yesterdays match And I think Wildlife rescue well and truly hit the nail on the head with his response, and I side with his comments. Unfortunately, or fortunate as the case maybe, I couldn't travel up from the south coast for the game yesterday, so my post match comments were a bit tongue in cheek. Enfield folk know their football and, with the old club and the new, we have been lucky to have been entertained with some great football over the years, and no small measure of success. Above all, people look forward to their football, and expect to be entertained. It is a results business, and sometimes it is necessary to grind-out a result and win ugly … but not all the time! I have witnessed some good performances this season, and some very disappointing displays, and it difficult to understand the reason(s) for the lack of consistency. There is a very thin line between success and failure and, at this moment in time, we have reached a League Cup Final and are 6th in the IPL table. Think if there is widespread discontentment about the quality of our football, and the entertainment provided, the reason needs to be addressed before support falls away, and people vote with their feet.
  16. Great result today, three points, a clean sheet, we move up to sixth in the table, and are still well placed for the play offs. Sure most Enfield folk will have enjoyed that win even if they didn't get to the QES today. Well done Andy, Mario, Steve and our players. Up the Town!
  17. Welcome Folkestone Tomorrow (Saturday 3.00pm) afternoon Town host Folkestone Invicta at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, as both sides look to recharge their Bostik League Premier Division play off chances after mixed fortunes last weekend. With the end of the season in sight, and just eleven league matches to play (6 home and 5 away for Town) this is a vital "must win" match for both sides. Last season, in Andy Leese's first home league match in charge, we drew 1-1 with Invicta in front of a crowd of 513. The match will be remembered for all eleven starters making their Town debuts. Town go into this Saturday's match standing 9th in the Bostik Premier, two places and two points behind our visitors. A win and three points will lift us above Invicta, give us the double over them, and keep us in close touch with other play off contenders. This is going to be a hard game for both sides, to close to call. Town need to be up for it, deliver a top quality team performance over ninety minutes, and make home advantage count. Enjoy the match, get behind our guys with plenty of support and encouragement, to help them deliver a much needed victory. Good luck everyone! Let's hear it for the Town! COYT
  18. Ahead of our away IPL match tomorrow afternoon at AFC Hornchurch, it has just been announced that Andy Leese has moved quickly to sign 24 year old left-sided defender Jay Porter from the Urchins. Jay was previously at Thamesmead Town, where he made 120 appearances, before joining Hornchurch, where he made 43 league appearances for the Urchins as they clinched the Bostik Division One North title last season. Great news. Welcome Jay!
  19. Congratulation and well done everyone on a great result albeit through penalties. For much of the first half we looked second best against a Blues side who played some good football and deserved their half time lead. When Town went two down after the interval it looked a lost cause. The triple substitutions suddenly changed the game. Town upped the tempo, and quickly drew level. When Stortford regained the lead, it looked decisive, but Town's never-say-die determination enabled them to equalise in added time, and go through to the Final on penalties. Certainly a game to remember! Town did us proud in the end, so well done to Andy, the boys, the Ultras for their great support last night, and everyone else who witnessed this amazing match! Yes sir, we are in the Final!
  20. Back in August, in our first home league match of the season, we played Bishop's Stortford and beat them 2-1. Last week we played them away in the return fixture and lost 2-1 to a very late goal. Tomorrow (Tuesday) evening we welcome our Hertfordshire friends back to the QEII Stadium, for a Velocity Trophy semi-final cup-tie, under the lights, with all to play for, and a great chance to progress to the Final. On Saturday we moved up to 6th in the IPL table, a point off the play-off places, and now we have home advantage and the opportunity to reach our first ever Isthmian League Cup Final.....and win it !! This cup match is important to our Club as there is decent prize money involved. Let's help our guys by having a big turnout , and plenty of noise and vocal support for the Town, to re-create that special cup-tie atmosphere experienced in the past. Good luck everyone, see you there! Let's hear it for the Town. COYT
  21. By all accounts a good all-round performance by Town today and a well deserved win, with two goals from Billy Bricknell in the second half to deliver three points, and register three wins this season against our friends from West Sussex. Be very interested to hear Towners feedback on the match, and a victory which sets us up nicely for the League Cup semi-final against Stortford on Tuesday evening. They, by the way, lost 1-0 away to Leatherhead today. I am really looking forward to getting up on Tuesday to support our guys and, hopefully, see us reach the Final. Note our defence had a few changes this afternoon. Where was Marc Weatherstone today, unavailable? Also, how did new signing James Mulley do on his club debut? Good to see a number of the other results went our way, which should see us climb the Table. Star team performance today must be Dorking Wanderers who thumped Kingstonian 7-1 at home! To think we were unlucky to concede a late goal there and only lose 1-0. Thoughts guys?
  22. Towns Line-up this afternoon. 1. Joe Wright 2 Ryan Blackman 3 Mickey Parcell 4 Matt Johnson 5 Sam Hatton 6 Dan Rumens 7 Sam Youngs 8 James Mulley 9 Billy Bricknell 10 Karl Oliyide 11 Bilal Sayoud 12 Kezie Ibe 14 Junior Mubiayi 15 Joshua Davison 16 Daniel Heald 13 Matt Nolan
  23. Think you might have hit the nail on the head Raingod. Hornchurch put in a 7-day approach and it was the players decision to go. But agree, it is hard to understand why. More money, less travel time, who knows!
  24. Agree Raingod, it is disappointing to hear that Remi Sutton has left the club to join AFC Hornchurch. Don't know the reasons, but to me he always looked a class act, so personally very sorry to see him leave. On the plus side, see we have signed a very experienced, versatile, 30 year old midfielder James Mulley, from Maidenhead United, who has played for a number of clubs at a higher level, and is capable of playing in a number of positions. Be interesting to hear how he shapes up this afternoon. Good luck James, have a successful debut, and welcome to the Town.
  25. Ha, Ha, guys enjoy the match! Does anyone wish to stick their neck out and predict the score this afternoon? I'm going for a home win by a two or three goal margin. How about you?
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