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  1. Steph

    Town v Corinthian Casuals

    Everybody has said it all. I will be at the AGM on Thursday and it will be interesting to see what the manager has to say. It is my view that the budget is not the problem. We have splashed a lot of dough on a good player who, if he got the right service is clearly an asset to the club. Yesterday I saw him, for the first time running back to collect the ball as he was not getting the service from the rest of the team. His partner is young and may develop but yesterday he was clearly out of his depth. I saw the game last week and though Ibe did not set the world alight he was more of a threat than Josh, so has he gone or looked at the rest of the team and decided it wasn't for him. The man of the match was clearly Purcell who continues to put in a good performance but let's be clear Purcell struggled to get into the side 2 years ago and even now was not a regular at the start of the season so has he improved? My view is yes but for him to stand out the rest of the side has got worse. Also what happened at half time, the manager was out early but the teams stayed in the dressing room for at least 20 minutes whilst us on the terraces got colder and colder. There are people saying yesterday was the worst performance that they have seen from a Town side. I don't agree the game against Folkestone in 2017 stands out for me but the game yesterday was the worst I have seen at the Donkey Dome and is in the worst 2 games I have seen. Hooving the ball forward is not football.
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    Merstham v Enfield Town

    Interestng that nobody has commented on the narrowness of the pitch which, imv, must be the narrowest in the league and barely up to standard. Whilst they played wide, we did not and regularly overhit our crosses. In these circumstances it seemed to me that good link play was required getting the ball out to the flanks and then shooting it low into the box. These were the tactics that Merstham applied we strove, until the latter stages to play it through the middle. We rarely got to the byeline and when we did our crosses were overhit. From the way that goal kicks went out of play or from goalie to goalie it may even be that the length was also smaller than usual. But length is always harder to judge. Every game I look at the 10 yard line from the corner and consider how close it is to the penalty area. The ten yard line was barely a yard from the penalty box putting that pitch at around 55 yards wide very near the 50 yard rule minimum! It needed more effort from the players run fast, after all, they were not going to the cover the distance that they normally do on a bigger pitch. That field of play was worth a goal start to Merstham. Look at the table home form 8-2-2 away 2-6-4. it is clear that they know how to play on their pitch.
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    Lewes

    MoM deserved by Mickey yesterday. One of the best games I have seen him play. Also unselfish when the substitutions were made he seemed to revert to central defence and left Weatherstone? able to come up for corners. Agree with the feeling that we seemd to revert to one forward with the loss of Mo but Youngs put in a lot of work between midfield and Billy. I think we would have won easily if Billy had another partner.
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    Congrats Kirbs

    "Greatest ever player". Hm perhaps. I need to be reminded of a better player. I have thought of Lee Smith and Rudi Hall but they couldn't match Kirby. We have had some fine goalkeepers including Wright but also Andy Hall. Obviously Hope would be in there and I like to think that there would be, in the future, Bricknell and Blackman.
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    Enfield Town v Worthing

    >Theo Their goalkeeper and defence were very good. Reminded me of the of the old Enfield soak up the early pressure always playing out to fast forwards who will take on the defence and finally when the opponents have used up all their resources. Go for the jugular and keep going. We have done it once or twice this season but not consistently. We always come out of the traps fast but that sort of pressure cannot last for 90 minutes and it didn't yesterday. Perhaps that is why our away form is far better than our home form. (BTW before some smart alec corrects me I haven't checked the stats).
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    Enfield Town v Worthing

    I think that our management should consider the words of Abert Einstein,
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    ETFC V Haringay

    I thought I was the pedant.
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    ETFC V Haringay

    I also get annoyed by the reference to "Haringay". Haringay is an area of London bordered by Wood Green and Manor House. Haringey is a London Borough formed in 1964 by the amalgamation of Tottenhan, Wood Green and in particular Hornsey. Haringay was the border between Wood Green and Tottenham. The new administration decided to incorporate the "ey" of Hornsey so that the inhabitants of that borough would not feel left out.
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    Lowestoft v Enfield Town

    I have read the report in the Non-League Paper and, it seems, that I really did go to Folkestone as they saw a different game to me. It was obviusly written by a disappointed Lowestoft fan. Lowestoft were on top from most of the first half, used their wingers intelligently and with 2-3 players always at Bricknell's elbow as the sole striker we really did struggle creating openings. Lowestoft used the flanks intelligently wheras we decided that the middle 30 yards of the pitch was all that we needed. If we had gone in 2-3 goals down at half time it would have been a fair reflection of play but whilst Lowestoft wingmen showed true ability their strikers let them down. Also another good display by Wright. Second half seemed to be a reprise of the first but the heavens opened and our superior fitness in the difficult conditions seemed to change the pattern of play. The manager brought on Parcell with about 15-20 minutes to go and Hope for Britnell around 5 minutes later. Hope does his usual and gets in there where it hurts and knocked in the winner with a minute of normal time left. Why does the manager not partner Britnell with Hope from the start that would give our opponent's defenders a real headache and create more space for Britnell? A rugged win which at the finish was just about deserved. BTW I do know how to spell obviously.
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    Tonbridge Angels v Enfield Town

    It is obvious.They missed me on the touchline and pulled out all the stops to ensure that I would be there at Felixstowe.
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    Tonbridge Angels v Enfield Town

    Missed last two games.See you Saturday.
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    Enfield Town v Brightingsea Regent

    "It's not a coincidence, one goal in three matches, that someone has decided to be more negative in their approach. I find it hard to believe that all three coaches can be happy with this decision. " We have a proven goal scorer in Britnell but he is not superman. He needs the ball to his feet around the box and we see fireworks. He wont get the ball to his feet if there are three defenders around him as there is no one else up front to lay the ball off or keep possesion. That is Liam's strength so why is he on the bench? I wasn't there yesterday as I had a meeting, I wont be there Saturday as I will be sailing and I wont be there Tuesday as I am baby sitting. (Taking my nephews out actually) So my next game will be Felixstowe, unless of course the team dont produce the goods in the next few games as I wont be bothered to make the long trip, and I am nearer to Felixstowe than those in Enfield (just). Following week is poetry at Aldborough. Anybody see a trend here? It seems that the football being dished up is not enough for me to make the effort to go.
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    Margate v Enfield Town

    A game of fits and starts. A fussy ref who allowed shirt pulling to go unpunished. I am afraid that Britnell was the worst offender in this respect.Margate scored from an unlucky penalty. A clash on the left side of the box just in the area. A clumsy tackle rather than deliberate foul but pen nonetheless. We equalised about ten minutes later a well worked move ended by Blackman passing to Britnell ground shot from edge of the box. Second half I thought we were the better side. Corner after corner but then they scored from a breakaway. Perhaps we should have shut up shop and been content with the draw. We will play worse and win. Good hospitality by Margate and my dog, Jake, seemed to enjoy it.
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    BRAD OUT OF A JOB

    To add my bit. I dont think that the leage this season can be compared with the league last year nor when Brad was here so that is a false comparison. I think that many of the players are better than when Brad was manager. My problem is that the manager does not convince tactically. He leaves substitutions far too late and seems indecisive as to how to use them. He does not change tactics when the opposition change theirs and, far worse, IMO is the team are not as fit as when Brad was here. Brad is a far superior tactician, works the players harder and knows his football. I am not convinced that, though Andy knows more players and can recognise skill when it is presented, but he does not seem to organise the players to their strengths and change when the situation demands. The substitutions last week, for example, were far too late. It was clear at half time that we were not making inroads into their defence as Merstham reorganised themselves after the first 10-15 minutes and there was no response from the bench. Too often we have seen the lone striker without support. We will see in the next couple of weeks with a difficult game today and Tonbridge on the 23rd.
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    Enfield Town v Merstham

    There were 4 good opportunities in the first 5 minutes. Goalkeeper fluffed a back pass, Britnell was unlucky with a header from edge of the goal area, Greene really should have had a first time shot rather than try to control the ball and a difficult chance from the edge of the box. After that we were dreadful and towards the end Merstham were the better side.
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