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  1. I think the best performance of the season so far. Carshalton came out for the second half and seemed to have had a rollicking in the dressing room. We conceded a goal down the right side of the pitch and I think most of us were worried how the game would now unfold. However, around 2-3 minutes later an own goal, which must go down as the best (siliest) own goal of the season, put us back with a safety cushion. I thought that the rest of the second half we never seemed in danger and had a deserved win. What was good to see was Della Verde getting to the bye line and working up a good relationship with Payne (?) our right back who is not afraid to come forward and looks the part.
  2. Get an uptick for the last post Andy, A team 3-0 down at half time is not a team in a challenging position but a team in dire straits. Then to concede another goal soon in the next half, the board and Andy must have been considering changes or they are not doing their job. To get 2 goals back and show some spirit in the last 30 minutes does not excuse the dross dished up in the first hour. We need a system that uses the talents we have got. We have 2 good forwards in Cunnington and Cass but how often do we see them playing together. Cunnington can get the long balls forward that we continue to play but he needs support which Cass can give. We know that Youngs can support the forwards but needs support in midfield behind him. IMV he is wasted working in front of the back line. As for the back line how often do they get forward. Lewes players put in 100% effort all over the park challenging our players when they had the ball. Often 2 onto one and Town players not going to support or making themselve available. Too often our backs/wingers do not get to the bye line but pump the ball in from wide of the edge of the penalty area which is easier for the goalkeeper to collect as it is coming towards them and not away from them. This is demonstrated as it was well into the second half when we got our first corner. Well rant over. I will be at Cray tomorrow and hope to see better organisation, more effort, more pace and mort spirit.
  3. My view of the game as someone who was there. We were under the cosh for long periods. We started brightly and deserved our lead which came off the bar onto the back of the keepers head and into the net. Our second goal was a penalty. Hornchurch were a tough side and had good interplay. Defended as a group and attacked as a group and I would have expected them to tire especially as they used their three substitutes relatively early. McDonald had a good game and kept the score down. There were periods in the second half when Hornchurch looked tired and their forwards seemed to lose their way as the game wore on. However, when they scored their second they seemed inspired and went all out for the winner whilst we were going through the motions. Our defenders cant seem to get the ball away when under pressure. That may be a fault of the defenders or, possibly, the midfield who dont seem able to play it out from the defenders. Also I noted that too many time balls to wide men often require the winger to stop in his tracks or retreat to pick the ball up. There were few forward passes to the wings which landed in front of the player. Our wide men are often left isolated without anybody available behind to link up with them. It was a good exciting game and a pleasure to watch and, in the end, I felt that we were beaten by the better team on the night. On this display both teams will be jockeying for play off places.
  4. First half we were awful. Lack of communication at the back and midfield did not relieve the pressure on defence. Second half we were far better and deserved the two goals. As stated above the number 19, who I saw in an earlier game when he played more forward, is an excellent prospect and hope he will sign for us.
  5. 4 Wembley Finals Posted "But using someone, for what ever reason, contracted to another person must be wrong in common law." The law can only offer compensation. Since Frempah had not played in a senior game for the club and I doubt if he received any wages or signing on fee then, in theory, I dont see how Enfield Town can make a case under common law. They are in the same position now that they were in before they signed the player and so have made no loss. As for breach of rules. We must look to the FA to decide the situation there. IMV we are told that he had signed forms for Enield Town and Cheshunt did not, as they are obliged to do under FA rules, make a 7 day approach; therefore Cheshunt are clearly in breach of the rules and, as has happened in recent Enfield history, they should suffer a punishment. Town had points deducted which cost us a play off spot. If Cheshunt struggle next year a 3 point deduction may be the difference between relegation and survival.
  6. A reasonable pre-season, St Albans Away is worth going to, especially for me in Hemel Hempstead. Similarly Colney Heath nearer than Carter Hatch Lane. May miss Ware away not a welcoming ground but Hayes and Yeading seems interesting. I think Albury Walker is making assumptions that the games against Cheshunt and Haringey Borough will be at Cheshunt all we know is that it is away and might be played at Haringey where there is more parking.
  7. Well goodbye The Bull at East Thurrock. Hullo again the Hoy and Helmet.
  8. Lots to think about in the last few posts. My observations, for what it is worth, were that the best side won on the day. I got a crick in my neck for the amount of time I was looking towards the Enfield goal and not to my own end. Hornchurch were a good side with, and I disagree with most on here, an astute passing game using both wide men who could play good football especially the left winger in the second half who had our defence in knots. If we put Hornchurch under pressure it was for seconds rather than minutes. If you want to argue how many corners did Hornchurch get compared to Enfield. I didn't count but I would be surprised if they didn't outnumber us by around 2 to 1. We had three very good attackers but our midfield was stretched and it meant that we had no width and our aim was to meet the target men, but that is no surprise as I think it has been the method for 90% of the season. (I don't say 100% as someone will come on here and say what about such and such a game). With a defence under pressure for most of the game they were bound to tire and sure enough Hornchurch got their just reward in the end. If we are to sum up the game and the season it is that we concede too many goals and the reason for that, in my view, is that our defenders lack pace and tactical nous. The best way to defend is always to keep possession but that does not seem to enter our management mind. Now I sound like an old fogey but I can remember the Tom Lawrence style of play. Soak up the pressure for the first 10-15 minutes assess the opposition and then as they tire start using your wing men and the overlapping full backs. Seemed to be Hornchurch style as well. It has to be said, however, that Joe Wright had a good game and certainly saved Hornchurch from having to chase a larger total at the end but one man does not make and team.
  9. Correction noted. He also had a football brain. I will never forget the goal he scored against us at Bromley. Free kick about 5 yards in our own half by the side line and I could see the gap between the wall and the goal post. A pin point shot from distance left the goal keeper with no chance.
  10. If Faal had taken his chances we would have won 4-1. His misses demonstrate that he is at the right level and should put dreams of football league to one side. Carl Richards didn't miss those sort of chances and he never made it at football league level. Paul Furlong made it at Football League level but was a far better finisher. Peter Feeley scored a goal with his backside for Chelsea but that was his only claim to fame. All of those players were better finishers than Faal.
  11. Benjrider 10 said, " 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." The Finchley ground is dangerous especially night and I would not agree to be safety officer at their ground. Though I have to say it seems to have improved since last time I was there, The crumbling terraces seem to have disappeared in front of the stand though as I said above the ground is still dangerous.
  12. A good report BU but I think some further analysis of why the long balls is required. I cannot remember a single offside decision (I accept the correction if it is forthcoming) and that is because both sides seemed to play deep. I often saw Bowers back line had one player hanging further back which does not lend itself to offside. The style of play, unusual for many of the teams we have played recently where they defend on the half way line, lends itself to end to end football with long balls predominating. Yesterday we saw good switches from wing to wing, something which has been lacking recently, and man to man marking by Boweers which left little time on the ball. Still I may be wrong.
  13. People have mentioned the torrid time our defenders had but have not written about Folestone's tactics. They definitely out thought us. They played with strength down the left flank and this could be seen when we scored our second when they kicked off with 4 players on the half way line on the left flank. We had no answer to this and I think we needed an additional player on that side to match their force. When they got the ball on the left they could play triangles and we were outnumbered. Football is a simple game.
  14. I was critical of Cunnington when he first came to the Town but I consider that he improves with every game as he has got to know the players strengths and abilities. Also when he is on the pitch Mo has more space as there is a big fella that has to be watched and Mo can play wider often losing his marker(s).
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