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Match report 11/03/19

Edgware Town U9

U9s lost 4-3 in a reversed fixture at a muddy and very windy London Colney.
We went 2-0 up with relative ease; moving the ball well and seeming comfortable. We were getting numbers forward and putting them under some decent pressure. Great to see a couple of examples from Saturday’s training – forward two, back one!- as we linked play. All good.
And then we collapsed and shipped four very soft goals before half time. Much of the opposition play came down our left side, catching our LB out of position or in hesitant possession a few times.
Second half saw us much more solid at the back, battling well in midfield and creating chances again. We should have done better with a few of them and there were several instances where a calmer decision in possession would have created opportunity. We got a goal back and were on top by the end but ran out of time.
I’m looking at the match as a 4-2 loss first half and a 0-1 win in the second!
Much to be pleased about but equally the same things (and players) continue to frustrate.

Edgware Town U10 Blues

Big win for u10 blues today…wonderful feeling when the drill you do in the week and immediately before the match actually affects the way the boys play so much. They used their width brilliantly….6-3 in the end, but we led 6-0 and took our foot off the gas way too much. Nice to get a W, boys walked off the pitch with their heads held high, lovely to see.

Edgware Town U10 Reds

ETFC u10 Reds drew 3-3 against Enfield Town in very tough windy conditions. We played with the wind first half but struggled to get going and came in 1-0 down at half time. It was a much better performance after the break as Joe Blackstein scored a great goal to level it up. We then let in a silly goal from a corner before Dexter Statt prodded in another equaliser. With 5 mins left Enfield broke away and hit us on the break to make it 3-2. With only seconds remaining Dexter popped up again in the box and slotted the ball past the keeper to deservedly draw the match. Our keeper Tommy Canter was a clear man of the match with some stunning saves. This was a thrilling match played in terrible conditions, so well done to both teams.

Edgware Town U11

It was a game of two halves today, as ETFC ground out a 1-0 win. Technically a home game but played at Enfield Rangers due to a waterlogged pitch at home, this was another game influenced by the weather. With the wind swirling, it was never going to be a classic and the boys again showed the resilience to win against very good opposition.

The first half was a scrappy affair, with the ‘Wares starting slowly possibly intimidated by Rangers’ physical play. Rangers also played well from the back, and kept ETFC limited to a counter-attacking strategy. Kaye was called into action straight away, making a couple of trademark saves. The counter-attacks were determined but limited in success. Bayfield was dogged up front with Mehta, but the Rangers defence seemed to be a yard quicker and a tackle better than Edgware throughout the first 30mins. At the back, the ‘Wares soaked up pressure, with Novick, Gordon, Bhatti, Cadwallader, Zabeti and O’Callaghan putting up a now familiar defence. As the half progressed, Edgware found their feet, with Segal and Parsa coming close. If it were a boxing match, Rangers were ahead on points but Edgeware had won the last couple of rounds.

Just before half-time, Bayfield refused to give up on a ball by the corner flag, and won possession. Enfield thought the ball had gone out, and stood down. The Wares, however, played to the whistle. Bayfield released Mehta, who made it 1-0 on the stroke of half-time. It was against the run of play, but not undeserved.

Enfield came out in the second half with a point to prove, and a sense of injustice. They launched wave upon wave of attacks, but saw few real chances due to a herculean defence. For 30 minutes Edgware had their backs to the wall, but they would not let Enfield pass. Everyone deserves a mention, but two incidents are worthy of note. The first involved one of the few times Enfield broke through the Edgware line, with their striker charging on goal. Cadwallader used his pace to come from his own half, and did just enough to put him off. Kaye deflected the resulting shot, and for good measure Cadwallader cleared the ball off the line as Enfield looked to follow up. The second incident was a superb string of crunching tackles in midfield to frustrate the ‘away’ team, with almost every outfield ETFC player involved. Admittedly it ended in a foul, but the ‘home’ crowd Ole’d every tackle. It ended 1-0, but this game will be remembered for the defending as much as the scoreline.

MoTM: Another team performance makes it tough to single out any one player. Kaye was shielded by his back line, but when called into action he stunned and frustrated the opposition. Bhatti was in his element, marshalling the backline and making the big tackles. O’Callaghan was given the unenviable role of marking Enfield’s most fearsome player, which he did with steely success. But the award goes to both Cadwallader and Zabeti who gave 110% for the cause.

Edgware Town U12

ETFC u12s lost 1-2 to Oaklands Wolves in a hastily rearranged red division fixture given the unplayable pitches at Queens. Frustratingly, after waking up on a Sunday morning with a full squad (4 subs), we started the game with just 1 sub and ended it with no subs! We took the lead after just 12 seconds, James Keegan capitalising on a hesitant defence to open the scoring with a well-taken finish. Both teams tried hard to play passing football in very tough conditions, both a heavy pitch and a howling wind but were unable to create any further clear-cut chances before half-time. We knew the 2nd half would be tough playing into a strong wind, which became even tougher after Oli Bregman was unable to continue after half-time following a groin injury, leaving us with no subs. Notwithstanding, the boys put in a massive effort in the 2nd half as conditions deteriorated further and they had to contend with driving rain and an even stronger wind. Given the conditions, we found it tough to create sustained attacks but we defended well and made ourselves tough to break down. Without being able to bring on fresh legs, the pressure eventually proved too much and we conceded 2 goals to fall 1-2 behind. The boys kept working hard until the final whistle and with a bit of luck could’ve found an equaliser in the final few minutes. We had 2 free kicks in an around the box which both narrowly missed the target. The loss was difficult to take given the effort of the boys in tough conditions with a thin squad. Excellent performances at full-back by MOTM Zac Green and Jadon Lee. Alfie Mattiucci at right mid and James Keegan (CAM) and Kyle Larkin (CDM) also worked tremendously hard to support the defence and create opportunities on attack.

Edgware Town U15

Top of Table clash today in very windy conditions
Some good football nonetheless and went behind 0 -1 (against the run of play).. recovered to score Great Team Goal 1 – 1 Half Time … On the front foot in second half and deservedly scored another Fantastic pass + move Team Goal which started from the Goalkeeper 2 –1 … missed 2 Absolute Sitters … Then paid the price & WINGATE scored with a minute to Go 2 – 2
The Boys went straight on the attack which resulted in a corner … Great Ball in from the right + EDGWARE headed in 3 –2 .. Kick Off… Then FINAL Whistle… Fantastic never say die attitude from the Boys and Deserved their WIN.
3 Points and strong at the Top.

Match Report 13/01/19

Edgware Town U9

U9s bounced back from last week with a great team performance against the consistently strong Northwood Reds. We lost 3-1 and there were many positives: the shape was great and we were much better out of possession; some excellent defending/pressing after Dan’s session yesterday; the boys were much calmer in possession and played through the pitch; excellent goalkeeping; we created numerous chances.
The Northwood goals all came from basic mistakes such as not closing down shots quickly after a corner and a botched GK clearance. Our chances came both through the middle and out wide and with some more composed control and finishing we could have scored several more goals.
Our goal was scored by Oscar T: superb driving run from midfield and a blistering shot into the top corner. Brilliant!
The Northwood keeper trains with QPR apparently and he made some worldy saves second half to keep the mighty Wares at bay.
Our MOTM was Harry W for his energy in midfield, box to box threat and range of passing.
Super proud of the U9 boys today, they did ETFC proud.

Edgware Town Blues U10

U10 Blues Lost 8-1 to a strong Oakland wolves. Tough match but some nice passages of play from us at times. They moved to ball about much sharper than us, and used space and the spare man much better.

Edgware Town Reds U10

ETFC U10 Reds lost 3-1 against Whetstone Wanderers Tigers. We really should have won a very even contest, but we let in 2 sloppy goals early on that meant we spent most of the game chasing. 2-1 down at half time we battled and played well in the second half and their goalkeeper had a fantastic game making save after save. Joe Blackstein was our player of the match as never stopped working up front.

Edgware Town U11

ETFC u11 Blues lost 3-1 at home to Whetstone Wanderers Jaguars – after a disappointing loss last week, albeit to one of the best teams in the top division, the boys battled hard and were certainly more committed this week.
All the goals came in the first frantic 20 mins of the game, with a few softish goals as we sat back and gave them too much time on the ball.
A lot of positives in the goalless second half, when we were denied a clear cut penalty and had a few other opportunities to get back into the game.
We have to learn quickly if we are to make any impression in this tough league.

Edgware Town U12

ETFC u12s beat Brady Maccabi Blue 6-0 in the Challenge Cup 2nd round. Not at our best again, playing far too narrow too often, but the difference in class between the 2 teams told in the end. Our opponents battled hard throughout, and their keeper had an outstanding match, but really this was a game where if we’d done the basics properly the score line would’ve been at least double. Goals from Oli Bregman (2), Noah Oakley, Sam Mallett, Aaron Levenson & Zac Green. A few good performances on the day from Kyle Larkin at centre back and Josh Diamond at centre mid but MOTM was Aaron Clark for a strong performance at both right back and right mid.

Edgware Town U13

ETFC U13 drew 1-1 today to whetstone wdrs who were 1 place above us in the table. Was a game there to be won, and a good opportunity to move up the table. Was a fair result all things considered in the end, although we did create a couple of early chances which had we scored could have tipped the overal balance in the game. We had the better of the 1st half and them the second. Was a tight game with good defending on the most part by both teams. We were better at wining the ball back this week and showed good composure at times although quality in the final third was lacking at critical times.
Whetstone however scored from a long ball with 5 mins to go, but credit to the boys with what was probably their best passage of play 2 minutes later scored an equaliser. The ball was moved down the wing , then inside and then onto Noah Sorene who took his goal well from just inside the box. Some notable performances from Noah Myers and Charlie Mack also.

 

Match Report 06/01/19

Edgware Town U9

Very tough day for the U9s losing 9-1 to a very good Wingate & Finchley team. Owing to the Powerplay we had 9 players on the pitch for most of the second half but still came off second best. There were some good individual moments in 1v1s and a few better passing movements in the second half but overall we were just totally outplayed in all aspects: passing, movement, finishing, decision making, communication.

Edgware Town Blues U10

U10 Blues won 4-1 against global football academy. A good performance but the other team only had 6 players. We didn’t use the space particularly well throughout the game, but the goals came from great moves with slick passing.

Edgware Town Red U10

ETFC under 10s Reds won 1-0 away against a strong Whetstone Wanderers Panthers team. Very good all round display from the team to chalk up their 8th win of the season. Without Tommy Canter our usual keeper Joe Blackstein played especially well with some excellent saves. Dexter Statt scored the winner and Levi Samson was player of the match for his brilliant tackling and outstanding reading of the game from the back.

Edgware Town Blues U11

Difference in class showed today as u11 Blues lost 9-2 at home to Northwood Reds.
Having taken an early lead we kept our noses in front for the first quarter with some last ditch defending.
Our opposition, who have tasted defeat only once in the last two and half years, then turned on the style, moved the ball effortlessly, dominated possession and scored some great goals.
To our credit, we battled hard and were only 5-2 down with 10 mins remaining, at which point fitness levels began to tell and they picked us off with ease.
A hard first few weeks in the top division, but the boys are learning quickly that at this level retaining possession is key.

Edgware Town Red U11

A weakened ETFC under 11 Red team showed what they are capable of with a superb 5-0 win away at Oakland Tigers Raiders.

With a squad of only 10 players and facing a team which the Mini-Wares failed to beat in a disappointing 2-2 draw only a month or so ago, the question posed of the boys before the game was how much they wanted a win. The question was answered emphatically in the end with each and every player putting in a real shift and contributing to one of the best performances of the season to date.

The boys started slowly but took control of the first half after a wholly unremarkable first 10 minutes. The Raiders ‘keeper was in good form and thwarted efforts from Sahil Mehta, Nathan Segal and Zach Bayfield. At the other end of the pitch, Rafi Kaye was untroubled in the Edgware goal, touching the ball only twice in the first half. Dean Novick was composure personified in the heart of defence, drawing confidence from the excellent performances of his wing-men, Zack Gelbart and Jack Rosenberg.

At HT the boys were applauded on their showing in the first half and implored to carry on playing the way they were because the goals were bound to come.

And come they did. Nathan Segal had an excellent second half, closing down the Oakland defenders and forcing mistakes; and it was Segal who broke the deadlock minutes after the restart. His first was quickly followed by Zach Bayfield’s first (of three well taken goals) and Segal himself scored an excellent second – a strike which we see so often on the training ground and which, with confidence high, Segal is now bringing to matches with increasing regularity.

Whilst Segal and Bayfield shared the 5 goals between them, the match was won in midfield. James O’Callaghan had an immaculate and authoritative game – breaking up play and turning defence into attack. Will Gordon outfought his counterparts all over the pitch and Nima Parsa and Sahil Mehta played out of their skins, battling hard, releasing pressure and supporting Segal in attack.

It was an excellent second half display, building on the solid foundations of the first, and the boys were richly rewarded by a scoreline to be proud of.

MotM: There were candidates all over the pitch but O’Callaghan’s Kanté-like performance in the heart of the pitch cannot be overlooked. He screened his defence expertly, made numerous important challenges and controlled the match. A true maestro. Well done James. Sensational.

Edgware Town U12

Frustratingly (bordering on embarrassingly) poor performance from ETFC u12s today away against London Colney Colts, who hadn’t won a league game this season in their previous 4. After we found a way back into the game at 1-1 a few mins into the 2nd half, a complete lack of effort, composure and desire thereafter resulted in a 7-1 defeat. At 3-1 down, our heads completely dropped.

 

Edgware Town U13

U13 lost 7-3 to the team 2nd in the league. The boys started slowly , not totally unexpected as they have not played for almost 4 weeks. Missing our designated goalkeeper made a difference today too, and we gave away 2 soft goals early on. We then started to play and had the game back to 3-3 just after half time and were on top for a good 10 minutes after that. The play from the middle out to the wings, with dangerous balls across the box was how we managed to penetrate their back line. This is something we will continue to work on.
Unfortunately we lost our shape and gave away another goal and were overrun towards the end with Harrow scoring some late goals which did not necessarily reflect our work rate and performance which was good for the majority of the game. Loads to work in but lots of positive today.

 

Match Report 25/11/18

Edgware U9

Great performance from the U9s today, winning 5-1 in a tough away fixture at Enfield Town. We only had seven players so no subs and minimal rotation and the boys rose to the occasion with their effort, determination, shape, passing and outrageous tekkers. It was a joy to watch and was totally unrecognisable from the mess of last week.
Louie P and Josh W excelled in goal (and outfield as Striker and Central Defender). Our defensive shape was really solid and Charlie F and Harry B were getting forward well on the flanks. Aron H worked hard up front. Harry W was immense in a roving midfield role and Jayden O sat deeper and picked out some lovely passes. The goals were well worked and well taken and the boys were buzzing at the end of it. Very proud of all of them today.

Edgware U10 Red

ETFC under 10s Red lost 7-0 to a strong Maccabi Lions White side. A case of a game of two halves today as we held one of the best sides in the league to a single goal in the first half playing up a slope into a strong wind. We had some chances to score and defended brilliantly in a well-fought tight first half. It was a totally different game after the break where they cut through us time and again to score 6 more goals. We made some changes at half time to rotate the team and this seemed to disrupt our flow and heads went down at 2-0. A real disappointment as we’ve generally held our own against all the better teams in the league. Man of the match was Ethan Sugars, usually a defender but we played him up front today to add some weight and to try and change things. He did well playing out of position.

Edgware U11 Blue

ETFC u11 Blues cruised to a 9-1 away day victory against Enfield Rangers Black.
Some lovely goals on a difficult surface, to keep the momentum going before we join the top division next week.
Much bigger challenges to follow in the coming weeks.

Edgware U11 Reds

ETFC U11 Reds drew 2 – 2 against Oakhill Tigers Raiders at Queen’s School. It was disappointing to come away with a draw when the Wares were the better side, but there were reasons to be encouraged nonetheless.

The Wares started the better of the two sides. There were occasional glimpses of the improved passing game seen in recent weeks, and one neat move saw James O’Callaghan very nearly score on 10 minutes, when he shot into the side netting from a tight angle.

The Raiders took the lead on 12 minutes, against the run of play it must be said. The Wares didn’t allow heads to drop and the talismanic Zack Gelbart equalised directly from a free kick on 15 minutes. Gelbart was having another good game in defence, but his dead ball skills are a real threat going forward. The free kick was around 20 yards out and although the Raiders’ keeper got his fingertips to the shot, the power and accuracy were such that he simply couldn’t keep the ball out.

Parity lasted a mere 8 minutes when the Raiders seized on a mix up in the Wares’ defence and a chance was buried clinically. The Wares finished the first half in the ascendancy and it felt a little unfair on the Wares to be behind at the break. The sense amongst the Wares’ supporters was that this was not a game the boys in green should have been losing.

The opening exchanges of the second half were scrappy. The Wares had the ball in the net on 33 minutes, but the “goal” was rightly disallowed after a foul on the keeper. The Wares can be rightly proud of producing fair minded and unbiased referees.

The second equaliser came on 39 minutes. Will Gordon embarked on a mazy run, which culminated in a shot which crept over the line just as a defender sought to hack the ball clear. Goal line technology has yet to reach the Watford Friendly League, but the referee was once again decisive and the goal stood.

The last 20 minutes of the game saw both sides generate presentable chances, but the better of those chances fell to the Wares. Some of the build-up play from the Wares was crisp and attractive, but the composure and cutting edge in front of goal simply wasn’t there on this occasion. When the final whistle came, the Wares were left ruing a missed opportunity to register a win in an increasingly tough league. Next up is a challenging fixture against Norsemen; having lost the last encounter against that strong opposition, next week will be an interesting yardstick of how much progress the Wares have made in the intervening two months. At the very least, one can but hope that the game isn’t played in the same monsoon like conditions as the last time.

Man of the Match: Will Gordon. The arrival of Gordon has done much to stiffen the midfield this season and the second equaliser was a fitting reward for a typically committed performance.

Edgware U12

Pleasing performance in a 5-2 victory for ETFC u12s away vs Woody Wanderers Vapors. After inexplicably finding ourselves a goal down after just 15 seconds, the boys knuckled down and put in a solid performance. Despite missing a couple of key players we were solid, kept our shape and moved the ball around with much more accuracy than last week. We didn’t make the most of our chances in the 1st half which ended 2-2. We were dominant in the 2nd half and full value for the 3 unanswered goals. Sam Mallett and Alfie Mattiucci were dangerous by exploiting the space on the flanks, Oli Bregman was lively through the middle, James Keegan was solid in a CDM role, and the back 3 of Josh Diamond, Jadon Lee and Aaron Clark kept things very tight at the back. Goalscorers were Sam Mallett (2), Alfie Mattiucci, Zac Green & Aaron Levenson. MOTM was Alfie Mattiucci who was a constant threat on the right hand side, scored an excellent goal and a couple of good assists.

Edgware U15

Great Game at SJP Today… all you would expect from a Cup Clash between 2 Top sides in the EJA … Near misses.. Great tackles … superb Football … End to End at times … Great effort from both Teams a Fantastic advert for EJA Football … with EDGWARE TOWN FC coming out 3 -1 WINNERS… WELL DONE TO ALL.

 

 

 

Match Report 04/11/18

Edgware U9’s

U9s beat Whetstone Wanderers Jaguars 2-1 away in what was the boys’ most complete performance yet.

Couldn’t be happier with the way they have all responded to Dan’s coaching and formation work on Saturdays and the messages Marc and I give them on match day.

They’ve improved so much since the start of the season and there are smiles all round on the pitch.

The first half saw our best goal of the season: played out from the back, defence splitting pass from Harry W in midfield to an onrushing Harry B on the right and we were one nil up. Lovely football. We also hit the bar and created numerous chances in the first half. Got in a bit of a muddle from a free kick and conceded an equaliser but the boys never panicked and kept playing.

Second half saw more of the same: well organised and solid at the back, playing it out through midfield, incisive passing through the middle and finding space in wide areas. Lots of great duels and individual skill. A well deserved Harry W goal put us 2-1 up and then we had lots more chances: Aron, Josh, Jayden, Oscar and Louie all went close. We could have had four or five. Whetstone had moments of pressure and we had to defend as a team to hold the lead. Delighted to see Charlie keep a confidence boosting clean sheet during his rotation as Keeper in 2nd half: he made numerous saves with his feet and literally didn’t touch the ball once with his hands all half!
The boys are on a two game run now for the first time and can’t wait for the next match.

Edgware U10’s Blues

U10 Blues drew 3-3 in the early kick off this morning. 930am away match! Really good game, some sensational individual play, and some brilliant team moves too. We also hit the woodwork three times, so could have romped it on another day. The kids enjoyed themselves, and another week of clear development. We’ve come such a long way since the beginning of the season.

Edgware U10’s Reds

ETFC under 10 Reds beat Harvesters Lions 1-0 in a really exciting, tense, quality game earlier. Our opponents are considered one of the strongest teams in our league so to beat them by a single goal with a clean sheet was excellent. Our defence was rock solid with joint players of the match Levi Samson and Rylie McQueen playing refusing to let anything past them. Fin Rose took his goal well after a slick move and we won a lot of 1-1 battles all over the pitch. I know results aren’t everything but that’s now 6 wins from 8 games so confidence is flowing through the whole team.

Edgware U11’s Blues

ETFC u11 blues kept up their great start to the season with a nail biting 7-5 victory at home to Omonia Gold.
Excusing the old cliche, but this really was a game of two halves.
In the first we could not get out of first gear, with misplaced passes and mistimed challenges aplenty, and after taking an early lead we headed into the break 3-1 down.
The second half was a different match altogether, and after clawing the score back to 3-3 with 15 mins left, we were definitely on the front foot. However, soon after we gave away two very soft goals in the space of a few minutes and the game looked up.
The troops rallied, showed unity and desire, and sensing goals we pushed on and exploited our pace down the flanks.
The boys pulled it back to 5-5 and with two minutes left on the clock we struck again amid wild celebrations.
With the opposition totally dejected there was just enough time to add a final blow in the last kick of the match.
Most exciting 30 mins of second half football witnessed by the Wares faithful, and one that will be talked about for generations (well maybe just days !) to come.

Edgware U11’s Reds

As any football player or fan will testify, there are few sensations more disappointing than conceding a last gasp goal, when three points become one, or a hard fought draw suddenly turns into a defeat. It was the latter scenario for ETFC U11 Reds today, as they lost 3 – 2 at home to APB Barnet.

APB Barnet was something of an unknown quantity, having never previously been in the same division as ETFC. The teams looked evenly matched for the first quarter of an hour. Much of the action took place in the midfield third of the pitch, with chances at a premium. The Wares took the lead on 15 minutes, when Zak Gelbart showed some much needed composure after a couple of shots had been scrambled away. The Wares nearly doubled their lead a few minutes later when a lung busting run up the right wing and shot from Tom Cadwallader saw the ball cannon of the outside of the post and away to safety.

APB Barnet forced their way back into the game in the last five minutes of the half. First it was their turn to see the ball cannon off the woodwork, when a speculative shot from distance thudded into the cross bar. The equaliser also came from distance a few minutes from half time.

The Wares seemed to lose their mojo in the third quarter of the game. Possession was surrendered too easily. All too often the ball was punted clear in the direction of no one in particular, with the inevitable result that the ball came straight back again. Another long range effort made it 1 – 2 to APB Barnet. There was an element of good fortune about both APB Barnet goals, but the Wares seemed too nervous to pick out a pass or use their technical superiority.

Cadwallader made the score 2 – 2 on 47 minutes, following up diligently after a trademark free kick from Zach Bayfield was parried by the goalkeeper. From then on, the Wares had more of the possession and created the better chances, but there was no clear cut opportunity that presented itself. Both teams went in search of the winner. To concede again with virtually the last kick of the game was cruel on the Wares, but this was a disappointing performance that lacked the fighting spirit and confidence seen earlier in the season.

Next up is a tough away fixture at Northwood Reds. It will certainly be a difficult test, but also an opportunity for the Wares to show how well they can play.

Man of the Match: It was pleasing to see Cadwallader get on the scoresheet, and it could easily have been two from the young man. It was a fitting personal reward for a player willing to play in any position and to give of his best whatever is asked of him.

Edgware U12’s

A fairly routine 15-1 victory for ETFC u12s in the WFL Challenge Cup 1st round v AC Finchley West. The gulf between the teams seemed larger than just the 1 division but we did play really well, with a strong focus on moving the ball quickly on a very narrow pitch. During the 2nd half, I gave all the boys a particular task like only having 2 touches or playing out of position and they all responded very well. Some of our attacking play was really top drawer with quick one touch passing, pass and move, switching direction etc. Goals were well spread around: Matthew Justin (3), Aaron Levenson (3), Zac Green (2), Sam Mallett (2), Noah Oakley (2), Alfie Mattiucci, James Keegan & Aaron Clark. MOTM was Aaron Levenson who was strong in both defence and attack at left back in the 1st half and CDM in the 2nd half.

Match Report 21/10/18

Edgware Town u9s

APB Barnet Rams U9 7 – 2 Edgware Town FC U9

Tough game for the U9 Edgware boys today. We came up against a physical, well drilled Rams team who found good spaces on the pitch and passed the ball well.

That being said, periods of the game were closer than others. Rams dominated first half possession initially but our boys defended resolutely and found a couple of opportunities on the break. Julian S was great in goal for Edgware, claiming the ball with confidence on several occasions and following a period of pressure we scored to take a 1-0 lead into the break. Oscar T hit a superb lofted free kick, sparking wild celebrations on the touchline. It was a great goal.

The second half saw our rotation policy provide us with a challenge – and a learning opportunity. We entered a period of the game with one of our stronger players in goal and some of our less defensively minded players in defence and shipped a few quick goals. Fair play to Rams they took their goals well; our boys learned a lot about positioning, communication and speed to close down.
The final rotation of the game saw us compete again. We had a few good chances and Harry W scored a fine solo goal.

A tough day for the Edgware boys. Onwards and upwards to the next game.

Edgware Town U10 Reds

ETFC under 10s Reds beat Hendon Utd 6-1. Brilliant performance from all the boys today. Everyone contributed and there were some excellent goals from Dexter Statt (2), Joe Blackstein (2), Fin Rose and Luca Arnaldi. Plus a fantastic penalty save from Tommy Canter when it was still 0-0. It was a tight first half and only 1-1 at the break. Our defence were immense throughout with right back Rylie McQueen in particular outstanding and player of the match. Hendon are one of the better teams at our age group and we lost twice to them last season, so this performance shows how far this group of boys have come. Our passing was pleasing on the eye and cut through them time and again. We were guilty again of missing a few clear chances but we can’t be hard on the boys as this was probably their best all-round performance of the season so far.

Edgware Town U10 Blue

U10 Blues Lost 6-3 today. Some great play by our team, who get stronger every week. But the opposition (borehamwood youth crusaders) were a very physical side. We need a new player start for us today and he fitted in really well, and we did a team lunch afterwards to get the boys to start forming friendships off the pitch. We conceded one goal when our defender tried to take it past their striker and he lost the ball. I made sure to tell him that he should remember the 9 times he did that and it helped create an attacking move and not concern himself with the one time it didn’t come off, as his playing out from the back was exceptional other than that

Edgware Town U11 Blue

ETFC u11 Blues notched up their 6th victory of the season with a great 6-3 home win over AC Finchley North.

All the boys dug in today, played some good flowing football, and were rewarded with some lovely team goals (as well as 2 cracking free kicks from outside the box).

We showed some good composure and were strong in the tackle. If we can just time that last pass to beat the offside trap, the margin may have been larger.

All in all a glorious morning in the sun, and the boys certainly enjoyed themselves.

Edgware U11 Red

In the build-up to the much anticipated encounter between Edgware Town U11 Reds and London Lions Whites, the Wares’ manager implored his team to hassle and bully their opponents. The Wares had themselves been bullied to some degree by Enfield Rangers Greens the previous week, and here was a wonderful opportunity to put that disappointment behind them.

The Wares did not disappoint, coming away from the bowling green that is Rowley Lane with a creditable 2 – 2 draw.

The Wares looked “up for it” in the pre-match warm ups. The Wares took that combative edge into the match itself, which started ten minutes late in glorious autumnal sunshine. The Wares started by passing the ball around well and denying their opponents any time to settle. The Wares got their noses in front after merely four minutes. Zach Bayfield burst into the Lions’ box after a typical buccaneering run, only to be brought down as he sought to thread the ball through the eye of a needle and into the path of Nathan Segal. The ball did find its way to Segal, who made no mistake from about six yards out. It was unclear whether the referee played the advantage or whether he would have awarded a penalty had Segal not taken his chance, but it mattered not.

The Wares played with real intensity for much of the first half, passing the ball better than at any other time this season, and constantly snapping at the heels of the Lions when possession was surrendered. One wondered whether the Wares could sustain that performance as far as the break, and the answer was not quite. The writing was on the wall after 25 minutes, when Rafi Kaye pulled off three spectacular saves in quick succession. Bodies were being put on the line, but there was an undeniable momentum shift.

The equaliser came shortly before half time, although there was a touch of controversy about it. One of the boys in green was in the process of retying his shoe laces as the Lions advanced on goal and scored. The Wares protested, but there was no prospect of the referee disallowing the goal, and so the teams went into the break on level terms. The Wares were disappointed at being pegged back, but they could at least take consolation from having been the better side.

A fortuitous goal for the Lions five minutes after the restart temporarily knocked the stuffing out of the Wares. The Wares were suddenly unable to pressurise the Lions, who were able to build from the back. Time started to tick by and it did not appear that the Wares had any realistic prospect of getting back into the match. There was plenty of effort on show, but insufficient quality in the final third.

It felt like the opening, if there was to be an opening, would come from a set piece and sure enough, the Wares created and took their chance from a corner. Zack Gelbart swung the ball onto the proverbial sixpence, and Bayfield was there to nod the ball home from a couple of yards out. Having appeared to lose their way, the Wares suddenly looked like the team more likely to score the decisive goal.

As events transpired, there was no decisive goal from either side, and the teams could not be separated. As with any draw, there was an element of “what if” after the final whistle, but the Wares can be proud of a much improved performance against talented opponents. If they can summon this level of effort every week, they will surely win more games than they will lose.

Man of the Match – There were several excellent performances today, but James O’Callaghan deserves particular praise for his unglamorous but critical job in the engine room of the team. O’Callaghan covered every blade of grass, making tackles and creating chances for others in his usual efficient and unselfish way.

Aldenham u11s got their 7th straight win today, 5-2 against Brady blues. The proverbial game of two halves though. Having raced into a 3 goal lead we went in 3–1 at half time. The second half was a different story as we lost all shape and couldn’t string two passes together. Brady got the second goal and it was backs to the wall for a while. But they dug in deep and held on, before scoring two the two late goals to kill the game off. Big shout out to Mohammed who not only finally got his first goal of the season, but in fact got four!

Aldenham U12s

Aldenham u12 lost 11-3 to Edmonton rangers
Still struggling to adapt to the WFL
In a game that in terms of the quality of the opposition the team should be easily competing
Playing against teams that are well versed in playing offside both offensively and defensively & used to playing a season without the retreat rule we struggle to get possession.
When we do get possession …we look good. But I feel we are a number of weeks away from adjusting to the basics that will then give them the opportunity to focus on the football that they can undoubtedly play.

Edgware Town U12

ETFC u12s began their Red Division league campaign in style today with a 4-2 victory at home over Harvesters North. A fantastic display of clinical attacking saw us go into the half time break 4-0 up. Goals from Alfie Mattiucci, Sam Mallett (2) and Zac Green all created by some lovely build up play and excellent finishing. Harvesters has been in the game but we kept our shape so well on defence that they didn’t really have a sniff. We had chances to extend our lead in the 2nd half but their keeper made some excellent saves. We managed to keep our shape, discipline and commitment when we didn’t have the ball until the end. We did concede 2 goals towards the end of the game as we tired in the heat but we were deserved winners of the day. Special mention to Josh Diamond for being so commanding at both centre back and CDM. He and MOTM Aaron Clark gave the team a really solid defensive platform, which even more important than usual as we didn’t have our usual goalkeeper. Thanks to James Keegan and Matthew Justin for deputising in goal. I thought both were outstanding with both their feet and the hands. Thanks to Dan M for coming down to watch the 2nd half. An area to work on after today is our 1 on 1 defending. At times we had a tendency to dive in, particularly as we got tired. All in all a very pleasing day and a very happy manager!

 

Edgware Town U13s

ETFC U13 had a disappointing defeat today losing 7-3 to Whetstone wdrs Tigers.
We were missing a few boys today which really would have made a difference. As good as the boys played last week, they were poor this week. Too many misplaced passes, not competing for the second ball. Again too weak in 50/50s and not showing the same desire to win the ball back when given away.
Generally too many players off their game today. Very frustrating performance.
On the positive, we did have a 15 spell where we did compete and scored 3 quick goals but could not build in this in the second half, with HT score being only 4-3 down.
Need to continue to work on composure and first touch. Exercise we did at training of not playing the ball first time needs more work as too much ‘hot potato’ stuff again today. This is what led to us giving the ball away and continually putting ourselves under pressure. Some better decision making and composure would have made a difference today.

Edgware Town U15

EDGWARE TOWN FC U15 EJA…
Another Great Result for the Boys some Great Football… pass + move in first half to be 3 – 0 up at half time … Second half took the foot of the Gas but still went 4 – 0 up… last 5 mins tired legs given all they had let in 2 sloppy Goals … But another well deserved WIN … Looking Good.

Edgware Town U16s

Aldenham U16 Eagles won their third game in a row, beating Belstone (in the cup) 4-1. Not the best performance in truth but the boys did what they needed to do and are in the draw for the next round.

Aldenham U18s

Alexandra Park West U18
-v- Aldenham FC United U18
13-2

AP West are very good team.

In the first half we didn’t compete at the level required. 3 players unavailable with 2 pulling out this morning didn’t help either.

We went 2-0 down in the first 10 minutes and were 5-0 down at half time with result already settled.

We got out in the second half and had a real go and for 30 minutes were the most competitive I have seen us all season.

We tackled hard, passed the ball and competed and scored two goals. Lloyd Wood and the Ben Hammond both scored excellent goals.

Two injuries to our centre backs didn’t help us in the game. It stemmed from a lack of protection from a referee who put in the worst refereeing display I have seen in a long time. No idea why he bothered to turn up. Didn’t run & never saw any foul play let alone punish it.

Unfortunately they also kept scoring at the same time as we did and in the last 15 minutes of the game we ran out of gas as their superior fitness and additional subs really made a difference. They scored far too freely making the scoreline look pretty unflattering.

We are being handed out some hard lessons. U18 football is tough aggressive football and we have to keep working to improve our game and our mentality if we want to get better results.

Man of the match today was Ben Hammond who put on an aggressive midfield display and scored our second goal.

 

Match Report 23/09/18

ETFC u11 Blue

ETFC u11 Blue suffered their first defeat of the season (4-0) away to Borehamwood Youth Crusaders. Miserable conditions aside, we were unlucky to lose by such a margin, as we hit both post and bar, and had a clear goal chalked off for offside, when the referee overruled incorrectly.
Final ball was poor today, but understandable in the cold and wet conditions. To be fair, we were up against a big physical side, who played very well and were good value for the win. A hard lesson for the boys – we need to pick ourselves up and go again next week.

Aldenham U12

Aldenham U12 beat Bushey Rangers 19-0. Not the finest of opposition but great for the boys to get a win.

ETFC U12

After a disappointing 1st half from ETFC u12s, the boys turned on the after-burners and put in a fantastic 2nd half performance to run out convincing 6-0 winners against AC Finchley South. Apart from the defence, we were generally pretty ragged in the 1st half. Passing and movement was disappointing and we had a tendency to try to play through the middle too often. 2nd half was everything the 1st half wasn’t. We played with pace, movement and width. Our decision-making both on and off the ball was excellent. It was great to see our defenders having the confidence to play passing football out from the back. In truth, our play deserved more goals but the effort and quality of play couldn’t be faulted.

Aldenham U11

After the trials of getting the game on this morning, Aldenham u11s got another wonderful 5-2 victory against the whetstone wanderers leopards. Nothing straight forward or easy about this one either with the team fighting back from 2 down early in the second half. Kept their heads up and kept going, creating lots of chances. Eventually got their reward with the first goal and from there we dominated. We spoke at half time about moving the ball a little quicker in the second half which they did really well. Also showed lots of discipline to track back and break down opposition attacks.

Edgware U13

U13s v Bushey Rangers. Only had 11 today as late illness unfortunately meant we had no subs, and injury to our keeper in the second half meant we went to 10 for the last 20 minutes.
Although we created a lot of chances we could not beat their keeper who played a blinder.
Although only 1 down at half time due to a freak goal / defensive mix up we struggled with 10 and ended up losing 6-0.

Edgware U9

U9s benefitted from a late kick off against Lions White today and missed the rain. Another performance of resilience, outstanding goalkeeping and improving passing and movement. We lost 2-1 and it was closely matched: we were under the cosh for much of first half but troubled them every time we could move the ball forward quickly. Getting the ball forward has been an issue and it’s just a case of decision making and movement improving which I’m sure will come. Second half more open. They scored a soft second goal and we missed a couple of great opportunities. Our goal came right at the end and we could have done with a few more minutes! We are getting better and I’d love the boys to get a first win as their effort can’t be faulted.

ETFC U10 Reds

ETFC under 10s Reds won 4-1 at AC Finchley. It was great team effort today. For the second week running we won after going a goal behind which shows the character of the side. Finchley are a good team who won 15-1 last week so were full of confidence. 4 good goals from Fin Rose Luca Arnaldi, Dexter Statt and Rylie McQueen were really great to see. That’s 3 league wins in a row and only 2 goals conceded. The team are gelling well and starting to play some nice football. We still switch off a bit too much at corners and throw ins but we can work on that.

Aldenham FC United U18

Alexandra Park East -v- Aldenham FC United U18 – 2-1

A much improved performance today over that of last week. Having subs made a difference but still it was a losing performance by virtue of our gifting two goals to the opposition in the first 20 minutes of the game.

We just can’t afford to be so generous and need to learn fast from these mistakes if we are to get the results we deserve. Absolutely none of the teams we have played so far in this league are so far ahead of us that we cannot get a good result against them.

We finally saw us starting to physically compete with an opposition team but we still have a way to go. We are still far too polite and need to work hard on this aspect of our game.

Another area for us to work much harder on is our passing. We are not yet putting together enough passing phases with moves breaking down after 3 or 4 passes not 7 or 8.

Once we got our mistakes out of the way we gradually improved and started competing.

We got out of blocks well in the second half and eventually put sufficient pressure on AP East to force a goal from a corner. It was good shot from Ben Hammond from just inside the box that hit the underside of the cross-bar and went in.

AP East did keep running at us and passing the ball around and were particularly good at passing the ball cross-field so it was pleasing to see that our defence were able to handle all that they threw at us.

That second half spell was when I thought we might be able to get back on level terms but we never did quite enough.

A lot of credit has to go to our Captain and man of the match Luke Voller who covered every inch of the artificial grass pitch today.

Thank you Alex Ani for covering in goal for Robin Sargeson in the last 5 minutes of the match after a poor challenge to our goalkeeper which went unpunished.

We had a very weak referee performing very poorly and AP East had a player whose behaviour was completely unacceptable for long periods of the game. A yellow card should have by rights been very quickly followed by a red but I was pleased to see we didn’t allow any of that to distract us.

A big thank you to Bill Wood for performing the linesman’s duties in the face of a barrage of criticism for the AP East players.

Next week we have a tough league cup game against Whetstone Wonderers of the Red Division so we can keep measure our progress against one of the best U18 WFL teams.

ETFC U11 Reds

There is no disgrace in being beaten by an excellent team and the ETFC U11 Reds were beaten 5 – 3 away in torrential rain at Norsemen. Had it not been for an impressive performance by Rafi Kaye and the occasional intervention of the woodwork, the defeat could have been more emphatic.

This was always going to be a tough assignment for the boys in green. Missing three key players, the Wares lined up in their traditional 3-3-2 formation. It was obvious from the get go that Norsemen are a very good side, passing the ball with confidence and creativity.

It took Norsemen a little over 5 minutes to take the lead. The ETFC management team had made much in the pre-match team talk of not letting heads drop if they went behind, and to their credit, the Wares kept on fighting. However, every time the Wares cleared their lines, the ball came straight back into the danger zone. In testing conditions, the Wares didn’t really string together enough passes to present an attacking threat and the Wares spent long periods camped in their own half.

The nearest the Wares came to a goal in the first half was a well struck free kick from Zach Bayfield. Most of the rest of the time was spent repelling wave upon wave of Norseman attacks, with Kaye equal to what what was thrown at him. Of course, with only one goal in it at the break, the match was still in the balance.

Norsemen doubled their lead five minutes after the restart. The away supporters had hoped, although not expected, that the Wares would come back into the game in the second half but it was hard to argue with the scoreline given the number of clear cut chances Norsemen had created.

The Wares halved the deficit shortly afterwards, Sahil Mehta scoring having shown tenacity when it momentarily seemed as though his chance had come and gone. Having hauled themselves back into the game, the next goal would be crucial. Alas, a mere four minutes later, Norsemen regained their two goal cushion in somewhat fortuitous fashion, the ball breaking to a Norsemen player after some pinball in the Wares’ area.

Two more Norsemen goals in quick succession killed off the game as a contest. Mindful, no doubt, of their manager’s instructions, the Wares kept going and two late goals for the Wares gave the scoreline a respectable look. Bayfield scored a very good goal after a fine run and Zak Gelbart got in on the act with seconds remaining.

Defeat is never easy to take but the boys can be proud of notching up three goals against a very good side. Next up are the London Lions Blues and that fixture is sure to get pulses racing. Will Gordon in particular is sure to relish the opportunity to get one over his one time teammates.

Man of the Match – Honourable mentions go to Bayfield and Jack Rosenberg, who both put in fine performances today, but the star of the show was Kaye. In treacherous weather, Kaye was brave and agile and in conditions in which the ball resembled the proverbial bar of soap, Kaye’s handling was nothing short of amazing.

 

Match Report 18/02/18

Edgware Town u9

Edgware Town u9s lost 3-0 at home against a strong Colney Heath side. We just couldn’t get going up the slope in the first half and could easily have been more than just 1-0 down at half time. We were being overrun and at times couldn’t get out of our half. But the boys put in a fantastic second half performance and were well in the game up until we conceded a 2nd a few minutes before the end. The third came seconds before the final whistle. We had no subs today (colney had 4) and all the boys were out on their feet at the end. We really cannot fault their effort and determination. We were just missing that cutting edge up front that could have made the difference. When we play the ball to feet we look a very good team. Unfortunately we were harried off the ball too often, especially in the first half and gave up possession too easily. But that’s something to work on in training. It would be wrong to single out any player so no individual player of the match this week.

 

Edgware Town U10 (Reds)

There is something very satisfying about eking out a 1-0 victory away from home and that is precisely what the under 10 Reds managed in making it 4 wins on the spin at Borehamwood Youth Knights.

The Mini-Wares were by far the better team in the first half, knocking the ball around nicely as they probed to find a way through the Borehamwood defence. The cutting edge of last Sunday was missing, however, and a somewhat shot-shy Edgware struggled to create clear cut opportunities or to make their pressure count. Zack Gelbart was unlucky not to score with a cheeky back-heel but, aside from that, Edgware’s superior possession did not hurt the home team.

As the first half looked like it was destined to finish goalless, new signing Nima Parsa hit a well-struck shot from wide on the right which the Borehamwood keeper was able only to parry into the path of Kian Zabeti. The Mini-Wares’ number 3 made no mistake, volleying it home. Zabeti’s unexpected return to the squad provided a real fillip before kick-off and his run into the six yard box was every bit as well timed.

Parsa only joined the squad this week – his signing made necessary by a long term injury to Sahil Mehta and the boys’ extra-football commitments – but he slotted into the team effortlessly after a single training session and appears to be an astute addition to the squad.

Borehamwood grew into the game after the interval and threw everything they could at the Edgware defence. The recent change in the Mini-Wares’ formation – from an attacking 3-1-2 to the more defensive 3-2-1 – has made Edgware a much harder team to break down and today they formed an impregnable defensive unit, expertly marshalled by Raees Bhatti who is rapidly becoming an enforcer and a leader in equal measure.

Bhatti organised his wing-backs well and, in the first half, Tom Cadwallader and James O’Callaghan were again excellent. Never out of position when Edgware lost the ball, the pair contributed greatly when in possession, both looking to get forward and bring the midfield and striker into play. In the second half Edgware had to soak up much more pressure and Parsa and Zabeti, architect and executioner of the only goal of the game, were well up to the task – shielded brilliantly by O’Callaghan who shone in the middle of the park.

Resolutely though Edgware defended, Borehamwood broke through a number of times in the closing stages of the game – including injury time which was Fergie-like in its inexplicably epic length – but when they did Rafi Kaye was there to save the day. Kaye showed last week that he has fully regained his confidence and mojo following his return from a broken arm and he was magnificent today. Two or three times he raced off his goal-line to narrow the angle, forcing the attacker to shoot wide or straight at Kaye. His shot-stopping has always been first class but Kaye’s alertness and positioning today was just as good.

When the final whistle finally brought this close encounter to a close, the Mini-Wares were rightly proud of their win. It was only their second clean sheet of the season but boy did they work hard for it.

Lots of positives today. Parsa is a real find and will add strength in depth to the squad. Kaye is back to his best and, with Bhatti imperious at the back, Edgware have become spoilt for choice in terms of players able to play the wing-back positions either side of him with real skill.

All that was lacking was the final ball and (Zabeti’s strike aside) some clinical finishing but that is not a cause for concern because the Mini-Wares are normally strong in those departments and we will have much better days in front of goal.

With Dean Novick and Nathan Segal set to return to the squad next week, other than key players having to miss some of the coming games due to other sporting commitments, the only fly in the ointment is Mehta’s injury which is likely to keep him out for at least 6 weeks. He will miss playing and we will miss him. The silver lining for Mehta is that he has sown up the goal of the season competition already, and it’s only February.

MotM: One of those days where there are a number of strong contenders but it is impossible to ignore Rafi Kaye’s match saving contribution. He was outstanding today and it is fantastic to have our No. 1 back to his very best.

 

Edgware Town u10 (blues)

ETFC u10 Blues notched up a 6-1 home victory today against Harvesters Coyotes on a lovely sunny morning at Queens.
We started well and created plenty of chances to go into the break 2-1 up. We ramped up the pressure in the second half to score 4 more against a good footballing team, with some great team and individual goals.
The boys are learning to be more disciplined tactically when necessary, but again, just need to get their heads up a little more in the final third to pick the right pass when required.

 

Edgware Town U11

Magnificent performance from ETFC u11s today in a 3-1 victory away against Maccabi London Lions White. Over the past 3 weekends, our performance levels have been raised significantly and the boys have played with greater confidence and maturity. Today was an excellent match between 2 good teams. The first half was a very tight affair with Lions opening the scoring and us equalising just before the halftime break, a lovely finish from Alfie Mattiucci after an excellent team passing move. We dominated the 2nd half and were a little unlucky to only score 2 further goals. Josh Diamond scoring with a screamer into the top right corner from outside the box after a driving run and Aaron Levenson slotting in from close range after another lovely team attacking move. We created several other good scoring opportunities with quick passing and good movement but weren’t able to extend our lead. Our passing today on a great surface was the best it’s been all season. What was so pleasing today was not only the quick interplay which allowed us to create time and space on the ball – but the composure to turn defence into attack time and time again was fantastic to watch. We rode our luck a little in the final few minutes to prevent a real grandstand finish but we were full value for the victory. Such was the quality of the performace, I almost copped out and gave the whole team the MoTM award, but I decided to give it to Zac Green after a composed and determined performance at both left back in the 1st half and goalkeeper in the 2nd half. A very proud manager today.

Edgware Town U13

U13’s battled there way to the semi finals of the league cup beating colney heath 5-4. Bit of a scrappy affair today, but a win is a win, and even more rewarding when playing with no subs and stand-in goalkeeper. Happy days.

 

Aldenham United 

Aldenham FC United 0-2 Hadley Wood Herons

In spite of the result a great game with nothing much between the sides. Hadley Wood Herons came to play us believing it would be an easy game ( they obviously had looked our lowly league position) but as all our opponents have found we are tough opponents, very hard to break down and good all round footballers.

We played really well in spite of only having 11 players available for the match and losing Jenson Harris for half the match as he wasn’t feeling well. Jenson showed a lot of bravery to come on again and play for the last 25 minutes of the match and did not get his just reward when striking the ball in the last five minutes of the match when he only hit the bottom of the Hadley Wood right hand post.

They scored two goals, one in each half and I felt we could have done better by clearing the ball sooner but that’s probably what all managers think whenever their team concedes goals.

We genuinely played some really good football and a bit more confidence and luck in front of goal could have seen us get a different result. We just need to play a bit better in the final third and have more confidence in front of goal.

On the positive side a magnificent man of the match performance from Luke Voller playing in the middle of the pitch rather than his usual right midfield position. He was literally everywhere on the pitch and made some excellent passes and tackles all game long.

Also very noticeable in his best performance of the season a mention for Alex Daly playing in an unfamiliar position at right back.

A very solid performance from Ruairi McEllhatton and Bilguun Batsukh whose dead ball deliveries at corners and free kicks were truly excellent.

As ever a strong performance from our extremely solid defensive unit including Robin Sargeson in goal (we won’t mention the one small indiscretion in the second half). In fact statistically we have one of the meanest defences in the league.

If we can keep building on those solid foundations and improve our attacking play our results will improve because actually we keep proving on the pitch that are a pretty decent team.

Anyway we will have two more chances to try to beat Hadley Wood once more on the Cup and in the League.

 

Match Report 3/12/17

Edgware Under 9

Edgware Under 9s lost an entertaining game 7-1 but in reality it could have been 7-7. We missed a ton of good chances and conceded silly goals through losing our shape too often which left players out of position. It was an off day but the season overall has been positive. So we need to train hard tomorrow and prepare for the Lions next week.

Edgware Blue under 10

ETFC u10 Blues kept up their 8 match winning run with a 2-1 away win against Oakhill Tigers. Fought back from 1 down against a well organised team helped greatly by their own ref and a very small pitch. Still need to keep possession a lot better and work the goalie more than we did.

Edgware Reds under 10

In a classic game of two halves, the under 10 Reds achieved a creditable draw against Harvesters Huskies but will be disappointed to have thrown away a two goal lead and to have failed to take one of the golden opportunities they had to win the game.

Harvesters Huskies are one of the stronger teams in the top division and provide a good barometer for the level at which the boys are playing.

In the first half, the Mini Wares outplayed and outfought Harvesters in a truly excellent display. The forwards worked as a team to put immense pressure on the Harvesters goalie and defence; Dean Novick marshalled his defence like an old pro, making sure that his wingbacks took it in turns to raid; and James O’Callaghan, in central midfield, linked the defensive unit to the attacking unit, pulling the strings throughout. It was a delight to watch. Edgware were first to every ball and wanted it more.

It was fantastic to see the boys getting everything right. They all did their jobs. The shape of the team was perfect. The communication was good. The positional play was spot on. They took the game to Harvesters and defended from the front. Energy levels were high and the desire was there for all to see.

It was no surprise when Edgware took the lead. Zach Bayfield and Sahil Mehta, pressuring as a pair, forced the Harvesters ‘keeper into an horrendous mistake and Mehta was there to bury it with ease.

The lead was soon doubled. James O’Callaghan played a magnificent through-ball to Kian Zabeti, taking the whole defence out of the game with one pass, and Zabeti made no mistake with a composed and well-placed finish.

Zack Gelbart, in a right wing-back position, had played a great first 25, staying in position, getting his head up and playing the ball to players in good positions. It was a very, very encouraging display both from him as an individual and from the team as a whole. Edgware didn’t want the first half to end, such was their dominance.

Unfortunately, whether the famous Queen’s School slope explains the difference between the first and second half stories or it was simply a loss of discipline, the second half performance was far from perfect. Over-exuberance caused Edgware to commit too many players forwards and to take unnecessary risks with the ball. And they were punished twice in the first half of the second half as Harvesters wiped out Edgware’s lead in a matter of minutes. It was tough to take given that the game had looked won at half time but a valuable lesson to learn that a two goal lead can be a fragile one and that, when leading, one mustn’t stop doing the things that brought about the lead in the first place.

The second half was a terrifyingly open affair. There were chances at both ends and, but for some fine keeping from Rafi Kaye (how thrilled we all are to have him back) and some poor finishing from Harvesters, Edgware could easily have masterminded their own defeat.

Snatching a draw from the teeth of victory, both a missed penalty and a missed chance that was as good as a penalty went begging and the boys had failed to win a game that, quite frankly, was theirs for the taking.

So we reflect on a wonderful first half, a poor second, and the need to keep our discipline throughout the match.

MotM: Excellent first half displays from Gelbart and Novick, some fine work in goal from Kaye, but MotM by some distance was James O’Callaghan who played some wonderful football and was dominant in the middle of the park, particularly in that glorious first half.

Edgware under 11

A pleasing performance from ETFC u11s today in a 3-1 victory away against Hampstead Youth. I asked the boys to show determination and commitment for the full 60 mins and they certainly delivered. The muddy pitch at Chase Lodge Playing Fields made it tricky to play attractive passing football but all the boys put in real effort to attack with pace, width and belief and defend with intensity and desire. We kept our shape well throughout and used the high press to good effect to put our opponents under pressure. It made a pleasant change to go into the halftime break 1-0 up after a great long-range strike from Sam Mallett after a period of sustained attacking pressure. We started the 2nd half well and exploited the space on the flanks to good effect. Josh Diamond scored a fantastic goal to put us 2 up just after the break. He picked up the ball just inside our own half and went on a driving run through the centre of midfield to the edge of the opposition box. After the wide players pulled the defenders left and right, he smashed a left-footed shot past the keeper off the inside of the post. Our opponents committed numbers forward in an effort get themselves back in the game but we dug deep to repel wave after wave of attack. Our opponents did eventually manage to breach our defence with a well-taken goal which made it a nervy few minutes before Josh Diamond got himself on the end of a Sam Mallett free-kick to restore our 2 goal cushion with only a few minutes to play. Such a pleasing performance in terms of effort and belief as well as discipline to attack the space of the flanks and keeping ourselves compact on defence. So pleased for the boys to get the win that their performance deserved. MOTM was given to Kyle Larkin for showing real determination and quality in both central and wide areas in both attack and defence.

Edgware red under 12

Great win for Edgware Town u12 Reds v Arsenal Ladies 1-0 in an enthralling League cup game. It was probably our most physical game of the year and the boys had to play really well to get the win. The game was played on astro, so there was lots of great passing from both teams. Motm Josh Barbanel. Very composed at the back and his timing of tackles and distribution of the bell was superb.

Edgware under 13

Edgware 13’s knocked out of county cup by Berkhamsted. Our poor defending in the first 10 minutes cost us the game. We have them again next week in league so we’ll treat today as a dress rehearsal and learn from our mistakes.

Aldenham under 15

Aldenham 15’s astonished me with a league win over Borehamwood. Had all my bigger more physical players out due to injury but the 11 players with 1 sub played their hearts out. So so proud 2-1 win

Aldenham United

Aldenham United 1-6 Hampstead FC

The scoreline looks harsh but doesn’t paint a true picture of a match which was a lot more hard fought and with a bit of luck could have easily resulted in a far more flattering scoreline for the team.

Hampstead are undefeated so far this season, scoring freely and a year older so we were well aware of the challenge we were facing.

With only 11 players available no subs and without our goalkeeper and the omens we’re good.

However we played some great passing football and in the first half without some of the best football of the season.

We conceded a goal but soon equalised with a superb free kick put into the box by Ariel Katzir met with a glancing header from Samuel Lakeland.

Unfortunately we conceded a second goal before half time but at no point in this game did we give up and we just kept going.

The second half was harder for us as we did tire and their use of subs boosted their energy levels where we could not. Two more free kicks from Ariel were highlights of the second half.

Some nice touches from Ayo Haastrup, lots of great running from Luke Voller, strength in the tackle and good passing from Ruairi McElhatton.

I thought Sai Mistry, Sam Burns and Bilguun Batsukh also had excellent games.

Sam B. and Bilguun worked the flanks well and kept running the whole game.

Sai kept leading the line and I could hear his voice telling his teammates what he wanted form them the whole of the match.

Josh Silver showed some nice skills and Alex D. put in a big shift in the middle of the park.

Yes I know we conceded 4 more goals but most of the goals we covered today were long range shots and one was a bit of fluke.

Room for improvement; need to work harder to retain possession, keep communicating on the pitch and have the confidence to take our shots when the opportunity arises rather than always looking for that perfect final pass.

We showed a lot of character today and with two easier matches coming up I am looking forward to getting back to winning ways.

MOM I make Samuel Lakeland for a strong performance at the back and yet another headed goal.

 

 

Match Report 25/11/17

Edgware Town Under 9

Edgware Town Under 9s continued their great form with a 5-2 win against a strong Hinton & Finchley Legends team. A very close first half ended 1-1 with a goal right on half time from man of the match Luca Arnaldi. We played the ball around nicely but struggled at times against the wind and a big slope. It was nip and tuck for much of the second half as well until Joe Blackstein prodded one in from a corner. We took the game to them after that and with further goals from Luca (2) and Joe we were 5-1 before they scored a good goal late on. Luca ended with a hat trick and had his best game so far this season. The boys are playing really nicely. They do get caught in possession a little too much during the games but their work rate and effort is great.

Edgware Town Blue Under 10

U10 Blues had a convincing 7-0 home victory against HMH Avengers this afternoon. Some good possession football and resolute defending never really allowed our opposition too many clear chances, and their heads dropped somewhat in the second half. I expect some tougher matches when we move up after Christmas.

Edgware Town Red Under 10

The Under 10 Reds crashed to only their second defeat of the season, losing 7-4 to Enfield Rangers in an exciting but ultimately disappointing game. It was the first time this season that the Mini-Wares have conceded more than two goals and many of them came gift-wrapped with a large green bow as possession was unnecessarily thrown away and the Edgware defence left horribly exposed.

The Mini-Wares have coped magnificently so far in an injury ravaged season. But the absence of Rafi Kaye in goal and James O’Callaghan in midfield was a bridge too far against a very strong Enfield team. The problems were exacerbated by injuries to Raees Bhatti, who bravely played the first 15 minutes in goal before being withdrawn as a precaution having suffered concussion during the week, and Zach Bayfield (ankle), who hobbled around in the first half before going in goal in the second to make up the numbers.

In the circumstances, a defeat was always likely but the Mini-Wares could and probably should have got something out of the game. Whilst Enfield attacked with pace and strength, their defence was shaky throughout and Edgware might have done more to take advantage and to force Enfield into more mistakes at the back.

It was Enfield who took the lead and, as became a theme of the game, it was all too easy. Edgware’s passing was not crisp enough and we wanted too much time on the ball. Rather than make good, simple passes to move the ball forwards, we dawdled and were caught out time and time again.

But the boys responded well and equalised through a brilliant flick from Kian Zabeti, lifting the ball over his own head, over the keeper and into the top corner from only a few yards out. Sheer class.

Unfortunately, the equaliser was not the catalyst for Edgware to take control of the game and the boys found themselves 3-1 down at half time – again, possession being squandered unnecessarily and the defence being left with too much to do.

We talked at half time about the need not to give possession away so cheaply and, for the first part of the second half, it looked like Edgware might stage a recovery. A lovely finish from Nathan Segal made it 3-2 and the Edgware faithful began to hope. It was not to be, however, and Edgware fell apart in what proved to be the decisive phase of the game. The fatal problem was the midfield and attack leaving the 3 defenders exposed and a gaping hole in the middle of the pitch. Enfield exploited the space and their additional numbers in attack and, despite their best efforts, the defence were overrun and unable to stop the goals flying in.

Sahil Mehta and Zack Gelbart made the scoreline vaguely respectable with second half goals of their own – Gelbart’s smashing a worldie into the top right corner, showing what we all know he is capable of – but the game was already well beyond Edgware’s reach by that stage.

There was much to take from the game. We scored 4 very good goals away from home at a tough opponent. We have defenders who work their socks off for the cause – Dean Novick, Tom Cadwallader, Sahil Mehta and Kian Zabeti all played well in defence – and we have key players to return from absence and injury who will massively strengthen us. Having the opportunity to give players a breather during the game will be a luxury in itself.

We also know what we need to do to improve. It’s simple. Give the ball away less often through being quicker and more careful with our passing and increase the workrate in midfield and attack to give the defence more protection.

MotM: Tom Cadwallader. Worked hard, made some crucial interceptions by (quite incredibly) making up ground when all looked lost, looking dangerous on the counter and giving 100% throughout. A real warrior.

Edgware Under 11

Despite a tremendous 2nd half performance, ETFC u11s lost 2-3 at home to Harvesters Leopards. We are typically slow starters and today was unfortunately no exception. In a largely forgettable 1st half performance, our passing was poor and our opponents were hungrier than us and seemed to win virtually every midfield challenge. Although we were resilient at the back, it was inevitable that our opponents would score eventually given the sheer number of attacks. We conceded 2 goals towards the end of the 1st half without being able to convert any of our own half chances. The 2nd half was a completely different affair. After a rousing team talk and switching some positions to inject more pace on the flanks, we played with much more determination, fight and most importantly, quality. We deservedly managed to draw level midway through the 2nd half. Both goals created through determined running from Matthew Justin and Alfie Mattiucci, which resulted in “tap-ins” for the ever-alert Aaron Levenson. We had the bit between our teeth and should’ve take the lead through a penalty after Matthew Justin was fouled in the box after another excellent attack. Unfortunately, the penalty was weak and the chance went abegging. While we remained the dominant team and placed our opponents under consistent pressure, the pace of our opponents meant that they were always likely to create an opportunity to get in behind us, particularly as we were still throwing players forward in an effort to get the winner ourselves. Our opponents scored their 3rd goal after a goalmouth scramble following a corner, which was awarded despite one of their players falling on the ball and handling it in the buildup. We tried hard to get the equaliser in the limited time remaining but our opponents managed to hang on to possession and prevent any clear opportunities. While the loss was a little harsh, it was yet another reminder to the boys that in a very competitive red division they need to put it a performance for the full 60 minutes. Almost every week we’re having to play catch-up in the 2nd half. MoTM was given to Matthew Justin. His pace and determination made a real difference when going up front in the 2nd half, which was the catalyst for the improved 2nd half performance.

Edgware town Red Under 12

Edgware Town Reds U12s beat West Herts Stags 2-0 in a close fought game. We were level on points with them so we knew it was going to be a tough one, but the boys fought hard and played good football and deserved the win. The first goal came after a great run by Jake Ebel who beat a couple of players to cross for Tyler Horsfall to score. The second was late on when Ori Sapir crossed for Jake Ebel to score.

Edgware Town Under 13

Edgware 13’s battered London Colney 10-0 in red division league game. We were fantastic today, gave them no time on the ball and out muscled them physically and technically.

Edgware Town under 14

Having travelled all the way to Haverhill today for a 10.00am Kick Off and some having a 2 hour journey and a very early start the Boys played with a lot of credit and conviction to dominate a first half missing a hatfull if chances but getting their reward with a penalty as the opposition tried their best to keep ET at bay 1-0.The second half however saw Haverhill come out fighting and playing some good football but the Boys held strong and were very quick to counter attack again not having the finishing touch.Then a Penalty to Haverhill 1-1.ET then went on the attack and again unlucky not to score … Haverhill then went up the other side and a miscommunication between the defence gifted them a second 2-1.Despite going behind pulled their socks up and got on with the Game in Hand … some great pass and move a superb cross and a finish to Match 2-2.The referee having made a number of dubious decisions then made a couple of bookings to our dismay that just seem to fire up the Boys even more and with 3 mins to go the Best play of all with some amazing skills, 16 passes and a one touch finish 3-2 the Boys had done it and well deserved … Worth the Long Trek Great Football,Great Teamwork,Great Result.

 

Aldenham United under 18

Aldenham FC United U18 0-3 Hinton & Finchley Revolution Stars U18

An away match in which we performed much better than when we played this team at home but still the result was disappointing.

Having set out to contain them playing 4-5-1 we did just that for the first quarter but then we had two lapses in concentration which allowed them to score. In the first half we played well in patches but we were not consistent and our final passes were simply not accurate enough. Their passes were more accurate and that was a major difference in the first half.

Having said that on a heavy sloping pitch playing good football was a challenge for both sides and the game was much more about hard work and determination than footballing skill.

We got to 25 minutes and we concede a poor goal and soon after another. Collectively we simply didn’t defend as strongly as we should have.

I was hoping we wound keep it to 2-0 and get to half time but just before the end of the first half the only real moment of brilliance in the match saw a great cross come in from the left which ended up with an own goal making it three.

The second half going uphill we fought really hard and gave our all and should be proud of a very strong performance. We pressed really hard whilst never really playing the incisive football needed in order to claw our way back into the match although we deserved more than we got particularly in final 15 minutes when we gambled and switched to a 3-4-3 formation.

Dhilan Mistry having to come off and Wyl Costelino feeling unwell didn’t help us either. It’s to Alex Daly’s credit he filled in really well at left back and made it look like he played there all his footballing career.

Jenson Harris and Ariel Katzir having to come off due to cramp and exhaustion showed how much we gave in this game.

Our man of the match was Sai Mistry who played a captain’s games by putting in a fantastic performance and leading from the front throughout the game.

We go again at home next Sunday against the league leaders.

 

 

 

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