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Match Report 16/10/17

Edgware Town Under 9’s

Edgware Town under 9s finally got the victory their football over the past few weeks has deserved. We beat Alexandra Park North 3-1 at home today and all the boys were fantastic. A great reaction after losing a goal in the 8th minute of injury time last week to draw – they came out all guns blazing and deservedly went 2-0 in the first half, thanks to 2 goals from man-of-the-match Ethan Laughlin. One a twenty yard screamer into the top corner. A sloppy own goal conceded mid way through the second half brought our opponents back into the game, and there was a 5 minute spell when we was lost our shape a little. But just before the end Dexter Statt finished off a lovely team move to make sure of our second win of the season. Well done to all the boys. They are starting to play some nice football.

 

Edgware Town Under 10’s Red

The under 10 Reds experienced the bitter taste of defeat for the first time this season with a 0-2 defeat at home to Whetstone Wanderers Panthers, but the score line tells only part of the story.

Following his heroics against AC Finchley last Sunday, super-stopper, Rafi Kaye, broke his arm and is out for action for a period of 3-6 weeks. To add insult to that injury, James O’Callaghan was unavailable for selection and so it was a weakened Mini-Wares squad which took the field against Whetstone.

Key defenders Dean Novick and Raees Bhatti bravely volunteered to play a half each in goal. Both deputised for Kaye superbly well, as if they played in goal week in, week out, but they left big boots to fill in defence and more limited options higher up the field.

Edgware rode their luck in the first half as Whetstone dominated. Only some fine handling and a number of great saves from Novick, ably assisted by the woodwork, kept Whetstone at bay. As half time approached, Edgware grew in confidence and strength and the game became more evenly contested.

The second half was a more open affair. An uncharacteristic lack of quality in the final third meant that Edgware failed to press home their advantage when they outnumbered the Whetstone defence and they were made to pay when Whetstone took the lead.

Edgware were unfortunate to fall behind, particularly having fought hard to get a foothold in the game. Novick, now in central defence, was looking solid and made a couple of morale-lifting crunching challenges and Zach Bayfield and Kian Zabeti, who very effectively filled in in defence for much of the game, took it in turns to break upfield to set up attacks.

The crucial moment of the game came with 5 or so minutes to go. Tom Cadwallader – who had been excellent throughout – finally unlocked the Whetstone defence and crossed the ball perfectly to 2 onrushing men in green only 3 yards out. Unfortunately, such was their desire to smash the equaliser home that, despite a good call claiming it, they got in each other’s way and neither made a clean connection. The ensuing scramble ended in the ball being cleared upfield and, seconds later, it was in the back of the Edgware net and the game was as good as over.

Despite this undeserved heartache – 1-1 would have been a fairer reflection of the game – there was much to take heart in. Whilst we will miss Kaye desperately, we have two able deputies. And whilst they deputise, Zabeti and Bayfield showed that they are effective and comfortable in defence – even though both would prefer to be playing further forwards and pose a greater threat there.

So, although the unbeaten record has gone, the boys’ heads remain high and we look forward to taking on the Arsenal Ladies next weekend.

MotM: All who played in goal and in defence were excellent and worked really hard but Dean Novick was the star of the show today. Brilliant both in goal and in the heart of the defence.

 

Edgware Town Under 10’s Blue

Edgware Town Blue u10’s had a convincing 5-1 victory at home to Belstone FC. Great performances from all the boys, just a shame we conceded a late consolation.

 

Edgware under 11’s 

Disappointing performance from ETFC under 11s today, going down 3-1 at home to Borehamwood Youth Templars. A first half to forget. Borehamwood showed that they wanted it more than us. They were physical and bossed the 1st half. We really weren’t at the races. They were stronger, quicker to the ball, made better use of possession and put us under constant pressure. The pressure led to mistakes being made in the wrong areas of the pitch and we found ourselves deservedly 3-0 down at half time. At half time, I asked the boys to dust themselves off and show the desire to turn things around and win the 2nd half. Our performance in the 2nd half was much improved. Nowhere near our flowing best but much better. We scored the only goal of the half with a lovely passing move from left to right – but we’d left ourselves with a mountain to climb. 3-1 was probably a fair reflection of the performance on the day. We need to learn to be more aggressive against physical teams. MoTM was our goalkeeper Eitan Rahamim. He made some excellent saves, particularly in the 2nd half.

 

Edgware Town under 12’s Reds

Edgware Town u12 Reds beat Cassiobury Rangers 12 Blues 18-0 in the Challenge Cup.

We were 10-0 up half time and the referee said he wanted to end the game then (New FA fair play rule) but the other team wanted to carry on, so we moved the team around and gave opportunities to our players in different positions and formations.

Not much to take from the game against weak opposition, but we scored some good goals and played some nice football. Obviously stronger opposition will wait us in the next round.

Edgware town uder 12’s blues

U12 blues beat Kings Langley youth 3:2 away in the County cup. Playing against a team from the West Herts friendly league we had no idea what to expect. Oppo played nice football and we were slow to start not really dominating centre mid as we usually would. A couple of subs on 15 mins and normal service resumed. The boys played nice flowing football getting the ball down and using the space on a nice big pitch. Result should have been far bigger but for the woodwork and a number of squandered chances. All round strong performance though.

 

EDWARE TOWN U14 

Edgware Town 4 Ilford FC 3 …Great Game again … Cruising at 3 – 1 before letting in 2 … let in 2 soft goals ( kicked out from the back under pressure then hit and hope and unbelievably ended up in the back of the net.) Then some Quality football from the boys … 18 passes with a Great strike 4 – 3 could have won easier but right result and improving with each Game… Good Performance… 3 Points.

 

Aldenham Under 18’s

Aldenham United U18 -v- Hinton & Finchley Revolution Stars U18

I flew back especially early this morning from my business conference to be able to help manage this week’s game … unfortunately it would have been better had I been late and only turned up at half time. It was only in the second half the players turned up for this match.

The first half was agony. I saw individual errors all over the pitch, they looked like they had only just met and had spend their entire Saturday partying hard. 5-0 down was a fair scoreline given how poor we were. I can’t bear to recount how and why.

After a ‘hairdryer’ half time talk we came out fighting and the real Aldenham team turned up. We showed that we have skilful determined players in this team. We decided to compete in midfield and Alex Ani scored a great goal from 35 yards out which went in over the keeper’s head followed by another good goal from Ruairi McElhatton.

Our opponents also scored two goals and we ended up drawing the second half (the final score ended 7-2) that was a fair reflection of the ability of the two teams and should have been what happened in the first half.

Man of the match was Jenson Harris who put in a real shift running all over the pitch and working really hard for the team even when everyone else was fading in and out of the game.

Next week we are on standby and I’m trying to arrange a friendly.

The week after that perhaps I’ll start with the hairdryer team talk and won’t wait until half time.

 

 

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Match Report

Edgware Town U9

Edgware Town under 9s bounced back from their 10-0 defeat against London Lions last week with a brilliant 4-1 win away at Northwood. Joe Blackstein bagged two in the first half, with Dexter Statt and Ethan Laughlin one each after the break. Man of the match was Levi Samson who tackled anything that moved and didn’t let any player get past him. The boys were a bit shell shocked after such a heavy loss last week so the most impressive thing from today was the way they passed the ball around with confidence and the fact they all played for each other. Our season is now definitely up and running.

 

Edgware Town U10

The Edgware Town under 10s continued their encouraging start to the new season with a 1-1 draw against Whetstone Wanderers Lions. In the corresponding fixture last season, the Mini-Wares were beaten 3-0 in a scoreline which did not reflect the even nature of the game but, this time around, the tougher, more resilient Edgware Town never looked like losing and were incredibly unlucky to snatch a draw from the jaws of victory.

Again, Edgware started brightly and created a number of chances in a first half they dominated. Nathan Segal, who was heavily involved in the game from the off, missed the clearest of the chances, lifting his well struck shot just over the bar – but Edgware were growing in confidence and it felt like only a matter of time before they scored the opening goal.

At half time, the game was still that goal. It was one of those games in which it felt like the home side, Whetstone, was playing with an extra man in the form of the referee but the halftime team talk did not focus on first half injustices but on the things the boys were in control of – like finding space and striking the right balance between moving the ball quickly and not getting rid of it so quickly that possession was lost.

Edgware’s dominance was rewarded by a second half penalty which even the Whetstone referee could not avoid giving, new boy Kian Zabeti having been tripped in the area. It was one of 3 stonewall penalties which Edgware should have been awarded, but the only one given.

Zabeti, opening his Edgware account with aplomb, stroked the ball past the keeper and into the corner of the net. It was a particularly impressive goal given the stage of the game and the pressure on Zabeti to put Edgware in the lead.

After that, there was wave after wave of Edgware attack, putting the Lions’ defence under severe strain. Zach Bayfield was running at and through the defence at will and the Lions had no answer to Tom Cadwallader’s pace or Zach Gelbart’s quick feet and brute strength. But the second goal proved elusive and the boys were always at risk of being caught on the counter attack as they went in search of the goal which would have put the game to bed.

Learning the hard way how important it is not to give away possession cheaply, Edgware conceded in injury time, the ball being whipped across the six yard box and headed home in style. Had the ball not left the Lions’ half, it would never have happened and, in amongst the well-deserved post-match praise, the message was clear: we must focus on retaining the ball and making it much more difficult for the opposition to win it back.

That said, it was an excellent Edgware performance. The boys outplayed and outfought Whetstone and are looking like a physically and mentally stronger version of their former selves.

Raees Bhatti and Dean Novick continue to shine in defence, their confidence inspired by having the magnificent Rafi Kaye between the sticks, and the rest of the team have become braver and more solid – as exemplified by some fearsome tackles from Sahil Mehta.

MotM: Another tough decision, because this was an excellent team display, but Zabeti wins it this week for the solidity he has added to the team and for his deliciously taken penalty.

 

Edgware U11

ETFC Under 11s put in a strong performance away against Everett Rovers, and were extremely unlucky to finish on the wrong side of a 2-1 score line. Back in the top division again, this was a very even match between 2 very good footballing teams. The first half was a real arm-wrestle with both teams giving each other very little opportunity in the final third. In particular, the 3 man defence of Josh Diamond (captain), Aaron Clark and Jadon Lee were excellent. Strong, committed and organised. The first half finished goalless. James Keegan did have the ball in the net with what appeared to all, apart from the opposition linesman, to be a perfectly legitimate goal after following up a rebound off the keeper. Nevertheless, a scoreless first half wasn’t unfair on either side. The second half was very similar affair. The defence continued to be supported by a hardworking midfield foursome of Matthew Justin (MoTM), James Keegan, Zac Green and Sam Mallett. Our opponents scored first, capitalising on our defenders not moving up the field as a unit after clearing a corner, leaving an opposition player onside. It was a real shame to concede in that way as we’d been so strong defensively. Shortly thereafter, we do JD ourselves 2 goals down after gifting our opponents a second goal after a poor clearance from our keeper. We didn’t let our heads drop and, after a few half chances, scored a quite outstanding goal to put ourselves back in the game with around 5 minutes to play. Starting from a short goalkick from our keeper Eitan Rahamim to Jadon Lee on the left, the ball was played up the left flank before a fantastic ball over to the right from Zac Green switched play to Sam Mallett on the other flank. After a marauding run down the right from Mallett, and some quick short passing, the ball made its way back to Zac Green on the edge of the box who finished expertly past the on-rushing keeper. It really was a fantastic team goal. We fought hard to find the equaliser in the remaining minutes and were a little unlucky not to do so. I don’t think either team deserved to lose, and if it wasn’t for several “hometown” offside decisions, it probably would’ve finished even. The boys should all be immensely proud of their performance today. I certainly was.

 

Edgware U12

Today we played London Colney Blues who have become a bit of a nemesis for us and unfortunately our bad run of results continued today.

We started well and had a couple of half chances but momentary lapses of concentration meant we conceded two quick goals before half time. It could of been worse but for a great save just on half time by Freddy.

Second half we were so much better and with a bit of luck could of easily got back in the game but shots from Mason, Tyler and Daniel were all very well saved. London Colneys only chance resulted in a 3rd goal for them. It should however never had stood as Freddy was kicked in the head as he went to save the ball and while he was lying on the ground crying, one of their boys hit the ball into the empty net, even though everyone else had stopped. The referee was quite rude about it and we have sent in a separate report of his conduct.

We can’t take way the fact that we lost but we must be encouraged by our second half performance and also the fact we lost 3 players to injury before the game.

That resulted in no subs and also affected our game plan having to play boys out of position. Hopefully we will get boys back soon. It’s so important to have subs which allow the boys to rest and then go again after a break.

 

Aldenham United u18

AFC United U18 -v-Brady Maccabi White – League Cup – 1-3

A disjointed performance in which unlike last week we were inconsistent and never really didn’t play as a team.

For the first 40 minutes there was very little between the teams and we played some good football but it was patchy as both teams had good spells and then poor ones.

We failed to clear a ball at the left of our defence and they scored on the 40th minute. We should have seen the half out but just at the 45th minute we showed some very poor game management and conceded again and went in at half time 2-0 down.

The second half we were disjointed and rushed our passing and we kept trying to take on one to many players instead of releasing the ball early. Too often our momentum going forward was interrupted by our losing the ball at the wrong time.

We managed to score a goal from a very well taken corner from Alex Maxwell who put it straight in with a moment of magic.

We kept trying but we were not strong enough in the tackle and unlike last week we just didn’t seem to fancy getting stuck in. We never won any of the first or second balls and had it not been for our goalkeeper Robin Sargeson making some smart saves the scoreline would have looked a lot worse.

Scoring a goal flattered us as we didn’t seem to be able to maintain any fluency in our passing. We looked out of sorts and started to lose most of the balls from goal kicks which put us under unnecessary pressure.

The game became a very scrappy affair as both sides never really asserted themselves but as we tried to push up we were caught short on the right hand side and they scored a lovely goal into the left hand corner of the net.

We are still trying out players in different positions and we need to think through which formation suits us best given the players we have available but irrespective of that today as a team we forgot to play for each other and never got stuck in the way we should have.

MOM was Sai Mistry for a strong performance in the heart of defence where he never stopped working hard to repel enemy boarders.

We got what we deserved from this game.

Back to training on Tuesday to put things right. We play Brady in the league in 3 weeks time so we can have another crack at them and see if we can do ourselves justice.

 

 

 

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Match report 12/03/17

Edgware town U11 Red

Great win for Edgware U11 Town Reds v Whetstone Wanderers Tigers

The game was played on a muddy pitch with huge slope and we spent the first half defending deep, to stop the threat of the long through ball. We defended superbly and even had a couple of decent break away chances.

Second half we used the slope to our advantage but played football instead of hitting long high balls. Our first goal started from defence and then a combination of one touch passes ended with Tyler Horsfall smashing a low drive into the net.

Our second goal also involved Tyler who won the ball back, he passed to Daniel Slavid who played in Ori Sapir who ran on and chipped their keeper.

Two great team goals.

We had other chances but ended winners 2-0.

Alex Brickman MOTM with a superb display in defence.

 

Aldenham Panthers U16

Spring Plate U16s – AFC Panthers 1-4 Hinton & Finchley

Really frustrating day. Played a good first half going uphill and went in 1-0 down having matched them all the way. Hinton had a couple of fast players up front and kept trying to hit the long ball but that didn’t work. They scored from a corner which couldn’t be helped but all in all we matched them well.

We started the second half very brightly and we were really starting to get on top. We kept crossing the ball, got a couple of corners and had them well pinned back and I was sure we were going to score.

Then an injury to MOTM Jimi Fafowora changed the course of the game. A nasty clash of heads between Jimi and a Hinton player and with no subs we were down to 10 men. That put us in the defensive but worse still we lost our concentration and needlessly let in a poor second goal just because we didn’t come back to defend quickly enough.

Far too often Samuel Lakeland had to save the day by finding himself on his own as our last line of defence.

Then a moment of madness from our otherwise excellent goalkeeper Babajide Potts-Johnson who came out and fouled one of their strikers and the resulting penalty made it 3-0. Then again a failure to re-group and our defence was exposed and they scored a 4th.

Jimi came on for the last 10 minutes and we saw what might have been as a lovely through pass from Juan Franco-Rios resulted in a well taken goal.

I saw some good running on the right from Jenson Harris. Lots of nice interplay between Juan, André Teixeira and Jack Crocker but our final ball was lacking and we just don’t shoot often enough.

Olly Holt also played well considering he’s not been used to playing as a midfielder.

Had it not been for the injury or we had a sub available to come on then the result could have been different…story of the season.

Edgware U9’s

Edgware were superb in the first half, digging in deep and trying to mix it physically with a strong and aggressive team on a sticky pitch. This was good, old fashioned football, jumpers for goalposts style, which the mini-Wares are learning they can cope with despite it being a new and somewhat alien experience.

At the heart of the team in the first half, Zack Gelbart man-marked the Enfield danger man like a young Jan Molby, keeping the player in his pocket and sticking to the task absolutely. He was magnificent, following his instructions to the letter.

Gelbart’s tigerish performance enabled Filip Moczarny to give Enfield real problems at the other end of the pitch. A perfect free kick, despatched with venom into the top corner gave Edgware the lead and Moczarny soon doubled that lead with a well placed finish after excellent work from Nathan Segal.

At HT there looked like no way back into the game for Enfield who were clearly rattled. They are not used to being outplayed and outfought.

The second half started well for Edgware and there were chances to put the game beyond Enfield. Unfortunately, the chances weren’t taken and Edgware were made to pay.

Sloppy defending saw Enfield halve the arrears before panic set in in the Edgware defence and parity was restored. It was naivety on the Wares’ part which let Enfield back in the game as the they took insufficient care of the football and gave possession away too cheaply. Fear also played a role as far too often the defence backed away from the Enfield attack rather than getting in the way and making life difficult – as they had demonstrated in the first half they can do so well.

And a 2-2 draw it should have been. It would have been a good draw. A very good draw. Plenty to praise the boys for and plenty to learn from.

But, with a minute to play, the boys were robbed of that hard-fought and richly deserved point against a quality team.

The game was stopped after an Enfield player had been hit in the face by the ball. The ref restarted with a drop ball, the fourth or fifth of the game. As with every previous drop ball, the ref instructed the defending team to allow the attacker to win the ball and play it back to the keeper. The Edgware defenders duly obliged. The Enfield attacked decided not to pass the ball to Rafi Kaye in the Edgware goal but, instead, smashed it past Kaye. Astonishingly, the goal was allowed to stand. The protests were ignored but no explanation was offered for the change in the rules or for the instruction not to contest the drop ball.

The game ended 3-2 with 10 very upset 9 year olds dressed in green incandescent with rage at the injustice (and 10 equally enraged parents). The boys deserved their draw and had worked very hard indeed to get it.

So the proverbial game of two halves today and the manager will remember that first half with pride.

We need to turn the injustice to our advantage and make sure that, in future, we kill off games when we have the chances to do so and keep doing the basics when when the heat is on. Simple passes from the back and no backing off.

MotM: There were a number of fine performance. Moczarny’s goals were things of beauty and James O’Callaghan was his usual, faultless self. But for his first half performance, Gelbart gets the nod. He did exactly what was asked of him and, like the rest of the squad, did not deserve to be on the losing side.

 

Under 10’s

U10s beat Belstone FC 7-1 in a tougher encounter than the scoreline suggests. There were several ex-Excel boys in the Belstone team. They had a point to prove were up for a battle. The 1st half was a bit of an arm wrestle with neither team prepared to give an inch. We lacked composure on the ball which prevented us from playing to our usual standard. We did however manage to put together a few good passages of play, one of which was a sensational passing move from back to front, which MOTM James Keegan finished off with aplomb (after a well-timed pass from Aaron Levenson) to score the only goal of the 1st half. I felt I needed to change things in the 2nd half to give us more pace in attack. It did the trick and the match was effectively ended as a contest after the opening 10 mins of the 2nd half after we blew them away with 4 quick goals. Josh Diamond began to pull the strings in centre mid, with James Keegan and Kyle Larkin giving us real width on the left and right flanks with Matthew Justin’s lightening pace upfront. Our passing and movement was very impressive too which, coupled with good decision-making and crosses into the box in dangerous areas, made us literally unstoppable. Both James Keegan and Matthew Justin earned themselves well-deserved hattricks, with Josh Diamond rounding off the scoring with a volley from a corner. The scoreline could’ve been greater were it not for some excellent goalkeeping from the Belstone number 1. A really tremendous 2nd half display from all the boys.

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Match Report 19/02/2017

U11

U11 Blue played Whetstone Wdrs Tigers. We won 1-0 but could/should have had 4. Strong performance all round with only 9 available. Real trouble choosing MOM. Some delightful passages of play with the boys really starting to get to grips with movement off the ball and balanced shape. Our goal came from some lovely interplay down the right between Jack Wingate and Sam Piler with Sam finally taking on the full back and cutting the ball back to Jack who finished superbly. Hit the post and bar in the 2nd half but always looked in control. Great performance from new signing Sard Kahn who slotted in seamlessly at centre back and constantly snubbed out their centre fwd.

 

13/14’s

2 wins today. Aldenham beat Belstone 5-4 in a cup game. Edgware beat Colney Heat 4-3. Both teams played solid passing football against physical teams.

 

under 16’s tigers

Tigers U16’s lost in the cup 1-4, but played a team in a division higher. The score does not reflect the overall team performance and effort. With better finishing and defending at corners we would have been much closer. Our goal keeper Alex Itamar made a “Gordon Banks” world class save tipping one over the bar in the very top corner. MOM Alex Daly, never stopped running and took one in the face and groin for the team. The whole squad put a good shift in.

 

Under 16’s panthers

AFC Panthers 1-4 Olympiacos

I know we lost but we really didn’t deserve to. We played by far the better football and passed the ball really well.

We gave away 2 silly silly goals; the other two goals they scored were good goals but what really did for us was not putting away our own chances.

I have never seen us create so many chances and not convert them. Ben Barres hit the post, Oli Starr scored a great goal but could have easily scored three or four more. I saw some lovely passing today from Oli but in truth all of the team passed the ball better than any match this season.

Alex Ani, man of the match today, played out of his skin up front as an emergency striker and ran himself into the ground and could have himself have scored a few goals. André Teixeira was all over the pitch and Juan Franco – Rios (who in truth was not at his most positive today) when he got the ball managed to play lots of nice intricate passing football with Ben.

Abdul Hamid and Sam Lakeland both had great game in defence, came out of defence with great purpose and determination and could themselves have scored a few goals.

Eytan Kerbel had a good game playing well as a left wing back. Brandon Starr made some good interceptions and some telling passes and Baba Potts-Johnson made some fine saves one in particular where he tilted the ball over the bar, was truly spectacular.

If you had seen the match and didn’t know the scoreline you would have never guessed that we were playing with only 10 men and losing.

I have to say I’m beginning to hate the words ‘mocks’, ‘tests’ and ‘exams’.

The 10 who played today’s match can be proud of themselves because they really got stuck in, never gave up and played some really lovely passing football.

But never mind how many chances you create you have to take your chances !

Had we taken a few more of the 15 or so chances we made today the scoreline would have properly reflected the game.

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Match Report 4/12/16

under 9’s:

⁠⁠⁠With their manager still reeling from West Ham’s capitulation at the hands of Arsenal, the under 9s piled on the misery against Northwood Reds – the best team in the league – suffering a 9-3 humiliation in arctic conditions. It was a heavy fall from grace after 8 wins and a draw from our last 9 outings but the writing was on the wall early on as sloppy defending led to Edgware falling behind unnecessarily. The ‘Wares were briefly on level terms, when a Filip Moczarny corner was spilt by the Northwood keeper into his own net, but a trio of goals left Edgware trailing 4-1 at the break. What was most disappointing about the first half was that Northwood did not have to break sweat to take a healthy lead. Edgware gave the ball away far too easily and far too many players were half-hearted in the challenge and too slow to get back when the ball was lost. A stern half time team talk appeared to have done the trick when Moczarny scored again early in the second half – a well taken goal from a good Edgware move. Shortly afterwards, Nathan Segal put narrowly wide – a chance he would have buried against lesser opposition – but that was to be as close as Edgware came to making a game of it. The rest of the second half was, quite simply, demoralising. Northwood played fantastic football and scored a number of wonderful goals – but Edgware heads dropped and too many of the boys in green went missing. There were far too many individuals mistakes, which were infuriating as they increased the pressure unnecessarily, but the greater disappointments were the tackles which were pulled out of, the tracking back which was given up on and the 50-50s which were left uncontested. Finding positives is not easy. Rafi Kaye made some great saves, as always – although that just goes to show the superiority of Northwood’s performance; Zach Bayfield scored with a lovely free-kick into the top right and continued to tackle and make life difficult for Northwood until the end; Dean Novick defended bravely; Moczarny scored twice and James O’Callaghan was impressive in the ‘Wares midfield despite the lack of support. Beyond that, all one can say is that the under 9s, in their 2 1/2 seasons together, have never played so poorly or been beaten so comprehensively. They would have struggled to live with Northwood at their best but this was certainly not Edgware at its best. And that is what hurts. The Xmas break cannot come soon enough. Batteries need to be recharged. But we go again on Sunday and the manager will be looking for a dramatic improvement in the players’ application and effort. MotM: James O’Callaghan. A beacon of light in the darkness.

 

Under 10’s:

Another good day out for under 10s today against newly promoted Woodys Wanderers Vapors. I took the opportunity to play the boys in unfancied positions but they didn’t let themselves down and played our usual brand of passing football. We were probably guilty of overplaying at times rather than having shots but I think that was down to the unusual formation. We ran out comfortable 3-1 winners, with our opposition getting a final minute consolation. The scoreline wasn’t a true reflection of our dominance but I achieved what I was hoping to in terms of mixing things up. 2 good strikes from Josh Diamond, and a lovely left foot finish from the right-footed Kyle Larkin. MOTM was Zac Green who was superb in an unaccustomed defensive role with excellent distribution and good positional play.

 

Under 11 blue:

U11 Blue got a well deserved 3-1 win away to Whetstone Wanderers Lions. Tough game but the boys were buoyed by a strong display last weekend and showed their intent from the off. Excellent performance all round. Strong and disciplined at the back we kept our shape well when defending and constantly broke at pace. Pressed the ball in packs in their 3rd and constantly won possession forcing oppo to make errors in possession. Oppo defence constantly panicked and we went in at half time 3-0 up. Some great passages of play with quick but precise touches. A goal from nothing 15 mins into the 2nd half made for a slightly tense finish due to our limited squad but the boys dug in and stayed resilient to the end.

 

Under 11 red:

U11 Reds were up against Whetstone Wanderers Tigers, a team that had beaten us in the first game of the season.

When we arrived, their manager said they had 2 players drop out and only had 7 players. Andrew and I discussed what to do and after speaking to the boys and seeing how we could help, Rafferty and Kyle offered to play a half each in goal for them. Whetstone were really pleased with the boys gesture and took them up on their offer. They said they had another boy on his way and would play with 8 players to then.

I think because of this, the boys didn’t play at their best for the first half and even though we had a number of chances which Rafferty saved, we didn’t score to just before half time. Dylan took a throw in to Alex. He passed it back to Dylan, who looked up and hit the ball into the top far corner. It was a great goal!

In the second half Kyle went in goal for them and very quickly pulled of an amazing save! Daniel cut inside two players and hit a ferocious shot high towards the goal, Kyle took off, held out his left hand and somehow pushed the ball over the bar!! What a save!

Shortly after this, their boy showed up for Whetstone and suddenly our boys stepped up a gear.

They started to pass the ball around a lot faster and took control of the game. From one of their throw ins, Ori stole the ball, cut in and hit an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Kyle couldn’t save that one!

Near the end, we were awarded a free kick and Daniel and Rafferty worked out a free kick where Daniel would go far post, run in and try to score and they did just that! Rafferty’s cross was met by Daniel at the far post and he volleyed the ball home! Another great goal!

The game ended 3-0 shortly afterwards.

It was our 4th win out of 5 games, the other being a draw and the boys are playing really well. They are passing the ball so well and are so determined to win. They also played much better against 9 compared to when they were up against 8.

Special mention to Kyle and Rafferty for offering to go in goal for Whetstone. It was a very kind gesture. Maybe though next time, try not to save as many shots!!!

 

Under 16 Tigers:

Aldenham Tigers U16’s lost away at Oakhill in the last minute 2 3. We didn’t play well on a bumpy pitch against a fast good passing team. Captain James Rich was MOM for a courageous performance and one goal. Jonny Brown scored a superb goal with a lob over the goalkeeper. Our passing game was poor and in defence we were too hesitant. We will need to play better next week against top of the table Hendon!

 

Under 16’s Panthers:

Aldenham Panthers U16 9-1 loss to West Herts Stags
Very frustrating … again missing key players because of mocks, tests, exams etc. We can’t compete in this division if I can’t put out a strong team or even the same team each week. When I can put out my strongest side we do well and we look like a good side. MOM my goalkeeper Alex Gates who the opposition manager tried to tap up at the end of the game …I wasn’t very impressed by that.
Let’s hope some players are available next week.

 

 

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Match Report 13/11/16

Under 9’s

On a beautiful, sunny autumn morning the under 9s put in a solid display at home to Alexandra Park to stretch their winning run to 7 games.

It was not the most fluent performance from Edgware. They showed glimpses of what they are capable of, using midfield triangles to move the ball up the pitch and into the danger areas, but those glimpses merely punctuated an otherwise tired performance which included far too many mistakes for their manager’s liking.

Too often, players were drifting out of position to try to get into the action, leaving gaping holes which better opponents would have exploited more readily.

The first half was the more disappointing but, despite seeing far more of the ball than Alexandra Park, it finished 2-1 to the ‘Wares. The opening goal was a beautifully placed penalty from Sahil Mehta following an unnecessary hand-ball. The second was a well-struck effort from Nathan Segal which the goalkeeper made a hash of. Alexandra Park got back in the game shortly before the break following a rare mistake from ETFC stopper, Rafi Kaye, who has been consistently brilliant all season. One mistake in ten games is a record he should be very proud of and this was the game to get that mistake out of the way.

Things improved in the second half which saw 5 further Edgware goals to Alexandra Park’s single effort.

Mehta added a second following great work down the right flank from Segal and also forced an own goal. In between, Tom Cadwallader slammed home from close range and a tight angle. Filip Moczarny and Zach Bayfield completed the rout, both scoring with aplomb.

So, despite not getting their heads up and releasing the ball early enough on occasions, Edgware marched on with a 7-2 win and maintained their 100% home record.

In the MotM stakes, Dean Novick had a great game in defence and Moczarny and Segal were always a threat in wide areas, but they were edged out by an all-action display from Zach Bayfield who tracked back, flew into numerous challenges and was creative but unselfish on the ball.

COYW

 

Under 10’s

A fairly routine victory for the under 10s today away against Edmonton Rangers Dragons. We were dominant throughout against opposition that were outclassed and really struggled to cope with our excellent passing, which we managed to execute well despite the heavy surface. Some of our goals were a real joy, being the end product of passing moves of 5 or 6 passes that began with our goalkeeper. We ran out convincing 11-4 winners. The only fly in the ointment was the fact that we conceded 4 goals, some real gifts, through some indiscipline and poor decision making at the back. On the whole, another good day out. Goals were spread between Benji Lurie (4), James Keegan (3), Aaron Levenson (2), Aaron Clark and Kyle Larkin. Joint MOTM awarded to Benji Lurie for his 4 goals and Kyle Larkin for excellent distribution and decision-making.

 

Under 16 Panthers

AFC Panthers U16 lose 2-0 to Hoddesdon Town FC – Herts Cup game 2nd round.

A loss but hey it could have easily been a win. Funny how having all your players available and subs makes for a much better performance !

First 15 minutes we let them come at us and absorbed their pressure. Then we changed it up and the lovely sunshine brought out some nice passing football from us. Good touches and skills on the left from Josh Silver with one great shot on target.

A great debut game from our South American signing Juan Franco-Rios (man of the match) who put a lovely pass through to our solo striker Jack Crocker who had several scoring chances in this match and was unlucky not to get his name on the score sheet.

Good touches and quick running throughout the match from a very lively performance from Jimi Fafowora. Nice to have Joseph Shobeiry back in the team after a few weeks absence with some good touches and accurate passing.

A few chances we could have taken in the first half but we went in 0-0 at half time having defended very solidly with both Abdul Hamid defending strongly with some great tackling and Samuel Lakeland making a number of strong headers.

Then a header from a corner and 1-0 to them on the 58th minute.

A real pity because the teams had been very evenly matched and we had yet more chances we didn’t take including an open goal in which one of their defenders cleared the ball off the line. Our goalkeeper Alex Gates had to make one great save and had no chance with the second goal given away due to an individual defensive error 10 minutes from the end. We got a bit rugged at the end as we tried hard to get back into the game.

 

Under 16’s Tigers

AFC Tigers remain unbeaten after a well deserved 3-5 victory at Hinton & Finchley. We took the lead early and that gave us confidence to play good football. We were in control for most of the match but with 5 subs to rotate on we lost momentum in 2 short periods. Massive game next week v Hendon who are also unbeaten!

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Match Report 6/11/2016

Under 9’s

The Under-9s were back at AC Finchley this morning to take on AC Finchley’s stronger team and extended their winning run to six in a row with a 1-0 win to be extremely proud of. Edgware got off to an excellent start and had squandered three or four clear chances before Sahil Mehta (back from warm weather training in Florida and, as always, in the right place and the right time) finally broke the deadlock shortly before half time. The defence was barely troubled in the first half as the Edgware midfield dominated the game, carving out good chances but failing to press home their advantage. The half time instructions were simply to carry on doing what the boys had been doing in the first half. Their commitment and all-round play had been exemplary and the challenge was to keep it going for the full 50 minutes. Fears that Edgware might have spent all of their energy in the first half were never realised as a determined and disciplined second had performance ensured that stopper, Rafi Kaye, was not often troubled. When he was, as ever, he was more than up to the challenge. The ‘Wares kept their shape brilliantly – only being caught out when, pressing to put the game out of reach, their attacks broke down and AC Finchley countered with pace. On those occasions, the commanding central defensive partnership of Zack Gelbart and Raees Bhatti closed down the space, held their positions and invariably came away with the ball. They were rocks at the back and saw Edgware home to a very impressive and well-deserved win in a truly enjoyable encounter. An injury to Dean Novick, who had looked comfortable at the back before being carried off with a knee problem, was the only fly in the ointment but Edgware are hoping he will be fit again soon and wish him well. Well played to one and all, including Tom Cadwallader, Zach Bayfield, Filip Moczarny and Nathan Segal who played their socks off and, with a little luck, would have each come away with goals to add to their manager’s praise for their hard work, skill and tireless running. It was the under 9s most resolute and disciplined performance and one which their adoring fans thoroughly enjoyed. The one-nil scoreline does not give an altogether fair impression. The ‘Wares dominated vast periods of the game and should have won handsomely, but we will be focusing on the wonderful defensive performance and our first clean sheet of the season.

 

Under 10’s

Under 10s had a thoroughly deserved 6-0 victory over Omonia Youth in an intergroup friendly. After opening the scoring in the 1st minute with a beautiful sweeping move, we failed to add to the scoreline during the rest of the 1st half. Our opponents were totally outclassed but were kept in the match through a combination of physicality (much of it against the law), some poor decision-making from us and some outstanding goalkeeping by an “under 10” that honestly was the size of Costel Pantilimon. During the 2nd half our passing was much more crisp and fluent which allowed us to create several chances and scored some impressive goals. After expert finishes from James Keegan (2), and good team goals finished off with aplomb by Zac Green, Alfie Mattiucci and Kyle Larkin, the last effort on the stroke of full time by Josh Diamond was a candidate for goal of the season. After being flattened in a professional foul by the giant goalkeeper who came sprinting out of his box, in what would’ve been a straight red card in all forms of the game (apart from the WFL), Josh Diamond dusted himself off and smashed a 25 yard screamer into the top left hand corner of the net from the resultant free kick. A proud manager (and dad) and good day out for the under 10s.

 

Under 12’s

U12’s through to the next round of the challenge cup with a 5-1 win over Maccabi. Quality unselfish play by our wingers and forwards created some lovely chances around the box which won us the game.

Under 14’s

Aldenham u14’s played N 11 a side cup game with only 9 players, and no goalkeeper. We lost 8-2 but the boys had a blast. i’ll forward a video clip of our token 2nd goal. This is what happens when you allow them to play with freedom.

Under 16’s Tigers: Postponed

Tigers U16’s game off as Brady Maccabi unable to get a team out, probably all gone to the north London derby! Shame, nice morning for football.

Under 16’s Panthers

AFC Panthers U16s 9-0 loss to Northwood FC White.
7 players missing – 1 had to leave at half time with 2 walking wounded showing huge guts just to make it to the game and one who should not have had to stay on the pitch had it not been for the lack of subs – well done to Mihir Shah, Josh Lazarus and Alex Ani (man of the match) for doing their best to play for the team. Really unpleasant opposition and an awful lazy referee (the worst I have seen for a long time) who had no control at all of the game.

Just hope on the return leg I can put out my best team and give them the beating I know we are more than capable of giving them. Best part of the day the lovely sunshine.

 

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Match Report 30/10/2016

Under 9’s:

The mini-‘Wares chalked up their fifth win in a row against AC Finchley. In a rather low-key affair, the under-9s turned in a below par performance. The passing was less crisp than in recent games and the finishing less clinical.Nathan Segal broke the deadlock with a well-taken goal, calmly slotting past the Finchley goalkeeper when clean through. An OG made it 2-0 before HT but the floodgates stayed firmly shut. The second half was a drab affair and AC Finchley briefly threatened to spoil the under-9s’ winning streak as their skilful No. 7 was afforded the freedom of the Edgware box and as much time as he needed calmly to put the ball in the back of the net. The ‘Wares 2 goal cushion was restored from the spot with a cooly taken penalty from man-of-the-match Tom Cadwallader. Tom worked tirelessly throughout the game and was a constant source of creativity and energy in his finest performance for the Club. A late AC Finchley onslaught was snuffed out by goalie Rafi Kaye – an outstanding shot stopper who always plays with a smile on his face and who protects the Edgware goal as if his life depends on it. Credit also to Zack Gelbart who played with real composure and might well have made the difference between victory and defeat with his sterling work in, and in bringing the ball out from, defence. Not the greatest performance but another win and some very good individual performances which demonstrated real progression.

 

Under 10s:

A committed performance from the under 10s today against a very well-drilled, physical and organised Arsenal Ladies team. A very even 1st half ended goalless. They gave us very little time and space on the ball so we struggled to play our natural passing game. In the 2nd half, we pressed our opponents higher up the pitch which forced them into mistakes. Our 1st goal was scored by capitalising on a mistake at the back. After that we settled down, made far better use of the ball and scored 2 further goals, both of them created by excellent through-balls from Matthew Justin and Alfie Mattiucci respectively. Goals from Zac Green (2) and Alfie Mattiucci. Another pleasing aspect was that we kept our shape superbly throughout, allowing our opponents only 1 shot on target all game. Although we weren’t at our best today, we were tenacious all over the pitch which paid dividends on the end. Well done boys! MOTM was Matthew Justin who worked hard all over the pitch.

 

Under 12s:

ETFC u12’s knocked out Belstone in a cup game. We came back from a goal down to equalise in regulation time and with a winner in extra time. Tough game but our physicality and tempo in the last 10 mins to prevent a penalties paid off. Aldenham u14’s secured 3 points in a league game against Olympiacos. With a full team this week, the boys played with freedom and crushed the opposition 8-1.

 

Under 16’s panthers:

First point of the season for AFC Panthers U16 with a 1-1 draw against Edmondton Rangers Jaguars. We switched to a better pitch in the North side of Queens and finally we played some lovely passing football. A fantastic strike from a long way out catching their goalkeeper way off his line from Jack Croker. Unlucky to concede a penalty just after the break which allowed them to come back into the match. Some fantastic saves along the way from our Goalkeeper Babajide Potts-Johnson with a fingertip save a minute from the end keeping us in the match and earning the MOM award. What was really pleasing was seeing us play well as a team with every player contributing. We stood up to the physical challenge and passed and moved. Some great passing from Josh Silver and Ben Barres in midfield, great running in midfield by Jenson Harris and Alex Gates (our goalkeeper/striker) at centre back from Jimi Fafowora, to save lots of difficult situations. I also saw our defenders passing the ball nicely out of defence including from Samuel L and Brandon Starr.
I feel we have finally arrived in the Blue division (it’s taken a bit of time !) and we can push on from here on in.

 

under 16’s tigers:

AFC Tigers U16’s remain unbeaten winning 7 – 5, but should have won by 10 if chances had been taken more clinically. With 4 players n/a we had to shuffle the squad and were a bit rusty early on. But in the patches where we played football we scored and created chances. A few too many defensive errors allowed Oakhill to stay in the game. MOM Ethan Earle for a really good commanding game at left back.

 

under 18’s:

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Match Reports 09/10/16

Under 9s: 3-1 win

The under 9s played an inter-division friendly against Brady Maccabi Reds. Brady were well organised and solid defensively, presenting a far stiffer challenge than expected. Edgware dominated the first half but attack after attack came to nothing and the match was scoreless after half time. Brady scored on the counter attack early in the second half, horribly against the run of play, but the goal served as a wake up call to the boys in green. Their heads didn’t drop for a second and a 20 yard Payet-style free kick from Zach Bayfield brought the ‘Wares level with 15 minutes to play. A beautifully taken penalty from Filip Moczarny put Edgware in the lead for the first time after a defender was penalised having blocked a shot on target with his arm. A low range drive from Nathan Segal, leading under 9s scorer, completed the scoring with the final minutes approaching.

 

Under 10s: 6-0 win

An Excellent performance from the Under 10s which resulted in a convincing 6-0 win over London Colney Colts. We maintained excellent shape throughout the match and created several chances through quick passing and making good use of space. Goals from Matthew Justin, Benji Lurie, James Keegan and Alfie Mattiucci. MOTM performance from Kyle Larkin who was commanding in defence and distributed fantastically when moved into midfield.

 

Under 11s: 1-1 

Under 11 Edgware Town Reds drew 1-1 against a very good London Colney Colts Red team who had won all their games so far by big margins. We played a very compact game and didn’t allow them to play at all. When we were in possession we moved the ball well and scored a good goal to equalise through our new player Ori. Very encouraging after losing to London Lions last week.

 

Under 12s: 5-0 loss

Edgware Town lost a league game to London Lions. This is the first game we have suffered this season, complacency took toll after beating teams in the lower divisions in the cup games.

 

Under 14s: 5-2 win

Fantastic turnaround for Aldenham u14’s who played St Albans in the county cup and won 5-2. Great team spirit and attitude concluded after a stern team talk at half time.

 

Under 16s Tigers: 4-2 win

Under 16’s Aldenham Tigers came back from 2-0 down to win 4-2 away at Olympiacos in their first league game of the season. All the sweeter having suffering a 11-0 defeat to them in the cup.

 

Under 16s Panthers: 3-3 AET (4-2 win on penalties)

AFC Panthers U16’s wom their first game of the season in the Herts cup. Great brace from Jack Crocker including a superb 25 yard strike that flew into the top left hand corner. Great skill by Alex Gates our goalkeeper/Striker scoring the third goal on the half volley. Baba Potts-Johnson was forced into action in the first half with a acrobatic serve which looked certain to go in. Abdul Hamid moved into CDM and Jimi Fafowara into CB and both had great games in their retrospective newly found positions. Great team effort to progress to the next round in the cup. Hopefully we can take this into a next league game.

 

Under 18’s: 5-2 win

Under 18 reds won against Belstone 5-2 with a hattrick from Elliot and a brace from Connall. A all round team performance after 2 silly goals were given away however still 4 wins from 4 is only encouraging for the boys.

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Match Reports for 15/5/16

Aldenham U15’s Panthers won the final game of the season 3-1 to win promotion. Playing a strong Berkhamsted team, Farzan scored again to ensure he had scored in every game this season. Jack scored a cracker, and the managers son Samuel finished the game off. Great team performance. Adam in Midfield was outstanding. Good season.

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