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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.


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.




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.



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.



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.




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.

Match Report 19/02/2017


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.



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.

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.



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.



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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