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.