Match Report 21/10/18

Edgware Town u9s

APB Barnet Rams U9 7 – 2 Edgware Town FC U9

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

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

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

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

Edgware Town U10 Reds

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

Edgware Town U10 Blue

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

Edgware Town U11 Blue

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

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

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

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

Edgware U11 Red

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aldenham U12s

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

Edgware Town U12

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


Edgware Town U13s

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

Edgware Town U15

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

Edgware Town U16s

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

Aldenham U18s

Alexandra Park West U18
-v- Aldenham FC United U18

AP West are very good team.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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