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The problems were exacerbated by injuries to Raees Bhatti, who bravely played the first 15 minutes in goal before being withdrawn as a precaution having suffered concussion during the week, and Zach Bayfield (ankle), who hobbled around in the first half before going in goal in the second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.