Enfield Town FC Reserves/U18s
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26th October 2008
Enfield Town U18s 4 Wealdstone U18s 1
Jeff Ritson Cup (Middlesex Senior Youth Cup) 1st Round
Thursday 23rd October 2008
Enfield Town U18s (2) 4 Warren, Packenham (2), Stockman
Muswell Hill Youth U18s (1) 1
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Report by Ryan Warren
Enfield under 18s entered the first round of the Jeff Ritson Cup competition and faced a tough tie against Wealdstone's under 18s academy set up. As this was many of the under 18s' first time playing on Enfield Town's first team pitch it was a big night for all.
From the start the game looked like it was going to be a hardly contested one, both teams showing quality and strength in all parts of the pitch. Despite the game being highly contested the first goal game quite early, when a corner from Anthony Stockman was held up in the air by the wind only for Ryan Warren to come through and smash a header past the keeper for 1-0. This goal gave a feeling of confidence to the Enfield side who started to pass more freely and attack at every opportunity. And when Ryan Warren picked the ball up just inside his own half and pinged a 60yard ball to Billy Healey, who controlled with ease just on the edge of the opponents eighteen yard box but had his shot saved, Joe Packenham followed up and finished for 2-0. The game was still tightly contested and both teams were forcing their opposition to run hard and tackle hard and at no point even at 2-0 did Wealdstone look completely out of the game. Just before half time Anthony Stockman misplaced a pass to a Wealdstone player who crossed in to a team mate to finish past Jason Holmes in goal to take the scores in at half time at 2-1 to Enfield Town.
Joe Packenham heading home to make it 3-1 to Enfield. The second half began and took the same pattern as the first half with both teams matching each other like for like with only the one goal separating the two sides it was expectedly a very cagey affair. As the second half went on still Enfield couldn't finish off the game and it took an amazing last-ditch sliding tackle from Gordon Wallis to deny the Wealdstone striker of a clear goal scoring opportunity. With about 60 minutes gone Louis Baldwin controlled the ball under pressure inside his own half and launched a clearance up the pitch and away from danger, this which the Wealdstone keeper hesitated in coming out to get the ball, and invited Joe Packenham to strike, magnificently the keeper parried this shot in to the air, but Joe Packenham climbed above two defenders and placed his header into the back of the net to give Enfield the a goal cushion. This goal gave Enfield the comfort to play, and when Lewis Rolfe was brought down inside the Wealdstone half, Anthony Stockman's in swinging free kick took a slight deflection from a defender, and sailed in past the keeper for 4-1 the game looked to be wrapped up for Enfield Town. Yet the game was not finished there, Wealdstone started to heap pressure onto the Enfield back four and it took a huge saving tackle from Archie Morris, and a great stop from Jason Holmes to keep the score at 4-1 and send Town into the next round of the Jeff Ritson Cup.
This substantial win for Enfield Town leaves the Under 18s looking strong in the League, Middlesex Cup and the County Cup without mentioning the amount of players who have this season been strongly involved in the reserve side.
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20th October 2008
Muswell Hill Youth 1 Enfield Town U18s 5
Middlesex Youth Under 18 Cup 1st Round
Sunday 19th October 2008
Muswell Hill Youth U18s (1) 1
Enfield Town U18s (1) 5 Riley, Stockman (3), Duck
Report by Ryan Warren
After having eight of their players involved in the midweek reserve game, Enfield Town Under 18s travelled to Muswell Hill to play the first round of the Middlesex Cup.
With a much changed side from last week's disappointing draw to Stevenage Borough FC, Enfield kicked off and immediately showed their class, forcing the opposition into committing foul after foul and coming close on several occasions from the following set pieces. It was not until a very dubious back-pass decision was given against Louis Baldwin that the score was opened when the Muswell Hill captain drilled home from the resulting indirect free kick. This goal completely against the run of play however did not unsettle Enfield who again sent forward attack after attack forcing the Muswell Hill keeper to pull out some top draw saves to deny them. Enfield had to wait for the last few seconds of the first half to have their dominance rewarded when a whipped cross into the box by Anthony Stockman was headed in by the day's skipper Tom Riley to make the scores level at 1-1.
The second half started much like the first with Enfield town having huge amounts of possession and passing the ball around their opposition always threatening and always showing quality. In a rather England-like fashion it wasn't until the second half that Enfield began to take advantage of all their chances and began to impress. George Mottram received the ball inside the opposition's penalty area and held off a defender looking for a pass when he was shoved to the ground and rewarded with a penalty which Anthony Stockman stepped up and placed into the bottom left corner without hesitation. At 2-1 Enfield began to relax even more and play their trademark style of football and a quick passing move including Lewis Rolfe, Nathan Duck and then George Mottram who again shrugged off a challenge and chipped the ball into Anthony Stockman's path who controlled the ball with ease and finished the move by side footing into the top corner for 3-1. Enfield continued to dominate and when Nathan Duck was crossed to by George Mottram whose header was smashed off the crossbar only to be volleyed on the rebound and into the back of the net for Nathan Duck's first goal of the season. The last goal of the match and the hat-trick for Anthony Stockman was arguably the best of the day, from the defence the ball was played around the opposition to Ricky Stoyles, he looked up and crossed into Nathan Duck who headed into Anthony Stockman's path who in turn, smashed it into the bottom corner on the half volley.
The 5-1 score-line in the first round of the Middlesex Cup sends a signal of intent to the rest of the competition that Enfield Town are determined to win on all fronts this season.
Man of the Match: George Mottram
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17th October 2008
Enfield Town Res 4 AFC Hayes Res 2
Middlesex Premier Cup 1st Round
Thursday 16th October 2008
Enfield Town Res (2) 2:4 Archer 32, 119; Healey 37, 103
Ware Res (0) 2:2 Morris 64,66
Report by Paul Lamper
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Town won their first match in this competition at their third attempt but not without difficulty against evenly matched opponents in AFC Hayes.
The visitors had the early chances but found themselves two goals in arrears at the interval after Dale Archer had hit a fine shot from a Billy Healey through ball past Simeon Charles into the net via the inside of the right hand upright and Healey tapping home following a bungled effort from Charles dealing with a long range shot.
It could, and maybe should, have been different. Hayes' best performer on the night, Brad Morris, signalled an early attacking intent by firing narrowly over Jason Holmes' cross bar after 10 minutes. His second effort fifteen minutes later hit the bar from a fine first time volley with Ted Day only able to find Holmes' grateful arms with the rebound.
Billy Healey forced a sprawling save from Charles on the hour mark as Town sought to put the game out of reach, Charles then denied the two follow up efforts as Hayes clung desperately on. Their resoluteness paid off with two goals in as many minutes squaring the game and ultimately sending the tie to extra time.
Morris headed home unchallenged from a deep cross and then hit what can only be described as a speculative shot from the edge of the penalty area past Holmes. The Town 'keeper should have dealt with the effort but perhaps the bounce of the ball impaired his judgement. At this point Hayes looked the likely winners but with Healey continuing to cause problems there was measurable hope that the momentum could be turned back to the home side.
An unusually quiet Anthony Stockman almost restored Town's lead midway through the first period of extra time with a free kick following Alex Greaves' upending tackle on the edge of the box. Stockman's effort cannoned off the underside of the bar with the follow up shot being defected wide.
Healey collected his second tap in of the evening after Charles parried a shot into his path and with the momentum now in the home side's favour the second period of extra time was negotiated without incident although Morris almost headed Hayes back on terms putting Nicky Thomas' cross narrowly over.
Charles parried another shot straight to a Town striker in the dying moments when Healey's effort found it's way to Archer via the Hayes 'keeper. A simple finish provided the gloss to a good performance.
ENFIELD TOWN: Jason Holmes, Jermain Hughes, Fred Dooling, Kieron Sauboorah, Louis Baldwin (Lewis Rolfe 100 mins), Gordon Wallis, Luke Hughes (Dean Mogan 75 mins), Sean Ridgway (Shaun Reece HT), Billy Healey, Dale Archer, Anthony Stockman.
AFC HAYES: Simeon Charles; Alex Greaves, Roydie Harwood, Carlton Beech, Billy Baker (Rhys Harries 90+2mins), Brad Morris, Ted Day, Billy Bryant, Prince Ojor (Ali Badry 86 mins), Issac Lockhart (Nicky Thomas 81mins), Evandro Brayo. Booked Alex Greaves 98 mins.
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9th October 2008
Enfield Town U18s 5 Wormley U18s 1
Eastern Junior Alliance
Sunday 5th October 2008
Enfield Town U18s (3) 5 Healey, Field, Cattini, Packenham
Wormley U18s (1) 1
Report by Ryan Warren
After 3 wins in a row for the first team and a win in midweek for the reserves the under 18s looked to continue the clubs buzz by securing a win against Wormley in the Eastern Junior Alliance league.
A newly rejuvenated Enfield side took to the pitch and it was not long before the first goal of the game was upon them when a ball played forward from the defence caused all sorts of problems for the opposition and ended in Billy Healey tapping into an open net for 1-0. Town continued to press and have total dominance of the game but were caught against the run of play when a long ball over the top caught the defence off guard and a striker netted for 1-1. This goal prompted a quick response from Enfield who immediately won a free kick when Billy Healey was brought down outside the area, Reis Field stepped up and from 30yards drilled his free kick right into the top corner leaving the goalkeeper scrambling and giving Enfield the lead. At 2-1 the game began to be even more dominated by Town who just seemed to be playing the ball around the Wormley defence for fun, this possession lead to Billy Healey chipping the ball into the path of Alex Catini who finished lethally taking the teams in at half time at 3-1.
The second half started much like the first with Enfield having a huge majority of the play, adapting to the harsh conditions which had left the pitch in turmoil. After a while more of Enfield town pressing and pressing they were rewarded when Reis Field played a ball through to Alex Catini who slotted past the keeper for his second of the match and Towns fourth which put the game out of reach for the Hertfordshire side. But town weren't finished there they continued to press the opposition and capped off the game when Louis Baldwin picked the ball up just inside the opposition half and ran all the way into the penalty area taking on three Wormley players to set the ball back into the path of Joe Packenham who finished the game in style for Enfield by netting to end the game at 5-1.
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