EDmonton Rangers Cobras
Welcome to the ERFC Cobras
We will continue to train, play friendlies and enter tournaments during the summer months.
Here are some dates for your diary.
Saturday 20th May: Friendly v Alexandra Park East. 10.30 kick off. Oakthorpe Playing Fields.
Sunday 11th June: Edmonton Rangers Awards/Presentation Day, Oakthorpe Playing Fields.
Saturday 17th June: Whetstone Wanderers 6's Tournament. Trying to defend the trophy we won last year.
Sunday 25th June: Omonia Tournament. Radiomarathon Centre, Turkey St, Enfield. Afternoon kick off.
Saturday 1st July: Edmonton Rangers Tournament. Oakthorpe Playing Fields. 10am kick off.
Friday 7th July: Friendly Edmonton Rangers Cobras v Whetstone Wanderers Jaguars. 7pm kick off.
Saturday 20th May: Edmonton Rangers Cobras 2 v Alexandra Park East 3.
This was our first friendly following two weeks of trials so played a team of eight triallists mixed with four Cobras. Considering the team was thrown together the team played very well against AP who finished third in the league.
Saturday 27th May: Friendly Edmonton Rangers Cobras v Kass FC
Another chance to give triallists a match against Kass FC who had enough players for two teams. We mixed the team up with Cobras playing about 15 mins before coming off and leaving the trial players on all the game. We won the game comfortably in a match played in good spirit.
Saturday 17th June: Whetstone Wanderers 6's tournament
Last year we won the U13's trophy defeating the Whetstone Jaguars and the previous year got to the final before losing to the Jags so one of our favourite tournaments. We entered two teams with the defending champions-the Blues- made up of James, Kamran, Christian, Samir, Kane, Daniel, Arbnor, John, Finley and the team run by Michael-The Blacks- with Ewan, Bijon, Alex, Driss, Roial, Brian, George, Mihail, Luke G.
It was a scorching day but luckily Michael had secured a spot in the shade under some trees and it was also the first time i can remember it not been cold and wet.The Blues toipped their group defeating AS Southgate 2-0, Somers Town 1-0, CM Futsal A 2-1, Whetstone Panthers 3-1 and 0-0 v Whetstone Jaguars with solid defending and goals from Kamran, Samir, Finley. The Blacks started well winning their first two games against AS Southgate and Whetstone Lions with George slotting home goals before losing focus to narrowly lose to CM Futsal B and AEK Blacks which men at they needed to defeat EJA team Cockfosters in the last game but lost and missed out on the semi-final.
There followed a big gap before the semi-final against CM Futsal B which was strange after quick turnover of games. This seemed to have affected us as compared to previous games we started slowly and gave too much time and space to CM Futsal which they exploited with two goals in the first four minutes. At half time three subs were made and we went to one at the back with Christian getting stuck in but weren't able to score and they were into the final against AEK who defeated Whetstone Jaguars. Michael and i stayed to watch the final seeing CM Futsal deservedly winning the trophy with 2-0 victory.
Sunday 25th June: Omonia Youth C Tournament
Another hot afternoon following on from last week's Whetstone tournament. This week we only had the one team consisting of James, Luke, Finley, Alex, Samir, Kamran, Christian, Brian.
We were drawn in a group with Omonia Green, Omonia White B, Princes Park B (from Harrow League), 100%Soccer School.These games were only 8minutes long with no changeover so vital to score the first goal and then control the game.
Omonia Green on paper the strongest team were first up but we beat them 1-0 with a good finish from Brian after good work from Finley. Second game was again tight with James making a couple of good saves as we drew 0-0 woth 100% Soccer School. We then followed this up with a convincing 2-0 win over Princes Park with a cracker from Brian and one from Finley. Looking like we had a place in the semi's we dropped our levels in final game losing 1-0 to a strong Omonia White team.
In the semi's we were drawn against Dragons FC an EJA team from Thurrock who had won their group with ease. A tight game followed and they had some quality players but we kept our shape and caused problems with Samir,Finley and Brian but it finished 0-0.No extra time straight into pens, all six players including keeper taking them. Samir volunteered for the first but their keeper made a good save and they scored to go 1 up. Luke and Finley then scored before one of their players missed the target levelling the score. Brian and Christian both hammered in their spot kicks before James made a great save and followed up by tucking his pen in the corner and we were into the final.
The final was against Omonia White B and we grabbed what we thought was a slight tactical advantage by playing down a slight slope. However they also wanted to and persuaded the referee to toss a coin for choice of ends which we lost and played uphill. We changed formation to one at the back in Finley, three in the middle - Christian,Luke and Samir with Brian up front and an injured Kamran and Alex subs.
We started well and should have scored when Luke put through Brian but the pass was slightly overhit and the keeper was off his line quickly to smother the ball. They were pressing but not really creating chances whilst Brian was causing problems with his speed and movement. With under two minutes to go and penalties looking likely a shot from one of their players hit the referee and fell into the path of another player who slotted home cue protests that it should have been disallowed.The referee wasn't going to change her mind and they held on for a 1-0 victory.
Disappointing to lose after dominating the final with an air of controversy but still a good performance from the boys.
EDMONTON RANGERS COBRAS WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE WHITE DIVISON SEASON 2017/18
Welcome to the new season and to our two new players James Brown and John Cresswell and their parents, signed in a big money deal from Hadley Rangers. James replaces Jayden Lenz as our goalkeeper who moved to our sister team the Lions after one season with us. John is a friend of Alex who recommended he come along to our trials where he impressed with strong defending and in subsequent friendlies. We also said goodbye to Daniel after a few seasons good service as he tries his way doing boxing.
This season the White Division looks stronger than last season with two new teams we've not played before. Hendon Youth the Blue Division Champions and AFC Oaklands replacing relegated Belstone and Champions Hampstead Stags.Unusually last season's runners-up AEK Black were not promoted and no team was relegated from the Red Divison after AC Finchley North folded.
Training will take place on Saturday mornings from 10-12 at Tottenhall Sports Ground, Tottenhall Rd, Palmers Green, N13. Please try and ensure the boys arrive on time and wearing shin pads and bring water. Our team , both parents and players has a good reputation which is shown in the end of season fair play awards where we have been the highest placed team from the White Division so good standards of behaviour are expected on and off the field.
We have a squad of 16 players at the moment so if everyone is fit it will mean one player resting each week if everyone is available. There is also more competition for places so not everyone will get the same playing time.Please can parents let me know in advance if they are going to be away on holiday at half terms or particular weekends so can plan 'rest days' or book one of our allocated two free weekends allowed by the WFL.
All the first six weeks of fixtures are now on www.football.mitoo.co.uk with results, scorers, league tables etc.
Here are are first set of fixtures: Kick off times confirmed in days before game
Sept 10- Alexandra Park East-Away-White Divison
Sept 17- AFC Oaklands-Away-10.30am-White Division
Sept 24-Edmonton Rangers Lions-Home-White Division
Oct 1-Borehamwood Crusaders(Red Division)-Away-Challenge Cup-Preliminary round
Oct 8-AFC Wembley-Home-Middlesex Cup-Round 1
Oct 15-Hendon Youth-Home-10am-White Division
Match Report Alexandra Park East, away, New River Sports Centre.
Sept 10. Alexandra Park East 5 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 2.(Mihial,Kamran) Man of Match Kane Daniel
Our first game of the season and first game on Astro at New River against opponents who finished just above us in the league.I thought this would suit the majority of our players as we like to pass and control and good touch is vital. It was not the result we wanted to start the season or the scoreline we expected after a draw and narrow victory last year. However i would say the result flattered them and was far closer than it suggests.
Our first half performance was excellent for 35 minutes as we dominated possession and passed and moved the ball around the pitch very well creating a number of good opportunities whilst defensively coping with their breaks comfortably and giving stand-in keeper George wit little to do. We played out from the back as well through Arbnor, John and Finley. All looked good as goals from Mihail and Kamran put us in controland only a great stop from another Kamran effort prevented us from going 3 up.
That save proved pivotal as within a couple of minutes the game had changed on its head as they scored two goals in the last five minutes before half time which gave them confidence and us deflated after a good performance. Unfortunately the goals came through a misjudgement by George in goal and defensive mix up playing offside rather than goals created by good play.
The second half started with them looking far more determined and w e were on the back foot more. However we continued some good passing and breaks with Samir and Kane causing problems but most of our goal attempts were from outside the area which either didn't trouble the keeper or he saved comfortably. We started to be stretched defensively with John and Alex on for injured Arbnor facing fast opponents. The game changed quickly with three goals created either on the break or through massive boot from their centre half and were elped by our own mistakes, lack of concentration and some lack of cover from wide midfield areas. It was most unexpected after the way the first 30 minutes went and very disappointing after the way we were playing and felt we contributed to their comeback. Despite that there were a number of good performances and hopefully we can put things right this Sunday.
Match Report, AFC Oaklands, away, White Division
Sept 17, AFC Oaklands 3 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 3 (Kamran 2,George) Man of Match Arbnor Selimi
Heading to Hatfield to play a new team i thought we'd never played before but turned out to be last season's Blue division runners-up Colney Heath Magpies who had to change team and ground for various reasons. We were missing Alex and captain Luke due to back and knee injuries.
The first half started with us playing up a slope but made a good start with Kane and Christian winning midfield battles and creating opportunities for Brian which nearly ended in a goal after his cross flashed across the box.Defensively we were looking fine and we took the lead after around 20 minutes when a ball over the top from Finley had Kamran pursuing and he narrowly beat the on rushing keeper to tuck into the net from outside the area.
The lead didn't last long as we were caught out on a quick break which looked offside but their pacy striker scored with a powerful shot. Like last week Oaklands confidence grew and from a free kick a strong shot was powered in bouncing just in front of James who couldn't hold it and their striker was quickly on to the rebound to smash into the net. Half time soon followed with us 2-1 down.
This was looking similar to last week's game but with the slope in our favour we largely dominated the second half. Mihail was seeing a lot of the ball in the second half showing a good touch and making some good runs. After around ten minutes we equalised after Kamran outpaced their defenders following another Finley pass to fire past their keeper. I tought we would now take over but Oaklands showed good spirit to fight back wit a couple of dangerous free kicks and corners from which they regained the lead with a good header from their striker who completed his hat trick.
Our heads didn't drop and we were level within five minutes after a quick break Kamran had a shot saved and pulled back a cross for George to fire home. We continued to press with Brian and Kane driving forward and looking strong at the back. With the game entering the last minute a through ball had Driss chasing which resulted in te keeper blocking his shot and a 50/50 challenge with Driss hobbling off- later going to hospital where soft tissue injuries were diagnosed as he came home on crutches-. The resulting corner was cleared and the referee blew for full time. Arbnor was man of the match for his composed defending and a couple of superb sliding tackles in the penalty area to prevent shots on goal.
Match Report, Edmonton Rangers Cobras, Home, White Division
September 24th. Edmonton Rangers Cobras 2 v Edmonton Rangers Lions 5. (Kamran, Mihail) Man of Match- Luke Ainsworth
Beep beep went my phone early on Sunday morning...never a good sign before a match and true to form Alex had picked up an injury in training, Brian and George were both ill in addition to Brijon's fractured toe and Driss on crutches from last week's game. No subs then so that made life easy.
On a beautiful,sunny morning we started positively against our club rivals, this season under new management of Tony, Frank and Bo after Shah stepped down. Samir had a good first half showing a lot of skill and vision with passes for Kamran and Kane in attack. From one sweeping move involving Sam and Mihail the ball was teed up for Kamran in the middle of the area with just Jayden to beat but he dragged his shot wide. Another good chance fell to Kane but ended up over the bar. At the other end our defence was coping well with their attack though Ethan hit the post from an acute angle and James made a great one on one save after the ball skimmed off John's head.