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.
The second half began and after around 5 minutes we went behind to some good wing play by Idris who fired into the top corner giving James no chance. What a great response from the Cobras as we equalised within a couple of minutes after Kamran latched on to a through ball from Kamran to beat our old keeper Jayden. However the game suddenly went goal crazy as the Lions through their winger Idris scored four quick goals in around 10/15 minutes to go 5-1 up with 20 minutes to go. I have to admit i was outmanouvered by the Lions manager who switched their winger to the left wing and pushed another forward further up the field and by the time i changed things the game was gone. I moved to a four man defence with Luke G at right back and we coped a lot better after that. For a while our heads dropped but then picked it up and continued to play some good football but when we did get a good chance our strikers took too many touches instead of getting a shot in. We pulled a goal back after a free kick from Christian rebounded to Mihail outside the area who fired a great shot into the roof of the net.
A difficult result to take against our club rivals and with thinking to do on formations. Still early in the season with time to improve but with two very tough games coming up... the cup draw hasn't done us any favours.
Match Report, Borehamwood Crusaders, Away, Challenge Cup
Oct 1st, Borehamwood Crusaders 9 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 3 (George 2, Kamran) Man of Match- Samir
Our tough start to the season continued against the top team in all divisions at the moment who had scored 27 goals in their first three games. I was hoping to avoid them keeping up that average and warned the players that this was a team on fire and we would have to be disciplined and work hard to keep them at bay.Alas we didn't prove up to the task and they kept up their average.
Injuries meant we were without Brijon, Driss, Alex and James away on DOE, and Brian was still not 100% after ilness and Kamran hobbling from last week.
After twice being caught out by pacy forwards in two of our first three games i decided to switch to a 4,2,3,1 formation to provide a more solid shape and stronger defence. This required disciplined performances from defensive midfielders and for three attacking midfielders to drop back and support defenders, unfortunately some players didn't stick to their roles or work hard enough tracking back particularly in the last ten minutes when we shipped a few goals.
We made a poor start conceding after two minutes and also Brian came off injured replaced by Mihail. However we showed great resolve to get back into the game and despite falling two down to a good shot from outside the area-though given too much time to choose his spot. Then shortly before half time we produced an excellent passage of play orchestrated by Samir and probably involving 10 to 15 passes wen we passed and moved the ball around with great combination play before a great pass put Kamran in on goal who was brought down by their keeper and George put away the penalty.Half time 2-1 and game on.
2nd half was fairly even for 15 minutes before they went 3-1 ahead but we responded quickly wit a ball over the top of their defence which George ran on to firing in a shot which the keeper saved but George put away the rebound from an acute angle 3-2. A few minutes later it was 4-2 and then in a carbon copy move George was through but fired wide and then had another shot saved by the keeper. We were really threatening and competing well so to fall away in the last twenty minutes was disappointing as a lot of players switched off. Like previous games we played some good football for periods but need to continue throughout the whole game and show better concentration and discipline. Borehamwood are a good team and we were competitive for 65 minutes before switching off and giving them some cheap goals.
Match Report, AFC Wembley,Home, Middlesex Cup ,Round 2
October 8th, Edmonton Rangers Cobras 1 v AFC Wembley 4 (Mihail), Man of Match-James Brown
Another tough cup game against the Middlesex Cup winners from two years ago when they beat us easily on the way to winning the trophy and after last week's poor last 15 minutes not the ideal team to play. However after a talk at training about our defensive shape, trying to keep compact and not leave large gaps i was hoping for a big improvement.
AFC Wembley are one of the best teams we've faced fast, mobile, skilful , organized and very comfortable on the ball and prepared to play out of trouble. It was a difficult game for us as we found it hard to win possession and hold on to the ball long enough to create many good passing moves. We decided to sit deeper to try and stop their fast players getting space to run on to through balls and this worked well as they didn't score their goals this way. Luke G was tasked with protecting the defence with Christian and they did well in making sure there were no large gaps for them to exploit. However being more defensive meant we didn't put much pressure on their defence and hard for us to keep the ball and we gave the ball away too easily and meant we were on the back foot trying to keep them out.
They took a two goal lead by around 25 minutes and James made a great save from a free kick and the saving a penalty after harsh decision against Luke. George forced one good save from their keeper at the near post following a rare break and we had too good free kick opportunities but didn't test the keeper.Half time 2-0 so still in the game.
Second half we did better in terms of stretching their defence but their defenders were quick and mobile snuffing out breaks from Kamran and Brian. Again they dominated possession and were on the offensive but we stuck to our task despite going 3-0 down with Luke marshalling the defence and we got in blocks and tackles which was good to see as we practised in training and talked about. James made another flying leap to parry away long range shot and was alert to dangerous situations. With five minutes to go Mihail got his reward for pressing their defence blocking a clearance and running on to slot past the keeper. Too late to change anything but a reward for our perisistence. Unfortunately with the last attack of the match they grabbed a fourth goal when their winger nipped in front of Arbnor to poke past James.
A big improvement on last week against a team who could well go all the way to the final again but we need to make sure we build on this in next week's league game against Hendon.
Match Report, Hendon Youth, Home, White Division
October 15th, Edmonton Rangers Cobras 3 v Hendon Youth 4 (Mihail, George, Luke) Man of Match-Kane
There are fine margins between winning and losing football matches. At the moment it feels like we have upset someone as in every game we have had spells when we have played some good football and in control and then we make some individual mistakes and are punished by the opposition. Hopefully if we can cut down on the errors we will start winning these matches.
Today none of their goals came through good play by the opposition which is frustrating especially after competing well against a strong AFC Wembley.
In the first half we played quite well dominating most of the half without creating lots of chances.We took the lead after Samir found Kane out wide and i think from his cross shot the keeper parried and Mihail put away the rebound. Defensively we were looking comfortable until we let them back into the game with a defensive mix up just before half time.
In the second half it followed a similar pattern to the Lions game in that within 15/20 minutes we were 4-1 down after a combination of errors. We changed the formation from four to three at the back and with Luke in midfield started to play out from the back and with more movement, intensity and aggression.First we pulled back a goal from the penalty spot through George and after near misses from Kamran we scored again through Luke after a sharp turn in the box. With only a couple of minutes to go we ran out of time to equalise.
If we had played the whole game like the last 20 minutes we would have won the game.
Match Report, St Albans Zelos,League Cup, Round 1
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 17 v St Albans Zelos 0 (George 7, Mihail 2, Kamran 2, Luke 2,Brian 2, Finley, Driss)
Man of Match-George
A chance today to rebuild our confidence and get our first win of the season against St Albans Zelos from the Green Division. However whilst on paper we should be too strong for them our start to the season had me wondering whether it would be straightforward. The element of doubt was confirmed when Arbnor was ill and Brian seemingly unavailable in addition to the boys already away. So we kicked off with ten men, one up front and reverted to three at the back with Luke back in midfield and Kamran taking up Samir's role and Driss playing right centre back.
It took us probably 15 minutes or more to take the lead through Kamran quickly followed by a header from Mihail from a cross from Kane. After that the floodgates opened and Brian arrived after about 20 minutes and scored within a couple of minutes. George scored a very quick hat trick and our passing was excellent opening up their defence as their heads dropped. At half time it was 14-0 and we agreed to play a shortened 10 minute half as we know it's no fun being on the end of a thrashing as we know ourselves. Well done to George who scored the most goals in a game by a Cobras player.
Next week back to the league when we will not have anywhere near the time on the ball we had today so hopefully we can carry this on to our league form.
Match Report, Harvesters East, Away, White Division
Harvesters East 1 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 5 (Kamran 2, Luke, Driss, Brian) Man of Match-Finley
Captain's View -Luke Ainsworth
This was a strong performance from all players this week especially the defence. The first half was fairly even we took the lead and then they scored shortly afterwards which could have been offside. In the second half we were playing downhill and took advantage by scoring twice more. We could have scored more but the opposing goalkeeper made some great saves. Hopefully we can keep winning our matches.
Following our first win of the season in the cup last week I told the boys we needed to build on that display and get our first league win of the season and off the bottom of the league as they are far better than that. If we could cut out the mistakes we’ve been making we’ll start winning games again.
The team was bolstered by the signing of Ernest ,who played for the Lions from eight to 13 and classmate of Finley especially as Brijon and Alex out with long term injuries . It was a cold morning with a stiff breeze blowing in favour of Harvesters in the first half. We continued with three at the back and Sam back in the No 10 role. A positive start was made by the Cobras and we were soon creating opportunities whilst Harvesters were stretching the defence with three upfront. After around 10 minutes we took the lead after a clever chip over their defence allowed Kamran to break through and bury past their keeper. Unfortunately our lead only lasted about five minutes before a long ball caught us short in numbers at the back and after initially blocking the ball it rebounded to one of their players to fire past James from outside the area. We reacted well and Luke and Chris dominated the midfield with Sam linking play and making good use of the wide players. We regained the lead following a through ball from Arbnor who beat the onrushing keeper and chip into the net and taking a blow to his knee forcing him off. His replacement Driss was soon in the action steering home following another good passing move. James made one gret save tipping a free kick on to the bar and reacting quickly to gather the rebound. Kane created problems with his pace hitting the bar and their keeper made a great save from Finley as George and Sam had efforts blocked or over the bar. We really should have been two more goals ahead so plenty still to do in the second half.
Ernest came on for debut in place of John and we completely dominated and they rarely got into our penalty box. Our passing and movement was excellent with flowing moves from one end to the other . Luke extended the lead with a 20 yard shot into the roof of the net quickly followed by a driving run from Brian on the left wing and shot over the keeper. It looked like we would notch up a few more goals George, Sam, Driss were all thwarted by some great saves from their keeper or delayed shooting or off target. It was great to see a really good team performance with everyone contributing and showing what they are capable of.
Match Report, Maccabi London Lions Blue, Away, White Division
Maccabi London Lions Blue 0 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 5 (George 2, Christian, Driss, Samir) Man of Match-Christian
Vice-Captain Kane's view....
Today we picked up a much needed 3 points. We were against a physical side, Maccabi Lions Blue, who were doing well this season and were joint top of the league.
In the first half we were dominating, our back three were solid, their attacks couldn’t penetrate our defence. Our midfield pairing of Christian and Luke were a huge factor for our early lead, the wide men were brought into the game as Kane and Mikael were bombing up and down the wings,
helping in their defence and attacking duties.
The attackers were fed the ball on many occasions. Kamran and Driss kept testing the keeper and punishing our opponents defence for their mistakes. At the break, it was 2-0.
Richard (coach) made a few changes by bringing on fresh legs to give us more energy into the second half. At the start of the second half, Maccabi were piling on the pressure however our defence was solid, preventing any chance of them getting
back into the game.
In my opinion, I think our counter-attacking football helped us further our lead. We hit them on
the break catching them napping, with this we were able to stretch our lead further and further so that Maccabi couldn’t catch us. The game ended 5-0 and it was a great performance from the whole team.
Our training has given us more confidence to bring new ideas to the pitch on match day. As we are progressing, I can see that our team is feeling whole again, we have gelled well, helping the new players settle into the squad. Hopefully we can better ourselves individually and as a team in training and continue our good run of form next week.
Great display Cobras carrying on from where we left at Harvesters East. Dominated from the start , won the midfield battle and spread the ball to both flanks, lots of great movement, defence splitting passes, worked the ball from the keeper and looked calm and assured on the ball. Let's keep it up.
Match Report, Highgate & Muswell Hill, Away, White Division
Highgate & Muswell Hill 1 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 2 (George 2) Man of Match-Samir
Our opponents Highgate and Muswell Hill sat mid table. We stared with a minute silence.
The pitch we were playing on was an Astro pitch which was massive possibly the biggest pitch we have played on. Highgate took the lead in the first half, the goal could have been offside but the ref didn't give it. Then later on in the second half the opposing goalkeeper didn't clear the ball properly and George capitalised on his mistake.
Early on in the second half Samir played a great through ball to George to take the lead. Going into the last ten minutes the match was getting tough for us having to defend a lot but we closed the game out well winning 2-1.
Another excellent performance to keep the momentum of recent games going. Whilst not playing the free flowing football of previous games due to very windy conditions, huge pitch and opponents who didn't give us as much time to play. They were quite direct particular first half with the advantage of the wind and we showed our improvement at keeping them down to few chances and James wasn't tested too much. We showed a lot of character to battle back from a controversial goal and dug in during the last ten minutes when they put pressure on. By then we should have sealed the game with Brian and George having chances well saved by their keeper. The backline of Arbnor , John , James and Finley were strong with Finley sweeping up most dangerous situations, Sam showing great footwork and vision in midfield and George a striker's instinct to convert his chances.
Match Report, London Maccabi Lions Blue, Home, White Division
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 6 v London Maccabi Lions Blue 3 (Kamran 3, Driss 2, Luke) Man of Match-Driss
Samir's take on the match
The early start of a cold and crisp morning saw a zealous Maccabi side look to seek revenge on an inform Cobras side.
Right from the off, the lads were pressuring the opposition with a high intensity and real vigour which then lead Maccabi to misplace their passes and make a few unforced errors. However, an abrupt goal came where an orange shirt was left open allowing them to pick their spot and place the ball nicely into the bottom corner. Nonetheless, the team kept their heads up and remained strong and solid. Shortly after, a long ball was played over the top to the pace of Kamran, who is as quick as a steam train and managed to nick the ball off the defender and score with a composed and tidy finish. The score was now level and the team’s morale had suddenly increased. They were determined to take the lead and this was indeed the case. A great piece of build-up play by the Cobras, ended up with Kamran turning nicely and getting a shot away, straight at the keeper’s safe hands….. The goalkeeper’s butterfingers allowed him to spill the ball into his own net. BANTS! The Cobras were feeling more comfortable now that they were a goal ahead and started to distribute the ball a lot better; piercing through the oppositions defence like a nail. Some slick passing from the midfield was apparent and the team got their reward. An absolutely banging half-volley from Luke had floated into the top bins. 3-1. The lads went into the midway point, staying galvanized for the second half.
Maccabi were looking to come back strong. During the second half, a ball was whipped in with pace following a corner and we managed to head it away, half cleared, but the ball fell to a Maccabi player, putting it on a plate for him to slot the ball in the corner. 3-2 and the game started to get a little edgy. A minute later, a casual goal kick went straight to an orange shirt and he quickly got the shot away, converting it nicely. 3-3. Which way was it going to go? The boys definitely did not hold back. Each and every Cobra showed signs of encouragement and fought as a team. This eventually paid off as a ball was nicely slotted through to Driss who finished excellently. Again we took the lead and we were certainly hungry for more goals. The ball found its way to Driss, holding up the defender brilliantly, turning and again putting the ball right in the corner, where the keeper had no chance. This gave the team, and I’m sure the parents a lot of breathing space as the game had been tight and tense. The goals were like a magnet now and kept coming in as Kamran drove through the defence, who were lacklustre now and finished with real confidence.
It was a well and truly deserved win – each and every one of the players were putting in a hard shift and hopefully this can carry on throughout the rest of the league.
Match Report, Hendon Youth, Away, White Division
Hendon Youth 2 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 4 (Kamran 2, George, Driss) Man of Match-Finley
John (The Saint)'s view of the game...
Today we faced Hendon Youth in a feisty affair as we looked to seek revenge after they defeated us 4-3 last time out against them in October.
The match was played on a gloomy December afternoon, under tough conditions due to the pitch being very poor, restricting the team from playing with the ball on the floor.
The team started the match well, keeping a good solid structure preventing Hendon from getting any clear cut opportunities. The Cobras drew first blood as Kamran calmly slotted the ball home after being denied previously due to being called offside,meaning the team headed into the half-time break one goal up.
The team started the second half as they finished the first, keeping compact and organised as they worked hard to gain a two goal cushion, which eventually came after kamran was played through once again,passing the ball across the goal for George to place into the back of the net.2-0. With the pressure mounting by each minute Hendon came back hungry for goals. Which they got after a dangerous free kick being launched into the Edmonton six yard box and being poached by one of the Hendon strikers. This goal was followed up by their equaliser as a Hendon player took a shot which rebounded for a player in a green shirt to clinically finish, wheeling away in ecstasy as it appeared to look like they were going to gain a point out of the match. The Cobras, however had different plans as just minutes after, Driss scored a beautiful goal as Brijon linked up with Kamran who assisted Driss to give the boys in blue a 3-2 lead. In the dying minutes of the match Kamran sealed the game and the three points as he got his second goal of the match ensuring the winning streak continued.
Well played Cobras, great team performance, as they showed great character to earn the crucial three points. Bring on next week!
Match Report, AEK Blacks, Away, White Division
AEK Blacks 5 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 2 (George 2) Man of Match- Samir
On a disappointing day for the Cobras our great run of seven consecutive wins taking us from bottom to top of the league came to an end on the mud of AEK's Latymer school pitch.
Unfortunately the momentum we had built up over recent weeks was disrupted by last week's cancellation of training and match and we never quite found our rhythm today. The pitch was quite small and negated our chance of using the pace and power of George to good effect as there wasn't space for balls 'over the top' and play was compacted. Nevertheless we dominated the first 30 minutes with some good passing and movement and scored through George with a shot into the top corner and Kamran hit the bar but we didn't force the keeper into enough saves. In the last ten minutes of the half the game changed as their dangerman on the wing took advantage of defensive lapse to put them ahead.
The second half began with us still in the game but a great shot from one of the their midfielders in the early minutes of the half put them in control. Our task was made more difficult minutes later after some weak defending made it 4-2. Credit thought the boys rallied and played some good approach play as we dominated the rest of the half pulling another goal back after good work by Brian spraying a pass onto the right for Driss who delivered a pass into George to finish off. The pressure mounted and their keeper made one great save from Luke but we couldn't find the final ball to draw closer and they sealed it with a goal on the break.
Not our day as despite a lot of attractive play we didn't create enough clear cut chances and take the ones we had whilst they took all theirs. The challenge now is to go on another run after the Christmas break and see if we can progress in either the League or Spring Cup if entered.
Merry Christmas to all players and parents.
Match Report, Alexandra Park East, League Cup Rd 2, Home
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 7 v Alexandra Park East 4 (Driss 2, George 2, Brian, Brijon, Kane) Man of Match-Driss
Man of Match Driss says...
This Sunday was quite a big game us even though it was a cup game, APY and us are both contenders for promotion this season and we looked to get our revenge for the first game of the season as we lost 5-2 and was arguably one of our better games even though we lost. I feel like we had control of the game from start to finish and we played with confidence which is something I believe that we missed in our play. I feel like we deserved the win and we should look forward to the next round.
Match Report, St Albans City South, Spring Cup, Away
St Albans City South 2 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 1 (Kamran) Man of Match-Ernest
Report from George
This Sunday was the first game of the Spring Cup and the Cobras travelled to St Albans and tough game against a red division team
We took the lead through Kamran after a great through ball from Driss and an early shot from outside the area beating their keeper before they equalised late into the second half, going into half time 1-1.
The Cobras didn't have the same energy they had in the first half as they did in the second, subsequently conceding. We gave it our best shot but in the the red division side prevailed and we lost 2-1.
we showed that we can compete with red division teams and in my mind deserved a draw. We controlled the majority of the first half especially midfield and so disappointing to go in at half time only drawing. Second half they improved and defensively we were sound apart from a lapse at a corner from which we conceded. A late raid into their area by Finley nearly brought an equaliser after he moved into midfield. Overall we passed and moved well first half but second half we gave away the ball too much and didn't have the same quality of passing.
Match Report, AFC Oaklands, Spring Cup, Home
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 2 v AFC Oaklands 1 (Driss 2), Man of Match-Samir
Today we faced a determined Oaklands side on a small and compact pitch making it difficult to pull some passes together, nonetheless we still tried our best and this payed off as Driss, with a right-footed shot from outside the box drilled one low into the net, where the keeper had no chance and was rooted to the spot. We all showed resilience until the halfway point and we dominated the majority of the first 40 minutes – half time Cobras lead 1-0.
We knew the second half would be tough as Oaklands would be willing to fight back and try to secure a spot in the Spring cup, and this meant we had to up the intensity, so we did so and Driss grabbed another goal as the ball came across to him, simply allowing him to pass the ball into the net: 2 - 0. After this goal we were cruising and subsequently had loads of chances but failed to convert them. We did get punished as an Oaklands player played a dangerous ball into the box from a set-piece, and somehow the ball found its way into the net: 2 - 1. We fought till the end of the match as we wanted to get through the group stage and eventually the final whistle was blown, gaining 3 points and increasing the likelihood of getting through.
Overall, everyone put in a hard shift and played with a high intensity, and hopefully this can be seen next week, where we face the last opponents in our group.
Match Report, Hadley Wood & Wingate Foxs, Spring Cup, Home
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 3 v Hadley Wood & Wingate Foxes 4 (Samir 2, Finley) Man of Match- Christian
The final game in our group for the Spring Cup left us needing a win to stand a chance of qualifying as best placed second place over three groups. The need to play the match meant we had to play at Tottenhall on the small pitch which doesn’t really suit our style. Due to half term we were missing Luke, Kane and a poorly Brijon so the defence was reshuffled with Finley into midfield to replace Luke.
The game started in bright sunlight and blue sky after the previous day’s deluge the pitch held up well and an end to end game ensued with no let up for defenders due to the small length of pitch. The best early chance fell to George one on one with the keeper but he managed to get a foot on it and divert for corner. We soon paid the price with Hadley taking the lead from a corner as their player rose unchallenged to head into the roof of the net. It didn’t take long to equalise with great work from Christian in the box beating a couple of players to lay off for Finley to sidefoot home. More chances came and went with a combination of good keeping and squandering chances before another goal from an unmarked player at a corner gave them the led before Sam quickly replied with shot into the top corner. Sam and Finley and Christian were causing lots of problems driving forward from midfield but an unlucky rebound off Alex gave them a 3-2 lead at half time.
Second half we committed men forward living dangerously at the back and again their keeper got some part of his body in the way of any goal bound shots. We paid the price as they went further ahead midway through the half before Sam’s second goal gave us hope. We had time to equalise and win the game but this week lacked the cutting edge up front to win and made too many errors at the back so we were out of the Spring Cup.
Match Report, Edmonton Rangers Cobras v Highgate & Muswell Hill Foxes, White Division, Home
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 1 v Highgate & Muswell Hill Foxes 1 (Samir) Man of Match- Luke
On a bitterly cold morning and following a hard frost we managed to play only our second game at Oakthorpe since Christmas. The referee passed the pitch playable but it was very firm in places and bumpy requiring a good first touch.
As usual against HMH it was a hard fought game with contrast in styles, our passing game against their more direct approach.We dominated the first half creating enough chances to have been a couple of goals in front but we lacked a cutting edge combined with some good goalkeeping meant that we went in level at half time. Luke, Christian and Samir had control of the midfield and Finley snuffed out any danger at the back.
The second half was more even as they came into the game and were more likely to catch us on the break or via a set piece whilst we didn't look as threatening. After 20 minutes of the second half they took the lead from a long throw and flick on which evaded James in goal. We didn't let our heads drop and equalised with a terrific 20 yarder into the top corner from Samir. In the last few minutes we had what looked like a penalty when Kane was tripped in the area but the referee decided it was out of the area and nothing came of the free kick and the whistle went shortly after.
Match Report, Edmonton Rangers Cobras v Harvesters East, White Division, Home
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 6 v Harvesters East 1 (Kane 2, Finley, Kamran, George, OG) Man of Match-Luke G
Match Report from Kane...
Today we were looking to pick up the three points to keep our promotion chances alive. The squad were looking to bounce back with a win after our draw with Highgate and Muswell Hill.
Straight after the whistle was blown, we were quick to pressure Harvesters. It took us time to get our passes together and play as a unit but as we started to keep possession, our attacks were more dangerous and clinical.
We had many chances to give us the early lead; however we couldn’t beat the goalkeeper. We pressured Harvesters forcing a mistake which lead to Kamran beating the keeper to make it 1-0. It didn’t take too long to make it 2-0 with a unfortunate own goal on their part.
After half time, Harvesters came out with energy to claw something back. Nevertheless after their short spell, we regained our concentration and passion keeping control of the game for the rest of the match.
We had a lot more attacks which looked to stretch our lead. After frequent attacks down the right-hand side we were able to extend our lead to 3-0 from a run by Kane to grab his first league goal of the season. The team began to look unstoppable as we extended our lead to 4-0 as Fin scored a half volley. To make it 5-0, Kane scored his second of the game running down the right wing, using his pace as an advantage. To finish off his run, he tucked it in the near post with a tidy finish. George finally got the goal he wanted after waiting four games without a goal with a powerful right foot finish in the bottom corner.
We fell asleep at the end as Harvesters grabbed a consolation goal. This made the final score 6-1.
Match Report, Hadley Wood & Wingate Foxes v Edmonton Rangers Cobras, White Division, Away
Hadley Wood & Wingate Foxes 4 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 3 (Kamran, George, Brijon) Man of Match-Brijon
This was the type of game which makes football a brilliant game but can also be so frustrating for managers and coaches and nearly a week later i'm still wondering how we lost the game.
We played fast, exciting attractive football moving the ball at pace and using both wings, playing out from the back and completely outplayed the opposition but only had a goal from Kamran to show at half time. Despite our dominance we still didn't create enough chances or test the keeper enough.At the back our defence was on top with James having little to do.
The second half started with HW creating their first chance but we were soon 3 up after George scored after put through in the area and Brijon hit one into the top corner from the edge of the area. With 22 minutes to go we looked to be heading for 3 points but credit to HW they didn't give up pulling two quick goals back after slack defending and an equaliser just before full time. It looked like a draw but in injury time we nearly clinched it with Finley hitting the post but they went straight up the other end where we were short of numbers and scored the winner.
There was massive disappointment all round at the finish and we need to learn to manage the game better when in dominant position. Despite this we can take heart from the quality of football we played.
Croxley Green Blacks v Edmonton Rangers Cobras, League Cup Quarter Final, Away
Croxley Green Blacks 6 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 2 (Kamran, Finley), Man of Match-Samir
After two day's of very heavy rain we managed to get enough players beating the Easter getaway and weather to Croxley for 6pm... a feat in itself until to be confronted by an obviously unplayable pitch. I don't believe it could have been fit to play after Wednesday's rain but as we had turned up felt obliged to play and it was the same for both teams.
Generally it was farcial trying to play any sort of football with players falling over, the keeper liding yards in the mud collecting a ball. Suffice to say we didn't do ourselves justice, often trying to play through the mud instead of a more direct approach. They adapted to the conditions much better and so very disappointing to lose in those circumstances when we know we could have done much better on a decent surface. At the end we were playing in near darkness as lightning and heavy rain poured down. A game to forget...
Edmonton Rangers Cobras v Hadley Wood & Wingate Foxes, White Division, Home (reversed to Hadley Wood)
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 2 v Hadley Wood & Wingate Foxes 9 (George, Driss) Man of Match- Finley
A match and performance to forget after we switched the game to Hadley Wood's 4G pitch at Barnet as Oakthorpe was still waterlogged. Unfortunately a number of players were suddenly ill or unavailable and meant we didn't have any substitutes. Ernest valiantly played despite an ongoing back injury which meant he couldn't run properly.
The size of the pitch, warm weather and strength sapping nature of the 4g pitch meant we missed being able to give players a breather as it looked like some of our players were struggling.
We conceded an early goal after slack defending but bounced back with a well taken goal from George only to go behind again before Driss equalised all in around the first 20 minutes. Hadley scored a terrific goal from outside the area into the top corner but defemders were guilty of not closing down and letting hi line up his shot. Half time 4-2 down and also down to 10 men.
Second half we held them for 20 minutes or so before they scored again and worse was to follow as we struggled with injuries to Ernest, Driss and Luke G and with the pace of the opposition. Some players fought to the end but others were below par which was disappointing.
Edmonton Rangers Cobras v AFC Oaklands, White Division, Home
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 6 v AFC Oaklands 1 (George 2, Kamran 2,Driss, Finley) Man of Match-Brian
A beautiful Saturday morning with the ground looking good after first cut of the summer and volunteering by parents and coaches to clear away the dead grass.
It was a feisty encounter and not without it's controversial moments with the Cobras aiming to getting back to winning ways after three consecutive defeats.
Unfortunately Finley was injured in the warm up meaning Luke dropped back into defence with Christian and Luke G in the middle. We made a confident start passing the ball well and creating a couple of half chances before taking the lea from the penalty spot from Driss after Kamran was brought down just inside the area. The ref said he caught the player first but the opposition didn't agree... Shortly after the smallest boy on the pitch Samir hit the bar with a header and we went two from a free kick outside the box smashed home by Kamran. Tension continued as the ref booked an Oaklands player.
Second half started with Finley back on the pitch in midfield and we scored two quick goals from George powerfully lashing into the roof of the net and corner following good work from Brian and Kamran. The referee was busy booking a couple more Oaklands players before they pulled one back on the break.
We continued to pass and move quickly with Brian going past players at will on the left wing and was unlucky not to score before Kamran jinked past a couple of players to slot home and Finley to go on one of his marauding runs beating players before finding the corner of the net.
After our recent disappointments it was good to show how well we can play and restore our confidence.
Edmonton Rangers Lions v Edmonton Rangers Cobras, White Division, Away
Edmonton Rangers Lions 3 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 5 (Driss 3, Kamran, Luke A) Man of Match-Driss
Local bragging rights at stake against our sister club so a big performance was called for , especially after losing the first encounter earlier in the season. All that was required was a continuation of the form showed against Oaklands.
Unfortunately we were missing Brijon and George and Ernest suffering with a bad back but willing to play against his old team if needed. Then Finley who had passed a late fitness test in his garden felt his knee giving problems again so took his place on the bench. Luke dropped back into defence with Luke G and Christian holding the midfield roles. We started brightly before a period of scrappy play ended with the Lions taking the lead following a corner which was cleared outside the box but a great shot was heading into the corner before James made a superb finger tip save only for the rebound to be slotted home as we didn't react quickly enough. It didn't take us long to equalise following a corner and good work by Sam and Brian releasing Luke G to cross and Luke slot home.
We continued to carve out chances with Jayden making a great save from Luke G and Sam from a short corner and Luke's attempt was cleared off the line . An even better chance went begging when Luke shot over from five yards. Half-time 1-1.
Second half Finley and Kane were on but we went behind from an unmarked player at a corner but again made a quick response after a fre kick from Brian caused panic in the box and Driss turned and fired home from six yards. We continued to press and went ahead after another good break with Kane and Driss using his strength to beat Jayden at his near post. I thought we would move further ahead but concede a sloppy goal after slack work outside the edge of the area.
An end to end game was settled in our favour by two quick goals, first from a Driss penalty completing a hat trick after brought down in the area and then a superb pacy break from Kane into the area and cross for the onrushing Kamran to drive home on the volley.
Another good team performance with contributions from everyone playing, leaving us with our final home game of the season to come
Edmonton Rangers Cobras v Alexandra Park East, White Division, Home
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 1 v Alexandra Park East 3 (Finley) Man of Match-Kane
Our final game of the season and the chance to deny Alexandra Park East the White Division title for a few days until they had another chance v Hadley Wood.
We were missing Kamran and Ernest but started brightly with our wide players Brian and Kane causing problems along with George an Driss. We were keeping a tight rein on their dangerous strikers responsible for a lot of their success this season along with a solid defence. There was a marked contrast in styles with our passing through the midfield and out wide to their more direct approach. Against the run of play they took the lead after a mistake in our defence.
1 down at half time we continued to press and Samir beat the keeper from 20 yards after a flowing move only for the ball to crash against the bar and scrambled away. This proved a turning point as they scored two quick goals to seal the game. I moved Finley up front and he began to caught problems with his skill and strength and beat the keeper after being put through only for a defender to make a superb goal line clearance typifying their determination to win the league. Finley did succeed a few minutes later scoring from close range but too late to alter the outcome.
A lightly disappointing end to an up and down season, after a poor start and bottom of the table to top of the table after a great run of result only to drop off in the latter part of the season but at times we played ome great football but need more consistency and to tighten up defensively.
Welcome to the new season in a smaller White Division of just eight teams with promoted 100% Soccer School and Whetstone Wanderers Leopards being promoted from Blue Division. We have three new players joining the Cobras- Berkay from our Lions team, Lukas and Dominik with Alex deciding to concentrate on his cricket.
Enfield GFA Lions v Edmonton Rangers Cobras, League Cup Preliminary Round
Enfield GFA Lions 1 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 5, Samir, Berkay, Driss, Luke A, OG
Match Report from James
It was a league cup preliminary round, and we were playing a team who had just come back and were placed in the blue division. This was our first competitive game of the season and we were trying out some of our new players. Some of us knew the opposition keeper as he used to play for us, so we knew he was good.
Throughout the game we were pressing a lot, the ball stayed in their half for most of the game. Enfield defended well, not letting us get off many shots, their keeper kept on collecting our long balls over the top.
Our first goal came from a low cross into the box which was slotted home by Dominic, 1-0, then just at the end of half Samir took a good shot that hit the crossbar and bounced off the keeper into the back of the net, 2-0. We greatly deserved the lead and hoped for more in the second half.
We carried on dominating possession and pressuring the ball in their half and managed to make to make the score 5-0. Then in the last few minutes of the game Enfield have a corner and it unluckily bounces off Berkay and in, it was an unfortunate and didn’t reflect the game.
In my opinion the new players have settled in player and we played well as a team, we hope we can carry this on in the next round and rest of the season
Edmonton Rangers Cobras v London Maccabi Lions Blue, White Division, Home
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 7 v London Maccabi Lions Blue 0, (George 3, Samir, Luke A, Christian, Driss)
Man of Match- Luke G
Match Report from John
Today we faced Maccabi London Lions in our first league game of the season, so it was crucial to get off to a good start and get our first league win of the season, whilst carrying on the momentum from the cup game last weekend. We started the game positively as we played football on the floor, including quick passes and one-twos. The team played for one another and worked really hard straight from kick off. Samir grabbed the first goal of the game when he looped a header over the goalkeeper into the top left hand corner. After the goal,Maccabi had a couple of corners but didn’t trouble the back three too much as Edmonton’s domination continued. Samir then played a beautiful diagonal ball dissecting their defence for Kane to drive up the right wing using his lightning pace to get into a good position to place the ball across the goal into the path of George who slotted the ball home. 2-0. The score could have been made 3-0 before half time as there was a goal line scramble when the ball hit the crossbar and somehow stayed out of the net.
In the second half Edmonton opted not to sit back and allow pressure, but carried the second half in the same fashion as the first as it was important to settle our nerves and to kill the game off.Chris finished off his run after picking the ball up the ball just in side Maccabi’s half, slotting the ball home 3-0. Luke then made the game 4-0. After the fourth goal three more goals were scored in quick succession including Driss shot into the top corner. Two more goals from George, one being a beautifully placed goal into the bottom left corner making the game 7-0 to Edmonton and was a perfect way to start the season as there were no shortage of goals whilst a clean sheet was kept which is key and could potentially prove to be important at the latter stages of the season. Bring on next week!
Highgate & Muswell Hill Foxes v Edmonton Rangers Cobras, White Division, Away
Highgate & Muswell Hill Foxes 3 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 2, (Luke G, George)
Man of Match- James
A miserable start to the day with rain lashing down after weeks of dry weather, but the pitch was fine and rain stopped by kick off time only for HMH to inflict more misery scoring the winner with literary the last kick of the game.
Following last week’s great victory we wanted to carry on the momentum against perennially tough opponents with close fought games. HMH started off with the slope in their favour and took an early lead after two minutes when we were guilty of ball watching from a corner as their striker volleyed past James.
We gradually worked our way into the game with a couple of near misses before Luke G scored his first goal for a few seasons following a throw in. Some robust but fair challenges made this a game you couldn’t take your eyes off. Just before half time we were indebted to James for keeping the scores level pulling off a terrific flying save before an equally good reaction to block the rebound. 1-1 half time.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first as we couldn’t get into our quick short passing and weren’t using our width on the flanks enough. When we did Dominik in particular had the beating of their full back and put in a couple of great crosses but nobody managed to get on the end of them. Around fifteen minutes in we took the lead after Brijon and then Sam threaded a ball through their defence for George to run on and fire past the keeper. We needed the cushion of another goal as HMH looked dangerous on the break but when we did get near goal didn’t have the clinical finish required as their keeper got a foot to the ball or defender blocked. We paid the price when a corner resulted in one of their players left free to hit in the roof of the net. Shortly after James came to the rescue with another finger-tip save from free header.
A draw looked likely as the game entered the 40th minute but after we were trying top force the winner they broke and ended up with a corner. Too many players were marking the same players and after it was cleared to the edge of the area no one was there to block a shot which went into the bottom corner. Celebration for HMH and time to kick off before the whistle blew. A terrible feeling for all Cobras but we need to defend corners better and be more clinical in front of goal.
Edmonton Rangers Cobras v AEK Blacks, White Division, Home
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 2 v AEK Blacks 6 (Lukas, Luke G)
Man of Match-Lukas
After the disappointment of last week’s defeat in the last minute we faced a tough encounter with the runner’s up for the past two seasons. A fast start to the game was essential after we started sluggishly last week conceding early. However we didn’t learn our lesson as AEK quickly dominated the early exchanges and took control with three quick goals to lead by 25 minutes. Unfortunately they weren’t well crafted goals but mistakes on our part. They were breaking very quickly stretching our back line and we were indebted to some good covering work by Lukas or it could have been worse.
Some substitutions were made after their goals and picked us up for the remainder of the half. Our first goal was very pleasing after practising corners in training the previous day Lukas scored with a terrific header from San’s corner and was quickly followed up by another header from Luke G after a goalmouth scramble. Half time back in the game 2-3.
With the momentum of two goals i thought we could recover to win the game but another mistake early in the second half put them back in control. Not long after a clearance rebounded off one of their players to fly into the top corner from 30 yards. It was not going to be our day and we didn’t manage to put them under enough pressure and let them off the hook as our first touch was poor, passing off with too many long balls and players trying to take on players instead of the quick combinations we do best. When we did get in a couple of good positions to score we miskicked or fail to get good contact. We were also too open in midfield giving them time to spray pass to their dangerous forwards and not working hard enough tracking back or showing the same determination to win as AEK.
We know we need to get back to the passing game which proved so fruitful two weeks ago.
Edmonton Rangers Cobras v Highgate & Muswell Hill, White Division, Home
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 6 v Highgate & Muswell Hill 2 (Brian 2, Kamran 2, Luke, Dominik)
Man of Match- Kane
After our disappointing performance last week it was good to bounce back with a victory over opponents who we always have a tough battle with. The emphasis was to get back to our passing and moving game , cutting down on long balls and making use of the pace we have on the wings and be more compact in the middle of the pitch.
We started with a slightly different arrangement in midfield and also with the benefit of 25 minutes of Finley. We began with a good tempo creating a couple of chances for Kamran on the break but he was off target. It didn’t take long before we went ahead through a Luke header , quickly followed by a break starting with quick role out from James and Finley saw the run of Kamran picking him out with a 40 yard pass that he ran on to and slotted past the keeper. Defensively we were coping well with their sporadic attacks and went in to a 3-o half time lead when Kamran got on the end of another through ball to chip the keeper.
Half time team talk emphasised not being complacent and letting them back in the game as they have made similar comebacks against us before. As I expected HMH put us under a bit of pressure for a ten minute period before we were able to extend our lead through two well taken finishes from Brian cutting in from the left wing. The only disappointment was not keeping a clean sheet as we conceded following a free kick only for Dominik to be put through calmly sliding past the keeper before some more defensive sloppiness letting in another consolation goal.
With five subs it is not easy managing the team but we seem to have players able to slot into a number of roles which is encouraging.
Edmonton Ranger Cobras v Wembley Youth Red, Middlesex Cup, Round 1
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 6 v Wembley Youth Red 2, (Dominik 2, Luke, Luke G, Christian, Berkay)
Man of Match-Lukas
The rain poured down through the night and early morning thankfully stopping leading up top kick off so was hoping it wasn’t going to be miserable on the pitch.
We made a much better start than in some games getting into our stride early taking an early lead after Dominik pounced on a dropped catch from their goalkeeper followed not long after by a header from one of Finley’s long throws… pretty much a copy of a goal from last week. We were carving them open through the middle with passes from Sam, Finley and Luke and Dominik should have increased the lead in a one on one with their keeper. Then we took the foot off the gas and lost some of our intensity and let them get back into the game and after a scrappy period they pulled one back directly from a corner.Half time 2-1.
Second half we upped our tempo again and quickly restored a two goal cushion with a goal from Berkay after a scramble in the box and then Christian scored a fine individual goal after beating some players and slotting past the keeper. We continued to waste chances with wrong decision making on passes when teammates better placed before a shot from Luke G outside the box found the corner and through ball from Brijon found Dominik with a cool finish.
Lukas at the back was again strong covering across the back three and it was a good performance in patches but know we can pass and move the ball better.
Edmonton Rangers Cobras v Highgate & Muswell Hill Foxes,League Cup, Round 1
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 2 v Highgate & Muswell Hill Foxes 4 (George, Luke G)
Man of Match-Brijon
Our pre match preparation wasn’t helped by players turning up with less than 10 minutes to kick off and before that only eight ready to play. We were missing five players through holiday and injuries which didn’t help as the match progressed and there were no fresh legs and ideas to bring on. We also need to be more consistent as week to week it is difficult to know how we are going to play.
With no James this week Luke A went in goal and did fine in the first half not having a shot to save but beaten by low shot in the corner after we were guilty of not clearing our lines.We didn’t get into our passing rhythm and didn’t use the wingers enough but created opportunities for George and Luke G which should have found the net.
2nd half with Luke G back in goal HMH went two up through early penalty which was a controversial decision.This knocked us back and for twenty minutes we lost some fight and shape with players not working hard enough to track back and help out the defence resulting in two more goals for HMH.
It looked like it could be a humiliating defeat but credit to the Cobras for fighting back hard in the last twenty minutes playing faster and using our wide players resulting in goals for George and Luke g but nevertheless disappointing after beating them comprehensively two weks ago. We had the players to beat them but didn’t play at the level needed for long enough and need to defend as a team better.
Edmonton Rangers Cobras v Hampstead Stags, Challenge Cup Round 1, Home
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 3 v Hampstead Stags 4 (Driss 2, Luke G)
Man of Match-Luke A
The draw wasn’t very kind to us pitting us against current Red Division leaders Hampstead Stags who were undefeated this season.
It turned out o be a cracking game as we we played well, showed lots of fight and determination pressing them all round the pitch forcing mistakes and a desire not to lose. Ultimately we fell just short but it was a performance to be proud of and if we had had similar levels of performances in the games we have lost this season the result would have been different. We need to perform at this level week in week out and tat has been our problem so far…inconsistency.
We quickly got into our rhythm dominating all areas of the pitch and after a couple of close efforts took the lead after a great defence splitting ball put Driss through who slotted past the on rushing keeper. We hadn’t really had any close alarms at our end of the pitch but seconds before half time they equalised after mix up in our defence.
Second half Hampstead came out faster and began to dominate and scored two goals again where maybe we could have done better defensively. However we didn’t let our heads drop fighting back with a chip from Driss over the keeper and good run and shot from Christian which the keeper parried but Luke G was in hand to slot in the rebound. All to play for but with eight minutes to go they got the winner on the break and though James made a good save from their striker another player knocked in the rebound. We pressed for an equaliser with a succession of long throws into the box without success until the match ended controversially when the referee blew the final whistle whilst the ball was in the air heading into the box.
Edmonton Rangers Cobras v Hendon Youth, White Division, Home
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 1 v Hendon Youth 3 (George)
Man of Match-Samir
After a good performance last week against the Red divison leaders a similar performance should have yielded a comfortable victory. However as has become a pattern for this season we showed more inconsistency with another below par performance which resulted in another disappointing defeat.
Our strengths are passing and moving the ball quickly through midfield , using our pace and skill on the flanks and utilising the pace of Kamran, hold up play of Driss and finishing of Dominik and George.
We didn’t play great in the first half but were 1 up through George who was unlucky to see an earlier lob over the keeper bounce and hit the bar. Samir brought a good diving save from their keeper and whilst Hendon looked fast on the break we didn’t really have any alarms.
With improved passing , playing to feet and cutting out the long balls we should have gone on to win the game but we had a very poor second half with poor control, passing and movement and lack of fighting spirit and willingness to work hard. The defence suddenly became strangers and seemingly unable to cope with three at the back and lack of tracking back on the flanks and within the space of 15 to 20 minutes we were 3-1 down. We struggled to create anything and were not helped by missing players and injuries during the game but we made it very easy for Hendon to win the game. A tough Middlesex Cup game awaits at Northwood and performances like today and others need to be improved 100% to stand any chance of progressing.
Northwood Blacks v Edmonton Rangers Cobras, Middlesex Cup, Round 2, Away
Northwood Blacks 3 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 1,(Kamran)
Man of Match- Samir
After last week’s disappointing performance we changed formation to try and be more solid defensively and compact the midfield and counter on the break against a team undefeated in the red division.
First half was a fairly tight game as we played up the slope and against the wind but on a good pitch in spite of the deluge yesterday.Defensively we coped well with their attack but found it difficult to break out in numbers and cause them too many problems. Driss was finding the target man role difficult and we had more success with Brian causing problems on the left and Samir ghosting into space. Half time 0-0.
With the slope to our advantage we were a bit more ambitious with Kamran and Brian stretching their defence and Dominik created two great chances through good footwork and determination and should have scored. We rode our luck with a couple of chances flashing past the post before we took the lead trough a Kamran penalty after ref blew for a foul on Luke which was very soft. Disappointingly we couldn’t hold the lead for more than five minutes after we failed to clear our lines before they took the lead after a quick break with ten minutes on the clock. Our chances were further diminished after Luke was booked for the second time and sent off in a harsh decision as there were no bad tackles during the game. Finley pushed into midfield and our best chance of an equaliser was a corner which we couldn’t quite force into the net after a scramble. From this they broke quickly and were awarded a penalty when one of their strikers tripped up outside the area like Raheem Sterling.. another poor decision as they converted to put a gloss on the score which didn’t reflect the closeness of the game.
Maccabi London Lions Blue v Edmonton Rangers Cobras, White Division, Away
Maccabi London Lions Blue 1 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 3(Kamran, Kane, Samir)
Man of Match- Arbnor
Captain’s (Kane) Report
Today’s opponent were a team who’d lost every game this season so far, who were very keen to get their first win. From the start you would see their determination, their pressure was making us rush decisions and panic with the ball. In the first half we couldn’t really get the ball going and play the way we wanted however we did have the majority of the ball but we couldn’t find the final pass as our forwards weren’t making runs. Before half time they made it 1-0 with a good finish from their left winger.
In the second half we came back much stronger with a change of formation (4-4-2).Kane and Luke were the wide men and created pockets of space for Samir to play balls for Driss and Kamran. Our opponents started to get frustrated as they couldn’t the ball of us and soon we scored with a good finish from Kamran to make it 1-1 .They started to put more pressure on and this resulted in us getting a free kick taken by Brijon but unluckily he hit the crossbar with a fantastic shot. Later on Kane scored to make it 2-1 with his first goal of the season after a pass from Driss. Finally Samir scored with a long shot which slipped through the keepers hands this made it 3-1. From 1-0 down to win 3-1 was a great morale boost to help us to carry on our campaign after our 4 losses in a row.
AEK Blacks v Edmonton Rangers Cobras, White Division, Away
AEK Blacks 0 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 0
Man of Match-Christian
Man of Match-
After last weeks return to form a tough test against league leaders AEK was our next challenge. On a freezing cold grey morning we were looking for revenge following our loss a few weeks ago.
We started with the same formation which turned round the game at Maccabi and seems to have given us a more solid look. It proved to be a hard fought battle with two evenly matched teams who cancelled each other out. Defences in particular were on form limiting both teams to few chances. In the first half our best fell to George who was thwarted by their keeper whilst James made a couple of good saves with his feet. The main source of danger was often the big boots out from their keeper.
In the second half the game continued a similar pattern but we could have taken the lead early on when Kamran was one on one with their keeper who managed to deflect wide. A number of times an opportunity to score looked like happening until a leg or tackle got in the way. With a few minutes to go and pressure building their striker was through on goal but James got a vital leg to the ball to keep out and showed good handling on a couple of late free kicks.
The game ended in what was a fair result and our first 0-0 in eight years, the foundation being strong work in midfield from Christian and his boot off the line and John, Berkay, Arbnor, Brijon and James excelling at the back.
Hendon Youth v Edmonton Rangers Cobras, White Division, Away
Hendon Youth 5 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 1 (Luke G)
Man of Match-Arbnor
After some good recent performances we had one of our poorest games this season allowing ourselves to be outfought and beaten in all the physical battles and didn’t get our passing and movement going though this could also be down to a good performance by Hendon. They were particularly strong in the air and we played into their hands by continually going long from goal kicks and the ball came back putting us under pressure.
Individual errors also contributed to the result and our only goal came when a good through ball from Kane was well read by Luke G beating the offside trap to fire under the keeper.Half time 2-1 down.
The second half we started brightly for first ten minutes with a driving run into the box from Christian beating two or three players before being brought down..however no penalty! Then a great run from Dominik running 30 or 40 yards before firing just over the bar. However after conceding a third from the penalty spot we never really threatened a comeback.
100% Soccer School v Edmonton Rangers Cobras, White Division, Away
100% Soccer School 3 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 8, (George 3, Luke G 2, Luke, Driss, Kane)
Man of Match- Berkay
To my surprise a 7.20am text confirmed the pitch was playable just as i was looking forward to a lie-in. The pitch was very soft and one or two puddles but fine and much better than Croxley’s last season.
It turned out to be quite a game with the first half in particular full of twists and turns, mistakes and drama.We got off to a good start with Luke G firing in from outside the area but the goalkeeper let it slip under his body so a fortunate start. Instead of consolidating our lead we had a 7 or 8 minutes of madness whichg saw us concede three goals due to being not switched on and sloppiness. Their equaliser was from their kick off and did feature some good wing play but should have been prevented. The next two were very poor from our point of view and resulted in me having to shout at my team something i’ve never got as cross about before in eight seasons!
Our response was good and we turned it round to lead at half time by 5-3 with great goal from Driss following superb run from Dominik and a free kick from Luke and two more from Luke G and George. 100% were looking for an early goal but we struck first with ‘banger’ from George on the half volley into the top corner from a cleared corner. We then had to dig deep as they dominated possession but resolute defending and midfield play kept them at bay before Kamran set up Kane and George for his hat trick. A thrilling end to end game and a lot closer than the scoreline suggests but a good way to enter the Christmas break.
Edmonton Rangers Cobras v Highgate & Muswell Hill Foxes, White Division, Home
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 3 v Highgate & Muswell Hill Foxes 2 (Dominik, Luke, Brijon)
Man of Match- Dominik
After the Christmas and New Year break we welcomed in 2019 with our fourth meeting with HMH Foxes this season. After ending 2018 with a convincing win the aim was to try and continue with a victory and get some momentum into 2019.
We welcomed back Finley for a rare appearance and started the game well without creating too many chances and coping with their balls down the channel. Dominik was leading the line well and beating players easily but after two half chances was put through on the left hand side of the area before drawing the keeper and slotting past him. As the half wore on we were losing the midfield battle and not passing the ball very well or quickly enough and on the stroke of half time they equalised with an own goal from Brijon as he tried to head clear.
Into the second half and we began to cause problems on the wing with Kane’s pace and George and Kamran but shot were blocked, saved or wide of the target and we fell behind when a mammoth clearance went over our back line for their striker to race onto and chip James. We continue to press and our luck appeared to be out as George and Kamran both hit the bar but we had some fortune when a free kick from Luke outside the box sailed into the top corner. With confidence high we poured forward and with four minutes to go scored the winner from a corner with Brijon showing good technique to half volley into the net. A couple of minutes added time caused concern when they launched a couple of long throws into the area but we held firm for a deserved win.
Edmonton Rangers Cobras v Hendon Youth, White Division, Home
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 2 v Hendon Youth 2, (George, Luke A)
Man of Match- Luke A
Top of the table Hendon Youth were the next visitors to Oakthorpe after beating us twice already this season. They are a big, strong well organised team but we played to their strengths and not ours in the previous games so hoped to make it third time lucky.
The first half was fairly even but we were struggling to force their keeper into making any saves of note despite a lot of possession. At the other end we were indebted to an outstanding reaction save from James at point blank range from their striker to keep the scores level. However we went behind just before half time to a poor defensive goal from our point of view as someone was left unmarked at the back post to volley home.
Second half we tried to up the tempo and move the ball quicker with Luke moving back into defence and Christian coming into midfield. Fifteen minutes in we went 2 down after their striker outmuscled Luke on a through ball and chipped over James. This is when we showed the character in our team continuing to take the game to Hendon but either shots blocked or off target it looked like it wasn’t going to be our day. We were given hope with fifteen minutes to go after George placed a great shot in the far corner giving the keeper no chance. Game on! With time running out Brijon took a perfect corner for Luke A to run in and fire home in the six yard box. Two minutes injury time followed where we had to defend a couple of long throws before the whistle blew.
Whetstone Wanderers Leopards v Edmonton Rangers Cobras, White Division, Away
Whetstone Wanderers Leopards 1 V Edmonton Rangers Cobras 2 (Kane, Driss)
Man of Match-James
Whetstone Wanderers Leopards, newly promoted team who had been on a decent form, our first game of the season against them, hopefully a win.
The game was delayed for a while due to the icy pitch conditions. Early on in the first half we managed a breakaway attack, Driss got unlucky with a good shot that Kane managed to turn in from close range, 1:0. the rest of the half we were on the defense, Whetstone getting close with a few chances and hitting the post.
Second half, a few minutes into it the was a ball over the top hat their striker managed get through the defense collect it and chip it over James, 1:1. For the next 20 minutes we were very strong defensively, determined not to let them score another goal. With about 20 mins to go we started to go on the attack, after some great attempts and unlucky shots from Dominik, we then had a good attack with a good pass to Driss who managed to fire it into the back of the net, 2:1!!!
For the final 10 minutes it was a defensive battle, including a last second free kick that ended up with the whole team back to the goal desperately trying to keep ahead. But thanks to a few saves and good defending we managed to hold out until the final whistle. A good win for us hopefully bringing us momentum for the Spring Cup next week.
Edmonton Rangers Cobras v Hendon Youth, Spring Cup, Home
Edmonton Rangers Cobras 5 v Hendon Youth 1 (Kane 2, Driss, Luke, Dominik)
Man of Match-Christian
Two weeks on from our last meeting and fourth of the season Hendon Youth were back for a Spring Cup match with us still looking for our first win over them.
It was vital that we played to our strengths with quick passing through the thirds and using our pace on the flanks.We started brightly with plenty of ball and pressure but not really testing the keeper whilst we were looking solid at the back.After about 25 minutes Hendon took the lead when the wind took hold of a cross and it ended up in the top corner. We made an immediate response scoring after a couple of minutes with Christian driving through from the centre circle before drawing the last defender slipping it to Driss who fired into the bottom corner from an acute angle. Half time arrived at 1-1.
With the wind in our favour we pressed strongly from restart and took the lead through Kane who thriving in a centre forward role outpaced the defenders drew the keeper and slotted into the bottom corner. A third goal was vital and for 20 minutes it stayed the same before a long throw from substitute Finley found Luke who glanced the ball in. With some breathing space we carried on attacking with Kane again driving into the box and from an acute angle somehow chipped the keeper and close to full time Dominik neatly finished on the half volley from a corner.
A very strong all round performance with Luke and Berkay dominant in defence, Christian winning midfield and Kane revelling up front.
100% Soccer School v Edmonton Rangers Cobras, Spring Cup, Away
100% Soccer School 1 v Edmonton Rangers Cobras 4, (Dominik 2, Kane, Kamran)
With 100%SS pitch and our home ground unplayable we switched to the pitch we hire in Bush Hill Park and despite last week’s rain was in excellent condition.A point would take us into the semi-final but a win a good chance of topping the group.
The game started and we soon got into our rhythm with a lot of good passing and movement even if not ending with clear cut chances. Brian was having some good runs on the left and after one set up Driss who snatched at the shot when had more time to compose himself and hit the target. Kane was causing problems with his pace moving across the line and taking defenders with him. Defensively we looked solid with former player Romario impressing for 100% with some strong running. After around 30 minutes we took the lead with Kane outpacing a defender from Dominik’s pass and firing across the keeper. This was quickly followed with a second when Kane returned the favour driving out to the right wing before cutting back the ball for Dominik to fire home from edge of the area,
The second half was quite cagey and scrappy as 100%pressed for an equaliser but we were spreading the ball around looking dangerous in every attack and went further ahead when Kane teed up Dominik to fire a well struck shot into the bottom corner from outside the area. Finley had come on for Christian and making some forceful runs before they pulled a goal back. Undeterred we quickly responded as Kamran drove into the area turned his man before beating the keeper.
This was another good win to keep our good momentum going characterised by lots of good passing movement, individual skill and determination to win with a place in the semi-finals of Spring Cup secured.