Ladies Concede Two late Goals at Table Topping Billericay…

The Ladies travelled to Top of the Table Billericay Sunday looking to improve on their previous league perfomance against Actonions.

The Ladies started the game very well, setting the tempo and on the playing on the front foot. Mollie Kmita and Leah Littlechild were enjoying some early space behind the Billericay back 3.

In the 7th minute there was a shout for handball in the area when a Billericay defender handled when trying to control the ball, but the referee did not feel it was deliberate despite vociferous appeals from the Enfield players and Bench and waved play on.

Enfield were beginning to be on top and on 27 minutes took a deserved lead. Good hold up play from Che Thomas pulled it back to Leah Littlechild whose first time whipped cross to the back post was met by the oncoming Mollie Kmita who smashed in the back of the net. 1-0.

The Ladies were well on top and winning their battles in midfield and the back 4 also resolute in winning their tackles when a crunching tackle from Nuala McKevitt on one of the Billericay Players stopped play for around 5 minutes. The break in play seemed to help Billericay get better organised and began to get on top after the restart.

On 42 minutes the hosts were level. Their Centre Midfielder fell on the ball and clearly handled, players stopped and appealed but the ref once again didn’t see a handball 5 yards in front of him and the ball was quickly played forward into their striker who lobbed Taylor from the edge of the box. 1-1.

The second Half started much the same as the first. Enfield controlling the first 10-15 minutes, but Billericay coming back into it a twice hitting the bar from long range shots. In fact it was becoming end to end with chances for both teams and in the 77 minute Enfield went 2-1 up. Good play from Substitute Diana Tobe played out wide to Mollie Kmita whose first time low cross was cleverly dummied by Katie O’Leary and Che Thomas coming in off the left and smashed it past the Keeper to put the Town in front.

A few minutes later Alana Munro was put clean through and chance to wrap it up but her shot was saved by the Keeper who quickly threw the ball out for a Billercay counter attack which was defended well but a corner to Billericay. The corner followed and a Billericay Defender met the cross with a looping header into the net to make it 2-2 on 84mins.

The next 5 minutes was once again end to end with chances for both teams to score, but it was on 88mins another Billericay corner and carbon copy of their previous corner the same defender jumped highest and headed into the bottom corner to make it 3-2.

There was still time for two chances for Town to score, firstly Alana Munro was sent clear again but her shot was easily saved by the keeper and then a Jessie Carpanini shot from 25 yards was just tipped over the bar the Goalkeeper, with the corner well defended by Billericay.

The full time whistle quickly followed and a great effort from the Ladies who can feel hard done by the result, but not the performance.

Next week they travel away to London Seaward and another performance like today and these narrow defeats and draws of late will soon turn into wins.

Manager Billy Highton Said after the game ‘We didn’t deserve to lose that game. The ladies were superb and fought hard for each other and Im very proud of each and every one of them”

Ladies Through to the next round of the FA Women’s National League Cup

A Hatrick from Klesha Darroux helped the ladies beat QPR in the League Cup and progress to the next round.

Town made 5 changes from their previous defeat at Hashtag United and were quickly on the front foot straight from Kick Off, but were behind after 5 minutes with QPR first attack of the game. A failed clearance allowed the Rangers forward to shoot and score from 10 yards to put the visitors 1-0 up.

Town were getting in some good areas behind the QPR back 3, but despite creating good opportunities to score failed to take advantage, but it was not going to be long before they were back in the game. Klesha Darroux and Che Thomas (making her debut after injury) were dangerous down the channel and their pace were causing problems for the QPR defence. Katie O’Leary was holding the ball up well and linking well with Diana Tobe. Brionne Fowle and Nuala Mckevitt were dominant in midfield and despite being a goal down the ladies looked very comfortable.

The equaliser came in the 33rd minute, and was thoroughly deserved. A great through ball down the channel put Katie O’Leary free, who squared her cross into the path of Klesha Darroux who poked the ball past the QPR Keeper to bring it level 1-1.

More opportunities followed, but it wasn’t until the 43rd minute when Town went ahead. A superb though ball from Brionne Fowle split the QPR defence and Klesha Darroux rounded the keeper and tapped the ball into the empty net. 2-1 up before the break and a good first half performance.

The second half started the same as the first with Town once again very dominant in possession. A few early chances were created but not taken until Che Thomas was played in behind the QPR defence once again on 56 minutes and through on goal she unselfishly squared the ball to Katie O’Leary who slid in at the far post to make it 3-1.

Che Thomas and Brionne Fowle were then immediately brought off and rested and replaced by Rebecca Evans and Carla Perez with the latter making her first appearance of the season. Carla bringing a physical attribute to the Town defence freeing up the midfield to be even more creative. Chance after chance being created but not taken. More substitutes followed, Lisa Fulgence on for her first appearance of the season and Alana Munro coming on to add to the pace up front both had chances to add their names to the scoresheet and the game could easily have been 7 or 8-1 by time the ladies sealed the game in the 89th minute. A solo run by Klesha Darroux cutting into the box and shooting, the GK saved it but the ball rebounding back to Darroux who slid the ball into the net for her Hatrick.

A superb team performance by the Town. They march into the next round of the League Cup.

Coach Jade Dempster Said “Last week we questioned their desire after the hashtag game, and the girls have took that on board and worked hard during the week and today we saw that desire to win the first ball, to win the second ball, play for each other and they got the result they full deserved”

Ladies Secure First Win at Norwich…..

The Ladies finally got their first win of the season at the fourth attempt on Sunday securing a 4-1 away victory at Norwich City.

After a long week of 3 games in 8 days, the ladies had suffered last minute heartache away at Cambridge United, and then a midweek draw at home to Harlow Town playing 46 minutes with 10 playing after a first half red card, it was case of 3rd time lucky on a long away trip to ‘The Nest’ in Norwich.

The ladies started very brightly with some early attacking combination play straight from Kick Off. A quick first time ball played out to the left to Alana Munro who cut inside to play a square ball into Katie O’Leary. She played a first time balll in to the path of Mollie Kmita who unleashed a shot from 30 yards straight into the bottom corner of the net to give the Town a First Minute lead, 1-0.

Town continued to attack whenever they had the ball, but gaps started to appear down the defensive channels which Norwich tried to exploit at every opportunity they had and for 10-15 minutes it was end to end.

On 25 minutes, Sheryce Slater took a free kick from around 25 yards which hit the underside of the crossbar, and fell to Rachel Kosky who smashed the ball over the line, only to be unfortunately flagged for offside.

3 minutes later Norwich equalised with a classic counter attack. Town lost the ball on the edge of the Norwich box, which was quickly played forward into the defensive exposed channel. Play was quickly switched to their forward who shot at an angle which was well saved by Grace Taylor only for the ball to fall into an oncoming player who shot from 10 yards to bring it level 1-1.

The remaining half was finely balanced and with the half time whistle looming, a superb reverse through ball from Rebecca Evans was played into Katie O’Leary who calmly clipped the ball over the keeper for her first goal for the club since joining from Watford, to make it 2-1 on 44 minutes and a deserved half time lead for the Town.

The second half was pretty much the same as the first with opportunities at both ends, but the best chances falling to the Town strikers who failed to add to the scoreline until the 78 minute. Katie O’leary once again causing havoc finding space in the Norwich box, when she was brought down when just about to shoot. Penalty Town. O’Leary picked herself up and put away the penalty to make it 3-1.

4 minutes later, Alana Munro found space down the right hand side, beat her defender and crossed to the left hand side of the penalty area to Katie O’leary who smashed the ball past the keeper for her hat-trick to make it 4-1 and game over (see photo).

Town saw out the remaining 10 minutes including injury time for a well deserved victory and finally off the mark for their first win of the season.

Manager Billy Highton said “A great result and performance which the ladies fully deserved and hopefully we can now build on that for next week”

Next up for the ladies is Hashtag United (away) on Sunday 5th September, followed by a home tie in the League Cup against QPR on Sunday 12th September

Our Development Team will also be playing their home games at the QE this season. They start their campaign at home on 5th September against Actonians.

Match Report – Ladies vs London Seaward (1-1)

The ladies were finally back in league action after a 9 month absence following the cancellation of their league last season.

After a nervy start, it was the away team that took the lead after 5 minutes A needless free kick given away 30 yards out which was whipped into the box which Town Goalkeeper Grace Taylor could only parry into the the path of a Seaward forward who stabbed home to make it 1-0.

Alana Munro was a constant threat for Town with her pace which the seaward right back was struggling to contain. It was not a surprise that within the space of 5 minutes Munro cut inside from the left and made the GK make two very quick saves.

Town were looking threatening with every attack and Midway through the first half Mollie Kmita sent Katie O’Leary clear with a fine through ball only for her shot to be once again denied by the impressive Seaward keeper.

Town went down 1-0 at the break, but on another day could easily have been 4-1 up had it not been for the Seaward keeper.

Town started the second half on the front foot and and created a few openings and it was no surprise when Alana Munro was set free on 55mins and Calmly finished past the Gk to make it 1-1.

A few minutes later Munro was once again denied at the near post with another great save from GK.

Midway through the second half O’Leary saw the GK off her line and lobbed her from 30 yards only for the ball to rebound off the post and it was quickly becoming one of those days.

With 10 minutes to go Town were still looking for a winner when Munro was once again put through on goal but was pulled back by the shirt in the box. Penalty to town? No, the ref waved play on and the score remained 1-1.

Given the chances created versus seaward one shot on target it was disappointing not to pick up the 3 points and will be seen as two points lost, but plenty of positives to take into a busy week of 3 games in 7 days.

Next Home Game vs Harlow Town Ladies Wednesday 25th August 745pm KO

Development Team Shirts Sponsored by WWE….

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with the Men’s First Team whom have formed an extremely exciting new sponsorship deal with WWE for the 2021-22 season! 

For decades, WWE has been the byword for professional wrestling entertainment worldwide, and its United Kingdom-based arm, NXT UK, has gone from strength to strength since its launch. With WWE’s British Performance Center opening locally in 2019, it established Enfield as a base for wrestling entertainment in the UK.

Our Development team match shirts for the 21-22 season will officially bear the NXT UK® crest.

Replica shirts are on sale here: https://shop.etfc.london/product/special-edition-20th-anniversary-commemorative-shirt-adults

LONDON, UK & STAMFORD, CT, USA – August 19, 2021 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Enfield Town Football Club today announced a one-year agreement that will see a first-of-its-kind partnership spanning the 2021/22 football season in the UK. 

Enfield Town Football Club’s radical reputation within the football landscape was forged when in 2001 they became the first supporter-owned football club in the country – a move then widely adopted across the UK.

The 2021/22 Enfield Town Football Club 20TH Anniversary Home shirts were first revealed online by EVP, Global Talent Strategy & Development, Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque, in a video which can be seen here. 

“The launch of WWE’s UK Performance Center in 2019 saw the roots of NXT UK firmly grounded in Enfield and through this partnership we are thrilled to continue supporting the Enfield community,” said Michael Levin, WWE Vice President, International. “Enfield Town FC and WWE share an intrinsic value of putting fans at the heart of everything we do, a vision of supporting the next generation of talent in sport and entertainment, and a goal of putting smiles on the faces of our fans.”

Paul Reed, Chairman at Enfield Town Football Club, said: “For a fan-owned club committed to delivering a sense of community and entertainment to the local area, to have a partner with the magnitude and ethos of WWE is truly special. Our vision is one of inclusivity and equality for all and to be a social centre for Enfield, and we welcome NXT UK as part of the family in our 20thAnniversary year.”  

The NXT UK crest will appear on both the First Team’s Home shirts and the Ladies Development Team Home shirts, a fitting way to mark Enfield Town Football Club’s 20th Anniversary this year.NXT UK will also be visible in branding around the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, various digital club properties, and in community events planned to take place throughout the season.

NXT UK showcases the brightest stars of WWE’s United Kingdom division including WALTER, Ilja Dragunov, Meiko Satomura, Trent Seven, and the youngest singles champion in WWE history, Tyler Bate. NXT UK also launched the WWE careers of former Raw Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley, SmackDown’s Toni Storm, plus NXT’s Pete Dunne and tag team Grizzled Young Veterans.

Weekly episodes of NXT UK air every Thursday at 8pm BST on WWE Network, repeated Friday at 10pm BST on BT Sport.

SummerSlam airs live from Las Vegas this Saturday, August 21, on WWE Network.

Jade Dempster talk to ETLFC TV…….

Jade Dempster joined the club as Head Coach in early July, after a spell coaching at Arsenal Women and is excited by the opportunity in taking the Ladies to the next level.

“We’ve got a great a foundation at this club already which was a great attraction to me. We’ve had an indifferent start, being interrupted with COVID, Injuries, players getting pinged, lack of games, but then so have most clubs so we just have to get on with it like everyone else.

We have retained an experienced core from last season which is fantastic, and also added some more experience players and some very talented younger players too. We have a very strong squad and just looking forward to getting going now on Sunday to see where we are at”

To see Jade Interview in full, please click on the link below;

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CShi0b2oD_x/?utm_medium=copy_link

Ladies Seniors Open Training Session – CHANGED….

We thank all the applicants for applying to Join Enfield Town Ladies FC for the 2021-2022 Season.

However, following a slight change in the pre season schedule the open session dates have changed. Please note the new date as follows;  

📅 Wednesday 30th June 

⏰ 7pm till 9pm 

🌱 3G Surface 

📌 Enfield Town FC, EN1 3PL

Tuesday 29th and Thursday 1st July have subsequently been CANCELLED.. 

If you would to attend the open session Please respond with confirmation of your attendance by clicking the below link and filling in the form this will take 1 minute to complete.  🔗  https://l7academy.typeform.com/to/oLntxKu1

If you have any queries please contact us.

Ladies Newly Formed Development Team Join FAWNL Reserve League for 2021 Season..

We are delighted to announce that an application for our newly formed Development Squad to join the FAWNL Reserve League has been accepted.

First Team Manager Billy Highton says “This is fantastic news. We are absolutely delighted that we have been accepted into the FAWNL Reserve League. The Development Squad will train closely with the First Team Squad next season and we are sure the players will be challenged to develop and progress by playing National Football against quality opposition with the aim of progressing into the First Team”.

The club already has a proven pathway from Youth to Senior football and our Third Team will continue to to play in the Greater London Women’s Football League.

In readiness for the new season, The Ladies will be holding open training sessions on 29 June, 1st July and 4th July. Please register your interest by email coaching@ladies.etfc.london or Contact Lee Hayes on 07880 803765