Ladies First Team Crash of the Women’s FA Cup on Penalties…

After a near 5 month lay off (barring one week) the ladies returned to Football action in their rearranged First Round Tie in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup away to Kent Football United, two days after coming out various lockdowns / Tier changes.

As a result of the long lay, a full squad of 19 players were taken for the evening kick off which was streamed live to a near 1000 audience.

The ladies started the game with good intensity and having the majority of the possession without creating any clear cut chances when a loose pass on the half way line was cut out by the Kent Number 9 who ran with the ball unchallenged and unleashed a rocket from 25 yards into the top corner after 12 minutes.

The ladies tried in vain to get an equaliser before half time again having most of the possession, but struggling to break down a determined Kent defence and went into the half time break 1-0 down.

A half time change gave the ladies a spark and they started the second half very well. Once again the ladies were well on top having majority of the possession. Claire Huggins and Courtney Cook were now causing the Kent full backs plenty of problems and pushing the hosts into a very low block. After 55 minutes an Amy Cooper header from a corner hit the post and an equaliser was surely not far away.

On 58 minutes, the ladies finally made the breakthrough and equalised through Amy Makewell, pouncing to stab home a shot from Beau Parker which cannoned off the cross bar. 1-1 and game on.

The ladies were well on top and looking for the winner as Kent seemed happy to defend very deep and try and hit them on the break with a counter attack with the threatening number 9, but to be fair the ladies they defended the counter very well.

After 90 minutes the game was still level and the game went into 30 minutes extra time. The game remained deadlocked and the dreaded penalty shootout followed for a place into the second round away to Chichester Ladies.

Unfortunately, for the ladies we crashed out 4-3 and the FA Cup run had sadly come to an end.

Manager Billy Highton said “I honestly could not have asked anymore of the ladies, other than another goal ! I thought their work rate for 120 minutes after so long out was outstanding and penalties is a lottery and a horrible way to go out. We have come a long way as a football club and we now look forward to getting back training and getting ready for next season”

Next up for the ladies is a quarter final cup tie at home to Charlton Athletic U21s.

COVID-19 UPDATE – Senior Football Continues to be Suspended until further notice…

Further to the government’s announcement on Wednesday 30 December with regards to the introduction and continuation of Tier 4 areas and the latest information on COVID-19, the FA have issued the following update.

Football for adult participants across ‘non-elite’ football in Tier 4 areas is not permitted, including all training and fixtures. This immediate advice applies to the following aspects of ‘non-elite’ football in England in Tier 4 areas:

  • Steps three to six of the National League System (NLS)
  • Tiers three to seven of the Women’s Football Pyramid
  • Regional NLS feeder leagues
  • Barclays FA WSL Academy League (unless under elite guidance)
  • Indoor and outdoor adult grassroots football
  • Vitality Women’s FA Cup (which is currently classified as ‘non-elite’ at this stage in the competition)

As a result our First Team FA Women’s National League and FA Cup Matches together with our Reserves and Thirds Greater London Women’s League are suspended until further notice.

Further updates will follow in due course..

First Team – Vitality FA Womens Cup 1st Round Preview…

This Sunday 20th December our First Team will play away to League Rivals Kent Football United in the first round proper of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup where A victory for the Ladies will send them into the second round for the first time since 2014.

The ladies have had a strong start to the season having lost only game in all competitions this season, which came in the very first game of the season away to AFC Wimbledon conceding a winning goal in the 96th minute.

The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw back in October at the QE with both teams failing to take their chances.

Manager Billy Highton says ‘ The tickets sold out very quickly so we’re expecting a great little atmosphere. Having played Kent already this season we know they will be tough opposition, but we go there on a good run of form so we are looking forward to it.’

The ladies secured their place in the First round proper with a hard fought 2-1 win away at Luton Town FC, whilst Kent Football United overcame league rivals AFC Wimbledon in the last round by the same scoreline.

An away trip to the Sussex coast awaits the winners at Southern Premier League Side Chichester & Selsey Ladies on Sunday 3rd January 2020.

Senior Teams Lockdown Fundraising Challenge – Completed….

During the November Government Lockdown the Senior section were challenged to Run, Cycle, Row or Walk 1985 miles to raise £1985 for local girl ‘Daya’ and her charity Solving Kids Cancer, after being inspired by her remarkable story.

The challenge was a huge success raising a fantastic £2775 and we would therefore like to thank everyone who donated so generously for this great cause, given the difficult times that we are all facing.

‘Daya’ and her family also participated in the challenge and we are very much looking forward to inviting them all to a future home game in the new year and formally welcoming them to the Enfield Town Ladies Family.

The fundraising page still remains open and any additional support will be warmly received

Enfield Town Ladies FC is fundraising for Solving Kids’ Cancer (justgiving.com)

Senior Ladies Section 1985 Challenge…

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/enfield-town-ladies-fc

ENFIELD TOWN LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB was founded in 1985 as Merryhills Midgets, a name taken from the primary school that the founder members attended and although The Club has undergone a couple of name changes throughout the years, in 2003 we formed official links with Enfield Town FC (Men’s), which was set up by the supporters of the defunct Enfield FC, leading us to be called Enfield Town Ladies FC and this year we are celebrating our 35th Year in existence.

Back in September 2020 we supported Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and in Particular a local girl called ‘Daya’ fight against the disease who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma aged just 11 months. After two and half years of treatment to battle the cancer her family successfully raised £362,000 for life-threatening surgery to remove the remaining neuroblastoma tumour and although ‘Daya’ is currently in remission she may need further treatment to prevent relapse which may not be possible through NHS funding and could therefore cost hundreds of thousands pounds. If ‘Daya’ does use the funds for treatment all money raised will go to Solving Kids cancer and their charitable work in funding research and supporting other families against neuroblastoma

During this latest Lockdown our Ladies Football season has been postponed. Therefore, from 5th November 2020 our senior ladies section will be participating in either running, walking, cycling or rowing 1985 miles (being the year we were formed) until the end of Lockdown 2nd December to try and raise £1985 for ‘Daya’s cause. 

Please give generously and help us raise funds for this  much needed cause.

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Ladies Welcome Lucy Loomes…

Our First Team welcome Lucy Loomes to the club having signed from FA National Premier Division Hounslow FC. Lucy has also represented England at U17, U19, U20 and U23s including playing in the U19 Euros. The former London Bees striker is yet another great addition to the squad and we are delighted to bring her experience to The Town.

Elise Wigg Remembered…

On Tuesday 28 January 2020 we received the most devastating news that one of our former youth players Elise Wigg had tragically passed away aged 20.

Elise joined our football club in 2013, during the 2013-2014 Season.  She already knew one or two of the girls in the team when she joined which helped her settle in and very quickly.

Although she became very confident and friendly with her teammates, she was less confident in her own football ability and feared letting her teammates down if she ever made a mistake, which at times made her quite anxious. This was a common theme amongst a few of the girls, but the culture of the football club was to just let the girls have fun and express themselves and to play without any fear. So regardless of whether we won, lost or drew, we always looked at the positives and worked on what we did well. That said the girls were a very talented group of players that all wanted to play for each other and that season Elise was part of the squad that won the County Cup and League Cup Finals to secure a cup double. To celebrate their success the Men’s team invited the squad to parade their trophies around their QE Stadium in front of their own supporters which was a great experience for them all.

Elise signed on again for the 2014-2015 season and the more Elise trained and played with a positive mind-set, the more expressive she was on the pitch and soon became settled in the position of Right Back. She was very tenacious and loved to tackle and although small in size not many players actually got the better of her. She was learning quickly and developing into a fine young player that she made this position her own and the number 2 shirt became her shirt.

Her former coach Chris Devine recalls one memory of that season was a game away to Brentford FC. “We turned up at the game and some of the girls noticed that Jamie Redknapp was at the ground. The girls were quite excited, but embarrassed at the same and asked me to ask him for a photo with them, with which he gladly obliged. One by one they started to ask him to autograph their football boots when Elise innocently said “that’s it, I’m not wearing them ever again”, forgetting she was due play in them an hour later! Anyway, she reluctantly wore them (she had no choice) and scored her first and only ever goal for the club, a 20 yard screamer from the edge of the box into the top corner. It was a great moment to watch as all the girls were celebrating with her pointing at her autographed boot”. I don’t think she quite believed what had just happened as she then came over to the touchline to give me a Steve a high five and said, “It was Jamie who scored it, It was Jamie”, “no Elise, I said, it was you”! 

At the end of the season we were not sure how many girls would re-sign for 2015-2016 season as it was GCSE year. To our amazement everyone re-signed plus we signed a couple more too. Elise signed again for her third season and played a total of 6 games before deciding to leave in January 2016 to take a break from football. She joined us a shy anxious young girl and left us two years later a confident funny young lady.

Her sudden passing had shocked the whole football club and we have been inundated with messages from the football community across the whole country and we can’t thank everyone enough for their kind words.

Elise former Manager Steve Smith said “Elise, it was a pleasure to coach you as a player and get to know you as a person. RIP

Former team-mate Danielle said “The Elise I knew and played with was a lovely, kind and funny person. She brought so much light and laughter to the team. A life gone way too soon”

Former team-mates Macy and Eliza said “Elise, you will be hugely missed by everyone. Lots of love the Diaz twins. Rest in Peace”

Former team-mate Tamsin says “I love you unconditionally. I can’t wait until we are playing football together again. Team Tamsin and Elise forever”

Former team-mates Paige and Courteney said “Elise, we will miss you.  Rest up until we meet again”

Elise will be sorely missed by everyone at the football club who knew her, played with her and coached her and she will always remain a part of the Enfield Town Ladies Family.

In Elise’s memory the First Team will be holding a minutes applause before their County Cup Match against Ashford Town (Middlesex) Women on Sunday 25th October 2020.