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Enfield Town
Hendon
S Youngs (11')
Full time
Tue 3 Oct 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 362

Town hang on for important win

Enfield Town 1 Hendon 0

Following an entertaining end-to-end first half, the majority of the second period was Hendon’s and this was ultimately a very satisfying three points based on a highly disciplined defensive display.

The game began at a high tempo, with Hendon looking to consolidate their position as joint league leaders. After a breathless first ten minutes of ebb and flow, Town took the lead with a fine goal. Aaron Greene charged down the left, beat a couple of defenders on a weaving run, laid the ball inside to Sam Youngs, who then cut inside to make an angle for himself and buried a low right foot shot past Greens keeper Tom Lovelock’s right hand.

Youngs turned provider after a quarter of an hour when his accurate diagonal ball found the head of Mickey Parcell, and Lovelock saved his downward header. On 22 minutes, Hendon’s ace marksman Niko Muir was way off target from distance, but Town were keeping up the pressure on the visitors’ back line regularly and, after Simon Thomas had set up Parcell, his dangerous low cross was cleared by Sam Murphy. Youngs fired wide from another Greene pass, and at the other end, Town had a let- off when Oliver Sprague fired narrowly over the bar.

Enfield Town 1 Hendon 0 (03.10.2017)
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Ten minutes before the break, Muir fired low and Joe Wright did well to save and then Ryan Blackman played in Thomas, whose shot was deflected behind. Wright then made another low stop to keep out a deflected effort, and Mario Noto’s free kick in a dangerous position cleared the Hendon bar. As an action-packed half drew to a close, Montell Moore fired narrowly wide and Thomas was off-target from Moore’s pass.

Half-time: Enfield Town 1 Hendon 0

Wright was soon in action after the break with another save low down and, as Town searched for a second goal, Thomas played in Moore, but the youngster was crowded out and the ball broke to Blackman, who fired over.

A great cross from Youngs on the right dropped for Parcell, and he blasted the ball goalwards with his left foot but Arthur Lee made a vital block. After Parcell had seen another attempt from a similar position fly over, Hendon came back into the game strongly and Josh Walker blazed over as the game approached its final third. Although Moore had an effort cleared off the line by Rian Bray, Hendon were camped for long periods in the Town half, with Simon Thomas dropping back regularly to help the rearguard action, especially against set pieces. Moore was tiring visibly as an attacking outlet and replaced by Ryan Blake after 74 minutes.

The last twenty minutes seemed like an eternity for Town fans as Hendon won a succession of corners and free-kicks, but Darren Purse and Taylor McKenzie, in particular, held firm. In truth, although their possession percentage was high, the number of Hendon efforts on target was kept to a minimum by Town’s superb organisation at the back. A tense five minutes were added on and the visitors’ final effort came from Matt Ball, who fired over shortly before the final whistle.

Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell, Danny Rumens, Mario Noto (Adam Martin 76), Darren Purse, Taylor McKenzie, Ryan Blackman, Sam Youngs (Ben Ward-Cochrane 83), Montell Moore (Ryan Blake 75), Simon Thomas, Aaron Greene. Unused subs: Rob Bartley, John Kyriacou. Booked: Blackman, Parcell.

Hendon: Tom Lovelock, Sam Murphy, Oliver Sprague (Matt Ball 66), Keagan Cole (Jake Eggleton 66), Rian Bray, Arthur Lee, Josh Walker (Kezie Ibe 83), Dave Diedhiou, Zak Joseph, Niko Muir, Ashley Nathaniel-George. Unused subs: Michael Corcoran, Leo Pedro. Booked: Cole.

Attendance: 362.

Key moments

11:00
Goal Sam Youngs scores for Enfield Town

Videos and photos

Enfield Town 1 Hendon 0 (03.10.2017)
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Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Sam Youngs is awarded player of the match for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Joe Wright keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Player of the Match
Mickey Parcell is awarded player of the match for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Danny Rumens keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Darren Purse keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Taylor McKenzie keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
84:00 Sub Off
Sam Youngs is substituted off for Enfield Town
84:00 Sub On
Ben Ward-Cochrane is substituted on for Enfield Town
78:00 Sub Off
Mario Noto is substituted off for Enfield Town
78:00 Sub On
Adam Martin is substituted on for Enfield Town
78:00 Sub Off
Montell Moore is substituted off for Enfield Town
78:00 Sub On
Ryan Blake is substituted on for Enfield Town
72:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Blackman is yellow carded for Enfield Town
64:00 Yellow Card
Mickey Parcell is yellow carded for Enfield Town
End of period 1
11:00 Goal 1 - 0
Sam Youngs scores for Enfield Town
11:00 Assist
Aaron Greene makes an assist for Enfield Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Enfield Town
  • Hendon
  • 0
  • Sam Youngs Goal 11:00'
  • Aaron Greene Assist 11:00'
  • Mickey Parcell Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Ryan Blackman Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Mario Noto Sub Off 78:00'
  • Adam Martin Sub On 78:00'
  • Montell Moore Sub Off 78:00'
  • Ryan Blake Sub On 78:00'
  • Sam Youngs Sub Off 84:00'
  • Ben Ward-Cochrane Sub On 84:00'
  • Sam Youngs Player of the Match 90:00'
  • Mickey Parcell Player of the Match 90:00'

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League round up

Other Premier Division results

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3
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Wingate & Finchley
Merstham
2
0
Folkestone Invicta
4
1
Dorking Wanderers
0
0
Margate
Tooting & Mitcham United
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7
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League table

# Team Pl Pts
15. Lowestoft Town 12 16
16. Leatherhead 11 16
17. Enfield Town 10 15
18. Dorking Wanderers 13 14
19. Burgess Hill Town 10 12
20. Needham Market 12 12
21. Thurrock 11 12

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