Enfield Town 5 Cambridge University 4
By Graham Dodd
Town edge past the students
Town's mixture of 1st and under 23 players cliched a narrow victory over the University side. Two late goals from the visitors made the scoreline much closer than it perhaps should have been, in a stop start game punctuated by both sides using roll on roll off substitutes.
The university started much quicker than Town, who looked off the pace and dis-organised in the first 20 minutes, allowing the visitors to score two simple goals. On a soft pitch and with a swirling wind, Town eventually started to play and the returning Mo Faal was prominent in most of the attacking moves.
Town's first goal came from an unexpected source when Nej Gench let fly from long distance and the keeper should have saved the effort in truth but it saw Town back in the game. Before half time, Josh Davison had thumped home a cross for the equaliser and Lewis Taaffe had given Town the lead from close range.
Faal departed at half time to be replaced by Aaron Greene and for a while Town dominated, with Greene scored a terrific goal dribbling around a number of defenders before slotting the ball home and Davison notched his second and Town's 5th. Cambridge however upped their game and scored twice though one had more than a suspicion of handball, but it was a good run out for all concerned.
From Town's perspective, Faal played for the first time since his injury, Greene and Taaffe again got valuable minutes and George Quarrington-Carter played his first 90 minutes of the season. The under 23's management were able to look at one or two new players with not a lot of game time recently, so a useful exercise.
The participating squad was : Teddy Wallduck, Duewaan Mc Kennon, George Quarrington- Carter, Necati Gench, Samson Esan, Dante Mc Intosh, Gidion Nsiah, Lewis Taaffe, Josh Davison, Mo Faal, Aaron Greene, Junior Mubiayi, Brandon Walsh, Dan Heald, Taulant Mehmeti