Town U-23/Reserves's Draw With Ware
By Dean Vale
Enfield Town U23’s/Reserves stumbled to a home 3-3 draw with bottom of the table Ware on Wednesday evening.
Match Report by Graham Dodd
In a game in which they created multiple chances and should have won by a distance, Town conceded two late goals to throw away points at the top of the table.
Town had started brightly with a re-shuffled side featuring Liam Hope, Sam Hatton, Rian Mc Clean and Mason Tunbridge, with Josh Davison giving Ware’s left back a torrid time in the opening 20 minutes. Davison created chances from the off as little was seen of Ware as an attacking force and it was no real surprise when Hope converted from close range to give Enfield a deserved lead. Maintaining the pressure, Town were playing some good football, opening Ware up regularly with Davison was at the heart of most good things, so it was no surprise when he was brought down in the box. Hatton stepped up to bury the penalty in the corner and Town looked at that stage in control.
Ware were reliant on the long ball for their attacks and started to pose Town a few problems and from one such ball, ex Towner Harley Haag, with a definite suspicion of handball, managed to smuggle his way past two defenders to pull a goal back shortly before the break.
Town again started brightly in the second half and created several good opportunities to score which were spurned. They did increase their lead when Hope scored with a terrific free kick from just outside the area and the stage was set for another home win. Ware’s keeper made a couple of good saves, but as mistakes crept in and Hope, Hatton and Tunbridge were all replaced, Town lost their way and Ware started to pose more of a threat and played their best football of the game. With time running out Haag scored again from close range to set up a tense finish for Town and then in the 5th minute of injury time, completed his hat trick with a fine shot from the edge of the area.