Enfield Town 5 Haringey Borough 4
By Graham Dodd
What a game!
90+ minutes of non stop action, saw Town’s under 23’s/reserves inflict revenge upon Haringey Borough for a 9-0 defeat earlier in the season. Borough are undoubtedly Town’s major threat to winning the League and without any shadow of doubt, contributed hugely to a fascinating game that regularly drew oohs and aahs from the crowd.
Since the first game, Town’s management team has changed, as has virtually the entire playing squad and whilst revenge was a motivator, protecting our position at the top of the table was of more importance and the squad delivered. Whilst for Town Brandon Adams will take the plaudits from his four goal display, the team as a unit were together and gained their reward despite a nervy end to a pulsating 90 minutes. Joe Devaney put in another solid, defensive midfield display, while slightly further forward, Blue Gallagher grew into the game as it went on. Junior Mubiayi and Bilal Sayoud in the wide positions always looked a threat and had the ball been moved to them both quicker on several occasions, the end result may have been different.
Borough took an early lead through some poor defending, but Adams soon equalised and that set the tone for the remainder of the first half. Borough went in front again, Adams equalised again. Adams put Town in front for the first time, Borough equalised before half time. Some of the goals from both sides were of top quality, though sometimes helped by defensive errors in truth, but nevertheless, the opportunities were taken.
Despite a breathless first half, Town seemed to move up a gear in the second half and played some lovely football at times. Mubiayi put Town in front again and Adams hit his fourth. Borough for a spell looked a little rocky as they looked to defend their unbeaten start to the season, but a couple of substitutions revived their forward play resulting in them scoring a fourth and with time running out, Town became a little edgy. A series of free kicks and corners needed to be defended and at times it was all hands to the pump as they defended deep, but successfully. With Borough committing players forward, Town had several opportunities to break and seal the win, but the final ball let them down.
The final whistle was greeted with some relief, but also huge satisfaction by the management team and the squad to strengthen Town’s position at the top of the table.
Teddy Reynolds, Duewaan Mc Kennon, Brad Empson, Ben Jones (capt), Dan Heald, Junior Mubiayi, Blue Gallagher (Kobi Coker), Luke Wright (Dante Mc Intosh), Bilal Sayoud, Brandon Adams unused substitutes Kyle Lynch, Louie Remi, Jamie Doyle