Enfield Town 11 Brentwood Town 0
By Graham Dodd
What a result!
Town's under 23's registered an emphatic win to cement their position at the top of the table and vastly improve their goal difference, in the race for the title.
But it should be said that Brentwood's young squad, mainly under 18's, gave a good account of themselves and over 90 minutes, never stopped trying. Had it not been for two fine saves by 17 year old Teddy Reynolds, Brentwood would have scored in both halves and they should hold their heads high despite the hammering.
Town had started on the back foot, with too many players being caught in possession, choosing the wrong pass or simply giving the ball away, allowing Brentwood opportunities to mount dangerous attacks themselves. On the bench the talk was the need for a goal to settle Town and when Sam Chaney obliged just after 20 minutes, the floodgates opened. Bilal Sayoud almost immediately added a second though Brentwood complained long and hard about offside and then Josh Davison marked his return with a bludgeoning run into the area only to be brought down.
Josh stepped up to convert the penalty and then two more goals from Sayoud and Junior Mubiayi before the break saw Town have a 5 goal advantage. In truth, Brentwood were never going to come back and when Davison scored again minutes into the second half, all hope was distinguished.
Brentwood still battled, but Mason Tunbridge, another returnee to the Club guided the ball home and Sayoud completed his hat trick soon after, quickly followed by Davison completing his hattrick. The tally was increased by an unfortunate own goal and a rare goal from skipper Joe Devaney to seal the win.
Perhaps what was most impressive on the night, was the team's ruthlessness after a patchy start, best shown by its ability to score 6 goals in the second half, after scoring just 5 in the first! Town now have a break until the New Year, when they must retain this level of performance against some difficult opponents to win the League.