Bowers & Pitsea 1 Enfield Town 3
By Graham Dodd
Under 23's take their title challenge to the final game
Town produced probably their best all round performance of the season, at exactly the right time, to defeat their closest rivals for the League title, in a thrilling game.
With Kobi Coker injured, George Quarrington-Carter was called up for his first competitive appearance of the season and put in a masterful display at centre half, before having to leave the pitch with cramp in both legs in the second half. Lewis Taaffe also made a vital contribution in just his second appearance since before Christmas, whilst Aaron Greene and Bilal Sayoud both got vital minutes on the pitch. Skipper Joe Devaney was switched to full back and the team's formation was changed in a game everyone knew they had to win.
And Town started like a train. In the opening minutes Josh Davison forced a save from Whymark and then missed a one on one opportunity when the home keeper again did well. After Whymark had saved yet again, Sayoud's shot was cleared off the line by a covering defender, but Bowers briefly threatened with a couple of dangerous crosses before Town took the lead.
Greene combined on the left with Lewis King who had another fine game at full back and his cross found Davison who headed home. Bowers continue to threaten on the break, but it was Town who came closest to scoring again, when the returning, ever impressive Mason Tunbridge found Greene with a terrific through ball, but though his shot beat Whymark it hit the inside of the post and came out. Greene, Quarrington-Carter and Sayoud then shot over in the next wave of attacks.
As the game approached half time, Teddy Wallduck made a fine save from close range to keep the scores level, before Sayoud missed a penalty after he had been brought down. Both sides had further chances before the end of a breathless first half.
Town started well again with Sayoud forcing Whymark into another save, Greene appealed for another penalty when there was a tangle of legs in the area and Davison had another opportunity. Bowers then upped their game. After a long range effort just cleared the bar, from a free kick, Wallduck's bar was rattled and he then made another good save as the hosts looked to get back into the game.
Greene hit a post again, but Town increased their lead when Greene's short corner to Sayoud was crossed into the area for Taaffe to glance home with a deft header. Blue Gallagher and Gidion Nsiah were introduced for Quarrington-Carter and Sayoud, with Dante Mc Intosh who was impressive in midfield moving into the back line. Sansom Esan then replaced Taaffe as chances came and went at both ends, but in the 84th minute Davison sent Esan away to calmly steer the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
The home side replied almost immediately when the appropriately named Kai Bowers, who plays for Broxbourne Borough on a Saturday, benefited from Mc Intosh's only mistake on the night to score. Town saw the rest of the game out to set up an exciting finish to the season. Bowers go to Bishops Stortford on March 13th needing a win to ensure the title. Anything less opens the door for Town who visit Greenwich Borough in their final game.
A final must mention, for an excellent set of match officials, probably the best set Town have had this season.
Teddy Wallduck, Joe Devaney (capt), George Quarrington-Carter (Blue Gallagher), Dan Heald, Lewis King, Aaron Greene, Dante Mc Intosh, Bilal Sayoud (Gidion Nsiah), Josh Davison, Lewis Taafe (Sansom Esan), Mason Tunbridge subs not used Necati Gench, Jamie Doyle