Greenwich Borough 0 Enfield Town U 23's 4
By Graham Dodd
Town breezed to the win they needed to take the destination of the League title to the wire. Bowers & Pitsea now have to go to Bishops Stortford and win to clinch the title by a point, on Wednesday April 17th.
On a playing surface still littered with the odd pool of water and sprinkled with sand in midfield, it was obvious from the outset good football would be at a premium, but in patches Town still showed their class. A solid defensive display, goals scored at the right times and a determination to get the job done won Town the game.
After a cautious first 10 minutes, Town increased the pressure despite kicking up a steep slope with George Quarrington- Carter and Josh Davison both having chances, before Aaron Greene found Davison to score with a close range header. Greene and Lewis King again linked well down the left and Greenwich upped their physicality to try and unsettle Town causing the the referee spoke to four players about challenges, as Town continued to try and play.
Blue Gallagher and Dante Mc Intosh were controlling play in midfield and chances came and went for Gidion Nsiah, Quarrington-Carter, Davison and Greene, whilst in reply, Greenwich had just one shot on target comfortably dealt with by Ted Wallduck. Unandi Egboh making his first start for Town went on a fine run but saw his shot well saved by the keeper, but on the stroke of half time, Nsiah collected a pass from Gallagher and scored with a low shot from the edge of the area.
A happy dressing room was simply asked for more of the same and ideally an early goal in the second half and Greene duly delivered two minutes into the half with a fine shot which gave the keeper no chance. Borough's best chance of the night came shortly after when a strong run saw a player reach the area, but Wallduck stood up well to block a weak effort.
Davison could have scored when the keeper lost the ball and was then booked for a heavy challenge, slightly surprisingly given Borough's tactics in the first half. Jamie Doyle replaced Green and Brandon White replaced Egboh as Town refreshed the line up. The home keeper made good saves from Nsiah and Doyle as Town tried to close the game out, which Necati Gench also replaced Gallagher. Town wasted several other good opportunities to increase the scoreline, but virtually the final act of the game saw Mc Intosh's corner headed up in the area and fall nicely for Doyle to thunder home.
So a good result in tricky conditions and Town can now only wait.
Ted Wallduck, Joe Devaney (capt), Dan Heald, George Quarrington-Carter, Lewis King, Dante Mc Intosh, Blue Gallagher (Necati Gench), Unandi Egboh (Brandon White), Josh Davison, Aaron Greene (Jamie Doyle), Gidion Nsiah subs not used Duewaan Mc Kennon, Samson Egan