More pre-season silverware!
By Ken Brazier
Enfield Town 4 Clapton Community 0
Town Manager Andy Leese picked a strong XI to face the newest supporter-owned club, Clapton Community, to contest the Brian Lomax SD Cup at the QES on Tuesday.
Temperature and humidity levels were still high, and the tempo in the first half suffered a little but, considering this was only Clapton CFC's fourth game since formation, the visitors coped admirably and the half was tight until late on.
Clapton's stand out performer during the opening 45 minutes was Eliot Crosbie, who made a number of willing runs. He forced a corner down the left hand side on a couple of occasions, but it was Town who had the first clear cut chance of the night when Ryan Blackman's shot was kept out by the legs of visiting keeper Vlad Bendovskyy. In the 20th minute Billy Bricknell had the ball in the back of the net but was rightly flagged offside.
Jack Hockney entered the fray when he replaced Bricknell on the half hour mark, the first of a number of Town substitutions. A trialist forced his way past a couple of defenders but Bendovskyy stood tall and grabbed his effort from close range. Hockney and Blackman both shot wide before, a couple of minutes before the half time whistle, Hockney received a deflected pass from Liam Hope and shot low to the keeper's right for the opening goal.
Aaron Greene jinked through the CCFC back line and shot over and, shortly afterwards, the lively Hockney was brought down by Romelle Pile as he cut inside. Blackman stepped up to convert the penalty, although Bendovskyy got a hand to the spot kick.
CCFC's Liam Smyth had a good effort kept out by Joe Wright before both sides made a raft of changes. Midway through the half Hockney shook off the attentions of a defender and netted from an acute angle. The youngster then had another effort off target. The visitors were clearly, and understandably, tiring at this point and the hosts had a couple of good chances following similar moves down the left and crosses into the box which weren't converted.
On the stroke of 90 minutes, Hockney grabbed his hat-track when he finished a great ball in from the left by Bilal Sayoud.
Town starting XI: Joe Wright, Bradley Empson, Mason Tunbridge, Matt Rowell, Ben Jones, Ryan Blackman, Trialist, Blue Gallagher, Billy Bricknell, Liam Hope, Aaron Greene.
After the cup had been presented by James Mathie of Supporters Direct, Andy Leese said he was pleased with the overall exercise. He said "there were a number of good young players on display tonight, and I am confident they will make progress at this club. I thought Jack Hockney, Ben Jones and Brad Empson all had good games, and it was great to have Billy Bricknell back. We'll have a training session on Thursday when we'll focus on what we need to do at Folkestone. It will be a very tough start to the campaign, but we are ready".