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1st Team - Match centre

Merstham
Enfield Town
Full time
C Whitely (2', 65'), H Ottaway (68')
Sat 9 Apr 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Premier Division Attendance 465

Town keep foot on gas

Merstham 0 Enfield Town 4 (Whitely 2, Nehemie og, Ottaway)

Town moved into fifth position in the table after this comprehensive result, although both Dulwich Hamlet and Kingstonian have games in hand as the Ryman League season enters its final fortnight. Whatever the result permutations elsewhere, a Town win next Saturday against Needham Market at the QES will keep their play-off possibilities alive going into the final round of matches on 23rd April.

The Moatside pitch held up reasonably well considering there had been overnight rain and pre-match family funday activity on certain areas. Town had a fine start, tearing straight into the attack, and Corey Whitely was impeded near the edge of the home penalty box by Kershaney Samuels. Whitely, brimming with confidence, grabbed the ball himself and curled the consequent free-kick past keeper Josh Smith’s left hand with just over a minute gone.

Merstham’s Fabio Saraiva had a free-kick blocked and then Whitely fired well wide at the opposite end, but most of the next half an hour or so was spent in the middle third with neither side testing the goalkeepers too much. Tyler Campbell, reprising his recent role as a wing-back, was booked for bringing down Aaron Rhule in full flight. Indeed, Campbell had a lucky escape when he committed another foul shortly afterwards, but referee Neil Morrison lectured the Town man without producing a second card. At this point Campbell and Mickey Parcell swapped positions, with the latter moving from midfield to full-back.

Parcell then fired well over from distance and Harry Ottaway toe-poked the ball wide after a determined run through a packed defence. The Moatsiders’ Tom Kavanagh dragged a shot just wide ten minutes before the break.

Half-time: Merstham 0 Enfield Town 1

Early in the second period, Samir Bihmoutine was caught in possession in a dangerous position but recovered well to get in a vital tackle. Whitely again had the ball in the back of the Merstham net in the 51st minute, but the linesman had already flagged for an infringement. Five minutes later, McDonald made a great save to keep out a free-kick whipped in by the hosts and, thankfully for Town, Charlie Penny headed the rebound wide from close range.

After 58 minutes, Ottaway battled for what looked like a lost cause deep inside Merstham territory, and was rewarded for his efforts when he won the ball and played it low into the six-yard box, where former Aston Villa youngster Isaac Nehemie turned it into his own net. It was all one-way traffic now, and Whitely made space for himself to fire in past Smith on 65 minutes. Two minutes later, it was game, set and match as Ottaway gathered a great pass from Billy Crook, glided past Smith and carefully sidefooted the ball into the net.

There were further opportunities for both sides before the final whistle but the travelling fans were able to enjoy the rest of the game knowing the points were in the bag. Ottaway had another great effort just veer away from the angle of crossbar and post at the last moment, and then Mark Kirby was far too high with an attempt following an Ottaway flick-on.

The visitors’ clean sheet was threatened, firstly when Penny couldn’t connect with a cross from Antone Douglas and subsequently when Rhule skied the ball horribly when well-placed. After further unsuccessful efforts from both Kavanagh and Rhule, the final chance of a late consolation goal for the hosts came and went when Penny somehow contrived to head the ball against the bar rather than steering it home. Town finished the game with ten men after Whitely had come off as a precaution after receiving a knock.

Team: Nathan McDonald, Tyler Campbell, Alfred Mugabo (Nathan Livings 57), Claudiu vilcu, Mark Kirby, Samir Bihmoutine (Jandir da Cruz 80), Mickey Parcell (Jordan Lockie 69), Billy Crook, Bobby Devyne, Harry Ottaway, Corey Whitely. Unused subs: Imedd Kartita, Vance Bola. Booked: Campbell.

Attendance: 465.

Harry Ottaway

Player of the Match

Harry Ottaway

Key moments

2:00
Goal Corey Whitely scores for Enfield Town
65:00
Goal Corey Whitely scores for Enfield Town
68:00
Goal Harry Ottaway scores for Enfield Town

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Highlights

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jordan Lockie keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Player of the Match
Harry Ottaway is awarded player of the match for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Nathan McDonald keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Tyler Campbell keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Alfred Mugabo keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Claudiu vilcu keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Mark Kirby keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
78:00 Sub On
Jandir da Cruz is substituted on for Enfield Town
78:00 Sub Off
Samir Bihmoutine is substituted off for Enfield Town
70:00 Sub On
Jordan Lockie is substituted on for Enfield Town
70:00 Sub Off
Mickey Parcell is substituted off for Enfield Town
68:00 Goal 0 - 3
Harry Ottaway scores for Enfield Town
68:00 Assist
Samir Bihmoutine makes an assist for Enfield Town
68:00 Assist
Billy Crook makes an assist for Enfield Town
65:00 Assist
Mickey Parcell makes an assist for Enfield Town
65:00 Assist
Harry Ottaway makes an assist for Enfield Town
65:00 Goal 0 - 2
Corey Whitely scores for Enfield Town
57:00 Assist
Billy Crook makes an assist for Enfield Town
55:00 Sub On
Nathan Livings is substituted on for Enfield Town
55:00 Sub Off
Alfred Mugabo is substituted off for Enfield Town
End of period 1
2:00 Goal 0 - 1
Corey Whitely scores for Enfield Town
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As it happened

  • Merstham
  • Enfield Town
  • 0
  • Corey Whitely Goal 2:00'
  • Alfred Mugabo Sub Off 55:00'
  • Nathan Livings Sub On 55:00'
  • Billy Crook Assist 57:00'
  • Corey Whitely Goal 65:00'
  • Mickey Parcell Assist 65:00'
  • Harry Ottaway Assist 65:00'
  • Harry Ottaway Goal 68:00'
  • Samir Bihmoutine Assist 68:00'
  • Billy Crook Assist 68:00'
  • Mickey Parcell Sub Off 70:00'
  • Jordan Lockie Sub On 70:00'
  • Samir Bihmoutine Sub Off 78:00'
  • Jandir da Cruz Sub On 78:00'

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