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Enfield Town
Metropolitan Police
S Thomas (4'), S Youngs (67'), J Higgs (90')
Full time
Sat 19 Aug 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 378

Town Fight Back Twice To Salvage A Point

Town fought back twice this afternoon to salvage a point, 4-4 at home against Metropolitan Police in a thrilling encounter.

Match report by Aaron Patel

Just three minutes in Simon Thomas opened the scoring for Town. Thomas converted a low-cross into the bottom corner, to put Town 1-0 up, with Andy Leese's side making a bright start to the game. However, despite Town leading, the Met Police continued to push forward in search of an equaliser.

After constant pressure following Town's goal, the visitors finally got their reward. Lewis Putman found the top corner with a sweetly struck left-footed effort on the 29th minute, to level the game at 1-1. Town failing to clear their lines which allowed Putman to set himself and score.

Enfield Town 4 Met Police 4 (19.08.2017)
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With the game level once again, Town saw a few efforts go begging just after half and hour. Simon Thomas' headed effort was well held by Met Police goalkeeper Luke Williams. Ryan Blake also managed to latch onto a long-ball but could not get enough power in his shot.

Three minutes from half-time Met Police turned the game on its head, as they went in-front. Charlie Collins neatly headed in from close-range to put Met Police 2-1 up, as the two teams headed into the interval. Town would have no doubt felt frustrated to be behind.

HT: 1-2

Shortly after the interval Town were threatening, as they searched for an equaliser. Sam Youngs saw his effort saved by Luke Williams. None the less Town were still unable to really get a foothold in the opening proceedings of the second-half.

Town were forced into an early substitution in the second-half. Steve Wales appeared to have suffered a knock thus John Kyriacou was brought on as his replacement.

As the hour mark approached Met Police scored their third. Lewis Putman scoring his second of the game with a brilliant solo effort, slotted into the bottom corner to make it 3-1 to the Met Police. Once more Town's backline had failed to clear their lines, which allowed Putman to take advantage of the opening.

Moments following the Met Police's third goal, Ryan Blake had yet another effort on goal which was easily claimed by Thomas Williams in the Met Police goal once more.

On the 67th minute Town made a double substitution; Micky Parcell made way for Jack Higgs and Ralston Gabriel was replaced by Drew Roberts.

After a spell of persistence, Town found a way back into the game. Sam Youngs' low driven effort found the back of the net, making it 2-3 on the 72nd minute. Then four minutes later Town were level. A wonderful cross by substitute Drew Roberts was deflected in off Met Police defender Olli Robinson, to make it 3-3.

Following the goal Met Police made a substitution, with Sam Hurrel coming off for Rylan Myers, with less than fifteen minutes remaining.

On the 83rd minute the Met Police were back in-front. Ryan James rose highest to head home Rylan Myers cross from the right-wing, making it 4-3 to Met Police. At this point all of Town's hard work seemed to be without reward, as they looked set for another defeat.

Less than a minute after Ryan James' goal Town almost responded immediately. Simon Thomas headed agonisingly wide from Sam Youngs' corner with the ninety now fast approaching.

Now with the game into the 90th minute Town scored the decisive equalising goal; substitute Jack Higgs scoring the goal of the game from 20 yards out, to make it 4-4 and salvaging a point. Met Police made another substitute with a minute left, Luke Robertson replaced Joe Jackson.

FT: Enfield Town 4-4 Metropolitan Police

A roller-coaster afternoon for Town, as they dug deep on multiple occasions to snatch a point, in what was a thoroughly entertaining encounter. Needless to say manager Andy Leese will be hoping for a sounder display next Saturday, as Town travel to Tooting & Mitcham United.

Enfield Town:
Joe Wright, Micky Parcell (Jack Higgs, 67), Taylor McKenzie, Rob Bartley, Darren Purse, Steve Wales (John Kyriacou, 53), Aaron Greene, Sam Youngs, Ryan Blake, Simon Thomas, Ralston Gabriel (Drew Roberts, 67).
Unused subs: Dan Rumens & George Beattie.

Metropolitan Police:
Thomas Williams, Sam Williams, Tom Bird, Will Salmon, Olli Robinson, Joe Jackson (Luke Robertson, 91), Sam Hurrell (Rylan Myers, 83), Joshua Webb, Charlie Collins, Ryan James, Lewis Putman.
Unused subs: Bayley Mummery, Jeremy Arthur & Jon Nurse.

Attendance: 376
Man of The Match: Aaron Greene

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Key moments

Goal Simon Thomas scores for Enfield Town
Goal Sam Youngs scores for Enfield Town
Goal Jack Higgs scores for Enfield Town

Videos and photos

Enfield Town 4 Met Police 4 (19.08.2017)
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90:00 Goal 3 - 0
Jack Higgs scores for Enfield Town
90:00 Player of the Match
Aaron Greene is awarded player of the match for Enfield Town
90:00 Assist
Aaron Greene makes an assist for Enfield Town
67:00 Sub Off
Mickey Parcell is substituted off for Enfield Town
67:00 Sub On
Drew Roberts is substituted on for Enfield Town
67:00 Sub Off
Ralston Gabriel is substituted off for Enfield Town
67:00 Sub On
Jack Higgs is substituted on for Enfield Town
67:00 Goal 2 - 0
Sam Youngs scores for Enfield Town
67:00 Assist
Aaron Greene makes an assist for Enfield Town
67:00 Assist
Jack Higgs makes an assist for Enfield Town
51:00 Sub Off
Steve Wales is substituted off for Enfield Town
51:00 Sub On
John Kyriacou is substituted on for Enfield Town
End of period 1
4:00 Assist
Mickey Parcell makes an assist for Enfield Town
4:00 Goal 1 - 0
Simon Thomas scores for Enfield Town
4:00 Assist
Ralston Gabriel makes an assist for Enfield Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Enfield Town
  • Metropolitan Police
  • 0
  • Simon Thomas Goal 4:00'
  • Mickey Parcell Assist 4:00'
  • Ralston Gabriel Assist 4:00'
  • Steve Wales Sub Off 51:00'
  • John Kyriacou Sub On 51:00'
  • Mickey Parcell Sub Off 67:00'
  • Drew Roberts Sub On 67:00'
  • Ralston Gabriel Sub Off 67:00'
  • Jack Higgs Sub On 67:00'
  • Sam Youngs Goal 67:00'
  • Aaron Greene Assist 67:00'
  • Jack Higgs Assist 67:00'
  • Jack Higgs Goal 90:00'
  • Aaron Greene Assist 90:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
15. Thurrock 46 57
16. Worthing 46 57
17. Enfield Town 46 56
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49
20. Brightlingsea Regent 46 48
21. Harlow Town 46 47

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