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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Man of The Match: Aaron Greene