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Tooting & Mitcham United
Enfield Town
Full time
R Bartley (36'), R Blake (67'), D Roberts (71'), S Thomas (76')
Sat 26 Aug 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 308

Lift off for Town

Tooting & Mitcham United 0 Enfield Town 4

Town chalked up their first win of the season at a sunny and humid Imperial Fields on Saturday.

On a lush surface, the visitors had the lion’s share of possession in the first period, but only one goal to show for it at the break. In the second half, however, their dominance was converted into goals, with the hosts playing with ten men from the 48th minute.

Playing with width, Town pressed from the first whistle, with Aaron Greene prominent on the left. And it was Greene who had Town’s first effort on goal in the second minute, which was blocked following a deep cross from Ryan Blake on the right.

Tooting & Mitcham 0 Enfield Town 4 (26.08.2017)
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Tooting’s Chace O’Neill was similarly thwarted at the other end as the game settled. Kyle Merson in the home goal was called into action to gather a Greene free-kick, and his afternoon was to become increasingly busy as the match wore on.

Blake fired well over the top and a Drew Roberts effort shortly afterwards flew even higher. O’Neill got the ball past Joe Wright and into the Town net following a through ball from Ollie Bennett, but he was way offside. On 22 minutes Sam Youngs fired wide with his left foot and, a minute later, was also narrowly off target with his right – Merson motionless as the ball narrowly evaded his right-hand post.

A few minutes later, Sandy Cunningham was allowed a free header but he didn’t trouble Wright. Home full-back Peter Wedgeworth had a good run down the left and produced a dangerous cross, but it came to nothing. Wright then saved a free-kick from the same player at the second attempt.

The goal that Town deserved finally arrived in the 37th minute, Rob Bartley rising to glance home a Youngs free-kick. Tooting forced a number of corners as the half came to a close but Town’s defence stood firm. Merson gathered at his near post from Blake as the interval whistle sounded.

Half-time: Tooting & Mitcham United 0 Enfield Town 1

The game took an unexpected turn three minutes after the restart when Mickey Parcell went for a loose ball with Wedgeworth and, with the referee right next to the incident, there was no hesitation in the brandishing of a straight red card for what looked like a dangerous challenge by the home left back.

Greene fired wide shortly afterwards and then the Town wide man couldn’t quite connect with a deep Parcell cross. Parcell charged down the right again and cut inside but unfortunately ran the ball out for a goal kick in a promising position. But there was another surprise to come when Merson inexplicably kicked the consequent dead ball straight to Blake, who advanced, took the ball to his left round the stranded keeper and rolled the ball into the net with his left foot from an acute angle.

In the 72st minute, four minutes after Blake’s goal, another stray home clearance hit Drew Roberts, bounced nicely for him to run onto, and he finished with aplomb to effectively secure the points. Barely a couple of minutes later, Thomas found himself in the box, and he beat both Merson and Dan Clements before applying an emphatic finish from close range.

As the game drew to a conclusion, there was just enough time for Jack Higgs to fire over and for Greene to drag an effort wide on a very satisfying afternoon for Town’s travelling support.

Tooting & Mitcham United: Kyle Merson, Dan Clements, Peter Wedgeworth, Eddie Dines, Sol Patterson-Bohner, Quincy Rowe, Ollie Bennett (Callum McNaughton 53), Chace O’Neill, Mike Dixon, Billy Dunn (Danny Bassett 60), Sandy Cunningham (Jeff Baxter 74). Unused subs: Juevan Spencer, Tenny Adebowale. Booked: Patterson-Bohner. Sent off: Wedgeworth.

Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell (John Kyriacou 75), Danny Rumens, Rob Bartley, Darren Purse, Jack Higgs, Aaron Greene, Sam Youngs, Ryan Blake (George Beattie 75), Simon Thomas (George Quarrington-Carter 78), Drew Roberts. Unused sub: Taylor McKenzie. Booked: Thomas.

Attendance: 308.

Key moments

36:00
Goal Rob Bartley scores for Enfield Town
67:00
Goal Ryan Blake scores for Enfield Town
71:00
Goal Drew Roberts scores for Enfield Town
76:00
Goal Simon Thomas scores for Enfield Town

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Rob Bartley keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Player of the Match
Sam Youngs is awarded player of the match for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Joe Wright keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Mickey Parcell keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Danny Rumens keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Danny Rumens keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Darren Purse keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
79:00 Sub On
George Quarrington-Carter is substituted on for Enfield Town
79:00 Sub Off
Simon Thomas is substituted off for Enfield Town
76:00 Assist
Aaron Greene makes an assist for Enfield Town
76:00 Goal 0 - 4
Simon Thomas scores for Enfield Town
76:00 Assist
Jack Higgs makes an assist for Enfield Town
75:00 Sub On
John Kyriacou is substituted on for Enfield Town
75:00 Sub On
George Beattie is substituted on for Enfield Town
75:00 Sub Off
Ryan Blake is substituted off for Enfield Town
75:00 Sub Off
Mickey Parcell is substituted off for Enfield Town
71:00 Assist
Sam Youngs makes an assist for Enfield Town
71:00 Goal 0 - 3
Drew Roberts scores for Enfield Town
71:00 Assist
Jack Higgs makes an assist for Enfield Town
67:00 Goal 0 - 2
Ryan Blake scores for Enfield Town
End of period 1
36:00 Assist
Sam Youngs makes an assist for Enfield Town
36:00 Goal 0 - 1
Rob Bartley scores for Enfield Town
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As it happened

  • Tooting & Mitcham United
  • Enfield Town
  • 0
  • Rob Bartley Goal 36:00'
  • Sam Youngs Assist 36:00'
  • Ryan Blake Goal 67:00'
  • Drew Roberts Goal 71:00'
  • Jack Higgs Assist 71:00'
  • Sam Youngs Assist 71:00'
  • Mickey Parcell Sub Off 75:00'
  • John Kyriacou Sub On 75:00'
  • Ryan Blake Sub Off 75:00'
  • George Beattie Sub On 75:00'
  • Simon Thomas Goal 76:00'
  • Jack Higgs Assist 76:00'
  • Aaron Greene Assist 76:00'
  • Simon Thomas Sub Off 79:00'
  • George Quarrington-Carter Sub On 79:00'
  • Sam Youngs Player of the Match 90:00'

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6
1
Burgess Hill Town
Dorking Wanderers
1
1
Staines Town
Folkestone Invicta
0
2
Wingate & Finchley
1
0
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# Team Pl Pts
13. Lowestoft Town 19 22
14. Harrow Borough 19 21
15. Enfield Town 15 20
16. Merstham 19 20
17. Dorking Wanderers 17 20
18. Needham Market 18 19
19. Leatherhead 15 19

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