Bank Holiday success for Town
Enfield Town 1 Harlow Town 0 - match report by Aaron Patel
Town picked up their first home win of the season, courtesy of a 1-0 win over Harlow Town on August Bank Holiday Monday. Despite the season being in its’ early days, Town will have been grateful to walk away with maximum points.
The game got off to a flyer, just 18 seconds in and Harlow almost opened the scoring. Junior Dadson sprung the Town back-line, but goalkeeper Joe Wright got down low to save his effort.
The opening ten minutes saw Harlow widely dominate as they saw the better of possession. An almighty bundle in the box almost saw the Essex side take the lead, but Town were able to clear their lines. Then Alex Read's shot from outside the area forced Joe Wright into a great save to force a Harlow corner via the cross bar.
In the 13th minute lady luck smiled upon Town, who went 1-0 up essentially against the run of play. Aaron Greene's free-kick on the left was brilliantly swung-in and Harlow defender James Shepherd in attempting to clear could only turn the ball into the back of his own net. A very fortunate goal, but Town in front none the less.
However Harlow responded almost immediately with Dadson this time smacking the post from inside the area. The Hawks pressed Town for much of the first half, often forcing Town to back-track and sit very deep, as they held on for dear life at some points.
As the game progressed Town did manage to find some rhythm, Aaron Greene's effort was comfortably saved by Harlow goalkeeper Ben McNamara. And for Harlow Dadson was yet again in the thick of the action, however his effort sailed over around the half hour mark.
Shortly afterwards Town almost doubled their lead; Drew Roberts smashing the crossbar with an effort on the edge of the box. After great work by Aaron Greene down the right-wing, he found Roberts in space but his shot was fractionally too high.
Half-time: Enfield Town 1 Harlow Town 0
After the break, Harlow came out strongly as they did at the start of the first-half. Once again the Hawks had the lion’s share of possession in the opening five minutes, but continued to fail to make it count.
For Town Aaron Greene and Ryan Blake remained a constant threat. Fabion Simms headed clear from a Greene cross and then a Blake near post effort on the right was hacked clear. With the game now reaching the hour mark Town continued to stand firm against the resolute visitors. Town continued to hit Harlow on the break with Greene often the focal point. Another one of his crosses caused panic for Harlow, followed by an effort from Sam Young who shot wide.
With less than twenty minutes to play Town were still in search of their second to effectively seal the win. Greene managed to get goal side of his marker with another effort which sailed just wide of the post. But as the game entered the final ten minutes, it was still anyone’s game as Harlow stepped up their search for an equaliser. Xavier Vidal's free-kick in a decent position came to nothing.
Then Town hearts were in mouths as the clock ticked down, with Harlow throwing the kitchen sink at them. Xavier Vidal's effort from just inside the box was blazed in what proved to be a final clear-cut chance for Harlow. Town almost grabbed a second when Ryan Blake latched onto a ball played over the top and he flicked it over McNamara, but at full stretch he just couldn’t turn the ball into the net as it accelerated out of play. In the last minute of stoppage time Town man of the match Joe Wright was called into action once again, pulling off a wonderful save from another Vidal effort.
Town will be pleased to have emerged with the three points, especially after enduring long spells of pressure from the visitors. Town now look towards their FA Cup campaign as they entertain Harrow Borough on Saturday.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell, Danny Rumens, Taylor McKenzie, Darren Purse, Mario Noto, Aaron Greene, Sam Youngs, Ryan Blake, Simon Thomas, Drew Roberts (Ryan Blackman, 75). Unused subs: George Quarrington-Carter, John Kyriacou, George Beattie & Rob Bartley.
Harlow Town: Ben McNamara, James Shepherd (Timothy Obisanya, 83), Jack Wilkinson (Charlie Dickens, 54), James Baker, Stanley Muguo, Fabion Simms, Junior Dadson, Syrus Gordon, Alex Read (Xavier Vidal, 75), Reece Dobson, Nigel Neita. Unused subs: Nathan Livings, Patrick Lee.