Individual errors prove costly
Leiston 2 Enfield Town 0
Town started brightly enough but were facing an increasingly uphill battle once the hosts went into the lead around the half hour mark. With Sam Youngs and Simon Thomas unavailable Ben Ward-Cochrane started up front alongside Ryan Blake.
Ward-Cochrane drew an early save from home keeper Marcus Garnham, who went on to pick up the home man of the match award, when he picked up Ryan Blackman’s pass and shot powerfully from an acute angle.
Adam Martin headed wide from a Mario Noto cross and Mickey Parcell had a good shot parried by Garnham. As Leiston grew into the game Darren Purse was on hand to clear off the line but Ward-Cochrane was again unlucky when he drove a ball firmly into the six-yard area from the right but a brilliant defensive header by Dominic Docherty saved the day for the Blues.
There was no apparent danger as Dan Rumens picked up the ball on the left in the 32nd minute but he opted to play the ball back towards Wright and it was unfortunately intercepted by Christy Finch, who took a few paces forwards and placed the ball past the exposed Joe Wright for the opening goal of the night.
Leiston were buoyed by this and soon afterwards Patrick Brothers was a whisker away from a cross whistled in from the left. Jack Ainsley was then thwarted by a vital Wright save just before the break.
Half-time: Leiston 1 Enfield Town 0
Town went straight on the offensive early in the second period and Ward-Cochrane was denied again, this time by the woodwork, as he span and shot past Garnham’s right hand. The home stopper then kept out a left-footed piledriver from Parcell.
In the 54th minute Town fell further behind when a move down the hosts’ right wasn’t cut out and after Ainsley had played into a crowded box it looked as though Finch had got the final touch as the ball crashed into the visitors’ net via the underside of the bar, but the goal was later credited to Joe Marsden.
Liam Hope and new signing Craig Calver were thrown on to pep up the attack but it was not going to be Town’s night. The visitors had a let-off when a free kick hit a post and then Ainsley dribbled through but over-elaborated and Wright was able to keep out his eventual effort. Town’s keeper then kept up his fine form this term when he made a great save from Brothers, who then saw a goalbound effort cleared over his own bar by Blackman as the game became stretched.
After Noto had fired wide there was one more top-drawer save from Garnham as he somehow palmed away a close-range effort from Blake with his right hand. His subsequent stops from free kicks by Blackman and Hope were more routine.
It would have been no comfort whatsoever to hear many home fans describing last night as their team’s best performance of the campaign thus far, and Town will be looking to improve on their grim looking away league record at Lowestoft Town on Saturday.
Leiston: Marcus Garnham, Joe Marsden, Seb Dunbar, Patrick Brothers, Joe Jefford, Harry Knights, Byron Lawrence, Chris Henderson, Jack Ainsley, Christy Finch, Dominic Docherty (Robert Eagle 76). Unused subs: James Gaffer, Josh Cheetham, Kelsey Trotter, Charlie Beckwith. Booked: Eagle, Brothers.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, John Kyriacou, Danny Rumens, Darren Purse, Taylor McKenzie, Adam Martin (Liam Hope 56), Ryan Blackman, Mario Noto, Ryan Blake, Ben Ward-Cochrane (Craig Calver 79), Mickey Parcell. Unused subs: Jack Hockney, George Beattie, Steve Wales. Booked: Noto, Purse, Blake, Parcell.