Town rise to the occasion against league leaders
Enfield Town 3 Dulwich Hamlet 1 - match report by Aaron Patel
Town put their three-match winless run to an end, after beating league leaders Dulwich Hamlet 3-1 on a chilly December afternoon at the QEII Stadium writes Aaron Patel.
The opening five minutes saw Town take the game to the visitors, as they forced Hamlet onto the back foot in the game’s early stages. In the 8th minute Ryan Blackman saw his effort from distance sail over with the first real attempt on goal from either side. Just four minutes later, Omar Koroma’s shot was straight at Town keeper Joe Wright, and an Ashley Carew’s effort was also kept out by the home stopper.
Hamlet striker Reise Allassani proved to be a thorn in the side of the Town defence throughout. In the 21st minute he flashed a low drive just wide of the post but, despite a spell of pressure from Hamlet, Town broke the deadlock after 27 minutes. A Dam Rumens cross from the left-hand side was contested between Simon Thomas and Hamlet keeper Preston Edwards; Thomas won the duel and headed Town into a 1-0 lead with Hamlet appealing for a foul.
As the game passed the half-hour mark, Town began to grow in confidence, although the final few minutes of the opening 45 saw Hamlet create some good chances, but they failed to convert. Edwards punched clear from Mario Noto's high ball into the danger area, and Town headed into the break a goal to the good.
HT: Town 1-0 Dulwich Hamlet
Just seconds into the second-half and Hamlet were threatening - a low ball was driven into the Town box which was cleared over the bar by Darren Purse. Then, on the 52nd minute the visitors deservedly got an equalizer. Allassani was slipped through on-side and the striker slotted calmly past Wright.
Two minutes later, Hamlet were awarded a free-kick within range. Ashley Carew struck the kick, but Wright was equal to it as he pushed it behind for a Hamlet corner at full stretch. The visitors had the wind in their sails and kept bombarding the Town defence. Koroma and Allassani saw efforts go wide. Hamlet also hit the post from a corner in the 64th minute.
After withstanding heavy waves of pressure from the visitors, Town restored their lead on 67 minutes. Ryan Blackman picked up the ball in the centre of midfield and struck a left-foot effort from over 20 yards which sailed into the top corner. The final twenty minutes of the game saw Hamlet in search for another equalizer. In the 72nd minute, another Koroma effort sailed over from a promising position. Then five minutes from time the visitors hit the woodwork again from another corner, as Town rode their luck in the closing stages.
With a couple of minutes to play Simon Thomas came off to make way for Ben Ward-Cochrane and, in stoppage time just moments after coming on, Cochrane drove home Mario Noto’s pass to make it 3-1 to Town, and give the hosts the three points. Town showed great determination and hard work to gain three valuable points against a very strong outfit who have led the way at the top of the table for much of the season. It was a great afternoon for Andy Leese’s side following some recent disappointments.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, John Kyriacou, Danny Rumens, Darren Purse, Taylor McKenzie, Adam Martin, Ryan Blackman, Mario Noto, Ryan Blake, Simon Thomas (Ben Ward-Cochrane, 88), Mickey Parcell. Unused subs: Sam Youngs, Liam Hope, George Beattie and Steve Wales.
Dulwich Hamlet: Preston Edwards, Quade Taylor, Nathan Green, Michael Onovwigun (Nana Boakye-Yiadom 89), Anthony Acheampong, Mark Weatherstone (Nyren Clunis 46), Sanchez Ming, Ashley Carew, Reise Allassani, Nathan Ferguson, Omar Koroma (Dumebi Dumaka 90). Unused subs: Ibrahim Kargbo and Kenny Beaney.
Town Man of the Match: Joe Wright.