Another blank awayday
Lowestoft Town 3 Enfield Town 0
It’s now eight games without a win for Town after an insipid display at Crown Meadow on Tuesday. Coincidentally, this result broke Lowestoft’s own sequence of eight without winning.
With manager Andy Leese abroad on business, his assistant Darren Purse was without Aaron Greene (injured) and Sam Youngs, Simon Thomas and Samir Bihmoutine (unavailable) and named himself on the bench.
On a slippery, but playable, surface Lowestoft had sight of goal in the opening couple of minutes when Shaun Bammant’s header was cleared off the line. Soon afterwards, Ryan Blackman’s cross was headed clear as far as Mark Kirby, who shot well wide from distance.
Robert Eagle, recently signed on loan from Leiston, crossed from the left, but Jake Reed headed wide. John Kyriacou put in a good ball into the danger area, but Liam Hope was crowded out. Reed beat the offside trap but Joe Wright, returning after suspension, did well to spread mimself and snuff out the danger.
Lowestoft took the lead in the 24th minute when Reed picked the ball up and was able to run into a position where he only had Wright to beat and, although he was forced wide to his left by the keeper, he still managed to clip the ball home from an acute angle.
Reed tried again, from distance this time, a few minutes later and Eagle forced another good save from Wright. Hope had an effort blocked by Harry Barker, but Lowestoft, who looked livelier for the majority of the match, scored another after 38 minutes when Eagle, again able to run a fair distance without being closed down, picked his spot with a low drive from just outside the area. Blackman fired wide from long range and Wright was smartly off his line to thwart Reed as the half drew to a close with a dusting of snow on the pitch.
Half-time: Lowestoft Town 2 Enfield Town 0
Ryan Blake came on for Tyler Campbell at the break, but there was very little difference to the overall pattern of play, with Town having their fair share of possession, but that possession was squandered too often and in the final third there was little or no cutting edge.
Reed’s powerful header in the 55th minute was superbly tipped over by Wright to keep Town in the game by their fingertips. But the Trawlerboys were, understandably, growing in confidence and looking quick and effective on the counter attack. Harvey Hodd had a shot charged down and the same player then fired in a left-foot shot just off target.
Home keeper Ben Dudzanski punched a Ryan Blackman free kick clear under pressure and there was a subsequent scramble in the box, but the ball eventually bounced kindly for the home defence. Bammant should have scored when he blazed over after Mat Mitchel-King had slipped and the ball had been cut back from the byline. Around the hour mark Ryan Blake hit the woodwork with a cross-cum-shot and Mario Noto had a good low effort turned behind by the keeper after some neat set-up play by Brad Wadkins, but there seemed very little chance of turning the game around as the clock ticked away. Wadkins had a header blocked, but it was game, set and match when an ill-advised back-pass put Wright under pressure and Reed closed his attempted clearance down quickly to put the ball into the back of the net on 72 minutes.
There were further attempts at a consolation goal by Wadkins, whose header was tipped over by the keeper, and Noto, whose shot sailed well over the top. The league table makes uncomfortable reading after this result, and Town will be looking anxiously at adjacent teams with two crucial home games coming up.
Lowestoft Town: Ben Dudzinski, Dan Humphries, Harry Barker, Jacek Zielonka, Rory McAuley, Travis Cole, Harvey Hodd (Cruise Nyadzayo 79), Robert Eagle, Jake Reed (Manu Machaya), Matthew Foy, Shaun Bammant. Unused: Cion Wren, James Langdale, Elvijs Putnins. Booked: Foy.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, John Kyriacou, Dan Rumens, Mat Mitchel-King, Mark Kirby, Mario Noto, Ryan Blackman, Mickey Parcell, Brad Wadkins (Jack Hockney 69), Liam Hope, Tyler Campbell (Ryan Blake 46). Unused: Taylor McKenzie, Darren Purse, Adam Martin. Booked: Blackman.
Note: apologies that no action photos are available.