Town leave it late but earn festive point
Enfield Town 1 Tooting & Mitcham United 1 - match report by Aaron Patel
Town earned a late point against a well-drilled Tooting outfit who belied their lowly league position at the QEII on Saturday.
Town had two attempts on goal early on; Sam Youngs fired in a fierce shot which was kept out by Tooting keeper Matte Pierson and then Ryan Blake's effort produced a more routine save. But nevertheless a bright opening for Town.
But after the opening ten minutes of home domination, the visitors' Chace O’Neill’s shot from the edge of the box was held by Town keeper Joe Wright. And three minutes later, with the Terrors visibly gaining in confidence, Mike Dixon did well to control the ball and turn inside the box, getting a shot away but it sailed over the bar. But the warning signs were there for Town.
Tooting began to get control of the game and were enjoying far more possession. They eventually took the lead when a ball was played into space from the right by Dixon and Dan Clements slotted home. Simon Thomas did well to hold-up the ball inside the box just before the break and saw his effort smack the crossbar, with Youngs' effort from the rebound saved by Pierson.
Half-time: Enfield Town 0 Tooting & Mitcham United 1
Five minutes into the second period Dixon charged down the left and put a low ball into the box, however it went untouched, a great chance for the visitors to extend their lead. Town were managing to get a foothold however and Dan Rumens effort from the edge of the box was deflected just wide of the post. In the 65th minute Tooting almost doubled their lead when, following a quick counter attack, Dixon’s effort was saved by Wright.
With twenty minutes to go, Mark Kirby’s header from an in-swinging corner by Youngs smacked against an upright and it looked incresingly as though their unbeaten home league record would end. With chances at both ends, it was still anybody's game, and Wright had to be at his best on a couple of occasions.
After Youngs had fired factionally wide, Town found an equaliser. A long throw-in into the Tooting box from Ryan Blackman caused confusion and, after Pierson had fumbled the ball against the crossbar under pressure from Taylor McKenzie, Liam Hope bundled the ball home to make it 1-1 with five minutes remaining and secure a point for Town.
Both sides had their fair share of opportunities, but ultimately could only settle for a share of the spoils.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell, Dan Rumens (George Beattie, 81), Taylor McKenize, Mark Kirby, Mario Noto, Ryan Blackman, Sam Youngs, Ryan Blake, Simon Thomas (Liam Hope, 72), Aaron Greene (Steve Wales, 72).
Unused subs: Adam Martin and John Kyriacou.
Tooting & Mitcham United: Matte Pierson, Eddie Dines, Peter Wedgeworth, Dominic Morgan-Griffiths, Sam Flegg, Quincy Rowe, Isaiah Jones (Ollie Bennett, 72), Chace O’Neill, Mike Dixon (Danny Bassett, 81), Omar Folkes, Dan Clements (Juevan Spencer, 89). Unused subs: Victor Lazari and Callum McNaughton.
Town man of the match: Sam Youngs