Town up to 11th
Harlow Town 0 Enfield Town 2
Town rose into the top half of the Bostik Premier table after this result at the Harlow Arena on Boxing Day, while at the same time recording their first away league win since August. Darren Purse, John Kyriacou and Liam Hope came in for Taylor McKenzie, Dan Rumens and Simon Thomas for this one as Andy Leese utilised the squad at his disposal.
Joe Wright was called into action early on to push behind a shot from Alex Read but Town soon got some possession going and, after some good interplay between Sam Youngs and Ryan Blake, Blake put a good low cross into the box but Aaron Greene missed a gilt-edged chance at the far post as he blazed over from close range.
Youngs curled a shot narrowly wide from Kyriacou’s pass as the visitors pressed and, at the other end, Wright did well to grab the ball from the onrushing Read. In the 28th minute, Town got the opening goal they deserved when Mickey Parcell overlapped and crossed from the right, Blake collected in a crowded box and pushed the ball through to Hope, who applied a cool finish.
Four minutes later, the hard working Blake chased down a hesitant, retreating Jideofo Maduaho and, after getting to the ball first, forced ex-Towner David Hughes to make an important stop in the home goal. Youngs fired wide again after being set up by Parcell, but Town were living dangerously on occasion, not least when Ryan Blackman had to be alert to make a crucial clearance in the visitors’ crowded box.
As the half-time break approached, Hope fired over the top from Greene’s pass, Maduaho headed a corner just over for the Hawks, and Youngs was well off target after he had latched onto a half-clearance following another Greene corner.
Half-time: Harlow Town 0 Enfield Town 1
Town had a scare soon after the restart when a low cross was whistled in by Toby Ajala from the Harlow right and, although a number of players slid in at the back post, no-one could apply a finishing touch.
Parcell received some treatment after catching a high boot and, soon afterwards, Blake found himself in space but could only sidefoot the ball wide after more good set-up play by Youngs and Hope. Hope fired into the side netting in the 66th minute as Town searched for a crucial second goal, but the Hawks were still in the game as Syrus Gordon’s effort was relatively comfortable for Wright. Wright then preserved Town’s lead with a save from Ajala, and soon afterwards a deep free kick from Jey Siva on the left caused problems but was eventually cleared.
On 82 minutes Youngs powered through a stretched Harlow back line and, just as he was lining up a shot, he was impeded by Jared Small. Darren Purse stepped up and confidently dispatched the spot kick to effectively seal the points for Town. There was still time for the impressive Ajala to go on a mazy run and fire wide, while sub Leon Antoine just failed to connect with a diving header following another cross from the right. Town now travel to Imber Court to face Met Police on 30th December.
Harlow Town: David Hughes, Jared Small, Jey Siva (Leon Antoine 79), Jideofo Maduaho, Ibrahima Sonko, Fabion Simms, Toby Ajala, Syrus Gordon (Charlie Edwards 89), Alex Read, Tommie Fagg, Andrea Mayasi (Bamba Ngamb 53). Unused subs: James Shepherd, Samuel Szymczyk. Booked: Maduaho, Ajala.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell, John Kyriacou, Darren Purse, Mark Kirby, Mario Noto, Ryan Blackman, Sam Youngs (Adam Martin 85), Ryan Blake, Liam Hope (Craig Calver 84), Aaron Greene (Jack Hockney 89). Unused subs: Taylor McKenzie, Steve Wales. Booked: Noto, Greene.