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Metropolitan Police
Enfield Town
Full time
D Purse (42' Pen)
Sat 30 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 182

Met Police 1 Enfield Town 1

Match report by John Dolan

Met Police 1 Enfield Town 1

Match report by John Dolan

Town started the brighter of the two sides, albeit without really testing Luke Williams in the hosts’ goal, but it was the Met who created the first real chance in the 11th minute when no home player could get to the end of a ball played across the face of the goal.

Met Police 1 Enfield Town 1 (30.12.2017)
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Two minutes later, Town’s first effort on goal was just over from Ryan Blackman, quickly followed on 17 mins by another effort narrowly off target from Sam Youngs, attempting to reach a pull-back after a good run from Aaron Greene.

Town had more possession at this point and were starting to threaten. On 22 minutes Williams was forced to tip over a fierce drive from Mario Noto. Youngs then had another shot straight at the keeper on 24 minutes as the visitors continued to probe the Blues’ defence. The Met showed they were dangerous, however, when on 36 minutes a good cross from the impressive Tom Bird at left back was headed just over by Lloyd Macklin.

Town’s efforts were rewarded five minutes before the break when Simon Thomas found space in the box and was brought down by Aaron Goode. Darren Purse tucked the penalty away and ensured that Town went in at half time with a deserved lead.

Half-time: Met Police 0 Enfield Town 1

Greene had a great chance to increase the lead after 47 minutes when released quickly from a cleared a home corner. He found himself racing for the ball with just the keeper to beat but his final touch allowed Williams to get in a tackle well outside his area and clear the danger.

The Met were upping their game now and Town were under pressure for a period as a scramble from another corner ended with loud appeals from the home bench for a penalty that referee Greaves waved away. This was followed by Ollie Robinson being shown a yellow card for a tackle on Dan Rumens when attempting to clear. At this point the referee needed to be on full alert as the tackles were getting fierce.

The Met were now on top and thought they had got their reward when a fierce drive by Jonny Wright was handled by Dan Rumens. However yet again Joe Wright saved the penalty and, even more impressively, got up quickly to save the subsequent follow-up.

The Met continued to apply pressure looking for an equaliser and were finally rewarded with a screamer from 30 yards by Luke Robertson into the top corner of the net after 65 mins.

Town lost Darren Purse to injury after 70 minutes and had to rearrange to cover the centre back position with Adam Martin coming on as a replacement. Steve Wales had already replaced Aaron Greene and the introduction of Craig Calver for Ryan Blake gave the Towners more bodies to keep possession in the middle of the pitch.

After the equaliser it was the Towners turn to dominate possession and in the last ten minutes they played some of their best football and were unlucky to see a couple of crosses just eluding players in the box. But there was still time for a quick break from the hosts with a shot straight at Wright as the game entered stoppage time. This was followed by a great chance for Ryan Blackman to win the game in the 94th minute; he showed great energy and speed to beat the central defender to a ball just outside the home box, found himself at an angle with only Williams to beat, and curled a shot with the outside of his right foot just wide. It would have been a goal to remember if he had put it away.

The game ended on 95 minutes and both sides had to settle for a point. The Towners made changes to the Harlow starting line-up with Mark Kirby injured and Liam Hope unavailable, looked solid, and that’s now five games undefeated including a win and a draw to help improve their away record. It’s now on to Harrow Borough at home on Monday (3pm) when the side will be looking to extend their run.

Met Police: Luke Williams, Ryan Myers, Tom Bird, Aaron Goode, Ollie Robinson, Jay Gasson, Luke Robertson, Sam Gallagher, Jonny Wright, Gavin James (Bayley Mummery 46), Lloyd Macklin (Callum Kealy 59). Unused subs: Jeremy Arthur, Isaac Newton, Jon Nurse.

Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell, Danny Rumens, Darren Purse (Adam Martin 70), John Kyriacou, Mario Noto, Ryan Blackman, Sam Youngs, Ryan Blake (Craig Calver 77), Simon Thomas, Aaron Greene (Steve Wales 62). Unused: Jack Hockney, Taylor McKenzie.

Attendance: 182.

Joe Wright

Player of the Match

Joe Wright

Key moments

Scored Penalty Darren Purse scores a penalty for Enfield Town

Videos and photos

Met Police 1 Enfield Town 1 (30.12.2017)
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90:00 Player of the Match
Joe Wright is awarded player of the match for Enfield Town
83:00 Sub On
Craig Calver is substituted on for Enfield Town
83:00 Sub Off
Ryan Blake is substituted off for Enfield Town
74:00 Sub Off
Darren Purse is substituted off for Enfield Town
74:00 Sub On
Adam Martin is substituted on for Enfield Town
70:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Blake is yellow carded for Enfield Town
69:00 Sub Off
Aaron Greene is substituted off for Enfield Town
69:00 Sub On
Steve Wales is substituted on for Enfield Town
End of period 1
42:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
Darren Purse scores a penalty for Enfield Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Metropolitan Police
  • Enfield Town
  • 0
  • Darren Purse Scored Penalty 42:00'
  • Steve Wales Sub On 69:00'
  • Aaron Greene Sub Off 69:00'
  • Ryan Blake Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Darren Purse Sub Off 74:00'
  • Adam Martin Sub On 74:00'
  • Ryan Blake Sub Off 83:00'
  • Craig Calver Sub On 83:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
12. Merstham 38 51
13. Thurrock 38 49
14. Enfield Town 37 43
15. Brightlingsea Regent 36 42
16. Worthing 38 42
17. Kingstonian 36 42
18. Needham Market 36 40

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