Gloomy afternoon lit up by Town win
Enfield Town 3 Harrow Borough 0
It was ultimately a straightforward three points against Middlesex rivals Harrow Borough on New Year’s Day at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium.
Taylor McKenzie returned to a back three alongside Dan Rumens and John Kyriacou with Darren Purse and Mark Kirby absent through injury.
Sam Youngs and Aaron Greene had a couple of pot shots early on that failed to test Boro keeper Melvin Minter, but it wasn’t long before the hosts took the lead. After half-hearted penalty appeals when Boro central defender Adam Pepara chested the ball down adjacent to his arm, Greene passed inside to Youngs and the midfielder rolled the ball towards the goal on nine minutes; it had just enough legs to beat the retreating defenders - much to the relief of the home supporters.
Minter, who was to become increasingly busy as the afternoon wore on, blocked another Youngs effort with his legs, and Blake fired wide from Greene’s pass. Dan Rumens shot over, and Minter easily collected a Greene free-kick. Blake couldn’t connect with another low ball into the box from the left, but it only looked a matter of time before a second goal would arrive, although Charles Banya drew a double save from Joe Wright shortly before the break.
Half-time: Enfield Town 1 Harrow Borough 0
Boro rallied briefly, with David Taylor playing in a dangerous ball to Sahr Kabba, arguably Boro’s best performer on the day, but his shot flew straight at Wright, who had one of his quieter afternoons.
With a one goal lead never truly satisfactory, a degree of pressure was relieved as the hour mark approached. Youngs’ ball in from the right was met by Taylor McKenzie ahead of everyone else from inside the six yard box. Blake then had the ball in the net but the referee’s whistle had already sounded for a foul on Minter, and Youngs’ dipping volley dropped just wide.
It was game, set and match when another Blake run down the right ended with a good delivery into the danger area, and the unfortunate David Longe-King got his head to the ball ahead of Simon Thomas only to deflect it into his own net. Longe-King attempted to make amends shortly afterwards with a header from a corner, but he was well wide of the mark, and then Mickey Parcell shepherded Ant O’Connor sufficiently wide for his eventual shot to hit the side netting.
As the clock ran down, Boro looked to salvage some pride, but efforts from Banya and Moss, both kept out by good defensive blocks, were too little too late.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell, John Kyriacou, Taylor McKenzie, Danny Rumens, Mario Noto, Ryan Blackman, Sam Youngs (Jack Hockney 79), Ryan Blake (Steve Wales 70), Simon Thomas (Craig Calver 74), Aaron Greene. Unused subs: Junior Mubiayi, Nathan Dennis. Booked: Youngs.
Harrow Borough: Melvin Minter, Howard Hall, Shaun Preddie, Adam Pepera, David Longe-King, David Taylor (Tayo Coker 66), Sahr Kabba, Kurtis Cumberbatch, Ryan Moss, Charles Banya, Ant O’Connor (Mark McLeod 66). Unused subs: Kyle Beggs, Greig Stewart, George Moore. Booked: Longe-King, McLeod.