Worthing 2 Enfield Town 2
Match report by John Dolan
Town dug deep to earn a point with equalising goals at the end of each half at Woodside Road.
The visitors started brightly and Man of the Match Sam Youngs had an early shot just over the bar from twenty yards and then in the fourth minute perhaps might have done better when he chipped wide from close range.
Worthing’s first attack on 6 minutes saw Alex Parsons, with space down the hosts’ right, having a cross deflected which Joe Wright did well to tip round the post. There was a similar attack a couple of minutes later and this time his direct shot was kept out by Wright at the near post at the expense of another corner.
After 10 minutes Ryan Blackman found space for a shot just over the top, after more good set-up work from Youngs. Then, as the game swung from end to end, another low shot from a Darren Budd free kick had Wright scrambling to again save at his near post.
The Towners had a lucky escape after giving away possession in 15th minute and Harvey Sparkes drilled in a low cross that just eluded a number of Worthing strikers. The Rebels were now getting on top, passing the ball well, and it took a good block from Dan Rumens to prevent Jaz Rance from opening the scoring on 18 minutes.
However Worthing did open the scoring on 21 minutes when a lovely chip over the Town defence from Sam Rents found Sparkes free on the left to get in a cross which was flicked in off the far post by Ben Pope. The game, which had been frenetic, then settled a little with both attacks finding it more difficult to test either goalkeeper. The Towners looked like they would go to half time a goal down, but a minute before the break Youngs found space on the right hand side and looked up to flight a long pass to Aaron Greene, who had space who beat Lucas Covolan at the second attempt.
Half time: Worthing 1 Enfield Town 1
The second half started slowly and, although the hosts enjoyed plenty of possession it took them until the 52nd minute to have their first effort of the half, a header from Joe Clarke, which was just over. Shortly afterwards a Town goal kick was slightly delayed as Wright was concerned about a cat running around freely behind his goal!
A goalmouth scramble approaching the hour mark had Towners failing to clear their lines and Wright making another important stop at his near post. After Simon Thomas had been replaced by Craig Calver in the 63rd minute, Mickey Parcell made a good run down the right and his cross was cleared as far as Youngs whose shot was blocked by a combination of Rents and Budd.
Worthing then went ahead again after 74 minutes when substitute Jimmy Wild rose highest to head home a corner kick. Town responded quickly when a free kick from Youngs found Taylor McKenzie, whose header was saved comfortably by Covolan.
Parcell kept Town in the game with a last ditch tackle on 78 minutes when he blocked a Ben Pope effort five yards from goal. Jack Hockney replaced Ryan Blake with ten minutes left and Calver shot over soon afterwards. This was followed by a blocked shot after a run down the right from Mickey Parcell. Steve Wales replaced John Kyriacou in the 86th minute and it looked as though Worthing had settled for a 2–1 victory. But, with two minutes left on the clock, Hockney came short and gained possession some 30 yards out, turned and found space with quick feet, and played a ball through to Youngs who completed a fine display by poking the ball under the onrushing Covolan to equalise for the Town.
The draw extended the Towners current unbeaten run to seven games, and they now have a quick turnaround before their next match against Kingstonian at Fetcham Grove on Monday night.
Worthing: Lucas Covolan, Joel Colbran, Sam Rents, Darren Budd, Joe Clark, Alfie Young, Alex Parsons, Jaz Rance (Reece Hallard 83), Ben Pope (Jimmy Wild 66), Anosu Sisimayi (David Herbert 66), Harvey Sparks. Unused subs: Reuben Schneider, Henry Watson.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell, John Kyriacou (Steve Wales 87), Taylor McKenzie, Danny Rumens, Mario Noto, Ryan Blackman, Sam Youngs, Ryan Blake (Jack Hockney 78), Simon Thomas (Craig Calver 63), Aaron Greene. Unused subs: Mark Kirby, George Beattie. Booked: Parcell.