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Enfield Town
Merstham
R Blackman (37' Pen), L Hope (3')
Full time
Sat 13 Jan 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 381

Strong second half showing secures Merstham a point

Enfield Town 2 Merstham 2

Strong second half showing secures Merstham a point

Enfield Town 2 Merstham 2

The spoils were shared at a cold Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Saturday in a disappointing outcome from a Town perspective.

Enfield Town 2 Merstham 2 (13.01.2018)
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The hosts started brightly enough, taking the lead after three minutes. Ryan Blackman cut in from the left and played the ball inside for Liam Hope to convert from close range.

Charlie Penny and Alex Addai both tested Joe Wright in quick succession shortly afterwards and centre back debutant Mat Mitchel-King made a vital block from Addai before the same player fizzed a low cross in from the right across the Town box but no-one in a red shirt was on hand to take advantage.

Town increased their lead seven minutes before the break. As Aaron Greene entered the visitors’ box from the left and made for the byline he was manhandled by former Towner Tom Collins and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Ryan Blackman converted the spot kick with confidence. Wright dived bravely at the feet of Merstham’s man of the match Addai to preserve his side’s lead as the opening period came to an end.

Half-time: Enfield Town 2 Merstham 0

After visiting manager Hayden Bird had been dismissed from the bench, the second half belonged to Merstham as they set about repairing the damage in determined fashion. They did not have to wait long to haul themselves back into the game. A half-cleared corner fell to Tom Kavanagh, who steadied himself before rifling in a fine left-footed effort into the top corner past Wright's right hand five minutes into the half.

After Wright had denied Penny on two occasions, Adam Martin shot wide and Sam Youngs had an effort at the end of a good run blocked. But the visitors looked pacy on the break and had a few chances to equalise, prompted by the introduction of substitute Tayshan Hayden-Smith, who started pulling some strings in the middle of the park.

Blackman and Greene had efforts saved by Merstham keeper Ashlee Jones, making his second appearance for his new club, and off target respectively before the Moatsiders staged a grandstand finish and deservedly equalised when Liam Harwood converted a corner from the visitors' right with a stooping header at the back post. Harwood was then on hand to make a vital headed clearance as Town threatened briefly. But a point was the least Merstham deserved for their second half energy.

Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell, Samir Bihmoutine, Mat Mitchel-King, Danny Rumens, Adam Martin, Ryan Blackman, Mario Noto (Ryan Blake 67), Sam Youngs (Steve Wales 84), Liam Hope (Simon Thomas 71), Aaron Greene. Unused: Mark Kirby, Jack Hockney. Booked: Bihmoutine.

Merstham: Ashlee Jones, Michael Abnett, Ben Harrison, Tom Kavanagh, Liam Harwood, Tutu Henriques, Alex Addai, Kershaney Samuels (Alberto Lumbango 83), Charlie Penny (Sean Bonnett-Johnson 68), Reece Hall, Tom Collins (Tayshan Hayden-Smith 46). Unused:Ryan Hall, Jose Antonio. Booked: Kavanagh.

Attendance: 381.

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Ryan Blackman

Player of the Match

Ryan Blackman

Key moments

3:00
Goal Liam Hope scores for Enfield Town
37:00
Scored Penalty Ryan Blackman scores a penalty for Enfield Town

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Enfield Town 2 Merstham 2 (13.01.2018)
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Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Ryan Blackman is awarded player of the match for Enfield Town
84:00 Sub On
Steve Wales is substituted on for Enfield Town
84:00 Sub Off
Sam Youngs is substituted off for Enfield Town
77:00 Yellow Card
Aaron Greene is yellow carded for Enfield Town
71:00 Sub Off
Liam Hope is substituted off for Enfield Town
71:00 Sub On
Simon Thomas is substituted on for Enfield Town
66:00 Sub Off
Mario Noto is substituted off for Enfield Town
66:00 Sub On
Ryan Blake is substituted on for Enfield Town
End of period 1
37:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 0
Ryan Blackman scores a penalty for Enfield Town
36:00 Yellow Card
Samir Bihmoutine is yellow carded for Enfield Town
3:00 Assist
Ryan Blackman makes an assist for Enfield Town
3:00 Assist
Mario Noto makes an assist for Enfield Town
3:00 Goal 1 - 0
Liam Hope scores for Enfield Town
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As it happened

  • Enfield Town
  • Merstham
  • 0
  • Ryan Blackman Assist 3:00'
  • Mario Noto Assist 3:00'
  • Liam Hope Goal 3:00'
  • Samir Bihmoutine Yellow Card 36:00'
  • Ryan Blackman Scored Penalty 37:00'
  • Mario Noto Sub Off 66:00'
  • Ryan Blake Sub On 66:00'
  • Liam Hope Sub Off 71:00'
  • Simon Thomas Sub On 71:00'
  • Aaron Greene Yellow Card 77:00'
  • Sam Youngs Sub Off 84:00'
  • Steve Wales Sub On 84:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
15. Thurrock 46 57
16. Worthing 46 57
17. Enfield Town 46 56
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49
20. Brightlingsea Regent 46 48
21. Harlow Town 46 47

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