Towners Storm The Hill
The Towners secured three points and a 3rd win on the road with an excellent performance at Burgess Hill
Andy Leese changed things around again in what was the Towners' 5th game in 11 days, with Ryan Blake, Simon Thomas and Dernell Wynter back in the starting line up. The Towners put-in a great team performance and it was the end product to their excellent build-up play that was the difference, as the Towners found their shooting boots to beat Burgess Hill with 4 quality goals. Match report by John Dolan.
During a quiet opening the Towners were the first to make in-roads in the fifth minute as Ryan Blake put in a cross that Simon Thomas headed back from the far post for Aaron Greene to slot home, but unfortunately the flag was already up for offside.
In the 12th minute a low cross from the Burgess Hill number 11, Conor Tighe, was well claimed at the post by keeper Joe Wright as the game started to come alive. Town were keeping possession well and on 16 minutes Aaron Greene's pass released Matt Johnson with room to breaking from midfield where he found Dernell Wynter on the edge of the box, the Town striker then swivelled and struck a low left-footed shot that beat the keeper at his right hand post to give the visitors an early lead.
This was to be sign of things to come as the Towners were clearly on top and it was Wynter again who struck another shot only a few minutes later that went wide of the far post. What followed was some excellent possession play, with 18 passes and the ball played wide to Aaron Greene the resulting cross just eluded everyone and went out for a goal kick.
Matt Johnson and Ryan Blake dominated play the middle of the park, allied with Aaron Greene, who was looking dangerous in possession,
and Burgess Hill did well to defend successive corners. Wynter had another shot blocked and Simon Thomas' header went straight to the goalkeeper as the Towners pushed for a second goal, but the home side somehow held out. Against the run of play, a rare attack down the left by the Hillians in the 33rd minute saw Lee Harding hit a cross come shot that skidded off the turf and somehow sneaked in off the far post to give them an equaliser from nothing.
The Towners were resolute and continued to press with Aaron Greene cutting inside to shoot, only have his shot parried away. In another wave of attack in the 41st minute, the pass of the night came from Matt Johnson as he found Ryan Blake with his precision pass switching the play to the far corner. Blake then beat his man on the bye-line launching a cross which was half cleared by the defence and fell for the excellent Aaron Greene, whose well struck cross was met by Simon Thomas as he rose above the defence to head the ball home at the far post, for the Towners' second.
HT: Burgess Hill 1-2 Enfield Town
Burgess Hill made a change at half time with Aaron Smith- Joseph replacing Josh Greenleaf up top. The Hillians rallied at the start of the second half, with Town's defence working well to clear several openings created by incisive crosses from left by Tom Cadman. However, it was Town who struck next with a third goal against the run of play on 53 minutes. It came from a quick passing move through the middle with exchanges between Dernell Wynter and Ryan Blake which saw the latter strike the ball in first time from the edge of the box. It was slick manoeuver, which seemed to fool the tannoy announcer, who attributed the goal to Simon Thomas, but Ryan Blake was sure to claim the goal after the match.
Burgess Hill responded, applying pressure on the Town goal, but the defence held strong and emphatically resisted a wave of crossed attacks. However, in the 57th minute Aaron Smith- Joseph struck another cross from wide on the left which was parried by keeper Joe Wright only to land for Jack Brivio to claim the rebound and strike the ball in from close range to make it 2-3.
It felt inevitable that the match was not yet settled, as both teams pressed with waves of attacks looking for a decisive goal. The Hillians broke down the wings sending in probing crosses at a regular rate, but once again the Town defence held firm and in possession the Towners always looked the more likely to score, playing the ball around confidently. In the 64th minute Samir Bihmoutine played a ball down the left wing releasing Aaron Greene on another charge at the Hillians defence. The winger beat Lee Harding and struck a cross that found Simon Thomas on the near post, who slotted-in to restore the Towners' a two goal lead.
Thomas was substituted by Liam Hope, who immediately saw some action, holding the ball well and working with Ryan Blake, he hit a cross that just eluded Aaron Greene at the far post. The action was now end-to-end and Burgess Hill saw a corner cleared and a shot from Jack Brivio comfortably saved by Joe Wright.
Ryan Blake was replaced by Sam Youngs in 71st minute, followed by Junior Mubiayi replacing Matt Johnson. The Towners pressed again, with Aaron Greene breaking and crossing, but Burgess Hill did well to clear the ball for a corner, which saw Ryan Blackman's shot go over the bar. A Burgess Hill attack saw Charlie Bennet have a close effort clear the far post and it was Aaron Greene again for Town on 85 minutes, who hit a cross that Liam Hope did well to get to, but his strike was cleared by the goalkeeper's legs.
Tom Cadman pressed who the home side, with a good strike from 25 yards which rose just over the bar, and the game ended with another of his crosses that the Towners did well to defend.
Considering the number of games Enfield Town have played recently Andy Leese's side always the more threatening, showing great resolve and kept going for the full 90 minutes, playing their part in a throughly entertaining game in which they deserved the final result.
On Saturday we travel Tonbridge Angels, where a similar performance will be needed to secure 3 points against a team who have just beaten Dulwich Hamlet.
FT: Burgess Hill 2-4 Enfield Town
1. Joe Wright, 2. Mickey Parcell, 3. Samir Bihmoutine, 4. Danny Rumens , 5. Mat Mitchel-King , 6. Matt Johnson (Junior Mubiayi 80), 7. Ryan Blackman, 8. Ryan Blake (Sam Youngs 73), 9. Dernell Wynter, 10. Simon Thomas (Liam Hope 64) 11. Aaron Greene,
Subs: 12. Junior Mubiayi, 14. Liam Hope, 15. Adam Martin, 16. Tyler Campbell, 17. Sam Youngs