Improvement, but no points
Town entertained Kingstonian at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium this weekend, and despite an improved performance suffered another defeat. Report by John Dolan
The K’s had to make a very early change in the 2nd minute as Marvin Elliot (hamstring) was replaced by Connor Hunte. It took 10 mins for the game to kick in to life with a shot screwed wide by Mickey Parcell, after good combination play by Ryan Blake and Sam Youngs. This was quickly followed by Town opening the scoring with Tyler Campbell picking up a loose ball 20 yards out and hitting a fine low drive beating Rob Tolfery in the K's goal low to his right Against the run of play a slip in defence in 23rd minute led to a goal being conceded as a missed header led to an opening for K’s sub Connor Hunte to hit a fine shot from 25 yards which beat Joe Wright in the Towners goal low to his right hand side.
Ryan Blackman quickly responded with a speculative strike from 30 yards which was off target when a pass wide may have been a better decision. Blake and Youngs continued to work well together and created another opening on 30th minute with a shot from Blake defected straight into Rob Tolfrey’s hands.
In the 32nd minute, K’s right back Freddy Yao found lots of space on the right hand side of the field and drove in to the Towners penalty box unhindered and sent over a great cross which just eluded the onrushing K’s strikers and went wide for a thrown in on opposite side of pitch The game was end to end now and a good flowing move on 40 mins form the K’s resulted in a great cross from K’s excellent left back Andrew Musungu again eluding all K’s players and being eventually scrambled clear by the Towners for a corner.
The final action of the half saw a great shot from Ryan Blake smack against the K’s post before being cleared.
No changes for the start of the second half as the wind and rain continued to blast in the faces of everyone, not helped by the cold temperature as well. Youngs continued to look for space and sent a cross on 48 mins that Brad Wadkins headed wide of far post. Four minutes later another good cross from Bihmoutine was met again by Wadkins whose header was saved excellently low to his left by Tolfey in the K’s goal. Town were on top again and good work down the right between Parcell and Blackman led to a pass across the penalty area where Youngs poked a shot wide of the far post.
More Town attacks led to a couple of nervous moments for the hitherto excellent Tolfery as he failed to hold two successive crosses, but when you are not getting the breaks the ball again eluded the Towners and was subsequently scrambled clear.
After 60 minutes the K’s had a lucky break when from their own corner the Towners clearance reached Blake who ran the length of the pitch and after a one/two with Wadkins sent in a cross to far post which was met by Youngs whose looping header had Tolfrey well beaten, but hit the bar and was cleared.
The Towners were well on top with nothing to show and to rub salt in to the wound the K’s punished Town with a goal on 69 minutes against the run of play. Greg Cundle found space down his right hand side and sent in a hard low cross which eluded everyone except Andre McCollin who tapped in at the far post.
More Town pressure followed and on 74 minutes another cross following good work by Blackman was cleared out to a waiting Campbell on the edge of area that he volleyed straight back to goal and it struck Tolfrey on his upper arm deflected on the post and eluded onrushing Towners forwards and was again cleared.
On 80th minute Liam Hope replaced Adam Martin and Thomas replaced Ryan Blake. Immediately Thomas flicked on to Hope who had space on the edge of the box to pick his spot but his shot was just wide. Then K’s hit the Towners on the break from the corner in the 88th minute with sub Jerry Amoo running into penalty area and being tackled behind by Youngs. It was Amoo who got up to slot the corner down to Wright’s left and although the Town keeper got hands to it could not prevent the ball hitting the net.
Plenty of chances created, however only one goal to show for it, the Towners performance was much improved but they must turn those numerous crosses into goals to provide rewards for their hard work.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell (Simon Thomas 82), 3 Sami Bihmoutine, 4 Taofiq Olomowewe, 5 Mark Kirby, 6 Adam Martin (Hope 81), Ryan Blackman, Sam Youngs, Brad Wadkins, Ryan Blake, Tyler Campbell. Unused subs: Taylor McKenzie, John Kyriacou, Jack Hockney. Booked: Martin.
Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Freddy Yao, Andrew Musungu, Marvin Elliott (Connor Hunte 3, Victor Fundi 69), Mark Phillips, Rob Bartley, Nic Ciardini, Tom Beere, Michael West, Andre McCollin (Jerry Amoo 77), Greg Cundle. Unused subs: Daniel Ajakaiye, Owen Coleman