Disciplined display earns valuable point for Town
Dulwich Hamlet 1 Enfield Town 1 – match report by John and Lewis Dolan
Town started with changes at the centre of defence due to injury to loanee Taofiq Olomowewe and the unavailability of Mark Kirby. Mat Mitchell-King and Taylor McKenzie were in harness, with Adam Martin replacing Mario Noto as the other change from Tuesday night’s victory against Burgess Hill.
The game began with an early run from Reise Allassani, who cut inside Taylor McKenzie to fire a shot over the bar. At this point, there were still queues of supporters outside the ground still trying to get in. They missed Allassani proving difficult to handle early on and in the sixth minute he was first to a bouncing ball on the edge of the area and he twisted and turned to find space for a low shot that was just beyond the right hand post.
Town's first attack came a couple of minutes later when a home defender played the ball straight to Liam Hope, who freed Ryan Blackman to place a low drive wide of the right hand post. On 18 minutes there was further central defence disruption for the visitors when Taylor McKenzie was forced to retire from the match feeling unwell.
Another dangerous run from Allassani down the right saw him hit a low cross to the near post that Matt Mitchell-King did well to get to first and clear for a corner. The resulting corner saw Mark Weatherstone head just wide. Another Dulwich attack on 31 minutes saw Nathan Ferguson turn past Samir Bihmoutine, although Joe Wright was quickly off his line to block Allassani. A couple of minutes later a Carew free-kick hit the Town defensive wall. Dulwich were on top at this point and created another chance in the 34th minute when a Sanchez Ming cross was fired over the top from close range by Nyren Clunis.
A header from sub Dan Rumens from a corner straight into Preston Edwards’ hands was the closest to a Town goal at this point. A Nathan Green header was just wide and the half ended with a fine recovery tackle from Parcell when it looked as though Clunis was about to pull the trigger. Overall Dulwich had most of the first half possession and created some chances but the Towners’ defence was resolute.
Half-time: Dulwich Hamlet 0 Enfield Town 0
There were few further chances until the 56th minute when Michael Onovwigun missed the target from close range following an almighty scramble from a corner. This was followed by another ball clipped nicely into the Towners’ penalty area by the cultured Carew which found Allassanni, but another great tackle from Parcell prevented a certain goal. Carew then found Clunis again on the right and his cross just eluded Nathan Ferguson at the far post.
Tyler Campbell found some space down the left and, following a mazy run, a defender cleared for a throw in that Ryan Blackman took long. It was flicked on by Liam Hope and Sam Youngs got in a difficult header which hit the bar and was cleared. From the clearance Dulwich had a quick counter attack which saw Allassani running at a retreating Towners defence and, when Parcell stopped him in his tracks the phrase 'taking one took one for the team' came to the fore. But Dulwich were still able to capitalise and, from a fairly central position and from about 25 yards out, Carew’s fine, low strike was accurate enough to beat Wright low down just inside his left hand post.
Town responded with an attack that saw Blackman take another long throw that was again flicked on by Liam Hope but this time no-one at the far post to follow up. The visitors started to enjoy some more possession however; Dulwich still looking dangerous on the counter. With fifteen minutes left, Simon Thomas replaced Hope and, within minutes of his arrival he picked up a pass from Bihmoutine and squared the ball for Youngs, whose dipping shot from twenty yards looped over Edwards outstretched hand and into the net. Bihmoutine then found space for a cross from the left that was behind Thomas but the onrushing Blake mishit his shot.
As the game reached its conclusion a stooping header by Ricky Hayles flashed just wide. Mitchell-King made a vital penalty box tackle and clear his lines and Wright did well to gather another Clunis effort. A quick throw in saw Mahummadu Faal find space behind Town’s defence, but his effort kept out by Wright.
There was still just enough time for Campbell to run at the heart of the Dulwich defence and he found Thomas, but the striker had to check his run and was closed down. A satisfying afternoon’s work for the visitors in front of a bumper crowd (some not catching the action until well after the game had started) and probably a fair result in the end.
Dulwich Hamlet: Preston Edwards, Quade Taylor, Nathan Green, Michael Onovwigun, Rickie Hayles, Mark Weatherstone, Nyren Clunis, Ashley Carew, Reise Allassani, Nathan Ferguson (Nana Boakye-Yiadom 81), Sanchez Ming (Muhammadu Faal 81).Unused: Tanasheh Abrahams, Michael Chambers, Javaun Splatt. Booked: Carew, Hayles.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell (Simon Thomas 75), Samir Bihmoutine, Taylor McKenzie (Danny Rumens 20), Mat Mitchel-King, Adam Martin, Ryan Blackman, Sam Youngs, Liam Hope (John Kyriacou 75), Ryan Blake, Tyler Campbell. Unused: Mario Noto, Jack Hockney. Booked: Parcell, Martin.