Trawlerboys put to the sword
Enfield Town 3 Lowestoft Town 0
This was a fairly comprehensive home win for Town, avenging the 0-3 reverse at Lowestoft last month. The hosts were the better side for the majority of the game, although their first two goals were somewhat gift-wrapped by the visitors, who completed a miserable week following a club announcement about acute financial difficulties.
After Sam Youngs and Tyler Campbell had both had shots off target early on, there was a scare for the home side after the ball had been played between keeper Joe Wright and defender Samir Bihmoutine, but Harvey Hodd was unable to capitalise and the ball was cleared.
A Youngs free kick was fired well over from a promising position and Mickey Parcell was similarly off target, while, at the other end, Wright saved well from Shaun Bammant.
Youngs hit the woodwork for the hosts and, for the Trawlerboys, Jacek Zielonka hit a curler from distance that drifted just wide. Simon Thomas then just failed to get his head to a good cross from the right by Dernell Wynter.
Five minutes before the break, Adam Martin and Taofiq Olomowewe both had shots blocked for Town before, courtesy of a third attempt in the same scramble, centre back Mat Mitchell-King shot goalwards and keeper Ben Dudzinski got down but couldn't prevent the ball crossing the line. Immediately afterwards Hodd had the ball in the home net but the assistant’s flag was raised quickly for offside. Mickey Parcell then kept Town in the game with a vital defensive header.
Half-time: Enfield Town 1 Lowestoft Town 0
Ten minutes into the second half, with Dernell Wynter chasing a ball that was running towards the corner flag on Lowestoft’s left, referee Hallam Cutmore had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot after Youngs had been felled off the ball. In truth, there were very few complaints from the visitors and Ryan Blackman stepped up to convert the consequent penalty with confidence for 2-0.
Lowestoft substitute Cion Wren headed over Rob Eagle free-kick from the right when well placed and a fine shot from Hodd was well caught by Wright. Taofiq Olomowewe, who has had his loan spell from Wealdstone extended by another month, headed over from a corner.
Aaron Greene made a welcome return as a substitute around the hour mark, and was soon darting down the left and forcing Dudzinski to grab a dangerous cross. And Town went close again after a fine pass from Jack Hockney set up Greene, whose shot was too hot for Dudzinski to hold and Liam Hope hit the bar from the rebound.
Town put more daylight between themselves and the Blues at the death when Hockney wrestled the ball away from centre-back Rory McAuley, and pulled it back for Hope to finish with aplomb.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell, Samir Bihmoutine, Taofiq Olomowewe, Mat Mitchel-King, Adam Martin, Ryan Blackman, Sam Youngs (Aaron Greene 62), Simon Thomas (Liam Hope 75), Dernell Wynter (Jack Hockney 75), Tyler Campbell. Unused: Mario Noto, John Kyriacou. Booked: Greene.
Lowestoft Town: Ben Dudzinski, Dan Humphries, Adam Smith, Andrew Fisk, Rory McAuley, Travis Cole, Harvey Hodd, Jacek Zielonka, Shaun Bammant (Cion Wren 49), Manu Machaya, Rob Eagle. Unused: James Langdale, Danny Youngman, Elvijs Putnins, Sam Leslie. Booked: Cole, Zielonka.
Town man of the match: Ryan Blackman.