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Enfield Town
Staines Town
J Hockney (17'), B Wadkins (50'), T Campbell (30')
Full time
Sat 17 Mar 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 322

Staines edge cold but entertaining encounter

Enfield Town 3 Staines Town 4 -match report by Aaron Patel

On a freezing afternoon at the QEII Stadium, the first effort of the game came from the visitors five minutes in, Mo Bettamer cutting in from the right but seeing his effort from just outside the box turned behind for a corner by Town keeper Joe Wright.

Staines opened the scoring in the 12th minute. After some good midfield interplay in midfield, Lewis Drive took the ball in his stride from the left hand side, avoided two challenges and tucked the ball into the far top corner. Just a minute later Staines doubled their lead. Straight from kick-off Town lost possession and Bettamer latched onto the loose ball, drove into the box and tucked the ball past Wright to make it 2-0.

Town set about getting a foothold in the game and, in the 18th minute, pulled one back. From a throw-in on the right and a ball played into the Swans' box, Brad Watkins knocked the ball down for Jack Hockney to smash it home past keeper Conor Hudnott, who may have got a touch.

Enfield Town 3 Staines Town 4 (17.03.2018)
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With Town back in with a shout, the game was in full flow and, in the 20th minute Bettamer’s left-footed curling effort after cutting in from the right was deflected behind for a corner. Staines were looking the more dangerous of the two side, frequently breaking very quickly.

Then, just before the half-hour mark, Town drew level. After a foul on Hockney, Wadkins played a clever quick free-kick which found Tyler Campbell in behind the Staines defence, and he fired the ball past a surprised Hudnott for the equaliser. Minutes later Town were awarded a penalty, after Ryan Blackman was brought down in the box. Blackman himself stepped up to take the spot-kick, but his penalty was too central and Hudnott kept it out.

Half-time: Enfield Town 2 Staines Town 2

Four minutes after the break, there was some confusion between Hudnott and central defender Ugo Udoji which Wadkins pressed to force a hurried clearance from Hudnot which bounced off the Town striker up in the air, and Wadkins had the presence of mind to manoeuvre himself under the ball and head it into an empty net from close range.

Following Wadkins’ goal, Staines skipper Sam Hatton saw his effort from 25 yards fly just over the crossbar, as the visitors continued to threaten. On the hour Wright did well to save Driver’s effort and, eight minutes later were leve when a cross from the right was smashed in by Driver for his second of the match. Ten minutes later, Staines took the lead once more when a corner from the right-hand side caused chaos in the Town box and Elliot Buchanan managed to back-heel the ball into the goal via a deflection to give the play-off chasing Swans the lead.

Town sub Ryan Blake, looking lively for the hosts, saw a low shot saved Hudnott in the 80th minute for Town's last real chance of the game, which ended with Joe Wright going up for a corner to no avail. Town will of course be disappointed that they did not take at least a point, and on another day they could have taken all three, but there was no denying that Staines looked a very well organised and resolute side who were determined to close in on a coveted play-off spot.

Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell, Samir Bihmoutine, Dan Rumens, Mat Mitchel-King, Adam Martin, Ryan Blackman (c), Jack Hockney (Dernell Wynter, 79), Aaron Greene (Liam Hope, 71), Brad Wadkins (Ryan Blake, 61), Tyler Campbell. Unused subs: Mario Noto, John Kyriacou.

Staines Town: Conor Hudnott, Josh Webb, Tyrell Miller-Rodney, Sam Hatton (c), Ugo Udoji, Joash Nembhard (Tommy Brewer, 60), Lewis Driver (Leon Solomon, 79), Wadah Ahmidi, Elliot Buchanan, Mo Bettamer (Jonathan Hippolyte, 81), Max Worsfold. Unused subs: Daniel Brown, Bayley Brown

Attendance: 322.

Town man of the match: Brad Wadkins.

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Key moments

Goal Jack Hockney scores for Enfield Town
Goal Tyler Campbell scores for Enfield Town
Goal Brad Wadkins scores for Enfield Town

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90:00 Player of the Match
Brad Wadkins is awarded player of the match for Enfield Town
81:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Blackman is yellow carded for Enfield Town
79:00 Sub On
Dernell Wynter is substituted on for Enfield Town
79:00 Sub Off
Jack Hockney is substituted off for Enfield Town
73:00 Yellow Card
Adam Martin is yellow carded for Enfield Town
71:00 Sub Off
Aaron Greene is substituted off for Enfield Town
71:00 Sub On
Liam Hope is substituted on for Enfield Town
61:00 Sub Off
Brad Wadkins is substituted off for Enfield Town
61:00 Sub On
Ryan Blake is substituted on for Enfield Town
61:00 Yellow Card
Mickey Parcell is yellow carded for Enfield Town
50:00 Goal 3 - 0
Brad Wadkins scores for Enfield Town
End of period 1
36:00 Missed Penalty
Ryan Blackman misses a penalty for Enfield Town
30:00 Assist
Brad Wadkins makes an assist for Enfield Town
30:00 Goal 2 - 0
Tyler Campbell scores for Enfield Town
26:00 Yellow Card
Aaron Greene is yellow carded for Enfield Town
17:00 Assist
Adam Martin makes an assist for Enfield Town
17:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jack Hockney scores for Enfield Town
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As it happened

  • Enfield Town
  • Staines Town
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  • Adam Martin Assist 17:00'
  • Jack Hockney Goal 17:00'
  • Aaron Greene Yellow Card 26:00'
  • Brad Wadkins Assist 30:00'
  • Tyler Campbell Goal 30:00'
  • Ryan Blackman Missed Penalty 36:00'
  • Brad Wadkins Goal 50:00'
  • Mickey Parcell Yellow Card 61:00'
  • Brad Wadkins Sub Off 61:00'
  • Ryan Blake Sub On 61:00'
  • Aaron Greene Sub Off 71:00'
  • Liam Hope Sub On 71:00'
  • Adam Martin Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Jack Hockney Sub Off 79:00'
  • Dernell Wynter Sub On 79:00'
  • Ryan Blackman Yellow Card 81:00'

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# 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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