Town made to pay for missed chances
Harrow Borough 5 Enfield Town 0
On a heavy pitch, which had stood up well to incessant rain, the goalless first period was, in retrospect, the calm before the storm, as Town were forced to suffer a torrid second 45 minutes by a rejuvenated Boro.
There were no signs of things to come as Town, with Adam Martin replacing Taylor McKenzie in the starting line-up, clicked into gear and dominated the opening stages. Joe Wright was rarely called into action, although he had to punch clear from Ryan Moss early on, just before a good run and cross from Mickey Parcell was well defended by Adam Richards. Brad Wadkins had the ball in the Harrow net after ten minutes but he had timed his run onto a through ball fractionally early. Melvin Minter in the home goal continued to be by far the busier of the two keepers, and he rushed off his line to get to the ball ahead of Tyler Campbell.
In a rare Boro attack Charles Banya’s pass just eluded the lively Moss, and the hosts were dealt a blow when midfielder Lewis Cole had to be helped from the centre circle following treatment and replaced by Mark McLeod. Kurtis Cumberbatch miscued horribly, and his effort ended up by the corner flag. There was a pivotal moment in the 27th minute when Campbell bore down on goal but was unable to put the ball past Minter, who had come out to make himself big and he got in a good block with his legs.
After half an hour, a knock-down from Wadkins landed to the feet of Ryan Blake, who looked certain to score but his skewed shot was deflected behind for a corner. Moss fired high and wide on the break, but it looked as though it would only be a matter of time before the visitors would open the scoring. After another Campbell cross was well cleared by Adam Pepara, Blake played in another dangerous low ball which Minter was only able to parry past Wadkins, but no yellow shirt was on hand to capitalise and another chance went begging. As the half drew to a close, a Wadkins cross eluded Sam Youngs before, at the opposite end, George Moore played in Charles Banya, who cut inside from the right and fired past Wright but way over the angle of post and crossbar.
Half-time: Harrow Borough 0 Enfield Town 0
The second half was barely two minutes old when Blackman was adjudged to have impeded his man midway between the visitors’ penalty box and the touchline, despite contact being minimal. Cumberbatch whipped the consequent free-kick towards Wright’s near post, and the Town stopper was unable to keep it out. Buoyed by this early success, Boro stepped up a gear. After Wadkins had miskicked inside the area and Aaron Greene had hit the outside of Minter’s right-hand post, Town found themselves two down after 55 minutes when Banya cut the ball back from the left to Cumberbatch, who had plenty to do but he strode on to apply a cool finish.
It went from bad to worse when, three minutes later, Shaun Preddie found himself in acres of space to make it three goals from three on-target efforts for the hosts. Town appeared to have little to offer in response at this stage. Youngs shot straight at Minter, who also kept out a close-range effort from Blake. But another wheel fell off after 77 minutes when home sub Tarun Dawkins found Moss for number four. Moss then helped himself to a second for good measure when he converted after being set up by Ahmed Elsahib, to complete an exceptionally bad day at the office for Town. They now have three days to wait before they have a chance to begin erasing this game from the memory banks with this Thursday’s trip to Dorking Wanderers.
Harrow Borough: Melvin Minter, George Moore, Chinua Cole, Adam Richards (Ahmed Elsahib 72), Adam Pepara, Shaun Preddie, Charles Banya (Tarum Dawkins 76), Kurtis Cumberbatch, Ryan Moss, Michael Bryan, Lewis Cole (Mark McLeod 21). Unused sub: Lee Pearce. Booked: Pepara.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell, Aaron Greene, Adam Martin, Mat Mitchel-King, Matt Johnson, Ryan Blackman (Dernell Wynter 71), Sam Youngs, Ryan Blake, Brad Wadkins (Simon Thomas 82), Tyler Campbell (Liam Hope 71). Unused subs: Samir Bihmoutine, Junior Mubiayi. Booked: Blackman, Youngs, Parcell.