By Ken Brazier
Burgess Hill Town 1 Enfield Town 6
This was a highly impressive performance from Town, and it was one of those afternoons when almost everything they attempted came off. From the starting eleven for the previous league game against AFC Hornchurch Remi Sutton and Lewis Taaffe were injured and unavailable respectively.
After weathering an early ten minute spell of home pressure, Town moved up through the gears imperiously. After former Worthing striker Kieron Pamment had fired a cross-cum-shot from the right narrowly over Joe Wright’s crossbar after 11 minutes, the visitors took the lead in the 15th. Aaron Greene, fit again after injury, fired in a deep cross from the left, Bilal Sayoud nodded it back into the danger zone, and Liam Hope turned the ball past Josh James in the Hillians’ goal.
On twenty minutes, Sam Youngs fired wide from Greene’s pass and, three minutes later, Sayoud’s left-foot effort flew narrowly over the top after some great build up play involving Sams Hatton and Youngs. In the 28th minute, the prominent Sayoud took a corner on the Town right, it was deep enough to find its way to the far post, and Taofiq Olomowewe was on hand to nod the ball over the line from close range beyond a defender attempting to clear in vain.
After Youngs had tested James with another goalbound shot, on 34 minutes it became 3-0 after another flowing move; this time ending with Liam Hope teeing up Youngs for a delightful chip over the keeper. Wright came off his line to clear from Ben Pope, but the hosts were finding it very difficult to gain possession, let alone create anything. Matt Johnson, having another influential game in the middle of the park, fired too high five minutes before the break, before Hill had a flurry of attacks; firstly Wright pushed round Pat Harding’s shot and then, from the consequent corner, he claimed the ball with great authority. Aaron Smith-Joseph then blazed over and Connor Tighe was similarly off-target.
Half-time: Burgess Hill 0 Enfield Town 3
Town picked up from where they had left off immediately after the break, and Youngs was soon bearing down on the hosts’ back line. He had Greene to his left but opted to shoot and was blocked off. After Sayoud had fired narrowly over, the youngster then blasted the ball beyond James against an upright and skipper Johnson was on hand to snaffle the rebound.
Hill were now facing an impossible task but, to their credit, they mustered a couple of attacks. Firstly, on 53 minutes Pamment fired in a good cross but no-one managed to get on the end of it. Then, after Greene had shot wide and Hatton’s effort had been saved, the hosts pulled one back from a corner. It looked as though Wright had kept the ball out, but Harding converted from close range with fifteen minutes left.
Undeterred, Sayoud then made room for a great cross for Youngs to convert for 5-1. In the five minutes remaining, Pamment was inches away from getting his head to an inviting cross before Town surged straight up the other end and sub Ryan Blackman drove home off a post. Sayoud then cracked a superb shot against the underside of the bar via James’s outstretched fingertips, but the referee’s assistant had his flag up so it may not have counted had it crossed the line.
A near-perfect performance from Town, who now travel eagerly to Wingate & Finchley on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm).
Burgess Hill Town: Josh James, Ibrahim Diallo, Tom Cadman, Dan Beck (Charlie Bennett 59), Gary Elphick, Henry Watson, Kieron Pamment, Pat Harding, Ben Pope (Andre McCollin 59), Connor Tighe, Aaron Smith-Joseph. Unused subs: Jack Brivio, Lukas Franzen-Jones, Tariq Richards.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Sam Hatton, Mickey Parcell, Matt Johnson, Taofiq Olomowewe, Rian McLean, Bilal Sayoud, Sam Youngs, Liam Hope (Brandon Adams 64), Sam Chaney (Junior Mubiayi 78), Aaron Greene (Ryan Blackman 69). Unused subs: Mason Tunbridge, Mario Noto.
Note: This result was Town's biggest away league win margin since 5-0 wins at Romford and Cheshunt in season 2011/12;
The record away league win margins are: 7-0 at Ilford on 28th April 2003 (Essex Senior League) and 8-2 at Waltham Abbey on 16th October 2007 (Ryman League Division One North)