Enfield Town 0 Kingstonian 1
Match report by Aaron Patel
Further ground lost
Enfield Town 0 Kingstonian 1
Town's slump in form continued as they were beaten at home by play-off rivals Kingstonian writes Aaron Patel.
A minute on the clock and Town were on the attack; Sam Chaney flashed a ball across the box, but no-one could quite get on the end of it. Shortly afterwards at the other end, Elliot Buchanan's left-footed effort from the edge of the box grazed the outside of the post in the 5th minute.
Aaron Lamont caused a few problems out wide for Town, and a flurry of early corners was a major issue for Town. During this period, Delano Sam-Yorke's effort was gathered by Joe Wright in the 9th minute.
Ryan Blackman had Town's first effort clear-cut with ten minutes played, but his effort was claimed by Rob Tolfrey in the visitors’ goal. A minute after Ks had had the ball in the net but from an offside position in the 20th minute, Blackman played a one-two with Chaney on the edge of the box but he was forced out wide to the right and his effort from a very acute angle was turned behind for a corner.
Town had some good possession but, in truth, were creating little. And Kingstonian looked slick on the break; Sam-Yorke's close-range effort was saved by Wright with Town letting in the visitors in far too easily. Alfie Doughty's left-footed volley in the 34th minute was also held by Wright.
Just before the half-time whistle Town had the ball in the visitors’ net but referee Stephen Rea blew for an infringement on Tolfrey, and there was just time for Mickey Parcell to hit a firm cross into a good area which just eluded Billy Brickknell.
Half-time: Enfield Town 0 Kingstonian 0
When the second-half resumed Town continued find it difficult to clear their lines, causing their own problems on a number of occasions.
Bricknell played in Chaney to beat the offside trap nicely but his first touch was slightly heavy and the chance went begging. Then, in the 58th minute, James Daly put Ks a goal up with a wonderful solo effort beating two defenders in a central position, feinting to shoot, and then tucking the ball firmly under Wright.
Lewis Taaffe's free-kick found the head of Billy Bricknell, whose effort was held by Tolfrey as Town sought a response. The home side continued to put in plenty of effort, but the visitors’ well-drilled rearguard stood firm. In the 75th minute, following an almighty scramble in the Town box, Louie Theophanous's close range effort in the 75th minute was blazed over, a glorious chance for the visitors to put the game to bed.
As Town pressed increasingly furiously, Tolfrey saved with his legs, and a number of other efforts were blocked. Youngs failed to trouble Tolfrey with a shot that he didn’t quite catch properly for Town’s chance and, although the referee caused some consternation in the home ranks when he blew for full time with the ball pinging about in and around a very crowded Ks penalty box, there was no denying the better side on the day.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell, Remi Sutton, Matt Johnson (Aaron Greene 85), Taofiq Olomowewe, Dan Rumens, Sam Youngs, Ryan Blackman, Billy Bricknell, Sam Chaney (Bilal Sayoud 75), Lewis Taaffe (Liam Hope 73). Unused: Rian McLean, Junior Mubiayi. Booked: Olomowewe, Blackman, Bricknell.
Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Connor Dymond, Tyler Brown, Aaron Lamont, Temi Eweka, Jay Gasson, James Daly, Shaun McAuley, Elliott Buchanan (Louie Theopanous 73), Delano Sam-Yorke, Alfie Doughty (Manolis Gogonas 83). Unused: Muhammadu Faal, Josh Kyte. Booked: McAuley, Sam Yorkke.