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Potters Bar Town
Enfield Town
Full time
M Weatherstone (86'), M Faal (8')
Sat 29 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 504

Town up to 3rd before record crowd

Potters Bar Town 1 Enfield Town 2

TOWN UP TO THIRD BEFORE RECORD CROWD

A large travelling contingent boosted the attendance at Potters Bar Town on Saturday to 504, a record for the Pakex Stadium writes John Dolan.

The Scholars took an early lead after five minutes when a free kick was only half cleared to the edge of the penalty area where Sean Bonnett-Johnson hit the ball on the volley low into the bottom right hand corner. Joe Wright had a number of players in front of him and, not seeing the ball until the last second, was unable to stop the sweetly struck volley.

Town’s reaction was excellent as Muhammadu Faal equalised just four minutes later after pressure on the home back line. A cross from Matt Johnson on the left found Faal with his back to goal, and he swivelled and turned, hitting a volley past the outstretched hands of Berkley Laurencin in goal.

Soon afterwards Billy Bricknell hit a free kick hard and low past the defensive wall and forced Laurencin into a good save low to his left. The game then settled down after such a frenetic start, with both defences taking control on a sticky, bobbly pitch where both sides had decided to not take any chances in and around their own area.

Faal had a shot easily claimed by Laurencin on the half hour mark and, a few minutes later, Bonnett-Johnson had another shot that just flew over the bar. On 38 minutes, a rare flowing move, from the visitors, saw another Johnson cross from the right evade everyone and run clear across the penalty area. There was just time for a couple more crosses before the break, but the excellent Laurencin claimed both.

Half-time: Potters Bar Town 1 Enfield Town 1

After Town had arguably shaded the first 45 minutes, the second period was a far more attritional with both defences in charge and both goalkeepers almost redundant. Both defences usually opted to bypass midfield but, in just beyond the hour ex-Towner Dernell Wynter got free down the hosts’ right and delivered a wicked cross-shot that just beat the far post. By 63 minutes, Faal, who had been unwell earlier, had also picked up a foot injury and was replaced by Josh Davison.

Bar’s solid centre-backs looked to be ensuring that the game would end as a draw, but on 86 minutes the Scholars failed to clear another Town free kick and a mad scramble ensued. It started with substitute Bilal Sayoud reacting quickly as the ball fell in the box and his shot hit the bar via Laurencin's fingertips. Marc Weatherstone's effort from the rebound was somehow parried upwards by Laurencin, but the former Wingate man managed to get his head onto another rebound and plant it into the net to the rapturous celebrations of the travelling faithful. Town managed the game well by playing the last few minutes in Bar’s half as the referee finally blew for full time. At times it looked as though both sides were just making sure they didn’t concede, but Town had a never-say-die attitude, and centre-backs Weatherstone and Dan Rumens took many plaudits in the clubhouse after the game.

Potters Bar Town: Berkley Laurencin, Lewis Hobbs, Andrew Lomas, Lee O'Leary, James Budden, Sean Grace, Stefan Powell, (George Nicholas 86), Sean Bonnett-Johnson, Josh Hutchinson, Bradley Sach (Sandro Costa 62), Dernell Wynter (Mergim Qarri 78). Unused subs: Mahrez Bettache, Keagan Cole. Booked: Budden.

Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Sam Hatton, Mickey Parcell, Matt Johnson, Marc Weatherstone, Dan Rumens, Sam Youngs (Junior Mubiayi 75) Ryan Blackman, Billy Bricknell, Muhammadu Faal (Josh Davison 64), Aaron Greene (Bilal Sayoud 79). Unused subs: Rian McLean, Remi Sutton. Booked: Weatherstone.

Attendance: 504.

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Danny Rumens

Player of the Match

Danny Rumens

Key moments

8:00
Goal Muhammadu Faal scores for Enfield Town
86:00
Goal Mark Weatherstone scores for Enfield Town

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Danny Rumens is awarded player of the match for Enfield Town
86:00 Goal 0 - 2
Mark Weatherstone scores for Enfield Town
78:00 Sub Off
Aaron Greene is substituted off for Enfield Town
78:00 Sub On
Bilal Sayoud is substituted on for Enfield Town
73:00 Sub Off
Sam Youngs is substituted off for Enfield Town
73:00 Sub On
Junior Mubiayi is substituted on for Enfield Town
64:00 Sub Off
Muhammadu Faal is substituted off for Enfield Town
64:00 Sub On
Josh Davison is substituted on for Enfield Town
End of period 1
42:00 Yellow Card
Mark Weatherstone is yellow carded for Enfield Town
8:00 Goal 0 - 1
Muhammadu Faal scores for Enfield Town
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As it happened

  • Potters Bar Town
  • Enfield Town
  • 0
  • Muhammadu Faal Goal 8:00'
  • Mark Weatherstone Yellow Card 42:00'
  • Muhammadu Faal Sub Off 64:00'
  • Josh Davison Sub On 64:00'
  • Sam Youngs Sub Off 73:00'
  • Junior Mubiayi Sub On 73:00'
  • Aaron Greene Sub Off 78:00'
  • Bilal Sayoud Sub On 78:00'
  • Mark Weatherstone Goal 86:00'

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League round up

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3
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Dorking Wanderers
2
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4
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2
2
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Haringey Borough 25 49
2. Dorking Wanderers 24 44
3. Lewes 24 41
4. Kingstonian 25 41
5. Bognor Regis Town 25 39
6. Folkestone Invicta 25 39
7. Enfield Town 24 38

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