4th versus 5th ends all-square
Enfield Town 1 Lewes 1
4TH VERSUS 5TH ENDS ALL-SQUARE
Enfield Town 1 Lewes 1
This was a tight game between two supporter-owned play-off hopefuls, and a draw was probably about right on the day.
Bilal Sayoud started on the right, with Sam Youngs moving to a central advanced role in support of Billy Bricknell. The hosts started slowly and were indebted to a goalline clearance from Youngs after an inswinging corner on the Lewes right had been flicked on at the near post.
Town’s Bilal Sayoud eventually tested visitors’ keeper Lewis Carey with a left-foot drive, but he gathered the ball comfortably. After 11 minutes, however, the Rooks took the lead when Omarr Lawson picked the ball up in the inside right position and was allowed far too much space and time to drill a slow shot past Joe Wright.
Centre-back Marc Weatherstone had a couple of headers off target, one from a throw in and one from a corner, as the home side strove to get back into the game. Kiaran Pamment kept Wright on his toes with a couple of cross-cum-shots which he managed to hold on to and, at the other end, Billy Bricknell had a fierce shot well blocked by Olumide Oluwatimilehin. Leon Redwood then somehow kept out Weatherstone’s point-blank effort at the far post following a deep corner from the Town right. But it was no surprise when the equaliser came, after 36 minutes, although the source of it was somewhat unexpected. Carey made a hash of a clearance and the ball went straight to Matt Johnson. Johnson quickly fed Bricknell, who in turn laid the ball to Sam Youngs, who expertly squeezed it home inside the post to Carey’s right.
A couple of minutes later Bricknell almost made it two, but Carey atoned for his earlier error with a fine tip over following a shot from distance. Johnson stabbed the ball wide from a Youngs corner and, after another Johnson long throw had caused confusion, Youngs blazed over from close range inside a crowded box.
Half-time: Enfield Town 1 Lewes 1
Soon after the restart, a Pamment free-kick was met by Tom Day’s diving header which flew narrowly wide while, at the opposite end, Sayoud’s mazy run as cut inside from the right was ended by Stacey Freeman.
Youngs was brought down a whisker outside the penalty area by James Hammond, but Bricknell’s low effort from the consequent free-kick was parried by Carey. A great Town move on the hour mark ended with Youngs turning superbly and playing in Bricknell to find the back of the net, but the assistant referee’s flag had been raised for offside to stifle the celebrations.
Another good run by Pamment ended with the ball being deflected perilously close to Wright’s left-hand upright before Sayoud blazed over the top after being set up by Bricknell. Redwood was off target for the visitors as the clock ticked on and it looked increasingly likely that the score would not change with both sides cancelling each other out. The final chance of the game fell to Freeman, who headed over from a corner.
An even, occasionally tense, affair saw the hosts probably have the clearer-cut chances, but the teams came off to applause from both sets of fans for plenty of effort and commitment.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Sam Hatton (Remi Sutton 65), Mickey Parcell, Matt Johnson, Marc Weatherstone, Dan Rumens, Bilal Sayoud, Ryan Blackman, Billy Bricknell, Sam Youngs (Josh Davison 81), Aaron Greene (Junior Mubiayi 83). Unused: Rian McLean, Steve Wales. Booked: Hatton, Johnson, Parcell.
Lewes: Lewis Carey, Tom Day, Leon Redwood, Olumide Oluwatimilehin, Frankie Chappell, Stacey Freeman, Harry Reed (Callum Overton 60), Omarr Lawson, Luke Blewden, James Hammond, Kieran Pamment. Unused: Jonte Smith, Charlie Coppola, Dylan Gifford, Ross Barclay. Booked: Hammond.
Town man of the match: Mickey Parcell.