An awayday to remember
By Ken Brazier
Worthing 0 Enfield Town 3
An awayday to remember
Worthing 0 Enfield Town 3
Following some recent disappointments, Town put on a display of purpose, quality and attacking intent for a sizeable away following and came away with a resounding win, which could have easily been by far more goals than the scoreline recorded. This comprehensive eclipsing of the hosts was in direct contrast to the 1-4 loss against the same opposition in mid-November, broke a league goal drought of 365 minutes and secured a first league clean sheet since 20th October.
On a blustery day punctuated by showers, Town picked up from where they had left off at Dorking – with plenty of possession and creating a number of chances. Mickey Parcell, playing on the right hand side of midfield, had a couple of early shots, one of which was inadvertently blocked by Sam Youngs and the other, deliberately, blocked by Ollie Pearce. Worthing were halted by the offside flag in a promising position while, at the opposite end, Dan Rumens had two off-target headers from corners. It was pretty much one way traffic at this point, with the Mackerelmen penned back for long spells. Home keeper Kleton Perntreou came off his line to save well from Aaron Greene and Remi Sutton played in Sam Youngs to fire narrowly over.
A fine angled pass from Billy Barker found Ricky Aguiar in space to shoot off target and Town fans might have begun to think that it would be another “one of those days” when Greene bore down on goal only to be thwarted by Perntreou for a second time and Sutton then found Billy Bricknell only to see his shot kept out by the legs of the Albania-born stopper. Another long crossfield ball for the hosts, this time from Aguiar, found Zack Newton but, thankfully from a Town perspective, his shot lacked sufficient power to trouble Joe Wright unduly.
Town took the lead at a crucial time just before the break. A Parcell corner was headed into the six yard box by Marc Weatherstone and Bricknell was on hand to somehow squeeze the ball over the line through a gap between Perntreou and the post from point blank range. The keeper was clearly chastising himself but, in truth, he had kept his side in the game up until that point. As the first period ended, Aguiar hit a low free kick which Wright parried, and there was then an almighty scramble before Town cleared their lines.
Half-time: Worthing 0 Enfield Town 1
A number of spectators were still making their way to their positions when Town struck quickly after the restart. Another Parcell shot was charged down, and the ball broke to Matt Johnson, who leathered it handsomely from distance into the top corner past Perntreou for a major goal-of-the-season contender.
Town completed a three-goal burst within seven minutes’ playing time when a long punt out from Wright was taken up the line by Parcell, and his ball inside again found Johnson to convert, albeit less spectacularly this time.
Worthing looked shell-shocked and Town’s tails were up, looking for more goals. On 58 minutes Youngs chested a half-clearance down and shot over while, a couple of minutes later, a rare Worthing chance came and went after David Ajiboye had found Pearce and his cross from the right was met by a sliding James Crane, but the opportunity was well blocked by a last ditch tackle.
In an effort to secure his hat-trick, Johnson couldn’t quite connect with a diving header, with Parcell again the provider, and Perntreou did well to keep out a Youngs header, although the assistant’s flag had been raised for offside. In the 73rd minute an attempted Town clearance fell only as far as Aguiar, but his low shot was superbly tipped round the post by Wright.
Substitute Bilal Sayoud was set up by a low Sam Hatton cross but his shot hit a defender and there was a scare for Town when Rumens header following a free-kick from the left narrowly cleared his own crossbar. Worthing sub Josh Gould cut inside but his shot was again blocked before Sayoud tried to play in Kezie Ibe on the break and had his pass was intercepted.
A flurry of substitutions towards the end did little to change the pattern of the game and Andy Leese will have been greatly encouraged by an impressive, effective front-foot display that was as comprehensive as it gets.
Worthing: Kleton Perntreou, Billy Barker, James Crane, Darren Budd, Joel Colbran, Jalen Jones, David Ajiboye (Hayden Skerry 80), Joe Clarke (Callum Kealy52), Zack Newton, Ollie Pearce (Josh Gould 80), Ricky Aguiar. Unused: Dylan Jelley, Eoin Kirwan.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Sam Hatton, Remi Sutton, Matt Johnson, Marc Weatherstone, Dan Rumens, Mickey Parcell, Ryan Blackman, Billy Bricknell (Kezie Ibe 78), Sam Youngs (Junior Mubiayi 88), Aaron Greene (Bilal Sayoud 80). Unused: Josh Davison, Brad Empson. Booked: Blackman, Sayoud.