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AFC Hornchurch
Enfield Town
Sat 16 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 355

Not A Good Day On The Road For Town

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Town can have few complaints after a hugely disappointing end to a week that saw us reach the Velocity trophy final, which will coincidentally also be against Hornchurch in April.

Match Report by Andrew Warshaw

AFC Hornchurch 2 Enfield Town 0

Andy Leese’s team will have to fare considerably better than this dress rehearsal if we are to lift some silverware after being out-fought and out-maneuvered by an Urchins side comprehensively rebuilt under manager Mark Stimson.

AFC Hornchurch 2 Enfield Town 0 (16.02.2019)
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Despite being backed by a strong away following, once again lack of consistency cost us dearly. Even though we are still within touching distance of the play-offs, we cannot afford many more performances like this after creating precious little up front throughout the 90 minutes.
With Joe Wright, penalty-saving hero in midweek, missing after picking up yet another injury, Matt Nolan was called up while Jay Porter made his debut at left-back having just arrived, ironically from Hornchurch. Equally ironically, his opposite number was Remi Sutton who recently left us to go the other way and join the Urchins.

Hornchurch fans arriving at the ground expressed their frustration at Porter leaving, singing his praises about how dangerous he was going forward. But his former teammates knew exactly how to deal with him, targeting him from the outset and hardly allowing him to breathe.
Only once was he allowed to show what he could do, delivering a pinpoint cross to pick out Mickey Parcell on the stroke of halftime, only for Parcell’s free header from three yards out to be planted straight at Callum Chafer.

It was the Towners’ only first-half effort on target and by then we were already a goal down having played far too negatively with Billy Bricknell up front on his own. Indeed, Hornchurch should have been ahead well before Ronnie Winn accurately drove home after being put through by Charlie Stimson, son of the manager, on 29 minutes, following Alex Bentley’s long throw-in.

Although Enfield upped the tempo for the remainder of the half, they lost far too many second balls as Hornchurch, belying their position in the table, were a yard quicker.

HT: Hornchurch 1 Enfield 0

The visitors had done too little as an attacking force and when Enfield did pick up the pace, they invariably over hit their crosses or lost possession in promising areas. One couldn’t really blame fatigue as Hornchurch also had to play in midweek and it will particularly disappoint the management team that we didn’t show the same speed of thought as the opposition.

As the second half progressed, so Hornchurch produced a flurry of corners, Nolan keeping Enfield in the game from one of them as he tipped over Remi Sutton’s header. A switch in formation and a succession of substitutions briefly galvanised Town but still we created only half-chances, failing to seriously test the home keeper, and on 74 minutes were made to pay. A rare mistake by Marc Weatherstone, under pressure from Marks, allowed the ball to be played into the path of Stimson who rounded the keeper to finish coolly.

Having had a first-half penalty appeal for handball waved away, Dan Rumens, arguably our best player on the day who cleared one effort off the line, went down under a strong challenge late in the game. But once again the referee wasn’t interested. All that remained was for Nolan to prevent further damage with a superb tip-over save from Marks from yet another set-piece.

An off-day, then, but there is still plenty of time to climb back up the table, starting next Saturday when we need to make home advantage count in a potential six-pointer against Folkestone.

Enfield Town
Matt Nolan, Sam Hatton (Kezie Ibe, 52) , Marc Weatherstone, Dan Rumens, Jay Porter, Mickey Parcell, Ryan Blackman (Sam Chaney, 67) , Billy Bricknell, Sam Youngs (Josh Davison 73) , Aaron Green
subs not used: Bilal Sayoud, James Mulley

AFC Hornchurch
Callum Chafer, Alex Bentley, Remi Sutton, George Winn, Kenzer Lee, Jordan Clark, George Saunders (Sean Marks 23), Lewis Spence (Sonny Dutton 86), Charlie Stimson (James Goode 90), Christou, R Winn. Unused: Harvey Wright

Attendance: 355

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75:00 Sub Off
Sam Youngs is substituted off for Enfield Town
75:00 Sub On
Josh Davison is substituted on for Enfield Town
73:00 Yellow Card
Mark Weatherstone is yellow carded for Enfield Town
65:00 Yellow Card
Sam Hatton is yellow carded for Enfield Town
64:00 Sub Off
Ryan Blackman is substituted off for Enfield Town
64:00 Sub On
Sam Chaney is substituted on for Enfield Town
56:00 Sub Off
Sam Hatton is substituted off for Enfield Town
56:00 Sub On
Kezie Ibe is substituted on for Enfield Town
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As it happened

  • AFC Hornchurch
  • Enfield Town
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  • Sam Hatton Sub Off 56:00'
  • Kezie Ibe Sub On 56:00'
  • Ryan Blackman Sub Off 64:00'
  • Sam Chaney Sub On 64:00'
  • Sam Hatton Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Mark Weatherstone Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Sam Youngs Sub Off 75:00'
  • Josh Davison Sub On 75:00'

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0
Burgess Hill Town
0
4
Folkestone Invicta
2
2
Wingate & Finchley
Haringey Borough
0
3
Leatherhead
1
1
Carshalton Athletic
Lewes
0
2
Dorking Wanderers
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2
1
Corinthian-Casuals
Worthing
9
1

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Leatherhead 42 65
9. Worthing 42 65
10. Enfield Town 42 61
11. Lewes 42 60
12. Margate 42 59
13. Brightlingsea Regent 42 59
14. Bognor Regis Town 42 56

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