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Enfield Town
Tonbridge Angels
Sat 2 Mar 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 401

Tough encounter ends in stalemate

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Enfield Town 0 Tonbridge Angels 0

An uncompromising encounter between two play-off contenders ended with a point apiece at the QEII Stadium, an outcome few present would have argued with as anything but fair. This was the Angels' second 0-0 away draw in three days.

Town had much the better of the first half. In the 8th minute Billy Bricknell planted a header wide following a good cross from the right and, three minutes later, a superb effort from Sam Youngs came down off the underside of the bar with Jon Henly beaten; Bricknell's follow-up being saved by the visitors' keeper. The first of a number of penalty claims during the afternoon was turned down by referee High Gilroy in the 16th minute when Kezie Ibe might have been impeded. Then, a couple of minutes later at the opposite end, Tonbridge’s Tom Derry beat the offside trap, but Matt Nolan did well to come off his line and narrow the angle. Once the ball had been played inside more Town defenders had managed to get back in time to smother the attack.

In the 25th minute a great Town move down the left saw Jay Porter play the ball in to Bricknell, on to Ibe and a nice side-foot to set up Mickey Parcell ending with a carefully placed low shot drifting just wide of Henly's right hand post. Youngs fired well over the top around the half hour mark.

Enfield Town 0 Tonbridge Angels 0 (02.03.2019
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Following a reasonable home shout for hands in the box when James Folkes shepherded the ball out for a corner, Town hit the woodwork again when centre back Dan Rumens thundered a header from a corner against the bar with Henly beaten.

As the opening half came to a close, Parcell did well to get his head to a fine ball which was about to reach Joe Turner in a dangerous position and, soon afterwards, the hosts were thankful when a free kick for Angels just outside their box was hit by Turner straight into the arms of Nolan.

Half-time: Enfield Town 0 Tonbridge Angels 0

The Angels had an increasingly blustery wind behind them in the second period, and Town soon had a let off when a mix-up between Nolan and Rumens let in Derry for a glorious opportunity, but he contrived to miss the target with the goal at his mercy.

Turner's corner shortly afterwards found the head of Arthur Lee, but the centre-back's effort hit the woodwork. Referee Gilroy, having earlier incensed some visiting supporters earlier for showing a yellow rather than a red card to Parcell for what they perceived to be a dangerous challenge on Adem Ramaden in the opening period, opted to show a lenient-looking yellow to Lee when he was arguably last man and had brought down Bricknell, but the consequent free kick came to nothing.

In the 75th minute, Nolan denied Read with a fine save as the Angels went for the jugular (there had been Angels' claims for handball in the box seconds earlier) while, at the other end, some good work by sub Karl Oliyide, wearing a Town shirt on loan from Hampton for the final time prior to a return to his parent club, ended with a cut-back to Bricknell, but his shot was kept out by a sea of Tonbridge bodies.

Substitute Aaron Greene, on for Jay Porter, raced down the left and his low cross into the danger area was acrobatically palmed away by Henly and somehow, from a Town perspective, the ball ended up the wrong side of the near post. That was the final meaningful action of a tight match, in which Town had had the majority of the play in the opening 45 minutes, with the visitors probably enjoying the lion's share of the second.

Assistant Manager Mario Noto said "on reflection, I'm fairly happy with a point. I thought it was a very tight game against a good side, with plenty of commitment and very few clear cut chances in difficult conditions. Chances were at a premium, and it was a shame we couldn't capitalise in the first half, when I felt we dominated for long spells.

“At half time Andy Leese and I told the lads it would be a totally different game after the break and so it proved, with Tonbridge coming at us more. It was a feisty game at times, and I was pleased with the effort and attitude we showed".

Enfield Town: Matt Nolan, Mickey Parcell, Jay Porter (Aaron Greene 76) Sam Hatton, Marc Weatherstone, Dan Rumens, Ryan Blackman, Matt Johnson, Billy Bricknell, Kezie Ibe (Karl Oliyide 66), Sam Youngs (James Mulley 84). Unused: Josh Davison, Lewis Taaffe. Booked: Parcell, Blakcmna, Greene, Hatton.

Tonbridge Angels: Jon Henly, James Folkes (Liam Smith 84), Jack Parter, D'Sean Theobalds, Sonny Miles, Arthur Lee, Adem Ramaden, Tom Parkinson, Alex Read, Tom Derry (Chinedu McKenzie 66), Joe Turner. Unused: Tom Beere, Craig Stone. Booked: Derry, Lee.

Attendance: 401.

Mickey Parcell

Player of the Match

Mickey Parcell

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90:00 Player of the Match
Mickey Parcell is awarded player of the match for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Matt Nolan keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Mickey Parcell keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jay Porter keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Sam Hatton keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Mark Weatherstone keeps a clean sheet for Enfield Town
87:00 Yellow Card
Matt Johnson is yellow carded for Enfield Town
83:00 Sub On
James Mulley is substituted on for Enfield Town
83:00 Sub Off
Sam Youngs is substituted off for Enfield Town
75:00 Sub On
Aaron Greene is substituted on for Enfield Town
75:00 Sub Off
Jay Porter is substituted off for Enfield Town
72:00 Yellow Card
Sam Hatton is yellow carded for Enfield Town
66:00 Sub Off
Kezie Ibe is substituted off for Enfield Town
66:00 Sub On
Karl Oliyide is substituted on for Enfield Town
62:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Blackman is yellow carded for Enfield Town
55:00 Yellow Card
Mickey Parcell is yellow carded for Enfield Town
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As it happened

  • Enfield Town
  • Tonbridge Angels
  • 0
  • Mickey Parcell Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Ryan Blackman Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Kezie Ibe Sub Off 66:00'
  • Karl Oliyide Sub On 66:00'
  • Sam Hatton Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Jay Porter Sub Off 75:00'
  • Aaron Greene Sub On 75:00'
  • Sam Youngs Sub Off 83:00'
  • James Mulley Sub On 83:00'
  • Matt Johnson Yellow Card 87:00'

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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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