Town evaporate in the sun
By Ken Brazier
Enfield Town 0 Carshalton Athletic 3 - match report by Aaron Patel
There was no sign of the alarming collapse to come in the opening 45 minutes as Town looked the better side, attacking from the off. Sam Chaney showed early signs of a good day for the hosts as he pulled the strings in their early attacks.
Despite dominating possession early on the first clear-cut opportunity of the game in the 6th minute when the Robins’ Jacob Mendy was played through after a neat midfield build up, but the striker hit his shot wide. After 12 minutes Chaney turned with the ball, finding space and playing in Sam Youngs, who sliced his shot wide from an angle. The game began to flow and both sides looked composed on the ball.
In the 19th minute Tommy Bradford pounced on a loose ball inside the Town box, but his effort lacked power and was held by Joe Wright. A warning sign of things to come. After Chaney had blazed over from distance, a good sequence of play between Mickey Parcell and Youngs saw the latter curl a left-foot shot from the edge of the box, held low down by Billy Bishop in the visitors’ goal in the 26th minute.
Just before the half-hour mark, Lewis Taaffe’s firm free-kick from the edge of the box was brilliantly tipped over by Bishop and, from the resulting corner Billy Bricknell’s bicycle-kick was tipped away by Bishop. After Ricky Korboa had got past Parcell and shot wide, the visitors caught Town on the break in the 34th minute with a three on three situation, but Bobby Price who had made a burst forward opted to shoot and his effort flashed just wide of the post.
Three minutes before half-time Carshalton were awarded a penalty after Parcell had brought down Korboa but former Towner Harry Ottaway had his spot-kick well saved by Wright before the ball was cleared.
Half-time: Enfield Town 0 Carshalton Athletic 0
Town were caught cold when, a minute into the second period, Korboa got forward down the left, crossed into the box and Ottaway was inches from tapping the ball in but couldn’t make contact. But despite repeated warnings, Ottaway did open the scoring a couple of minutes later, latching onto a through ball in the box, and his scuffed shot was sufficiently on target to beat Wright. Then, disastrously from a Town perspective, just two minutes later the visitors doubled their lead when Omar Koroma tapped in a rebounded effort from Bradford that Wright couldn’t hold.
Korboa continued to cause problems for Town down the left; this time his floated cross was poked just wide by Koroma as the visitors went for the jugular in a relentless spell for Town’s rearguard. It was all over three minutes shy of the hour. An impressive sequence involving four players ended with Ottaway feeding player-manager Peter Adeniyi in the box, with Adeniyi latching onto the final ball and slotting the ball home. Town looked completely ragged and a totally different side to that which had enjoyed an encouraging first half.
The visitors’ free-flowing approach continued and, with less than 15 minutes to play, Bradford almost netted a fourth, but his effort inside the box was held by Wright. An off-target snap-shot by substitute Kezie Ibe was far too little, too late as a truly torrid afternoon came to a welcome close.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Mickey Parcell, Jay Porter, Matt Johnson, Joe Payne, Dan Rumens, Lewis Taaffe (Kezie Ibe 58), Sam Youngs, Billy Bricknell, Josh Davison (Aaron Greene 80), Sam Chaney. Unused subs: Sam Hatton, Bilal Sayoud, James Mulley.
Carshalton Athletic: Billy Bishop, Bobby Price, Paris Hamilton-Downes, Luke Read, Peter Adeniyi, Omar Koroma (Christie Pattisson 59), Tommy Bradford, Ricky Korboa (Taofiq Olomowewe 78), Harry Ottaway, Daniel Pappoe (Danny Dudley 81), Jacob Mendy. Unused subs: Jordan Cheadle, Patrick Ohman. Booked: Hamilton-Downes.