Town held at home again
Enfield Town 0 Merstham 0 - match report by Aaron Patel
Town played out a drab 0-0 draw against Merstham on a rain-battered Saturday afternoon at the QEII Stadium writes Aaron Patel. The hosts were without Joe Wright and Sam Youngs (unavailable), while Ryan Blackman fell ill on the day of the game.
Just 44 seconds were on the clock when a cross from the left was swung in and Billy Bricknell steered a header just wide. However, this quick start to the game did not set the tempo to the whole afternoon. Five minutes later, Fabio Saraiva’s long-range effort for the visitors flashed well wide then, moments later following a defensive slip, Aaron Greene latched onto a loose ball but saw his close-range effort parried behind by visiting keeper Amadou Tangara.
In the 12th minute, Mickey Parcell picked up the ball and got into his stride, surging forward with his through-ball finding the feet of Brandon Adams who arrowed a shot off-target. Moments later, Bilal Sayoud’s great work down the right produced a ball into the box which caused issues for the Merstham defence but they were eventually able to clear their lines.
After 20 minutes, Sayoud was again in the thick of the action, but this time his effort from the edge of the box was high and wide. Town looking the better of the sides at this point, but unable to create any real clear-cut chances.
Ten minutes before the break, Gus Sow’s volley flew wide, and then a free-kick in a dangerous position hit the Town wall, and Nolan was able to gather following a cross from the Merstham left. A fairly uneventful first half ended with the monsoon conditions playing a significant part.
Half-time: Enfield Town 0 Merstham 0
Six minutes into the second-half, Greene’s effort from the edge of the box was high and wide following a corner. Bricknell then saw another effort just off target wide in the 56th minute; the prolific striker managed to control the ball inside the box and, beat his marker but his effort rolled just wide of the far-post.
As the second period progressed, the difficult conditions did not change and the wind and slippery surface remained an issue for both sides. The visitors were more than matching their hosts at this point; Walter Figueira firing wide and Saraiva’s overhead kick drifting harmlessly off for a goal kick. The sides were deadlocked, certainly not lacking in effort, but nothing could separate them.
Kershaney Samuels went close after a good Merstham move but, despite a flurry of second half substitutions, the game just would not open up. Then, with seven minutes left to play, Tom Bird went on a good run down the left, cut inside and struck a firm left-footed shot but Nolan produced a superb one handed stop to preserve Town’s unbeaten league record.
Finally, in stoppage time, Figueira’s chipped effort was held by Nolan, before Remi Sutton blazed over for Town to complete a very forgettable encounter dominated by the weather.
Enfield Town: Matt Nolan, Mickey Parcell, Remi Sutton, Matt Johnson, Taofiq Olomowewe, Dan Rumens, Bilal Sayoud (Liam Hope 69), Sam Chaney (Mason Tunbridge 77), Billy Bricknell, Brandon Adams (Josh Davison 81), Aaron Greene. Unused subs: Rian McLean and Kyle Lynch. Booked: Parcell, Rumens.
Merstham: Amadou Tangara, Michael Abnett (Tutu Henriques 90), Tom Bird, Jake Hutchings, Harry Osborne, Simon Cooper, Kershaney Samuels, Gus Sow, Walter Figueira, Fabio Saraiva, Calum Davies (Recce Hall 71). Unused subs: Josh Antonio, Jalen Jones and Ben Harrison. Booked: Bird, Hutchings.