Plenty of effort but Town fall short again
By Ken Brazier
Dorking Wanderers 1 Enfield Town 0
DORKING WANDERERS 1 ENFIELD TOWN 0
This was a far better performance than the exceptionally poor display against Corinthian-Casuals at the weekend but, worryingly, Town have now gone three league games without a goal and have slipped to tenth place in the table.
With Andy Leese looking for a formula to arrest the current slide, Sam Hatton came in at right back, with Mickey Parcell moving into midfield. Kezie Ibe was still unavailable following a pulled muscle sustained during the warm up before the Casuals game, and Sam Chaney and Lewis Taaffe were still not match-ready.
Town enjoyed the better possession and chances in the first half but, as has often been the case this season, had nothing to show for a promising 45 minutes. A lively start to the match saw the visitors force a couple of corners, and at the back they looked solid when Tom Richards was played in and was crowded out before he could get a shot away.
Mickey Parcell had an effort deflected behind before, for the second time in as many matches, Sam Youngs was unlucky when he thumped a drive against an upright on 20 minutes. A couple of minutes later, a Ryan Blackman free kick was half cleared to Matt Johnson, who was inches wide with his shot. A Matt Briggs piledriver was well beaten away by Joe Wright and Niall McManus cut inside only to screw his shot off target, but it was Town who looked to be on top at this point.
Approaching the half hour, following a corner on the right, Youngs had a header saved by Slavomir Huk as the half came to a close and most of the 404 present sought refuge from the freezing temperature.
Half-time: Dorking Wanderers 0 Enfield Town 0
After the break the hosts upped their game from the off and Town were on the back foot for a time. The introduction of prolific striker Jason Prior after an hour’s play played a significant part in which way the game would swing.
In retrospect Town’s best chance of the game came when Youngs pulled the ball back brilliantly from the byline on the right and Blackman took aim but, although his shot beat Huk, a covering defender managed to keep it out. Wright did brilliantly to tip round James McShane’s goalbound effort near the top corner to his left while, at the other end, a run from Bricknell ended with a shot wide of the post. Youngs was well wide from distance and Wright grabbed the ball from a Sami El-Abd effort.
The turning point arrived with just over ten minutes left. After a ball had been played a crowded box by Lewis Taylor, Prior’s shot was well saved by Wright but Luke Moore, unmarked, was on hand to convert. Briggs dribbled in from the right hand side but was well tackled by Wright with his feet. Moore blazed over the top when well placed.
Dorking ran the clock down shamelessly towards the end of the game, and Prior was booked for his part in an unpleasant melee by the corner flag. Although there was very little to choose between the sides on the night, a pattern is emerging which the management team will want to put a stop to if the season is not to end in acute disappointment .
Dorking Wanderers: Slavomir Huk, Jerry O'Sullivan, Sam Beard, Sami El-Abd, David Ray, Niall McManus (Jason Prior 60), Lewis Taylor, Matt Briggs (Rob Sheridan 85), Luke Moore, Tom Richards, James McShane (Reece Hall 67). Unused subs: Chris Boulter, Jerome Beckles. Booked: Ray, O’Sullivan, Prior.
Enfield Town: Joe Wright, Sam Hatton, Remi Sutton, Matt Johnson, Marc Weatherstone, Dan Rumens (Josh Davison 86), Mickey Parcell, Ryan Blackman, Billy Bricknell, Sam Youngs, Aaron Greene (Bilal Sayoud 80). Unused subs: Junior Mubiayi, Liam Hope, Brad Empson. Booked: Weatherstone, Bricknell,