Enfield Town 2 Romford 0
The first half of tonight's game was played in fine rain that came down very heavily making the pitch very zippy and greasy. Town had one chance and one goal in the first 45 minutes thanks to a great finish by Stuart Blackburne from a great cross from Ross Edwards, the ball being put in and Stuart expertly firing first time past Mulrooney in the Romford goal. Prior to this the game had been a bit of a stalemate with nothing much happening, Richard Morton had fired a shot well over the bar when he would of done better lifting the ball across the goal where a number of Town players were waiting. Boro had had a couple of half chances by ex Town forward Dean Nyman and George Tubey had put the ball past Rob Blackburne grazing the cross bar with a rising shot from the edge of the box.
What did annoy me tonight was that whinging fan was present and didn't stop moaning throughout the first half. Granted Town didn't have the best 45 minutes ever but both Gunz and Stuart didn't stop running and giving 100% up front forcing loads of corners but not having any luck and no real attempts on target apart from Stuart's really well taken brilliant goal. Tonight we had 'WALLACE DO SOMETHING!!' after just 10 minutes of the game followed by 'NOOOOOOOOOOO!! WALLACE', or the cold end's personal favourite of "GO ON.....GO!!"
The cold end would like to say to Adam take no notice of these comments and to keep working hard and the goals will come thus shutting up whinging fan!!! He'll be the first to cheer when your knocking in a 90th minute winner at Lowestoft in February.
The 2nd half was again not the best game of soccer ever played with Romford still looking in the game but never really threatening Rob in the Town goal. Bobby Port hit a shot on the turn which just missed the target to the left hand side of Rob's dive. The game changed when Remi Nelson who was playing okay for the Essex side was booked for a 2nd time and sent off after appearing to say something to Referee Mark Tweed.
Shortly after this incident Fabio Valenti put over a corner from the left to the far side of the penalty box which was met by a returning Andy Jones (on as 2nd half sub) whose header across the box was met by Stuart who shot past Mulrooney into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
Roberto Minniti came on in the last few minutes for Stuart and was unlucky with a shot as was Gunz who never stopped working when he got in between two Romford defenders but ran out of space to put a shot in.
So with 7 games played in the league Town have won 4 drawn 2 lost 1 which is a very respectable record indeed, we now sit on the edge of the playoff section with a game in had on most teams. Steve, Del and the squad have done brilliantly so far and with more hard work and maybe a few new faces to add to the squad which may help to create more chances for the hardworking up front duo of Gunz and Blackburne things are looking very bright for the Town. Rob Blackburne is also looking good in goal, For a small bloke keeperwise he commands his box with good authority and now has two clean sheets in a row. Chris Wild and Ross Edwards also look a good centre back partnership that can only get better the more they play together.
What is refreshing to see after last years extreme turnover of players is a settled team up the right half of the league table. The players will know not to get carried away as there is along way to go yet, but hopefully with a bit of luck and lots of hard graft we'll be up in the exciting bit of the league with a nice Trophy run as well.
Romford were never going to loose 7-0 again like they did on Sunday in what was a freak result; They did look suspect at the back but equally on another day could of equalised and made the game harder for Town.
The forthcoming game for Town away at 3rd placed Great Wakering Rovers looks to be an interesting fixture.
ETFC - Blackburne R, Blower, Kirby, Thomson, Wild, Edwards, Morton, Hall, Blackburne S, Wallace, Valenti. subs - Lockie, Johnson, Jones, Minniti, Holmes.
BORO - Mulrooney, Oxby, Neville, Clayton, Barry, Tubey, Nelson, Port, Noakes, Nyman, Burnett. subs - Kavanagh, Cossons and Matthews.