Sunday, 5 September 2010
Definitely a game not to write home about yesterday at Cricklefields as an Adam Wallace goal in the 2nd half separated the two sides to earn another valuable three points. Town didn't perform to the potential they had shown against Harlow and Waltham Forest in their last two games as Ilford worked extremely hard and were first to the ball in the first half an hour of the game.
The Foxes were strong in defence and had two chances on the break to take the lead against the Town side who were not at the races at the beginning of the game. A shot across young debutant Miles Duffy's goal that flashed wide of the post and when finding himself unmarked in the centre of the box the Ilford player fluffed his shot and put it well wide.
Steve Newing and Jason Dale watch on from the sidelines yesterday
Gradually Town pressed forward and had the best two chances of the first period when a shot was well saved by pushing the ball over the bar by home keeper Rob Budd. The resulting corner was headed on by Mark Kirby and the subsequent shot rattled off the cross bar. Very unlucky!!!
The second half was more of the same with Ilford frustrating Town's attack and proving themselves tough hard to beat opponents. Adam Wallace scrambled home the all important goal from a corner which was headed back into the danger zone.
Ilford's last two games prior to yesterday have ended 0-0 and 0-0 (AET) which only underlines how hardworking and tough in defence Colin Walton has his side working this season. At the end of the day football is a results business so to escape with a 0-1 win on a bobbly pitch when not having the best of games I think Steve Newing and the team would of taken at 3pm.
Liam Thomas, at centre back for Ilford, played an excellent game not giving any of the Town players much space when on the ball. Josh Coulson, a 6ft 3in centre forward/attacker, who came on as substitute for the foxes looked like he might cause Ryman North defences problems this season.
The cold end man of the match goes to Craig McKay who stood out in defence with special mention to the experience of Lee Protheroe in the holding midfielder role. Deniz Mehmet, who made a later appearance as substitute, put the Ilford defence under lots of pressure with his speedy forward runs.
FINAL SCORE - ILFORD 0 ENFIELD TOWN 1
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