The cold end billed last night's local derby against Cheshunt as the A10 EL CLASSICO but that didn't go to plan as the visitors battled and worked hard to earn a well deserved three points.
For the soccer loving purist it was certainly nothing to write home about but for the enthusiastic tactician it was a very interesting match as on a rain soaked pitch The Ambers put lots of men behind the ball to frustrate Town's forward line who had a ninety minutes to forget. The Ambers keeper didn't really make any saves of note.
The result underlines how unpredictable the Ryman Division One (North) has become this season as prior to this match Town were top of the form table and Cheshunt were in 19th place. It was the Hertfordshire club's first win on the road in the league for six games (last was a 3-4 victory at Harlow Town on the 6th of November) and only their second away from Theobalds Lane in the league this season.
Cheshunt won the game with two very well taken goals from Bradley Harrison - the first was captured on camera but unfortunately the second was not - it came almost immediately after Mark Kirby had equalised for Town with only minutes to go. Harrison chipped Rob Blackburne in the Town goal and the ball bounced off the inside of the post and into the goalmouth. The Assistant Referee flagged almost instantly and the referee was also close so although most fans couldn't see it went over the line we'll have to say it did!!
So, Enfield Town's home hoodoo continues as now only four teams in the league have a worse record and they are the current bottom four (including Leyton!!).
The cold end is still fully behind the Town in the quest for the play-offs with the results of the next two games against two rival teams likely to have a big bearing on how the league placings will finish up at the end of the season. A duo of very tough matches await away at Wingate and Finchley on Saturday and at home to Romford on Tuesday.
It certain that the only question regarding the top two of the current league table is what order they will finish in?? W&F will probably be strong enough to hold onto third place making it now a large number of clubs from Harlow?? (current 13th place) upwards looking to finish in the two other play-off spots. With so many clubs dropping points and beating each other anything is still possible!!!
Here are the highlights of what was expected to be the A10 EL CLASSICO but quickly became A NIGHTMARE ON GOLDSDOWN ROAD. (As stated Cheshunt's second goal was not captured on camera)