Enfield Town went through to the 2nd Qualifying Round of The Fa Cup with Budweiser (to give the 2012/13 season's competition it's full name) after a 2-0 victory over St Margaretsbury in sweltering conditions at Donkey Lane.
The visitors held their own during the first half putting a lot of men behind the ball and relying on getting the ball up quickly to their front pairing of Leigh Rose and Anthony Anstead with goal mouth incidents at a premium for both sides. Both sides had disallowed goals for offsides given.
St Mags were backed by a decent amount of supporters including a lady I can only describe as "THE ST MAGS SCREAMER"... watch the video to see why?? Great to see such passion and enthusiasm in supporting your team!
Town scored twice in the second half via Liam Hope and Tyler Campbell who was rightly declared Man of the Match. St Margaretsbury's pacey winger Davy Edmee had a few efforts which were standard saves for Noel Imber and Anstead had an effort which went wide of the post prompting the screamer to get very excited!! Right at the end of the game Imber made a good save to keep the away side out and the scoreline at 2-0.
In summary it was never a Cup Classic but a job done for Steve Newing's team as they avoided the banana skin of a lower ranked side in the football pyramid they had slipped up on this time last year.
The draw for the 2nd Qualifying Round has been made today and paired Enfield Town with Bishops Stortford at Donkey Lane on Saturday 22nd September. I don't fancy a replay as having to travel to a Blue Square North ground in midweek will be nightmare!! Of course Stortford do famously play in the Blue Square North division but their Woodside Park ground is more local than many of the Ryman Premier Division grounds Town will have to travel to this season.
The Blues are currently in 14th place having won 2 drawn 1 and lost 3 of their league games so far. On Saturday they drew 2-2 at home to Vauxhall Motors.
Their supporters will be grateful for a local game as the Cup game comes in the middle of trips to West Yorkshire to play Guiseley AFC (next Saturday) and even further North for a midweek game at Harrogate Town!! They are managed by ex Aveley and Braintree Town manager Rod Stringer.
Town bagged £3,000 for the victory from the FA prize fund on Saturday and there is further £4,500 awaiting the winners of the game on the 22nd September.
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