|The crowd yesterday was announced as only 148. Where were the missing 603 people from the 751 that had witnessed the 2010 play-off final?|
It was a day to remember in Enfield Town's history as the 0-2 win in the FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round was the first victory since 2004 at Concord Rangers which now means we are in the draw for the 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time ever!!
|No arguments as Billy Coyne handles on the line|
On a very chilly and windy day at The Impact Arena the home side didn't make the ideal start to the game as Billy Coyne clearly handled on the line to save the ball going into the net. As you can see from the photo and replay it wasn't just one hand that touched the ball with both hands. It was just a moment of madness from the Concord right back. Coyne was red carded with some of the Concord player's arguing the ball had already crossed the line and asking for the referee to just give the goal to keep their team with eleven men. Liam Hope scored the resulting penalty kick to make it 1-0.
To their credit The Beachboys dug in with their manager Danny Cowley shouting instructions to go 4-3-2 after the sending off and it has to be said were probably the better side for most of what was a scrappy first half. Noel Imber pulled off a great save to his near post to keep the score at 1-0 at half time.
The second half was much better from Enfield Town with Jo O'Brien 'scoring' two disallowed goals after Imber had made another great save to deny the home side.
In the end O'Brien got what his play had deserved all day and scored the goal to make the game safe and celebrated with the travelling Town fans behind the goal to end a memorable day for the club. It wasn't a classic game but to win at Concord Rangers (where Town always seem to have no luck) for only the second time in ten matches certainly was a great result for the club. We're still on the road to Wembley and all Town fans will be watching out for the 3rd Qualifying Round draw on Monday.
|Joe O'Brien scores and celebrates with the travelling Town fans|
FA TROPHY SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND RESULTS involving Ryman League clubs Bedford Town 2 Maidstone United 3 403 Bognor Regis Town 3 Bridgewater Town 0 313 Brentwood Town 3 Lewes 3 118 Concord Rangers 0 Enfield Town 2 148 East Thurrock 1 Thurrock 1 138 Hampton and Richmond 2 Three Bridges 0 229 Kings Lynn Town 6 Carshalton Athletic 1 497 Leiston 1 Metropolitan Police 1 153 Mertsham 2 Wealdstone 6 245 Soham Town Rangers 1 Ramsgate 2 131 Uxbridge 3 Canvey Island 3 152 Whitehawk 1 Grays Athletic 1 144 Whitstable Town 0 Leatherhead 1 222 Wingate and Finchley 2 Hitchin Town 2 101 Cray Wanderers v Arlesey Town - Sunday Kingstonian v Burnham - Sunday