There were lots of positives to draw from Enfield Town's first pre-season friendly against the impressive Aston Villa development side this afternoon at The Queen Elizabeth II Stadium. Villa's young side scored two late goals to win the game which was played in very hot conditions and high temperatures throughout. A decent crowd of 403 people attended which was great to see and the newly formed Enfield Ultras made noise all through the 90 minutes including a round of applause for Stiliyan Petrov on 19 minutes. The Villa legend (now assisting Gordon Cowans with the coaching of the side) gave the Town army a wave when requested which was great to see.
|Welcome Back to The Town - Chris Wild|
|Enfield Town Captain Kirby|
Villa's side had a number of impressive players with one standing out for me in Jack Grealish.The midfielder looks a real promising talent with a great touch, fantastic close control and skill when running with the ball. There was no surprise for me when I read he is a Republic of Ireland youth international and has been on the bench once for the Villa first team when he was only 16.
|Jack Grealish on another pacey forward run past a number of Town players|
Villa's second goal came from another Grealish run from the halfway line which resulted in a shot from Jerrell Sellars being initially well blocked by Jake Smith. Town's substitute goalkeeper was unlucky when the ball bounced up and span (just) into the net via the post.
Villa also included their regular under 21 goalkeeper Benji Siegrist and striker Callum Robinson who is a regular in Villa's youth team and also an England youth international which shows what a strong side they sent so to lose 0-2 is no shame whatsoever. The game was finely poised at 0-0 when Steve Newing changed the line-up after about 60 minutes.
Town travel the short distance to Haringey Borough on Tuesday night.
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