It wasn’t just the third goal that was well worked as every one of Town’s five goals (aside from Liam’s first goal which was from a set-piece) involved lots of impressive passing from various members of the team who all put in a fantastic performance against Thamesmead Town.
Steve Newing had to re-shuffle his stating XI as Dave Kendall, Michael Ewang, Jon Moore and Leon Osei were unavailable. Craig McKay, Neil Johnston, Rudi Hall and Walid Matata all started and it was the youngster Johnston’s performance in midfield that stood out as he had a hand in lots of Town’s good play. The Barnet Loanee was deservedly awarded man of the match. Matata (with two well taken goals) and Wallace were full of running up front and Liam Hope was again impressive adding two more goals in his pursuit of Needham Market’s Sam Newson to win the Ryman North Golden Boot.
The back four also put in a good performance with Noel Imber not really having to make a save of any note during the 90 minutes. In their previous eighteen league games they had only failed to score recently against Tilbury, Needham Market and Heybridge Swifts on the opening day of the season.
Thamesmead Town set out with a 4-5-1/4-3-3 formation with centre forward Danny Penny holding the ball up supported by pacey wingers Chuck Duru and Theo Fairweather-Johnson who tracked back well when without the ball. Their midfield trio of Danny Moore, Scott Mullholland and Lea Dawson played close together with Moore being the more attacking of the three. They were tough in the tackle with Moore and centre-back’s Lewis Tozer and James Donovan all booked in the first half as only Liam Hope’s goal separated the sides.
With the score delicately poised at 1-0 just after half-time the game changed when Moore was sent off for a second bookable offence after a challenge on Johnston. This allowed the Town attackers more space to exploit and with four well taken and worked goals it was 5-0 with fifteen minutes left. It wasn’t just because the visitors were reduced to ten men that it was such an emphatic score-line as take nothing away from Enfield Town as it was a highly impressive performance that even against eleven men would have been a comfortable victory.
Thamesmead are a good solid side (as Town know from out previous two defeats this season) so, for Town supporters, it was very pleasing to win with such style yesterday.
Mead’s young substitute Corey Walters-Wright (number 12) is due to travel up for a week’s trial with Premier League Stoke City soon. The Cold End wishes him all the best at The Britannia Stadium – It's great to see another non-league player getting a chance with the big boys and proof their is life outside the top echelons of the English game.
TEAM LINE UPS
ENFIELD TOWN THAMESMEAD TOWN
NOEL IMBER 1 SAM MOTT
JORDAN LOCKIE 2 JACK HOPKINS
JEY SIVA 3 ASHLEY PROBETS
CRAIG McKAY 4 DANNY MOORE
MARK KIRBY 5 LEIWS TOZER
RUDI HALL 6 JAMES DONOVAN
ADAM WALLACE 7 SCOTT MULHOLLAND
NEIL JOHNSTON 8 LEA DAWSON
LIAM HOPE 9 DANNY PENNY
DEAN PENNANT 10 CHUCK DURU
WALID MATATA 11 THEO FAIRWEATHER JOHNSON
SUBS (all made in second half)
PHIL KANE (on for Liam Hope) David Noel (on for Jack Hopkins)
BRYAN HAMMATT (on for Neil Johnston) Cory Walters-Wright(on for Chuck Duru)
DANIEL AILEY (on for Adam Wallace) Joseph Afusi (on for Danny Penny)
MATT DAVIS (not used) Bradley Killick (not used)
DANIEL LAURENT (not used)