Thursday 29 March 2012


What a game it was at The Queen Elizabeth II stadium last night. Enfield Town Reserves welcomed local rivals Enfield 1893 FC Reserves for a Capital League Eastern Division game that will live long in the memory of those lucky enough to witness it.

Town fielded a strong side with the starting XI featuring Craig McKay, Dan Forward, Rudi Hall, Aaron Cato, Walid Matata, Dean Pennant and Tyler Campbell.

1893 reserve side had recently suffered the loss of their entire playing staff and management prior to the game against Enfield Town on Wednesday 14th March. The side put out that evening won the game 2-1 and six of those players started last night. Much of the team have played together for Ryan FC Reserves in the Ilford and District League Division One this season.

Town started with 16 year old Jake Smith in goal whom acquitted himself very well throughout the evening. As the game went on he grew in confidence and can rightly be proud of his first appearance in a Senior Enfield Town shirt.

1893 raced into a 0-3 lead after around twenty minutes and the game looked more or less over....Or was it??

Dean Pennant set the ball rolling with an absolutely spectacular overhead kick which made it 1-3 and the rest I'll let you watch and enjoy on the highlights below.

1. Jake Smith 1. Carl Stansbury
2. Rhys Hunt 2. Carl Blake
3. Conor O'Msachair 3. Reece Hall
4. Dan Forward 4. David Gilby
5. Ciaran Dolan 5. Paul White (c)
6. Craig McKay 6. Bett Carter
7. Aaron Cato 15. Bradley O'Donovan
8. Rudi Hall(c) 8. Jovann Wighton
9. Walid Matata 9. Lee Brown
10. Dean Pennant 10. Ricky Brown
11. Tyler Campbell 11. Ricky White
12. Matt Hurley12. Mark Barry
14. James Winchester16. Chris Jackson
15. Connor Bolton

The Cold End thought Aaron Cato had a great game showing his usual skillful touches throughout and was also impressed with youngster's Rhys Hunt and Conor O'Msachair (sorry if I've spelt it wrong) at right and left back. Both put in great performances bringing the ball forward on numerous occasions. Also substitute James Winchester put in some good crosses from the left wing and played a part in one of the goals scored when his shot rebounded off the post.

An amazing game with the 1893 reserves never giving up during the ninety minutes played. Despite being on the wrong end of the scoreline they can be proud of their performance. Apparently their goalkeeper Carl Stansbury (who also manages Ryan FC Reserves) doesn't usually play in goal and wasn't really at fault for any of the goals conceded.

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