Sunday, 26 August 2012


Whitehawk, second favourites for the league title, recorded an impressive 1-3 victory over Enfield Town at The Queen Elizabeth Stadium yesterday. It was looking good for Town after the visitors were reduced to ten men when their player Joe Keehan was adjudged to have handled in the box and was red-carded reducing them to ten men. Liam Hope made it 1-0 with the resulting spot kick and nearly made it 2-0 with a looping shot from outside of the box which crashed off the angle of post and bar.

Whitehawk showed what a quality side they are and in the space of a few minutes prior to the break were 1-2 up. The impressive Josh Jones thumped home a shot from outside of the box before Scott McGleish headed home at the far post following a fantastic cross from Jeryhl Hughes on the right hand side. Hughes (an ex Crystal Palace youth player who has had spells at Yeovil Town in the football league and at Blue Square South level with Dover Athletic) had a superb game on the right side of midfield.

The second half was delayed for some 30 minutes following a sickening crash of heads between Whitehawk players Mark Knee and Sammi El Abd. Knee was able to walk off the pitch with a cut to his head but it was more worrying for El Abd who was apparently knocked out for up to two minutes. Thankfully after being treated on the pitch for around half an hour the reports are he is okay. The Cold End and I'm sure all Enfield Town supporter's and staff send best wishes out to both players.

Town pushed for an equaliser and arguably played better than on Tuesday night with Jordon Lockie and Liam Hope testing goalkeeper Chris Winterton but it was the ten men who broke to make it 1-3 to seal the three points. Hughes with only Noel Imber to beat passed to Jones who slotted the ball into the net.

A crowd of 375 saw the game which eventually finished at 5.40pm as we also had a delayed kick off at 3.15pm following traffic problems for Whitehawk.

Apologies for the lack of video footage but as I had my little boy with me yesterday I was unable to film and keep any eye on him as well. He had just turned 5 years old and summed up the game by telling me on the way home that at least the two men injured are alright even if Town didn't win.

Elseswhere in the Ryman Premier Division only pre-season title favourites Lowestoft Town have a 100% record after three games. They won 2-1 at home to Met Police yesterday who Enfield Town travel to on Bank Holiday Monday. Wingate and Finchley are the only side without a point as they lost again yesterday going down 2-1 at Hastings United.

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