Sunday 24 November 2013


The temporary management team of Bryan and Peter Hammatt sent out their first Enfield Town team today and despite another defeat their were many positives to take from the performance.

Town started with Rhys Paul (right back) and Jamie Smyth (centre-back) drafted into the starting XI from the under 21 side. Liam Hope played behind Tyler Campbell up front providing the link from midfield and Town did look more solid for the first ten minutes or so of the game.

From then on it was all about Dulwich Hamlet's diminutive attacking-midfielder Erhun Oztumer (number 10) who ran the show for large periods of the game. I'd heard good things about the 22 year old ex Charlton Athletic player who has also played professionally in Turkish football and he really does look a class player who in my opinion could easily step up into the professional game. He has pace, fantastic control and touch, is able to take players on, can pick a pass and can score a goal too.

With the score at 0-2 thanks to two goals from Oztumer the game took a twist when Hamlet's Dean Lodge was shown a straight red for his reaction in raising his arms towards Liam Hope who clipped his ankles with a foul. Liam was yellow carded for his part in the incident.

The Hammatt's made a tactical change for the second half in bringing on Corey Whitely for Jamie Smyth and it worked well. Liam Hope and then a great finish from Anton Olondo made it all square as Town showed some much needed fighting spirit.

RED CARD - Kirb's handball on the line
It was then the match took another turn when Oztumer danced around a number of Town players in the box with the ball seemingly stuck to his feet and put in a deft chip towards goal which Town captain Mark Kirby handled on the line to stop the ball going into the net. Kirbs reaction of walking straight off before the red card was brandished indicated he knew what was coming. Oztumer confidently scored the resulting penalty kick to make it 2-3.

Dulwich Hamlet substitute Xavier Vidal (who is another product of their ultra-successful youth team) then scored the goal of the match with a unstoppable strike from the right hand edge of the penalty box past Noel Imber in the Enfield Town goal.

The scoring wasn't finished when Tyler Campbell made it 3-4 following Olondo's through ball.

So what have we learnt from what was an amazing 90 minutes of football -

1) Dulwich Hamlet are a very good footballing side and have a number of impressive players in their ranks. They are genuine play-off and title contenders in my book.
2) Erhun Oztumer will play in the football league sooner rather than later. He was the best player I've seen in the Ryman Premier Division for a long while.
3) Enfield Town are very close to getting a positive result if they show more of the play they did when coming back to 2-2 against a very good side.
4) The future is bright with Town under 21 side providing players for the first team. Rhys Paul looked confident and is a promising player.

inc all the action and all seven of the goals scored
watch from 19mins 25secs if you just want all the action and goals in a quick round-up


  1. Thanks Enfield Town - a great day out for the Pink and Blue Army. Your ground is lovely and I hope you stay up

  2. Excellent highlights. Can see that you put a fair bit of time and effort into that, thank you very much.

  3. very good, some good goals as well well done for loading

  4. great day out - good beer friendly club and a fine game