I was present at Donkey Lane last night to see Bostik Premier Enfield Town play Vanarama National side Maidstone United in the Fourth Qualifying Round replay. The Towners had gone so close to knocking out The Stones on Saturday winning 1-2 with the game in injury time only for the home side to equalise to make it 2-2.
Last night's game saw Andy Leese's side work so hard against the visitor's who are in ninth place in non-league's top division. Town goalkeeper Joe Wright made a magnificent penalty save in the second half which allowed Aaron Greene to equalise for the home side. The Stones had taken the lead early in the second half via ex West Ham United striker Zavon Hines. Alex Finney (on loan from Championship side QPR) and Jai Reason got the all important goals in extra time to send their side through to a first round proper game at League Two side Chelthenham Town.
With the game at 1-1 Town's Simon Thomas had had a chance well saved by Lee Worgan - If that had of gone in it could of been a different story?
Everyone of Enfield Town's players can be very proud of the performance they put in over the two games - I am certain Maidstone United will face easier games in the Vanarama National this season. The work rate Town put in was second to none with their defence expertly marshalled by 40 year old Darren Purse.
Town visit league title favourites and big rival's Billericay Town on Saturday with Maidstone United making the long trip to face AFC Fylde.
FA CUP FIRST ROUND DRAW
* games to be played on the weekend of Saturday 4th November
Vanarama National Division sides in bold
other non-league sides in red
Hyde United (currently 7th in the Evo-Stik Northern League First Division (North)) and Heybrdige Swifts (currently 7th in the Bostik North Division) are the sides from the lowest down the pyramid left in the competition.
Hyde have beaten Congelton Town, Kendal Town, Warrington Town (after a replay), Boston Town and Scarbrough Athletic to get this far.
The Swifts have beaten Haverhill Rovers (after a replay), Arlesey Town, Metropolitan Police (after a replay), Frome Town and Haringey Borough.
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