Following the resignation of our long standing first team manager, John Abbott, Enfield Town Ladies FC are now inviting applications from anyone qualified and interested in filling the position for the forthcoming season 2013/14.
The team normally train on Wednesday nights in Enfield and play our home games at the QE Stadium, Donkey Lane , Enfield . We are a well established girls and women’s Club and the first team compete in the SE Combination League (Step 3).
The Club are looking for someone to take them onto a higher level.
Interested applicants should send their CV along with a covering letter to Club Chair - Claire Gooch at
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Closing date for applications: Friday 31st May 2013
Enfield Town (1) 1 Hope 9 (p)
Carshalton Athletic (0) 2 Pinney 61,84
Carshalton knew what they needed to do to survive and set about their task with early shots from Luke Pigden, and a long range effort from Nathaniel Pinney that was blocked. When Adam Wallace charged into the Carshalton area he went down under a challenge from Adriano Moraes and the resulting penalty was fired home by Liam Hope . Pinney caught Jonathan Hunt in possession but cut the ball across Imber’s far post. Despite that, Carshalton seemed rocked by going a goal down and Town could have gone further ahead. A mistake from Keeper Nick Hamann nearly proved costly but the Carshalton keeper redeemed himself palming Hope’s header onto the bar. Pinney continued to be threat, Lee White doing enough to thwart him on several occasions.
The second half, saw Carshalton up their game. Whether it was the news of Lewes going behind, or the tremendous support from their travelling supporters or just a good old kick up the backside, they decided not to go quietly. Luke Pigden went down in the box, but got no decision, then he came close with a header just over. The Robins were showing more urgency all round and a quick free kick to Pigden saw him drag his shot across the goal. They nearly levelled when Justyn Roberts header was cleared off the line by Imber. It was only a short term delay. A half clearance came off Pinney’s legs and the Carshalton striker was able to follow up sweeping the ball home from close range. Town almost regained their lead but Hamann played his part clawing away Hope’s header. Pinney and Goodman both had chances, before Walid Matata was given a great chance for Town. Set through one on one, the ball just wouldn’t come down and he fired over. Pelayo Pico-Gomes was denied by a great save from Imber as Carshalton kept pushing for a win. They finally got their break when a quick ball forward to Pinney was driven past Imber into the bottom corner. But it was too late. Pinney had a glorious chance for a third, but this time couldn’t beat Imber. A late charge was then seen out by White, leaving Carshalton short of their target.
Enfield Town : Imber, Lockie Bardle, White, Kirby, Allen, Campbell, O’Brien, Hope(Hammatt 81), Wallace(Matata 39), Hunt(Siva 85).
Subs not used: Henry, Kendall.
Booked: Bardle, Campbell, Allen.
Carshalton Athletic: Hamann, Goodman(Nolan 72), O’Toole, Moraes, Joseph(Sogbanmu 46), Roberts, Pigden, Miller-Rodney, Pico-Gomes, Pinney, Bradford(Adelakun 72).
Subs not used: Dudzinski
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
CHESHAM UNITED 7 ENFIELD TOWN 2
Enfield Town rounded off a frustrating season with a defeat at newly crowned league champions Chesham United. Caz Moran with 4 and Gemma Fraser with 3 scored for the hosts and Katie Wilding and Sheree Oliver netted for Enfield Town. Enfield manager John Abbott said “Getting prepared for a 7.45 kick off and then standing around waiting for 10 minutes messed up our preparations and we found ourselves trailing before we had managed to get into the game but once we did we matched Chesham. With only 11 players it is never easy as there is just no scope for really changing anything around and is hard for the girls who had to carry on no matter how difficult they were finding things. I would just like to congratulate Chesham on their great season and wish them well for next season.” Enfield Town sit 5th in the table but could drop to 6th when MK Dons play their last game.
Enfield formed a guard of honour for Chesham who had secured the league in their previous game and were then caught out in the very first minute as Anneka Nuttall was allowed too much time and space to reach the area and play a square pass to Caz Moran who had the easy task of slotting the ball past Enfield keeper Lauren Holman. 1-0 (1 min)
Moran pounced on a loose ball in the area as Enfield failed to clear a corner and smashed it into the net. 2-0 (3min) Enfield again failed to clear the ball in their area and again Moran was on hand to make them pay powering it in off Holman. 3-0 (10 min) A long ball sent Gemma Fraser clear and she paused just long enough to steady herself and give Holman very little chance with a fierce shot. 4-0 (12 min)
It was looking like it was going to be a large score at this stage but suddenly Enfield went on the offensive and Chesham keeper Katie McEloin messed up a simple back pass with Katie Wilding following the ball in and when the ball bumped against the post it was a simple tap in for Enfield top scorer. 4-1 (17 min)
McEloin fumbled a high ball into the area by Hayley Wood-Thompson and was relieved to see a defender put the ball behind for a corner. Holly Brandon picked out Wilding in the area and Wilding appeared to be brought down from behind but the referee ignored the claim for a penalty and it was only a temporary reprieve for Chesham as a diagonal cross from the right was calmly side footed back across McEloin by Sheree Oliver. 4-2 (22 min)
Nuttall chased a ball over the top and tried to draw Holman out but the Enfield keeper kept on her feet and forced Nuttall to try and beat with the forward only managing to hit the post. Chesham struggled to clear a Beth Demery corner and were fortunate to see an Enfield player narrowly missed the post. Brandon managed to head off the line from a Chesham corner but Moran reacted quickest to rifle the loose ball into the roof of the net. 5-2 (44 min)
Just 40 seconds into the second half Leanne Mabey played a one two with Wilding and sweetly slotted the ball past McEloin but much to the disagreement of the Enfield players the referee’s assistant raised his flag for offside. Nuttall chased another long ball and lifted a shot over the onrushing Holman but wide of the target. Fraser slotted home from a long ball as the Visitors tired. 6-2 (57 min)
Oliver raced onto a through ball and forced McEloin to stick out a foot to save her shot and then Wilding saw her follow up effort deflected behind for a corner with the keeper stranded out of her goal and Chesham were all over the place from the resulting corner but Enfield just couldn’t force the ball over the line before a defender hacked the ball behind for another corner, This corner was cleared to Wilding who fired through the crowded area but wide with the keeper again a mere spectator.
Fraser had a shot from a corner cleared off the line by Wood-Thompson and then Fraser rounded off the scoring when she was allowed far too much time and space on the edge of the area to take aim and hit a sweet dipping shot over Holman. 7-2 (74 min)
Holman kicked a goal bound effort away on her goal line and then in the first minute of added time Beth Lovell played in Wilding who turned and shot but failed to beat the keeper who gathered the ball in at the second attempt.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Beth Lovell.
Enfield Town Team; Holman, Demery, Wood-Thompson, Herrett, Gooch ©, Mabry, Oliver, Lovell, Brandon, Wilding, Coleman.
Chesham United Team; McEloin, Andrews, Hervey-Perkins, Asante, Moran, Woodward, Fraser, Adams, Nuttall, Bowers, Allan. Used Subs; Nixon, Read, Campbell. Unused subs; Williams, Welling.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
MIDDLESEX FA JUNIOR CUP FINAL
ENFIELD TOWN RESERVES 3 QPR RESERVES 1
Enfield Town Ladies reserves added The Middlesex FA Women’s Junior Cup to the London & SE Regional Women’s League and Greater London Women’s Football League that they secured last week. Kerrie Marlborough netted twice , A free kick and a penalty with Sara Sinclair adding a third before QPR pulled back a late consolation. A club spokesman said “It has been a great season so far but we are not finished yet as we have another cup quarter final next week and we have 2 more league games to try and end with a 100% record, 14 wins out of 14 played so far.”
The team travel to Katabella on Sunday for a league game and then host Brentford at QE Stadium next Wednesday in the Russell cup 7.45 kick off.
Hendon (0 ) 2
Enfield Town (3) 3 O’Brien 3, Campbell 14, Hope 35
Town got off to the perfect start with an early ball knocked forward into the box and Hendon’s Sean thomas was slow to react allowing Joe O’Brien to poke the ball under him for an early goal. Town looked to have regained some of their old confidence and Tyler Campbell came close with a ball flashed across the goalmouth. David Diedhiou tried to catch out Noel Imber from 25yards but his lob drifted wide of the Enfield goal. Max McCann had a half chance for Hendon, but Town soon extended their lead. When Adam Wallace and Thomas challenged for the ball it spun loose into the path of Campbell who calmly fired over the Hendon keeper for Town’s second goal. Things got better still when Wallace held the ball up before playing it over the defence for Hope. It took an aganising wait for the ball to drop before Hope was able to drive past Thomas for a third goal. Diedhiou had a chance to reply alost immediately but Put is header over from close range. He then set up McCann for a chance but the Hendon striker fired straight at Imber.
Town should have been comfortable but self doubts were never far from the surface. Half time substitutions for Hendon had an immediate effect and they appeared to take a more direct route and it wasn’t long before Diedhiou fired through Imber to reduce the deficit. Town still had chances, Campbell firing wide then setting up Wallace, but the Town forward could not get his feet sorted and the chance went begging. They came close to restoring their three goal lead when Campbell darted into the box only for his shot to deflect away off team mate Hope. Town were clearly rattled when they were unable to clear a Hendon corner. As the ball was pinged around the box it was getting closer and closer to the Twon net before o’Briens clearance dropped under his own bar for and own goal. Town rode their luck in the last stage of the game as one good effort from was scrambled clear. Imber kept them in from with a superb one handed save late on
Hendon : Sean Tomas, Howard Hall, Scott Cousins, Warren Goodheind(Isaiah Rankin 46(Junior Lewis 90)), Carl McCluskey, Kevin McClaren, Dean Cracknell, David Diedhiou, Lee O’Leary, Max McCann(Jack Bennett 64), Jack Connors.
Subs Not Used: Kambo Smith, Berkley Laurencin.
Enfield Town: Noel Imber, Jordoan Lockie, Michael Bardle, Lee White, Mark Kirby, Lee Allen, Tyler Campbell, Joe O’Brien, Liam Hope(Mark Henry 89), Adam Wallace, Jonathan Hunt (Dave Kendall 88).
Subs Not Used: Walid Matata, Jey Siva, James Chalk.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
LUTON TOWN 5 ENFIELD TOWN 5
Enfield Town and Luton Town shared the spoils in a 5-5 draw. Lauren Goodier opened the scoring for the host with Katie Wilding levelling and Laura Day put Luton ahead shortly before the break, Regan Coleman levelled a minute after the restart, Rachel Kosky for Luton and a second Wilding kept the game tied but then a second from Day and one from Zara Carroll looked to have given Luton the points but Coleman again and an added time goal by Holly Brandon secured the draw. Enfield Town manager John Abbott said “We could only get 11 players and just over half of them were really fit enough to play but we showed that we still have some spirit as they just wouldn’t give up and kept coming back every time Luton went in front, if one or two of the referees decisions had gone in our favour we could have easily won the game.” Enfield Town are now 5th in the table with just 2 games to play.
Enfield got off to the worst possible start when after struggling to clear a corner Lauren Goodier saw the ball hit her out stretched leg and balloon over Lauren Holman into the net. 1-0 (4 min)
Holly Brandon shot narrowly over as Enfield tried to strike back immediately and then Laura Day almost caught them on the break but Holman was quick out to snuff out the danger. Regan Coleman crossed from the left to Katie Wilding and although Wilding saw her initial shot blocked she reacted fastest to score at the second attempt. 1-1 (9 min)
Chances were coming at both ends with Day being foiled again by Holman and Wilding firing over. A Leanne Mabey shot saw Luton keeper Hollie Staples scrabbling across goal. Day evaded a couple of tackles and shot from the edge of the area but Holman was well placed and took it comfortably. Brandon broke away and won a corner when her shot hit a defender and a Claire Gooch header saw Sheree Oliver just fail to force it over the line. Coleman controlled a pass and then shot wide when a first time shot might have been a better option.
Luton had a spell of pressure with Holman coming out to thwart Goodier and Day crashing a shot off the bar, Jessica McKay putting the loose ball over the bar. Enfield started to get on top again and Mabey swept a Coleman cross wide and Staples raced out to clear from Brandon but then Luton delivered a sucker punch as Rebecca Scott sent Day away and despite Kelly Herrett busting a gut to recover, Day advanced on Holman and then shot across the keeper inside the post. 2-1 (42 min)
Just 30 seconds after the break Staples had to be quick to halt a Coleman run but seconds later a low cross by Brandon resulted in Coleman beating Staples to the ball and putting it out of the keepers reach. 2-2 (46 min)
Luton thought they had retaken the lead when Holman did well to save a Day shot with a forward tapping home the loose ball but a flag was raised. An Enfield clearance was headed back into the path of Rachel Kosky who steadied herself and shot past the outstretched hand of Holman. 3-2 (62 min) Before Luton had time to draw breath a Cally Browne pass saw Wilding control the ball and then shoot on the turn past Staples from outside the area. 3-3 (63 min)
Wilding picked out Coleman in the area and the Enfield player lifted the ball over the oncoming keeper before being bowled over with the referee deciding to Enfield’s disbelief that it didn’t warrant a penalty or even the red card that would have surely followed it. To make matters worse Luton went straight to the other end and Kosky left Holman stranded in no-man’s land as she crossed for Day to score at the far post. 4-3 (67 min)
Mabey hit a shot from distance that looped up off a defender causing Staples to franticly back pedal while stretching upwards to tip the ball over the bar and the Cally Browne had a header from the resulting corner cleared off the line. Sheree Oliver created some room for herself with a smart turn but shot wide. A diagonal cross by Day wasn’t cut out by an Enfield defender and Zara Carroll took one touch before dispatching the ball past Holman with her second touch. 5-3 (73 min)
A low cross into the Luton area by Oliver saw Coleman beat a diving Staples to the ball and cleverly lift it over the keeper into the vacant net. 5-4 (77 min)
Luton made a couple of substitutions and removed the spare match balls to slow the game down but Enfield kept pushing them deeper and deeper but it looked too little too late as with the 90 minutes up Brandon slipped the ball out to Beth Demery and her cross dropped to Katie Wilding who crashed her shot off the post and away. Defender Herrett who was doing what she could up front for Enfield while suffering from coughing fits fed the ball wide to Brandon and from there Brandon turned inwards and hit a dipping cross/shot that went over Staples and nestled inside the far post to level the scores. 5-5 (90 + 2 Min)
Enfield almost snatched an unlikely victory as a Demery free kick saw Coleman get in a goal bound effort that Staples managed to touch over the bar at full stretch.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Katie Wilding.
Enfield Town Team; Holman, Demery, Wood-Thompson, Herrett, Gooch ©, Mabey, Oliver, Brandon, Browne, Wilding, Coleman.
Luton Town Team; Staples, Ramsey, McKay, Livingstone, Folan ©, Summerfield, Goodier, Day, Carroll, Kosky, Scott. Subs; Boreli, Henman, Byrne.
Next Sunday 21/04/2013 Enfield Town travel to Ipswich Town before rounding off the season the following Thursday25/04/2013 when they visit newly crowned league champions Chesham United.
A week after reaching the Middlesex Junior cup final Enfield Town Ladies Reserves secured the London & SE Regional Women’s League and Greater London Women’s Football League when Lisa Kline and Kerrie Marlborough secured a 2-0 win away to Watford Development. Enfield‘s record stands at played 14 won 14. The Middlesex Junior cup final against QPR Reserves will be played Wednesday 24th April at Harefield FC.
Harrow Borough (1) 4 Sankoh 6, 51, Akinola 72, Woolleaston 84
Enfield Town (1) 2 Hope 24, 82
With points increasingly important, it was a disappointing afternoon, especially as Towns problems were mainly self-inflicted during a strangely fractious game.
Town started off slowly and paid the price as Harrow set the early pace and took the lead when Sayeed Sankoh beat Noel Imber with a shot that seemed to be taken so casually he might as well have had his hands in his pockets as sent the ball inside the far post from the edge of the box. Jordan Lockie then had to clear off the line as Town were allowing themselves to be distracted from the game in hand. Eventually they settled to their task and things began to improve. Joe O’Brien almost turned the ball past Harrow’s Ross Fitzsimons, but the ball dropped at him unsighted and he didn’t make clean contact. Niggles still remained though and O’Brien picked up a booking unnecessarily. Simeon Akinola had a shot blocked, but it was Town who struck next. A ball across the box saw Sankoh slow to clear and Liam Hope pounced to drive the ball in the bottom corner. Tyler Campbell then got in on the act and a great goal wards charge saw his shot only denied by an out flung boot. The warning signs were there for Town though, as Shaun Lucien fired a dangerous ball that flew across the face of the goal. Town should have had the lead when Jonathan Hunt put a superb ball in from the left but Adam Wallace’s header skimmed over the bar. O’Brien got nowhere with a long range effort, but Harrow had the best chance late in the half. Akinola nearly got in behind the defence from a free kick, but O’Brien recovered to clear, but the ball back into the six yard box saw Sankoh slice over.
Town started the second half with the right approach, and Hunt’s free kick saw Wallace fire a shot across the box. But it quickly went wrong once again. A ball forward to Akinola caught Lee Allen static and Imber’s late rush gave the Harrow striker the extra yard he needed to send the ball into the goal mouth for Sankoh to have a free shot. Allen was immediately substituted with an injury before the restart. Once again Town had it all to do. Campbell showed his determination, charging down a clearance from Fitzsimons, that span wide of the Harrow goal. Lucien sent a shot wide for Harrow, but Town were pushing hard for a second equaliser. A series of corners saw Dave Kendall denied from a header, and a shot from Hope go wide. Town were pushing up and a nod down from Hope was fired along the line into Fitzsimons’ arms by Hunt. Harrow looked home and dry when a long clearance to Akinola saw him break quickly down the left and slide the ball past Imber into the far corner. Town didn’t give up though, and Fitzsimons was called on to deny Hope, but the Town striker eventually found the target a second time, directing a header from Mark Kirby past the stranded Harrow keeper. At three two down, Town were pushing and looked more likely to score but once again got caught out. With Woolleaston seemingly off side, Town put their efforts into an appeal and allowed the striker a free run at goal which he gleefully took, firing into the roof of Imber’s net. A late chance for Wallace was palmed away by Fitzsimons, but Town’s day was summed up with a late challenge from Will Sturgess earning him a second booking.
HARROW BOROUGH: Ross Fitzsimons, James Regis (Rob Wooleaston 45), Garry Jones, Jordan Berry (James Burgess 60), Danny Leech, Michael Peacock, Shaun Lucien, Saheed Sankoh, Simeon Akinola, Ola Williams, Michael Barima.
Subs Not Used: Nick Burtenshaw, Paul Olima, Jordan Lawal.
Booked: Akinola, Williams.
ENFIELD TOWN: Noel Imber, Dave Kendall, Jordan Lockie, Lee White, Mark Kirby, Lee Allen (Will Sturgess 51), Tyler Campbell, Joe O’Brien, Liam Hope, Jonathan Hunt, Adam Wallace. Subs Not Used: Craig McKay, Mark Henry, Bryan Hammatt, Conor Bolton.
Booked: O’Brien, Kirby, Sturgess.
Sent Off: Sturgess.
Enfield Town (1) 1 Kirby 33 Leiston (0) 0
The icy wind and low sunshine were reminiscent of a mid winter game, but the football on offer was very much end of season. With the strong wind at their backs Enfield Town did enough in the first half to have a clear lead at half time. But despite their dominance they failed to make it count relying instead on a solitary goal from skipper Mark Kirby. The Town skipper could have had a second with another header appearing to ground behind the goal line, but was judged to be short of the target.
Leiston had chances to reply with a fine strike from Nathan Stone testing Noel Imber and Emmanuel Osei came close in the second half after creating space for himself but fired over. A create chance fell to Stone, but he miscued in front of goal. Town should have finished the game off with chances for Jonathan Hunt going just over, and Adam Wallace missing the target after being set up by Tyler Campbell. A shot from Liam Hope was blocked by Stuart Broadley. In the end Town were happy to see the game out, as Leiston squandered late chances for Stone and then Michael Brothers after Imber had failed to clear from a corner.
Enfield Town: Imber, Kendall, Lockie, White, Kirby, Allen, Campbell, O’Brien, Hope, Hunt (Henry 82), Wallace.
Subs Not Used: McKay, Johnston, Sturgess, Laird.
Booked: Kendall, Hunt.
Leiston: Dixon, Ottley-Gooch, Dunbar, P.Brothers, Head, Boardley, Henry (Hammond 61), M. Brothers, Osei, Stone, Winter (Heath 75).
Subs Not Used: Jeetoo, Block
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION SUNDAY 10/03/2013
ENFIELD TOWN 4 EBBSFLEET UNITED 0
Enfield Town Ladies wrapped up their home fixtures for the season with third win in a row this time 4-0 against Ebbsfleet united. Regan Coleman, Holly Brandon, Leanne Mabey and Katie Wilding scored the goals with Laruen Holman registering her first clean sheet for the club. Manager John Abbott said “That’s 9 points and 19 goals from our last three home games with just 3 goals conceded and that is the kind of form that we need to aim for on a more regular basis. I am also very happy for Lauren as a clean sheet has been a while coming but was well earned. We will now just enjoy our remaining games and collect as many points as we can but we wish to thank those at Enfield Town FC that help us to stage our games.” Enfield climbed back up to 2nd place.
Enfield looked to have made the perfect start as Ebbsfleet keeper Faye Baker looked to have misjudged an in swinging Beth Demery corner but referee Jeff Till adjudged Claire Gooch to have fouled Baker and ruled out the goal after just 3 minutes. Enfield tried a few speculative efforts at goal but Baker was alert and well positioned each time. Ebbsfleet’s first chance came as Anelle Massey made a great run down the right and crossed in for Jade Smith who swept the ball across goal. Regan Coleman sent Holly Brandon away and the winger cut in before shooting to Baker. Brandon and Demery combined well and Katie Wilding’s cross was pushed off Coleman’s head by Baker.
Sophie Longhurst got away and approached the Enfield area where Lauren Holman stayed on her feet to the last moment forcing the forward to make a choice and then Holman got down to smother the ball. Coleman had a chance but stumbled and shot weakly to Baker. A great pass saw Coleman split the visitors defence steady herself before slotting the ball past the onrushing Baker to open the scoring. 1-0 (25 min)
A strong run and cross by Brandon saw Coleman and Sheree Oliver appear to get in each other’s way with baker gratefully collecting the loose ball. Coleman again got behind the defence but her shot drifted wide at the last moment. Mabey was fouled but the ref allowed an advantage as Wilding turned and shot forcing Baker to save again. A looped up and Brandon was onto it in a flash and Baker pushed the shot out and from the corner a quick break looked on until Kelly Herrett stepped across and put the ball out for a throw. Wilding got a free kick up and over a wall but Baker was again in the place. Brandon ran on and on unchallenged but shot to Baker. Longhurst was on the end of an Ebbsfleet move but Holman did well to block the shot at close range with a defender clearing the loose ball.
Brandon continued her good work after the break and Coleman almost profited from it but a defender did well to block the shot and then Longhurst was lining up a shot at the other end before a perfectly timed tackle in the area by Gooch robbed her of the chance. Enfield were building up the pressure and a shot by Coleman was blocked but Brandon was on hand to drag the ball away from a defender with her right foot before dispatching a left foot rocket past Baker to double the lead. 2-0 (53 min)
Coleman had a shot saved by Baker and Wilding perhaps should have scored with the loose ball but shot too close to Baker who recovered well to save. Massey fired in a shot towards Enfield’s goal but Holman got two hands to the powerful shot and pushed it up in the air before turning around and gathering in the ball. Massey had another chance but was forced to take the shot early and it went narrowly wide. Enfield were about to replace Mabey with Beth Lovell but Lovell needed another minute before she came on and in that time a cross by Demery was headed goal wards by Mabey where Baker made a complete mess of it and allowed it in. Mabey was replaced before the restart. 3-0 (66 min)
Longhurst raced onto a pass and shot wide as Holman came out to meet her and then a minute later Holman took the ball away from Longhurst as the Ebbsfleet player tried to escape from Gooch and Cally Browne in the area. Sheree Oliver sliced a Brandon cross into the air allowing Baker to snatch the ball and then the ref allowed another good advantage as Coleman was fouled and Wilding ran the ball into the area before thumping it against the post. Wilding didn’t have long to wait for a goal as Sub Emma Thomas put a wonderful diagonal pass over the defence onto the toe of Wilding and Wilding coolly netted without Baker having a chance to move. 4-0 (79 min)
Claire Gibbons had a chance to pull one back but shot wide from just outside the area following a corner and Longhurst forced Holman into another smart save before Rikki Page fired Ebbsfleet’s last chance wide.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Holly Brandon for a strong performance on the wing and a well taken goal.
Enfield Town Team; Holman, Demery, Wood-Thompson (Thomas), Herrett, Gooch ©, Brandon, Oliver, Mabey (Lovell), Browne, Wilding, Coleman. Unused sub; Kayser.
Ebbsfleet United team; Baker ©, Lomas, Rye, Conroy, Gibbons, Perolls, Longhurst, Smith, Page, Fulgence, Massey. Subs; Fagan, Molint, Edmed, Redhouse.
Wednesday (13/03/2013) Enfield Town travel to Premier League Southern Division Gillingham (at Chatham Fc) for a Ryman’s Women’s Cup semi-final and then next Sunday (17/03/2013) to league leaders Chesham United hoping to avenge the home league and FA Cup defeats.
Enfield Town (2) 2 McGleish 30, Hammatt 34
Lewes (0) 1 Godfrey 73
Town took all three points as they maintained their recent improved form against Lewes at Donkey Lane. The win sets them up now for their clash with Concord Rangers on Tuesday night. Goals from McGleish and Hammatt in the first half did the damage as Town were two up at half time. A knock down from Mark Kirby allowed McGleish to beat the keeper when he fired low in to the bottom corner as Town dominated the first half. He almost had a second goal a minute later but for a fine save from Lewes keeper Kieron Thorpe. McGleish then turned provider when Bryan Hammatt smashed the ball over the line after 34 minutes.
Adam Wallace could have sealed the game early in the second half, but fired McGleish's centre over from cloes range. Defending a bit deeper Town invited Lewes on. And were finally caught napping when a ball played across the goal from the right was fired home by Ben Godfrey. A nervous finish from Town gave Lewes more chances and they could have levelled. Town had chances as well, Thorpe denying Tyler Campbell, then recovering after McGleish tried to chip the ball into the net. Late chances for Lewes to get something from the game fell to Steve Brinkhurst and Nathan Crabb, but niether could find the target.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
ENFIELD TOWN 7 BRENTWOOD TOWN 1
Enfield Town Ladies continued their winning ways with a 7-1 home win over Brentwood Town. Regan Coleman netted a hat-trick along with braces for both Holly Brandon and Katie Wilding for the hosts and Brentwood replied with a Sophie Lovell penalty. Enfield Town manager John Abbott said “If only we had been playing all season with the style and confidence that we are now then we could have been challenging for the title but it has taken a touch too long to sort ourselves out. We have five league games to go and let’s see how close we can get to the league leaders.” Enfield have now climbed to 2nd in the table.
Enfield tore into Brentwood from the off and in just the first minute a cross into the area saw Sheree Oliver hit a shoot that dipped over visiting keeper Layla Prior but a defender was alert to the danger and got back to head off the line at the expense of a corner and from the corner Beth Demery directly hit the outside of the near post. Enfield won the ball back from the goal kick and Katie Wilding tried to force an opening but eventually settled for laying the ball back to Regan Coleman who hit a great dipping shot over Prior from 20 yards out. 1-0 (2 min)
Oliver retrieved a deep cross and crossed back for Holly Brandon to test Prior, Beth Lovell exchanged passes with Coleman before having a shot deflected out for a corner and Oliver lost the ball in the area but Lovell hit the loose ball to Prior. Carla Rose had Brentwood’s first shot after picking up a loose ball firing wide from distance and then Nikita Whinnett attacked down the right and crossed in for Lucy Faraday to volley wide. Oliver was fouled on a surging run but was allowed to keep going and shot to Prior, Oliver slipped Leanne Mabey in to force a good save from Prior and an Oliver cross saw Prior do just enough to prevent Lovell getting in a clear header at goal. Claire Gooch and Cally Browne combined to halt a Brentwood move and send Oliver away who then picked out Wilding and although Wilding’s run was blocked she had the presence of mind to set up a simple side foot in for Coleman. 2-0 (31 min)
Brandon cut in a rifled in a shot that Prior saved with Coleman winning a corner when her follow up shot was deflected out. A cross in was taken on by Brandon before she shot across Prior and in off the inside of the post 3-0 (39 Min) and just a minute later great work by Browne ended with a ball across the area to Brandon who stroked home at the far post 4-0 (40 min)
Brentwood made two changes at the break but it didn’t make any difference to Enfield as they were straight back into their rhythm and Coleman set up Wilding but Mabey had the final shot which a defender put out for a corner. A short corner was played in by Coleman and Brandon shot against a defender with Lovell following up to also shoot against a defender and Prior diving on the ball before Lovell could get in another shot. A clever pass by Whinnett sent Faraday in on goal and after getting the ball past Enfield keeper Lauren Holman and seeing it rebound off the post Faraday and Oliver both battled for the loose ball and Oliver was punished for bringing the forward down. Sophie Lovell step up scored the penalty even though Holman went the right way. 4-1 (55 min)
Enfield made two changes with Hayley Wood-Thompson and Emma Kayser replacing Gooch and Browne but it still failed to disrupt Enfield and Kayser wide from distance, Brandon shot over from tight angle and then Mabey fired a left foot shot into the top corner of the net following a Coleman cross but the goal was ruled out for an offside infringement. Coleman freed Lovell down the left and Lovell waited until the perfect moment to roll the ball inside to Wilding and Wilding let the ball go across her before touching across the oncoming Prior and inside the post. 5-1 (77 min)
Great team work ended with Coleman winning a battle with a defender and slotting past Prior to complete her hat-trick. 6-1 (81 min)
Coleman was bowled over outside the area and Wilding stepped up to curl the resulting free kick over the wall and in as Prior tried and failed to push it over. 7-1 (90 min)
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Regan Coleman for her hat-trick but Holly Brandon also deserves a mention for her contribution to the team.
Enfield Town Team; Holman, Demery, Browne (Wood-Thompson), Herrett, Gooch © (Kayser), Oliver, Lovell, Brandon, Mabey, Wilding, Coleman.
Brentwood Town Team; Prior, Lovell, Dimmock (D.Allen), N.Allen, Tuffen, Walker, Butler (Fragnito), Faraday, Whinnett, Rose ©, Smith (Armstrong).
Enfield Town return to league action on 10th March when they host Ebbsfleet United and then on Wednesday 13th March they travel to Chatham FC to play Gillingham Ladies in the Rymans Women's Cup Semi-Final.
Enfield Town Ladies Reserves won 3-0 away to Hampton and Richmond Ladies in the Middlesex FA Women’s Junior cup to set up a semi-final away to Wealdstone Ladies on 24/03/2013.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
MIDDLESEX WOMEN’S SENIOR CUP
QPR 1 ENFIELD TOWN 0
Enfield Town Ladies were knocked out of the Middlesex senior cup by Premier League Southern Division QPR as Eartha Pond scored the only goal of the game. Enfield manager John Abbott said “We fully matched our opponents from a step above us and only a single slip was the difference between the teams. A cup final would have been nice but the performance was a reward in the way we competed.”
Elly Maggs gave Enfield keeper Lauren Holman an early test and Holman showed she was up for it by plucking the ball out of the air as it was crossed in. Regan Coleman took advantage of a slip by a QPR defender to reach the line and get in a cross but it was a fraction too high for the onrushing Katie Wilding. A Beth Demery corner was returned to the Enfield player by Wilding and her second attempt at a cross was headed wide of the far post by Claire Gooch. Coleman helped a Hayley Wood-Thompson throw into the path of Sheree Oliver who turned across the edge of the penalty area before shooting to QPR keeper Sophie Cheadle.
Sarah Staples took a pass in midfield and hit a long shot to Holman. Katherine McKenna powered into the Enfield area and was only stopped by a well-timed Demery tackle at the expense of a corner. Holly Brandon exchanged passes with Wilding and outpaced the QPR defence before cutting in a firing in a low shot that Cheadle gathered in at the second attempt. Lauren Popovich got in behind the Enfield defence and picked out two team mates at the far post but they got in each other’s way and the chance was wasted. Demery took a goal kick instead of Holman and tried to pick out Brandon but Eartha Pond intercepted the ball, took a couple of steps forward and unleashed a shot just out of the reach of Holman. 1-0 (29 min)
Holliegh Marsh went on a run to a ball over the visiting defence and shot wide and Pond then played in Maggs who shot to Holman.
The second half saw very few chances to either side and it was halfway through before Pond fired over from a corner. Kelly Herrett passed to Oliver and her pass was into the run of Brandon but Cheadle came out and although she got nowhere near the ball it was just enough to prevent Brandon getting in a shot. Pond rolled the ball across the Enfield six yard box to the incoming Kasha Petit but Petit could only shoot wide of the post. The officials ignored a strong shout by the Enfield team for a penalty when a QPR defender appeared to block a cross with a hand.
A chipped pass over the Enfield defence saw Sophie Fogarty going one on one with Holman and Fogarty snatched at the chance and fired over the bar. QPR Captain Jade Dempster headed a corner wide and Petit fired over with the last chance of the game.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Beth Lovell.
Enfield Town Team; Holman, Demery, Wood-Thompson (McKevitt), Herrett, Gooch ©, Browne, Oliver, Lovell, Brandon (Taspinar), Wilding, Coleman.
QPR Team; Cheadle, Walker, McKenna, Staples, Marsh, Dempster ©, Thomson, Maggs, Popovich, Pond, Bytyqi. SUBS; Fogarty, O’Leary, Petit.
Next Sunday 24/02/2013 4th Place Enfield Town host 10th place Brentwood Town kick off 2pm. Enfield won the reverse fixture 1-0 back in September.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 8 ARLESEY TOWN 2
Enfield Town Ladies enjoyed a goal fest at home to Arlesey Town but they didn’t have all their own way and twice had to come from behind. Sarah Tayler opened the scoring for Arlesey with Sheree Oliver levelling and then Kat Hamplova looked to have secured a half time lead for the visitors but Regan Coleman and an own goal turned things around, Sheree Oliver added three more after the break along with one each from Katie Wilding and Claire Gooch to round off the scoring. Enfield manager John Abbott said “After Sunday it was great to get back on a decent surface which the team loved and gained confidence from. Arlesey gave us a worry but once we fully hit our stride it was all one way traffic. We can now go to QPR Sunday and give it a good go at reaching the county cup final.” Enfield climbed another place up to 3rd.
Enfield Town gave away a free kick wide on the left and were shocked when Sarah Tayler hammered the ball past the wall and inside the far post without keeper Lauren Holman even moving. 0-1 (5 min)
Arlesey almost doubled the lead a minute later as Tayler got away from the defence but lifted the ball wide of the post. Enfield’s first chance came as Katie Wilding was tackled in the area but Beth Demery fired the loose ball wide. Tayler missed another great chance for Arlesey by shooting wide. Holly Brandon crossed in following a cleared corner and Claire Gooch headed down for Beth Lovell to shot to visiting keeper Becki Scott. Sheree Oliver attacked down the right and cut in before hitting a dipping cross shot over Scott and in at the far post. 1-1 (28 min)
Enfield started peppering the goal with shots but a combination of good keeping by Scott and frantic defending kept Enfield out. Arlesey were still trying to push forward and got their reward when Enfield failed to clear a corner kick properly and Kat Hamplova curled a sweet shot over the crowded area into the top corner of the net. 1-2 (41 min)
With 45 minutes already up on the clock Regan Coleman charged into the area and saw her shot deflected out for a corner and then Coleman was in the right place to stab the ball home as Gooch headed the resulting corner towards goal. 2-2 (45 + 2 min) and then Enfield gained a free kick 30 yards from goal and Beth Demery hit a thunderous shot that hit the bar and bounced down off the back of the unlucky Scott and in for an own goal. 3-2 (45+3 min)
Gooch headed an early Demery corner wide after the break, Coleman cut across the area and released the ball for Wilding to shoot wide and then Demery crossed high from the corner with Oliver touching the ball over the line at the far post unchallenged. 4- 2 (51 Min)
Oliver crossed to Coleman and then Wilding also helped the ball on for Lovell to fire over. Lovell kept battling for the ball in the box and pulled it back for Wilding whose shot was brilliantly saved at the expense of a corner, the corner dropped to Wilding who saw this shoot blocked on the line and another corner which Oliver headed in at the far post. 5-2 (55 min)
Wilding slipped a lovely pass through the visiting defence in to the run of Oliver who drew the keeper out and calmly knocked the ball over the diving keeper’s legs to score her 4th goal of the game. 6-2 (58 min)
Leanne Mabey went on a run into the area and was bearing down on goal only to be halted with a well-timed tackle. Demery almost added to the score when a low corner caused panic on the line resulting in Scott kicking the ball away for another corner. A clever turn and shot by Wilding forced yet another good save by Scott and from the resulting corner Gooch powerfully headed in at the near post. 7-2 (72 Min)
Mabey held the ball and drew a couple of defenders to her before slipping the ball to Wilding and Wilding slotted the ball past the keeper. 8-2 (79 min)
Coleman fed Hayley Wood-Thompson as the defender raced through the Arlesey back line and Wood-Thompson tried to slip the ball past Scott but the keeper blocked it out to sub Nuala McKevitt, McKevitt hit the ball first time and was unfortunate to see it cannon back off the bar with Wilding seeing her follow up saved by Scott.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Sheree Oliver for her four goals and tireless running.
Enfield Town Team; Holman, Demery, Wood-Thompson, C.Browne, Gooch ©, Mabey, Oliver, Lovell (McKevitt), Brandon, Wilding, Coleman. Unused subs; D.Browne, Bailey.
Arlesey Town Team; Scott, Whiting, Wedgbury, Cooper, Thomas, Grocott (Olususola), Pidgeon, Caw-Murnane, Hamplova, Tayler, Price (Hodgson).
This Sunday 17/02/2013 Enfield Town travel to Uxbridge FC for a Middlesex Cup semi-final against QPR. 3pm kick off.
Match Report – Enfield Town .v. Wealdstone
Enfield Town (0) 1 Campbell
Wealdstone (0) 2 Parker, Dyer.
Wealdstone were made to work very hard for the points in a closely contested derby at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium.
In front of a seasons best attendance of 506 the Towners shaded the first half and had the ball in the net as early as the seventh minute but the referee had blown for a foul on Stones keeper Rikki Banks.
That was the closest the home side came to finding the net in the first half as Campbell, twice, and Henry shot over from decent positions.
Despite Towns upper hand Stones too had their chances but Moore and Smith could not find the target.
There were first half cautions for Hammatt and O’Brien as the players battled for possession in midfield in what was a good local derby.
Wealdstone looked much sharper after the break and signalled their intentions almost immediately when Tom Pett, who had been introduced at half time, shot over.
The Stones took the lead on 50 minutes when captain Wes Parker headed in at the near post from a disputed corner on the left.
Town were soon level though. On 59 minutes Adam Wallace hit the post and Tyler Campbell pounced on the loose ball to fire home.
Pett, who was making an impressive contribution to the Wealdstone cause, hit the post after Noel Imber had made a rare error.
The best Town could manage during this period was a shot from Campbell that flew wide of the mark and a tame free-kick from Hammatt that Banks dealt with easily.
The winner came in the 72nd minute. Wealdstone man of the match Alex Dyer cut in from the right, wrong footed his marker and curled an exquisite left foot shot just inside the far post.
Just a minute later, Scott McLeish had the ball in the Wealdstone net but he was adjudged to have been offside.
Town staged a late rally and Banks had to palm over a lob from Wallace. From the resultant corner Mark Kirby’s header was cleared and Stones had the points, though The Towners could feel pleased with their performance.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
CAMBRIDGE WOMEN 1 ENFIELD TOWN 2
Enfield Town returned to winning ways with a hard fought victory at Cambridge Women on a difficult pitch. Katie Wilding gave Enfield a first half lead and after Laura Baker levelled the scores early following the break it was a Leanne Mabey header that sealed the points. Enfield Manager John Abbott said “It was a very heavy pitch and both sides were missing players but full credit to both teams, The officials and the Ely City ground staff as we not only had a game but some fairly good and entertaining football was played. Now we have recorded our first win for a while we must now add a few more.” Enfield climbed to 4th in the table.
Enfield almost scored following a corner on 2 minutes but after Cambridge failed to clear the ball an Enfield player could only shoot through the crowd into the arms of Verity Crook in the home goal. Sheree Oliver got away down the left until her run was halted by a defender but as Regan Coleman took the ball on the referee waved play on and Coleman crossed for Katie Wilding to head to Crook. A Kelly Docwra corner for Cambridge was headed towards goal by Laura Brown but Sophie bailey cleared it off the line. A great pass sent Faith Hewitt clear of the Enfield defence but she fired wide. Oliver played a 1-2 with Leanne Mabey and cut in from the wing before shooting to Crook.
Already missing centre back Claire Gooch Enfield were forced into an early change when the other regular centre back Kelly Herrett was forced off through injury leaving Cally Browne and Sophie Bailey playing there for the first time. Hayley Wood-Thompson played in Oliver to shot to Crook and then Wood-Thompson sliced across the Enfield area to Hewitt who failed to take advantage of the gift and shot wide. A Cambridge corner dropped to Laura Baker and her shot crashed off the bar, bounced down off the line and was gratefully grabbed by Enfield keeper Lauren Holman. The breakthrough came when Wood-Thompson laid the ball into the run of Oliver and after riding a defenders challenger she played the ball back to Katie Wilding who fired first time past Crook. 0-1 (42 min)
Enfield were given an early warning in the second half as Baker was fed the ball in the middle but they didn’t have time to learn from it as once again Baker timed her run and as the ball was played through before calmly slotting the ball past the oncoming Holman. 1-1 (48 min)
Mabey managed to send Oliver in and she cut in before unleashing a fierce dipping shot that smashed against the bar and out. A Beth Demery corner dropped to Oliver but Oliver couldn’t get enough power behind her shot allowing Carrie Bennett to clear off the line. Crook did very well to take a Coleman cross while under pressure from Beth Lovell. Baker again escaped the attentions of the make shift Enfield back line but shot straight to Holman. Wilding headed a Coleman cross to Crook and then Emma Kayser clipped a ball over the home defence into the run of Coleman but Coleman’s first touch was too heavy allowing Crook to come out and take the ball.
Wilding raced onto a Coleman pull back and saw her shot cannon off a defender for a corner and when the corner came in headers from players of both sides ended with Mabey heading in off the underside of the bar from close range. 1-2 (66 min)
Kim Motley wasted a good chance by firing wide for the hosts before Cambridge’s Nat Richardson pulled back Holly Brandon and Mabey stepped in to defend her team mate with the result being a booking each for Richardson and Mabey. Crook did brilliantly to react and take a Demery corner from under her crossbar and moments later Crook was again called into action as a Mabey shot from a corner fizzed through the crowded area. Laura Bright timed her run perfectly through the Enfield defence and crashed a shot off the bar and Docwra tapped the loose ball home but she was offside from the original shot and a raised flag ruled the effort out. A Richardson free kick looked like it was going to trouble Holman but Demery managed to head it out for a corner in the final minutes of the game.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Sheree Oliver although was a great team effort.
Enfield Town Team; Holman, Demery, Browne, Herrett (Wood-Thompson), Mabey, Kayser (Brandon), Oliver, Lovell, Bailey, Wilding, Coleman.
Cambridge Women Team; Crook, Jenkins, Bennett, Pamplin (Richardson), Goodchild, Burt, Docwra, Brown, Baker (Motley), Hewitt, Bright. Unused Sub; Cullen
Wednesday Night (13/02/2013) Enfield Town host Arlesey Town with a 7.45 kick off in a league game before travelling to Uxbridge FCs ground on Sunday (17/02/2013) to play QPR in a Middlesex Cup semi-final. 3pm kick off.
Cray Wanderers (0) 1 Power 72
Enfield Town (2) 5 McGleish 23, 45, 51, Wallace 83, 90
Enfield Town put in a clinical performance taking their chances in front of goal. They went in front with a Scott McGleish hat trick. They allowed Cray back into the game briefly Michael Power getting a goal from a free kick, but nerves were settled by two late goals from Adam Wallace who impressed all game.
An even start saw both sides have chances but Town looked more threatening and pressed the Cray back line into making mistakes. Andy Walker had just denied Scott McGleish moments before the Town striker opened his account with a close range header. The Town striker came close again firing form wide with Walker out of position but only found the top of the Cray net. He was proving to be a nightmare for Cray as Town got on top, cutting a centre from Wallace just over the bar. Cray’s Billy Burgess came close to turning the ball past his own keeper, then Walker escaped when he missed the ball at a corner as Wallace challenged. A break by Leigh Bremner saw the Cray striker fire across Noel Imber and the face of the Town goal. Mark Henry then tested the Cray keeper but Walker was strong and pulled off a one handed save. Another chance for Cray this time from Michael Power failed to find the target. But just before the break, McGleish struck again. Wallace kept his nerve side stepping a challenge before passing to McGleish to fire into the roof of the net.
Town kept the pressure on from the restart, McGleish having a header cleared off the line by Power and Henry’s follow up shot was blocked. It wasn’t all one way, and Imber did well to force Bremner wide resulting in his shot sliding across the Town area to be cleared by White. When Wallace kept on his feet after a foul and squared, McGleish completed his hat trick whipping the ball over Walker into the net. James Fray came on for Cray and immediately caused Town’s defence a problem with a good run and shot which Imber did well to hold. Wallace then did well to dispossess Power but his pass to Tyler Campbell was cut out just in time. Then Wallace set up McGleish who this time got a touch too much on the ball seeing it glance over the Cray bar. But Town were backing off now and allowing Cray more space and they took advantage of it. White did well to clear a corner, then Jack Clark came close from a free kick. A clever back heel sent Fray clear across the box, but he was brought down before he could shoot. Town stil paid a price for it when Power unleashed a ferocious free kick through the wall giving Imber little chance. Wallace had a chance to finish things off, but his pass to Campbell was cut out. Despite this, Town were living on their nerves now and Jey Siva did well to break up a move down the middle, then Joe O’Brien did well to block a shot. But just as Cray looked to be getting back into the game a long ball from defence saw Wallace outpace Power and Burgess before firing past Walker into the roof of the net. Town were looking to see out the game now and White and Siva picked up bookings, but Cray were reduced to shots from range, John Estrada failing to find the target. It was all over when Siva’s late corner saw Walid Matata’s header blocked on the line only for Wallace to fire it home from close range.
Cray Wanderers: Walker, Parkinson, Clark, Saunders, Phani(Fray 55), Burgess, Power, Stavrinou, Bremner, Phillips, Estrada.
Subs Not Used: Fasunan, Pooley, Taylor, Abbott.
Enfield Town: Imber, Lockie, Siva, White, Kirby, Henry, Campbell, O’Brien, McGleish(Matata 84), Hope(Johnston 73), Wallace.
Subs Not Used: Kendall, Allen, Hammatt.
Booked: White, Siva.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 1 CHESHAM UNITED 5
Enfield Town ladies slipped to their 5th home defeat of the season as league leaders Chesham United took the points away. Sheree Oliver scored Enfield’s consolation goal early in the second half to pull the score back to 2-1 but Chesham just eased away again. Enfield manager John Abbott said “I just can’t think of the words to describe it and although we were missing a couple of players through injury and had a few that maybe shouldn’t have played today we are still better than this. We really need to dig deep and try to turn things around before we get into the cup competitions that we are still involved in.” Enfield Town are 5th in the table.
Next Sunday 10/02/2013 Enfield Town travel to Cambridge Women and then host Arlesey Town on the following Wednesday 13/02/2013 7.45 kick off.
Enfield Town 0 Bognor Regis Town 1
A slow start saw Enfield allow 4th placed Bognor to dominate the first half and lead at the break. Second half improvements were not enough to salvage the match.
Bognor's first half performance saw them take the lead through a goal from James Crane after 34 minutes. Despite a claim for off side the goal stood after Crane had the easy task of sweeping in a pass from Lewis Stockford on the right. In rsponse, Enfield had hardly threatened the Bognor goal and stand in keeper Nick Jordan had an easy half.
After the break Enfield produced a greater challenge for the Bognor keeper who had to deny Liam Hope and also a late effort from Walid Matata as Enfield sought an equaliser. Bognor had their own chances though and keeper Noel Imber kept them in touch with some excellent saves, repeatedly denying Dan Thompson and preventing Crane from bagging a second. A Ben Andrews goal was ruled out late on which would have given the Rocks a comfortable finish, and instead they had to see out the game but did so comfortably.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
NORWICH CITY 4 ENFIELD TOWN 1
Norwich City completed a league double over Enfield Town with a 4-1 victory. Enfield remain in 5th place and John Abbott said “No matter what we try, nothing seems to go right with the officials playing a massive part in the outcome of the game and not one of the big decisions going our way. We have another week off now which is something that we could really do without as we just can’t get going with the stop start nature of the season.”
Anna Larkins gave the hosts a first half lead before Emma Kayser hit a perfectly placed dipping effort from wide on the left to level the score for Enfield. Norwich regained the lead shortly before the break with a controversial goal from Kyla Love, Larkins was yards offside during the build-up but the assistant referee was picking up his flag after dropping it and not watching the game and he was also not up with play when Larkins crossed to a Love who also looked to have strayed beyond the Enfield backline.
Norwich added to their score with a well struck free kick by Gemma Farman but even then it came after the referee appeared to have his decision changed by the appeals by the home side when he had turned away from a challenge by an Enfield player. Norwich completed the scoring when a Nadine Basson shot looped up and over the wrong footed Lauren Holman. Leah Newcoombe received only a booking for kicking out at an Enfield player with Katie Wilding also being booked for questioning the leniency of it. Enfield’s misery was compounded when Katie Wilding was brought down in the penalty area as she looked odds on to beat keeper Fiona Coombes with the referee once again favouring the home side.
Enfield Town have no game next week before travelling to third place Chichester City on Sunday 27/01/2013.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
CRYSTAL PALACE 1 ENFIELD TOWN 1
Enfield Town Ladies let another two vital league points slip away as they were held to a draw at bottom of the table Crystal Palace. Despite having the majority of possession Enfield fell behind on 7 minutes when they failed to clear a free kick properly and Kirsty Mitchell fired through a crowded area and past the unsighted Lauren Holman in Enfield’s goal. Enfield captain Claire Gooch had one header from a corner cleared off the line before a glancing near post header at another corner to level the scores a minute into first half added time. Enfield dominated at least 75% of the second half but another goal just wouldn’t come leaving them frustrated.
Enfield Town manager John Abbott said “I can hardly remember a game when we had so much of the play without taking advantage of it. Football can be a frustrating game and this one left me feeling very down about it all but now we must pull ourselves up as we have some harder games to come.”
Next Sunday 13 01/2013 Enfield Town travel to Norwich City hoping to gain revenge for a home defeat earlier in the season.
Enfield Town FC
Enfield Town (0) 2 Hunt 67, Wallace 74
Harrow Borough (0) 0
Not the best Enfield performance by a long chalk but certainly the one that got the most results recently.
Early on Enfield played havoc with the Harrow defence, Tyler Campbell having a hand in everything. But as time wore on the Harrow defence stood tall and soaked up the pressure. Repeated balls in from Hunt on the right failed to make an impression and eventually Harrows attack found their feet. A foul on Simeon Akinola on the edge of the box saw Yasime Fehmi-Gil try and sneak a free kick past Daniel East, but the Town keeper was alert to the danger. Danny Buckle tried an overhead effort from close range with no luck and a great break down the right from Akinola was stopped dead by Jordan Lockie.
A good shot from Fehmi-Gil was wrapped up by East, and Enfield started to apply pressure. A centre from Liam Hope was just behind Joe O’Brien and Lockie put a centre over the bar. With Enfield struggling to find a way through the Harrow defence, Jonathan Hunt created space to beat Elvis Putnins with a stunning shot from the edge of the box to take the lead. Buckle tried to respond from a Harrow corner with no luck and then Enfield sealed the game. A through ball saw a race between Wallace and Putnins, and as both collided , Wallace was first to his feet to shoot home for the second goal. Harrow came close to a reply when Nicolai Tararov saw his shot roll along the Enfield cross bar but it was already game over. A Hammatt volley was saved by Putnins then Michael Peacock drove a free kick into the Enfield wall. A final chance saw Hammatt pick out Hahn but his header went over the bar.
Enfield Town: East, Lockie, White, McKay, Kirby, Hunt(Pennant 80), Campbell(Hahn 90), O’Brien, Hope(Hammatt 69), Wallace, Bardle.
Subs Not Used: Allen, Kendall
Harrow Borough: Elvis Putnins, Ola Williams, Garry Jones, James Burges, Michael Peacock, Danny Leech, Steve Ferguson, Ruddock Yala( Jordan Lawal 69), Danny Buckle(Nicolai Tararova 73), Simeon Akinola, Yassine Fehmi-Gil
Subs Not Used: Darelle Russell, Joakim Ehui, Alwyne Jones.
Billericay Town (2) 3 Swaine 2, Poole 4, May 60
Enfield Town (0) 2 Campbell 68, Wallace 69
This was a tale of two Town’s and very much a game of two halves as Enfield gifted their hosts a two goal start inside the first five minutes before making a game if it in the second half taking it right to the wire.
An early Billericay corner was headed home by Rob Swaine in the second minute and as Enfield wondered if things could get any worse, they did. A run from wide by Charlie Taylor saw Junior Luke fire a shot off the Enfield post and Glen Poole fired home the rebound. With Billericay looking comfortable, they proceeded to keep Enfield at arms length for the rest of the first half. Enfield repeatedly ran into Chris Wild and rob Swaine with little return. A shot from Bardle was off target and Joe O’Brien unleashed a good shot on the turn only to see it fly past Luke Bartlett’s post. But it was Billericay who had the best of it. Shots from Poole, and good work from Sam Lechmere continued to cause problems and Suliaman Bangura came close only for Craig McKay to scramble clear. Daniel East did well to palm a way a shot from Lechmere. He then took two goes to deal with ball from Joe Anderson. A good break from Enfield saw Liam Hope come close with a shot. Luke had a cross turned in but ruled out as Enfield’s off side trap held, but only just. At the other end Enfield were struggling to make an impression on the home defence. Just before half time, Wallace intercepted but could only fire the chance over.
A more positive approach marked the second half for Enfield and a reshuffle after Jordan Lockie came on seemed to bring benefits. It wasn’t immediately obvious though when Charlie Taylor’s shot rattled the Enfield post only for jay May to finish it off. Taylor almost added another a minute later but for good work from East, then May came close. Suddenly things changed. Wallace found Tyler who slid the ball home from wide. When Lockie fired a ball across from the right a mistake from Bartlett was slammed home by Wallace, changing the game completely. Re-invigorated, Enfield poured forward. Repeated attempts from Hope, a shot from Hahn and suddenly Billericay were on the back foot. Hahn then came close having a shot deflected just over. A poor goal kick fell kindly to Wallace but he was unable to fire under Bartlett from close range in what was to prove Enfield’s last real chance to force a replay.
Billericay Town: Luke Bartlett, Suliaman Bangura, Joe Anderson, Craig Edwards, Rob Swaine, Chris Wild, Sam Lechmere(Bill Radley 80), Glen Poole, Jay May(Nathan Greene73) , Charlie Taylor, Junior Luke(Richard Halle 87).
Subs Not Used: Dave Collis, Reece Ottley.
Enfield Town: Daniel East, Dave Kendall(Jordan Lockie 57), Lee White(Mitch Hahn 78), Craig McKay, Mark Kirby, Dean Pennant(Jonathan Hunt 78), Tyler Campbell, Joe O’Brien, Liam Hope, Adam Wallace, Michael Bardle
Subs Not Used: Lee Allen, Bryan Hammatt.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
FA WOMEN’S CUP
3RD QUALIFYING ROUND
A strong second half display saw Enfield Town overcome Easter Region side Barking in the 3rd qualifying round of the FA Women’s Cup. After a blank first half Sara Sinclair (2), Bilge Taspinar and Regan Coleman scored the goals. Enfield Manager John Abbott said “It was a struggle to get into our rhythm on a heavy pitch and with the game constantly stopping during the first half but we stuck to our game and started to impose ourselves after the break and we were eventually rewarded when our hosts tired and we scored some good goals. We can now look forward to the next round.”
It was 7 minutes into the game before Cally Browne managed to get the first effort on target of the game but it lacked power from distance to trouble Barking keeper Naomi Ogunde. A clever pass over the defence by Katie Wilding almost got Sara Sinclair in but Ogunde was quickly out to take the ball. A Beth Demery corner was headed towards goal by Browne where Ogunde got a touch before a defender hit a team mate with an attempted clearance and Ogunde gratefully dived on the ball. A Demery corner was returned and the second cross was a touch too far ahead of a stretching Sinclair. Wilding shot weakly to Ogunde. Liane Prior tried a long shot but it bounced to the hands of Claire Gooch.
A short corner by Wilding to Demery gave Demery the chance to shot but it was too high. Pauline Ademayo picked out Sian Birlson and her shot was patted down easily by Gooch. Wilding touch a free kick to Demery who shot over again, Demery hit a free kick to Ogunde, Regan Coleman attacked down the left and won a corner that she took short to Demery but for a third time Demery shot narrowly over the bar, Wilding touched another free kick for Demery to fire over, Coleman laid a ball back for wilding to shot to Ogunde and Holly Brandon passed to Coleman who side stepped a defender before shooting to Ogunde as Enfield turned up the pressure.
A long ball by Barking early in the second was chased into the area by Carly Copplestone but Gooch beat her to it and was relieved to see Karen Stepanou’s lob just clear the bar of the unguarded net. A Demery corner was met by Browne with a clean header but it flew wide of the post. Wilding sent a pass out wide to Sophie Bailey who took the ball on before crossing in low and hard between the keeper and defence to the far post where Sinclair met it with a calm side foot into the net. 0-1 (51 min)
Enfield almost doubled the lead a couple of minutes later but after a powerful run down the left and a shot across the keeper by Coleman, Sinclair was judged to be off side as she eventually sorted out her feet and knocked the ball home. Kelly Herrett intercepted a rare Barking attack and passed back to Gooch, Gooch hit the ball out to Barking’s Ademayo and was relieved to see Brandon snapping in with a tackle to concede a corner that was played deep and Hayley Piggott hit a shot that Bailey cleared off the line at the post. Barking got a second wind with the action going their way and a poor clearance gave Prior the opportunity to shoot but she sliced her effort wide.
Browne ducked under a Demery corner allowing Brandon to hit a half volley that flew back across goal and wide. Coleman and Mabey combined to send Sinclair into the area but the forward fell to the ground after a tangle of feet with a Barking defender. A 2 on 1 Barking break was dealt with confidently by Herrett. Sinclair crumpled in the area as a defender came into the back of her as she took a Brandon pass. Nuala McKevitt replaced Mabey and almost immediately made an impact as after winning the ball she linked up with Wilding and Sinclair headed the resulting cross over.
A short Coleman corner to Demery was crossed narrowly wide of the far post with Sinclair stretching to get her head to it. Ademayo chased a ball into the area but Gooch won the race to it and Ademayo was hurt as she went over the keeper. Ademayo was forced to leave the action for a while and Barking were left with only ten players as they had already used their only available sub. While Barking were shorthanded Sinclair hit a shot that had Ogunde diving but went wide of the post and then Enfield made their last two changes as Hayley Wood-Thompson and Bilge Taspinar joined the action. The changed paid immediate dividends as Coleman powered past the left back and drove in a cross that Taspinar beat Ogunde to and knocked over the line with her body and first touch. 0-2 (80 min)
Ademayo re-joined the game before Coleman forced Ogunde into another diving save as the hosts began to tire and Wilding tested Ogunde a minute later with the keeper touching the ball out for a corner. The keeper was left helpless as a ball in by Wilding was allowed by Sinclair to cross her body and then a smart turn that sent defenders the wrong way created the room for a shot that beat the unsighted keeper at the post 0-3 (87 min) but Ogunde then got into a muddle with a defender just seconds later as Wood-Thompson played the ball in and Coleman gratefully accepted the opportunity to run the ball into the empty net. 0-4 (87 min)
Enfield kept Ogunde busy for the final few minutes as she saved low from a Wilding shot and Coleman after the Enfield forward had created an opening with a clever side step in the area.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Sara Sinclair who eventually made her presence felt with a couple of goals caused a few problems for the home defence.
Enfield Town Team; Gooch, Demery, Herrett, Oliver, Browne, Mabey (McKevitt), Brandon (Taspinar), Bailey (Wood-Thompson), Wilding ©, Coleman, Sinclair.
Barking Team; Ogunde, Maggs, Beale, Murphy, Stepanou, Piggott, Whitehead, Prior, Copplestone, Birlson, Ademayo. Used sub; Footman.
Next Sunday Enfield Town don’t have a game but return to action the following week with a home league cup tie against Norwich City and a chance to avenge the 2-0 home defeat of a month ago.
ENFIELD TOWN FC
Hastings United (1)3 Attwood 44, Camara 80, Jirbandey 84
Enfield Town (0) 2 Campbell 46, White 58
Another game where Enfield came so close to taking three points only to have the frustration of getting nothing from a decent performance.
A Lockie pile driver early on had to be tipped over by Hastings keeper Matt Armstrong, showed a positive approach from Town. Bailo Camara was to prove a handful for the Town defence as he tested new keeper Daniel East, first heading over, then cutting across the goal just wide of the far post. With the game open, Hastings were putting together the better chances, Dee Okojie and Matt Whitehead both coming close. An injury to Jonathan Hunt saw him replaced before half time by Michael Bardle, then Town were hit by a goal on half time, when a good move from Hastings was finished with a low drive across East by Zac Attwood.
Town responded well after the break, and a solo effort from Tyler Campbell saw him ride two tackles before finishing low into the corner of the Hastings net. Town were finding their stride and Hope almost turned in a good cross from Lockie, then a Kirby ball to the back post only just escaped that final touch from Wallace. East had to punch clear after Whitehead got on the end of a Okojie cross but at the other end it was Campbell again who forced the action. Driving forward in midfield he teased the Hastings defence before squaring to White who fired the ball into the top corner giving Town the lead. Hastings fought back into the game but it looked as though they were in trouble when Vickers was sent off for a tackle from behind on McKay, leaving them with ten men. But they were to have the last laugh. With Town pushing forward late in the game they twice lost possession from a set piece conceding a goal on the break. First a corner was played too close to keeper Armstrong and a quick break down the right by Attwood saw the ball squared to Camara who slammed the ball past East to equalise. Then a Town free kick into the Hastings area was quickly cleared upfield and once again East was given no chance as the ball was fired home by Jirbandey. It was a long journey home for Town to wonder how they had conceded such a strong position so late in the game.
Hastings United: Armstrong, Dixon, Whitehead, Carey, Ray, Jirbandey, Okojie, Manning, Camara(Crellin 88), Attwood, Goldberg(Vickers 53).
Subs Not Used: Ellis, Richardson, Cox
Booked: Whitehead, Carey, Manning.
Sent Off: Vickers
Enfield Town: East, Lockie(Allen 76), White, McKay, Kirby, Pennant, Campbell, O’Brien(Hahn 86), Hope, Wallace, Hunt(Bardle 40).
Subs Not Used: Hammatt, Siva
Booked: Pennant, McKay.
ENFIELD TOWN FC
Town take full points in action packed visit to Canvey Island
Canvey Island (2) 3 King 36, 66 Dobinson 38
Enfield Town (3) 4 Hope 17, 37, 55, O'Brien 43
Despite losing Keeper Noel Imber early on through a calf injury, a great performance saw Enfield outscore their hosts.
Defender Lee White spent 75 minutes in goal after Imber pulled up with a calf injury and pulled off some good saves to keep Town in the game and ahead for much of the match. Liam Hope gave Town the lead from the penalty spot. Then in an explosive 8 minute spell, Rob King levelled only for Hope to strike again to regain the lead. There was little time to savour the moment though as Canvey immediately struck back this time levelling through Kevin Dobinson.
Three minutes later Enfield went back in front when Joe O'Brien drove home a half clearance.
With Enfield looking exposed in goal, they pushed forward after the break and Adam Wallace, Liam Hope and Tyler Campbell forced the Canvey defence on the back foot. Hope's hat trick came in the 55th minute when he picked up a through ball from Jonathan Hunt and rounded the keeper before finishing from a tight angle. Campbell almost extended Town's lead minutes later but Ashlee Jones managed to tip the shot round the post.
Rob King kept Canvey in touch, slotting home after Lee White failed to hold a shot, and Enfield came under increasing pressure as Canvey looked for an equaliser yet again. However, they struggled to put stand in keeper White under direct pressure and Enfield were able to retain their lead.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 4 CAMBRIDGE WOMEN 3
Enfield Town Ladies twice had to come from behind to secure the points at home to Cambridge Women. Sara Sinclair gave Enfield an early lead before Amelia Turner and Laura Brown put Cambridge ahead with Katie Wilding levelling on the stroke of half time and then Natalie Richardson put Cambridge ahead again from the spot only for a second from Sinclair to level again and a Beth Demery spot kick wrapped up the scoring. John Abbott, now managing the side on his own again after the departure of joint manager George Norman, said “We were missing a few of our regular starting line-up but the girls that played did the club proud with a great battling display, it’s never easy to keep playing catch up but we dug deep and turned it around. We need to get everyone available and keep doing our best and then we will see where that takes us.” Enfield moved up to 4th in the table.
Enfield got off to their best start in a game for a while and a long ball sent Sara Sinclair away down the left and she waited for support to arrive before cutting in an firing wide, A Beth Demery corner was flicked on by Holly Brandon with Cambridge struggling to clear it and then a Demery cross was taken at full stretch by Cambridge keeper Chelsea Edmead but when she couldn’t keep hold of it and dropped it Sinclair was on it in a flash to whip it in to the net.1-0 (7 min)
Laura Baker was released with a good pass but Kelly Herrett recovered to force Baker to cut back in and shot straight to home keeper Claire Gooch. Regan Coleman stood a cross up that Katie Wilding jumped up to volley but failed to get a clean enough contact to trouble Edmead. A deep Demery corner was fired off a defender by Coleman. A Laura Brown pass got Amelia Turner in behind the Enfield defence and Turner kept her cool to slot the ball past Gooch. 1-1 (15 min)
Baker next got away from the defence but shot to Gooch, Sinclair headed a Demery corner over with Coleman coming in behind her, Gooch slid out of her area to block the ball with her body as Baker threatened and a corner routine by Demery and Sinclair saw a cross that Beth Lovell just couldn’t get high enough to with her head as play switched from end to end. A Sinclair cross was ahead of Wilding and a Demery cross went deep to Brandon who shot against a defender for a corner that was cleared to Wilding who shot through the crowded area to Edmead. A slip by Sophie Bailey allowed Cambridge to win the ball and Brown was given the opportunity to power on with defenders trailing behind before slotting past the oncoming Gooch from just inside the area. 1-2 (31 min)
Wilding received a cross from Sinclair and forced a good save from Edmead. Another Demery corner was cleared to Wilding who this time fired over the bar. A sliced shot by Leanne Mabey dropped to Brandon whose shot looped up off a defender and her follow up header was put behind for a corner. A minute into added time Cambridge failed to learn from earlier corners and when Demery’s latest was cleared to Wilding it was drilled low through the area into the bottom corner of the net. 2-2 (45 min)
Enfield started the second half the way they had the first and a Wilding cross was collected by Edmead at the feet of Sinclair. Again Baker was set free by a long pass but Demery got back at her and deflected her shot away for a corner that saw a Cambridge player go down as it came in and after a pause the referee decided to agree with the loud appeals to award a penalty. Natalie Richardson stepped up to score the spot kick. 2-3 (51 min)
Enfield tried to get straight back level and Sinclair headed a Coleman cross over the bar and Wilding shot wide after good work by Brandon and Lovell. Bailey hesitated on the edge of the area but eventually got the ball away as Brown charged in and went over the touch of Bailey with the ref this time waving away the shout for a penalty. Enfield replaced the off colour Kelly Herrett with Bilge Taspinar and shuffled the team around. Mabey looped a ball into the area where it looked to have bounced up and off a Cambridge hand but nothing was given.
Alice Kempski gave Baker her latest chance but Demery forced her wide and blocked her shot with the follow up going to Gooch. A Demery cross looked destined for an unmarked Coleman only for a defender to stretched and head it away from her. A cross field ball by Demery sent Coleman away down the left and when after reaching the line, riding a challenge on the way she pulled the ball back to the supporting Lovell who hit a diagonal cross first time and Sinclair headed it back across goal to leave Edmead beaten and wrong footed. 3-3 (78 min)
Coleman got her head down and powered into the area only for a rash challenge to halt run with the ref immediately pointing to the spot. Beth Demery took the responsibility and buried her spot kick. 4-3 (84 min)
A final attack by Enfield was stopped as Lovell was pulled back but Lovell managed to pick up a booking for dissent and then from Demery’s deep free kick Sinclair thundered the ball into the chest of Edmead who held it without really knowing a lot about it.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Beth Demery who kept putting in challenging crosses before coolly netting the winning penalty.
Enfield Town team; Gooch, Demery, Bailey, Herrett (Taspinar), Browne, Coleman, Brandon, Lovell, Mabey, Wilding ©, Sinclair.
Cambridge Women team; Edmead, Goodchild ©, Bennett, Kempski (Hewitt), Geoghan, Burt, Turner (Jenkins), Bright, Baker (Docwra) , Brown, Richardson.
Next Sunday (4/11/2012) Enfield Town are again at home, this time against Brentwood Town. Enfield won the return fixture 1-0 earlier in the season.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
RYMAN WOMEN’S CUP
HAVERHILL ROVERS 0 ENFIELD TOWN 3
Enfield Town maintained their 100% away record and progressed to through the opening round of the Ryman Women’s Cup with a comfortable victory at Eastern Region Women’s football League Division One North Haverhill Rovers. Leanne Mabey opened the scoring and an own goal put Enfield two up at the break with Mabey adding a further goal after the break. Enfield manager John Abbott said “It was an enjoyable match against game opposition and with a few of the girls unable to travel; we were able to give some of our reserve and under 18 players a run out. You can only really learn about players during a proper match situation.” Enfield Town are due to play Lowestoft Town also of Eastern Region Women’s football League Division One North at home on a date to be arranged.
The game began with Rovers showing great enthusiasm and were presented with an early chance as a weak clearance was pounced on by Lyndsey Duemmel but Danielle Browne, The younger sister of midfielder Cally Browne, snapped in with a well-timed challenge in the area. Enfield soon began to impose their game on the hosts and a Beth Demery corner caused an anxious moment before it was eventually cleared. Leanne Mabey gave a hint of what was to come when she picked the ball up and run at Rovers before unleashing a shot that took a deflection off a defender for a corner. Another Demery corner was cleared away from the near post to Mabey who shot over but was getting closer. Regan Coleman was tackled while on a run and Bilge Taspinar following up hit a sweet first time shot that saw keeper Jasmin Hardy dive and push the ball out for a corner. A cross from Demery to Mabey was controlled and after a touch and turn to knock the ball out from her feet, Mabey hit a dipping shot that gave Hardy no chance. 0-1 (22 min)
Enfield now had the confidence that a goal gives to any side and Holly Brandon and Coleman combined to get the ball in to Sara Sinclair but her sweeping shot lacked the power to beat Hardy. Brandon laid the ball back to Demery and the defender drove in a fierce low shot that Hardy did well to get behind and was helped out by a team mate to clear as the ball dropped behind the keeper. Enfield kept up the pressure as Demery shot wide following good work by Brandon, Sinclair slipped in Coleman but Sarah Moore took the ball off the forwards toe, A Demery cross was headed wide by Sinclair and Coleman, Sinclair and Taspinar failed to get a touch to a driven Brandon cross, Sinclair took a Brandon pass wide and was stopped by Hardy and a Demery cross was put out for a corner as Sinclair looked to turn it in but the reprieved didn’t last long as from the resulting Demery corner Helen Cryer tried to clear the ball off the line only to hit Hardy in the face with the ball rebounding into the net. 0-2 (34 min)
Hayley Wood-Thompson tried her luck from distance but hardy was alert and well placed to collect the ball and then Rovers had a rare chance as Stacey Roper freed Duemmel but Kelly Herrett was awake to it with a smart challenge. An inch perfect cross field pass by Demery to Taspinar was then laid off to Coleman who shot across goal.
Cally Browne shot to Hardy early in the second half. Mabey took another run and shot off a defender for a corner and then from the corner Mabey again saw her shot hit a defender for another corner. A wonderful cross picked out a well-timed run to the far post by C.Browne but Browne didn’t get enough of a touch to the ball as she tried to glance it in with a header. Sinclair thundered in a shot but hardy spread herself to pull off a fine save.
Rovers players suddenly found a second wind and a great run up the right by Rachel Mann left Enfield players trailing before she stood a perfect cross up for the incoming Duemmel, Duemmel hit it on the run but Enfield keeper Claire Gooch had followed the ball across goal and beat away the ball with it going behind for a corner. A goal now would have set up a nervy ending for Enfield.
C.Browne picked out Sinclair who shot to Hardy and a few minutes late Sinclair got behind the home defence but was brought down late by a recovering defender only for the referee to turn away the calls for a penalty. Enfield finally took the game out of Rovers reach when Substitutes Nuala McKevitt and Kirsty Johnson exchanged passes before McKevitt slid the ball to Mabey and Mabey hit an explosive shot from close range that gave Hardy no chance. 0-3 (80 min)
Sinclair rode a foul and a couple of challenges before shooting wide as Enfield now settled for what they had and wound down the clock against a very tired looking Rovers side.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Beth Demery who remembered her defensive duties but still drove forward supplying many crosses and corner.
Enfield Town Team; Gooch ©, Demery, Danielle Browne (McKevitt), Wood-Thompson, Cally Browne, Mabey, Coleman (Johnson), Brandon, Taspinar, Sinclair.
Haverhill Rovers Team; Hardy, Barber, Pratt, Duemmel, Eady, Cryer, Roper, Shorter, Mann, Westrope, Moore. Substitutes; Schulz, Perkins, Spiers.
Enfield Town return to league action Sunday 28/10/2012 when they host Cambridge Women. 2pm
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SE COMBINATION CUP
MK DONS 2 ENFIELD TOWN 3
Enfield Town Ladies maintained this seasons 100% record in 5 away trips as they secured a place in the second round of the SE Combination Cup with a 3-2 victory at MK Dons to booked a home tie with Norwich City, it was their second visit of the campaign to MK Dons following the earlier 1-0 win. Leah Cudone and Emily Mann gave Dons a 2-0 lead at the break before Beth Lovell and Sheree Oliver tied the scores up with Katie Wilding finishing the turnaround off with a wonder strike. Captain Wilding said “We played some nice football in the first half but got caught out with 2 break away goals, then after a few words in the changing room at half time we came out, made a couple of small changes and made it work for us. I owed the girls a goal and what a great way to open my account for the season, I hope it’s the first a many.”
After an initial period of settling down for both sides it was Enfield keeper Clair Gooch who was called into action first as she had to react quickly to take the ball following a cross into the area with Leah Cudone trying to get to it. Katie Wilding and Emma Kayser set Holly Brandon up with a chance but Brandon snatched at it firing wide. Kaye Henton crossed in for Cudone but Kelly Herrett applied some pressure and Cudone shot to Gooch. Kayser almost managed to curl a corner straight in but a defender was well positioned to clear off the line and then from the next corner which was played back to Kayser she fired wide of the far post. Charlotte Wright produced an almost identical corner to Kayser and this time it was Regan Coleman who cleared off the line.
Cudone was well positioned when a Dons long ball was cut out by Enfield but a loose pass went to the Dons player who hit it first time from outside the area and past Gooch. 1-0 (32 min) Before Enfield really had a chance to recover another long ball sent Emily Mann in behind the Enfield defence and although Herrett got back goal side of the attacker, all that happen was Mann’s shot took a slight touch off the defender and it went over Gooch. 2-0 (34 min)
Enfield were still rattled which showed as Sheree Oliver played the ball to Dons Mann who tried to catch Gooch out but the keeper produced a good save. Sophie Bailey picked Coleman out with a good pass but unfortunately Coleman turned in to a defender and the chance was gone and then Enfield finally tested Trip Witney as a Wilding shot skipped up but the keeper kept her eye on the ball and saved comfortably.
Very little happened in the opening 10 minutes after the break except for substitutions and it was one of these that had the most impact as shortly after entering the play Beth Lovell shot into the side netting. Witney punched a Bailey cross out to Wilding who passed to Kayser but Kayser sliced the ball well wide. Cudone spotted a gap in the Enfield defence but as quickly as she tried to take the ball through it, it was slammed shut. Dons were restricted to shooting from distance and Carissa Wright saw a 40 yard effort drop into the arms of Gooch. A Great looking tackle on the half way line by Bailey ended a quick break by Dons but the referee decided it was a foul and the free kick was played long to Henton who turned and shot wide.
Enfield were now pushing forward but almost came unstuck as a 2 on 2 dons break needed Herrett to get a touch and Oliver to clear the ball. Enfield at last got some reward as a quick short Sara Sinclair corner was returned to her and crossed in where Witney got her hands to the ball but couldn’t hold it, Lovell was the first to react and swept the ball in past a defender on the line. 2-1 (69 min)
Hayley Wood-Thompson put in a cross that a defender sliced onto Wilding and to the keeper. Witney tried the patience of the referee for a little too long and was booked for time wasting. Brandon picked out Lovell who sent Sinclair in but Witney saved Sinclair’s shot virtually on the forwards foot. An Enfield free kick was helped on past the goal but Oliver was the first to the ball and fired it low and hard towards the near post where it beat the despairing efforts of a defender and keeper. 2-2 (82 min)
Within in a minute of the equaliser another Enfield free kick was put into the Dons area by Cally Browne and headed up and out by a defender to Wilding who watched it dropping before hitting the sweetest dipping volley that gave Witney no chance even though the keeper was only a yard off her line. 2-3 (83 min)
Both sides now threw everything forwards with Bryony Levitt crossing for Nikki Tarrant but Brandon did enough to prevent a clear header by the Dons, Brandon driving down the right and firing in a cross that Sinclair just failed to stretch enough for, Heather McDonnell hitting a long range effort that clipped Gooch’s bar and Christie Turner being hit in the face by a Wright corner as Dons tried to force a last gasp equaliser.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Sophie Bailey.
Enfield Town Team; Gooch, Bailey, Oliver, Herrett, Mabey (Lovell), Hughes, Browne, Coleman (Sinclair), Kayser (Wood-Thompson), Wilding ©, Brandon.
MK Dons team; Witney, Turner, Scrivens, Mulvhill, Kaczorowski, Wright, McDonnell, Henton, Mann, Cudone, Levitt. Subs used; Tarrant, Coleman.
Next Sunday 14/10/2012 Enfield Town return home to host league newcomers Chichester City who sit 6th in the table 2pm and then the following Thursday 18/10/2012 travel to Haverhill Rovers in the Ryman Women’s cup. 7.45 kick off.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
EBBSFLEET UNITED 0 ENFIELD TOWN 1
Enfield Town Ladies secured their 4th away win in 4 attempts this season with a narrow 1-0 triumph at Ebbsfleet United. Kirsty Lomas deflected a Beth Demery cross out of the reach of her own keeper for the only goal late in the first half and both sides had the ball in the net within a minute of each other after the break but offside flags ruled both efforts out. Enfield Town joint manager John Abbott said “It was a good game with plenty of chances for both sides and we were fortunately the team that took advantage of one of them. It’s a pity that we have slipped up twice on home soil as on the road we are 100%, I think people enjoy visiting us a little too much!!” Despite the win Enfield slipped to third on goal difference from Norwich City but both clubs moved to just two points off the summit as leaders Chesham United dropped points with a home draw.
It was surprising that it took so long for either side to trouble the keepers as Holly Brandon and Beth Demery combined to get a cross over for Katie Wilding but it was cleared out to Leanne Mabey who sliced her shot wide and then Mabey shot early and wide when set up by Claire Pavett, Pavett and Brandon exchanged passes before Pavett shot weakly to home keeper Faye Baker, Kelly Philpott won the ball off Sheree Oliver and shot straight to Enfield’s Claire Gooch and then a free kick allowed home captain Jen Poole to fire low to Gooch when the ball was cleared to her.
A home defender needlessly conceded a corner and was almost made to pay for it as Oliver met Demery’s flag kick with a firm header only to see it hit the bar and drop down behind Brandon who had followed it in. Kelly Hughes gave away a free kick in a dangerous position but Claire Gibbons wasted the opportunity by slicing the ball straight behind Gooch’s goal. Pavett cut in and spotting an opening tried her luck but baker was up to it and plucked it out of the air. Philpott looked suspiciously offside from a clever through ball by Jade Smith but thankfully for Enfield a defender managed to get the ball away for a corner.
A deep Pavett cross was headed back into the centre by Regan Coleman and a defender did excellently to block Wilding as she volleyed goal wards. Enfield’s defence hesitated as Poole threaded the ball through to Smith but Smith shot wide. Philpott got her head down and charged through a couple of challenges before shooting to Gooch and then Gooch was confident enough to allow a shot from Poole to go wide of the far post. Enfield played the ball out of their defence up to Pavett who played it inside too Coleman and Coleman helped it on in to the run of Demery who took it on before cross it and where Kirsty Lomas stretched to get a touch ahead of Brandon but only succeeded in taking the ball out of Baker’s reach as it dipped over the keeper. 0-1 (40 min)
Early after the break a Coleman cross was cleared by a defender between Brandon and Pavett but only as far as Wilding who shot over. Pavett made the line and pulled the ball back for Wilding to sweep it towards goal where Brandon and a defender fought for it with the defender eventually managing to get it away. Mabey thundered a shot wide from distance and Pavett shot wide with both being set up by Coleman. Poole got away down the left and crossed for the incoming Smith but Gooch spread herself to block the shot at close range and then Oliver blocked the ball out for a corner as Smith tried to cross it in with Gooch trying to recover her position.
Kelly Herrett had to be at her best to get back at Sophie Longhurst and concede a corner following a lightening quick break by Ebbsfleet from an Enfield corner. Ebbsfleet continued to threaten with a Fran Ferrari corner causing and anxious moment before her second ball in was headed wide. Both side made changes on 64 minutes and just moments later Enfield’s Sara Sinclair looked to have finished off a sweeping move with her first touch but an offside flag ruled it out and then seconds later at the opposite end Rikki Page’s first touch allowed to Smith to fire past Gooch but this effort was also wiped out by a flag. Wilding sent Sinclair through the middle with Brandon on her left and Pavett on the right, Sinclair choose to send the ball to the left where Brandon shot narrowly past the far post.
Oliver headed a free kick away from Poole as Ebbsfleet tried to apply some pressure. Cally Browne went on a run before laying the ball back to Pavett whose cross was headed wide by Sinclair and from a poor goal kick Wilding sent the ball straight back first time but wide of the post. In added time a corner by Smith was cut out by Oliver and Herrett tried to clear it but hit Oliver before managing to get it away second time. A drop ball 3 minutes into added time fell to Smith who got in a firm shot on target but Gooch was well placed to collect it.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Claire Pavett for 90 minutes of constant pressure down the right going up and down the pitch.
Enfield Town Team; Gooch, Demery, Pavett, Herrett, Browne, Hughes (Bradley), Oliver, Mabey, Coleman (Sinclair), Wilding ©, Brandon.
Ebbsfleet United team; Baker, Cheedy, Wentworth, Walters, Gibbons, Lomas, Feeney (Longhurst), Smith, Poole ©, Ferrari (Page), Philpott.
Next Sunday 7/10/2012 Enfield Town take a break from league action as they travel to MK Dons for a League cup tie, Enfield won 1-0 at MK Dons in their first away match of the season.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
Enfield Town Ladies maintained their 100% away record with a 3-2 midweek win at Arlesey Town. After a goal-less first half Sarah Tayler opened the scoring for the hosts before Leanne Mabey, Beth Demery and Sara Sinclair put Enfield 3-1 up, Tayler netted her second to set up a tight finish but Enfield held on. Joint Enfield Town manager John Abbott said “If we had taken our chances before the break it would have been far easier but we responded well when we fell behind and even though Arlesey made it close at the end, George and I were happy with the performance. We are getting stronger all the time.” Enfield climbed to 2nd in the table.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was jointly awarded to Leanne Mabey and Cally Browne.
This Sunday Enfield town travel to 8th place Ebbsfleet United. 2pm
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 0 NORWICH CITY 2
Enfield Town Ladies slipped to their second home defeat of the season as Norwich City returned to Norfolk with all three points. Nadine Basson and Anna Larkins scored the goals for the Canaries. Enfield Town joint manager said “Words escape me to describe how we can win away and then return a performance like that at home. We need to sit down and work out how we can put it right and how to prevent it happening again. This is the most open league for years and we are not on the pace.” Enfield Town dropped to 5th in the table.
The game started in a torrential downpour and Enfield almost had a chance in the very first minute but a heavy touch by Sara Sinclair saw the ball run away to Norwich City keeper Fiona Coombes. Sinclair put over a cross from the left but Katie Wilding wasn’t able to turn her shot on to target. A great ball in behind the Enfield defence was chased by Kyla Love who decided to shoot early and when the ball skipped up in the area Enfield keeper Claire Gooch was forced to push it out for a corner. Wilding clipped a pass over the visiting defence for Sinclair but Sasha Diston recovered well to concede a corner. A long range shot provided Gooch with a problem and when it bounced off the keeper it was Nadine Basson who reacted first to smash the ball over the stranded Gooch into the net. 0-1 (21 min)
A Wilding turn and shot was blocked by a defender and Sinclair hit the loose ball wide of the goal. A low cross by Holly Brandon was taken by Coombes as Beth Lovell went over the keeper. Brandon drove into the area where a well-timed tackle conceded a corner that was taken and cleared to Wilding who shot high and wide. Gooch smothered a ball at the feet of Love and then misjudged a cross that Love couldn’t turn goal wards. Sinclair elected to shoot from distance when she had support in better looking positions. Sinclair looked to have beaten the Norwich defence and chased a ball towards the area but Coombes came rushing out and fouled the forward a couple of yards outside the penalty area, The referee decided that a free kick was enough punishment even though Sinclair would’ve had a run to an empty net if the keeper hadn’t brought her down. Wilding got the free kick over the wall and Coombes patted the ball down as Enfield players stood and watched.
Player on both sides where have trouble with the conditions as Gooch made a mistake at one end with no Norwich player around to take advantage and then Diston sliced a clearance to her own keeper. Basson received a great pass in the area but as she shot Gooch was almost on top of her and blocked it. Sheree Oliver cut out a clearance and passed to Sinclair who hit a cross just wide of the far post but no Enfield player had gambled on it. A dangerous Wilding cross was put out for a corner as Sinclair tried to get on the end of it but Norwich paid a heavy price for it as Diston and Coombes collided requiring lengthy treatment before they could continue.
Sinclair was forced off the pitch when her knee locked in a challenge from a Norwich player and was replaced by Regan Coleman. The first thing Coleman did was to swing in a corner that dropped to Leanne Mabey but her shot deflected off a defender for another corner. Love had another good run and shot the went narrowly over the bar and Enfield didn’t heed the warning as shortly afterwards Anna Larkins sprung the offside attempt and advanced before confidently knocking the ball over the diving Gooch to double the lead. 0-2 (86 min)
Enfield now pushed forward with Norwich content to place everyone behind the ball and Lovell had a header headed off the line back to her for another headed chance that was also cleared off the line to Oliver who had her shot charged down. A Wilding cross eluded the grasp of Coombes and bounced off the post to Mabey who had her shot deflected behind for a corner, when the corner came in it dropped in the 6 yard box but again no Enfield player reacted to it before a defender recovered to clear. 7 minutes into added time Enfield had a final chance with a free kick from about 22 yards but Wilding’s effort was an inch or two too high.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Cally Browne who after coming on early in the second half was involved with almost everything that Enfield tried through the middle.
Enfield Town Team; Gooch, Wood-Thompson, Pavett (Browne), Herrett, Mabey, Hughes, Oliver, Lovell, Brandon (Taspinar), Wilding ©, Sinclair (Coleman)
Norwich City Team; Coombes, Cooper, Newcoombe, Clark, Parsons ©, Diston, Farman, Collison, Love, Basson, Larkins.
Wednesday night 26/09/2012 Enfield Town travel to 7th place Arlesey Town 7.45pm and then next Sunday, 30/09/2012 they travel to 8th place Ebbsfleet United. 2pm
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
BRENTWOOD TOWN 0 ENFIELD TOWN 1
Enfield Town Ladies maintained their 100% away record with their second 1-0 away win. The returning Sara Sinclair netted the only goal late in the second half. Enfield Town joint manager John Abbott said “It’s all coming together nicely now and it’s a pity that the season started a week too early for us as otherwise we would be top of the table. We are still looking to add a couple of players to the squad but this is a great platform to build from. The girls keep working hard and we fully deserve the position that we have got ourselves in to.” Enfield Town stay in second place but close the gap to the leaders to a single point.
The game began at a brisk pace on a bumpy pitch and Enfield’s Kelly Herrett had to be alert to head a dangerous ball back to keeper Claire Gooch while under pressure from Danielle Robertson. Leanne Mabey won the ball in midfield and passed to Katie Wilding whose cross was just ahead of the onrushing Bilge Taspinar, Holly Brandon drove on down the right before dropping the ball back to Beth Demery and Demery’s cross was tipped off the head of Claire Pavett who had cut in from the left and then Pavett crossed for Brandon and Mabey to have shots blocked as Enfield took a grip on the match. Nikita Whinnett turned smartly in the area and hit a shot that skipped up but Gooch kept her eye on it and pushed it around the post for a corner.
Lucy Faraday did well to cut out a Wilding cross and knock it out for a corner under pressure from Taspinar in the area and although keeper Layla Prior missed the cross it bounced off the unsighted Sheree Oliver behind her and away. Pavett picked out Mabey who hit a sweet dipping shot that looked a goal until Prior stretched to her right and pushed it out for a corner. A Brentwood corner dropped between Nicole Manning and Oliver with Oliver reacting quickest to clear the danger. Brentwood captain Carla Rose took a free kick from wide on the right and Whinnett headed it but straight to Gooch. Brandon swung in a cross for Enfield that had Prior furiously back peddling but it drifted over the bar. Wilding slid a great ball into the path of Taspinar but as Taspinar got a touch to it just inside the area she collided with the onrushing Prior and the ball bounced away from danger with both players left in a heap.
The game restarted with Pavett, Demery and Wilding working their way down the wing before Wilding’s cross caused an anxious moment in the home defence but Prior caught the ball almost against her own post. Enfield were furious a few minutes later as Robertson appeared to pat the ball down with a hand before trying to get in a shot but the visiting defence cleared the ball as the referee ignored their shouts. Pavett got under a free kick by Demery and looped her header to Prior. Last season’s top scorer, Sara Sinclair finally made her first appearance of the season and immediately started to offer Brentwood some fresh problems.
Robertson rolled the ball to the charging Rose who hit a fierce shot on the run that forced Gooch into a diving catch but Gooch’s momentum took her over the line for a corner and when the corner was played in deep it was met by Sophie Lovell at the far post but she could only put it wide. Kelly Hughes managed to get herself booked for unsporting behaviour after one battle too many for the official. Whinnett beat sub Hayley Wood-Thompson and shot low but Gooch was perfectly positioned to deal with it. Kerry Thomas was the next home player to test Gooch with a volley but again Gooch was in the right place to take the ball as it dropped. Pavett and Hughes combined down the left to get the ball in towards Sinclair in the area and after taking the ball with one touch and knocking it wide of a defender with the second, it was the third touch that proved too hot to handle for Prior as the rasping shot squirmed away from her arms and over the line just inside the post. 0-1 (79 min)
Both sides battled and Brentwood came so close to an equaliser as S.Lovell got her head to a Rose corner and it looked a certain goal until Gooch stretched out a left hand and got a touch with Hughes completing the clearance on the line but the ball was then swung back in by Rachel Armstrong only for Gooch to stretch above Wood-Thompson to pull off another save. Enfield tried to make the game safe but a defender cleared as Sinclair lined up a shot from a Pavett cross and the Brentwood piled on the pressure to try and level the scores as Robertson attacked the area but Herrett kept her going wide and Mabey came back to help her, a low cross was pushed out at the post by Gooch and finally another deep corner by Rose was put the wrong side of the post by Armstrong from close range.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Kelly Hughes who seemed to be involved with almost everything going forwards and backwards although stand in keeper Claire Gooch deserves a special mention.
Enfield Town Team; Gooch, Demery (Wood-Thompson), Pavett, Herrett, Mabey, Hughes, Oliver, Lovell, Brandon, Wilding ©, Taspinar (Sinclair. Unused Sub; Browne
Brentwood Town Team; Prior, Faraday, Lovell, Allen, Manning, Tuffen, Whinnett, Armstrong, Robertson, Rose ©, Thomas (Butler).Unused Sub; Trimby
Next Sunday 26/09/2012 Enfield Town return to the QE2 Stadium to host 5th place Norwich City who are 3 points behind Town but have a game in hand after Arlesey Town failed to raise a team causing their game to be postponed. 2pm kick off
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 5 CRYSTAL PALACE 2
Enfield Town Ladies climbed up to 2nd in the table as they beat a spirited Crystal Palace side 5-2 at home. An Own Goal and Beth Lovell put the hosts 2-0 up at the break but Palace levelled with 2 goals in a minute by Kayleigh Lecomber midway through the second half before Lovell almost immediately restored Enfield’s lead and Holly Brandon and Sheree Oliver rounded off the scoring. Enfield Town Manager John Abbott said “After the last home match it was a pleasure to see two sides that just want to keep the ball down and play football. We hit the woodwork at least 7 times and any other day we could have doubled our tally but George (Norman, joint manager) and I are happy with the way the team is progressing as we are now shadowing the leaders.) Enfield sit just 3 points below Chesham.
The game started in blazing sunshine with both side happy to pass the ball around and look for openings and it was Enfield who created the first chances but Keeper Sam Sharp cut out a Regan Coleman cross with Katie Wilding waiting, Mabey passed to Pavett and kept going but Pavett elected to turn and shoot forcing Sharp to save and Beth Lovell won the ball to release Coleman who picked out Wilding but Wilding’s shot was blocked by a defender. Pavett won a corner and took it herself playing it into the area where Coleman managed to get in a clear header that a defender unwittingly diverted past her own keeper to hand Enfield the opening goal. 1-0 (14 min)
Shedean Dyer was quickly onto a short back pass by Cally Browne but shot wide of Claire Gooch’s goal. Enfield were now stretching the Palace back line and Kelly Hughes retrieved an over hit cross and put the ball back just wide of the post. Dyer fought off the attention of two Enfield defenders in the area only to then shoot weakly to Gooch. Another Pavett corner was cleared to the edge of the area where Wilding was waiting and hit a sweet half volley that Sharp looked to be behind but Lovell got a touch in front of the keeper to divert the ball inside the post. 2-0 (22 min)
Holly Brandon elected to pass when a shot looked better and lost the ball then set up Coleman to cross for Wilding who touched the ball to sharp and then Brandon took a quick throw to allow Sheree Oliver a long range effort that was just wide. Wilding laid a pass back to Mabey and Mabey let fly from 25 yards with a shot that seemed a goal all the way but it thundered against the bar and Coleman snatched the rebound wide.
Dyer tested Gooch early after the break and then a wonderful first time pass by Mabey through the visiting defence to the run of Pavett ended up with Pavett hitting the outside of the post. Brandon put a pass over Palace’s back line but Sharp beat Coleman to the ball only to present it to Wilding who hit it back towards he empty net but slightly off target and wide. Bilge Taspinar replaced Coleman and was straight into the action driving a low cross towards the near post where a defender blocked Wilding’s touch out for a corner, Taspinar next got under a cross from Pavett and headed over the bar and then Taspinar reacted to a low driven Brandon cross to rattle the bar from 6 yards out.
Palace looked to have gained a consolation goal when a defensive header from Hughes dropped short and Sub Kayleigh Lecomber lashed the ball in past Gooch from close range 2-1 (63 min) but in a flash it got better for the visitor’s as more indecision in the home defence allowed Dyer to give Lecomber the opportunity to level the scores which she did with style. 2-2 (64 min)
From the restart Pavett went down the left but crossed a fraction too high for Brandon and Wilding in the middle but it didn’t take too much longer for Enfield to regain the lead as a diagonal cross into the area was met with a deft glancing header by Lovell which went in off the inside of the post. 3-2 (66 min)
A pass saw Wilding get in front of a defender and then draw the keeper out before sliding the ball wide Sharp only for it to rebound back off the post. A Brandon pass was helped on by Wilding to Oliver and Oliver tried to slip a shot under Sharp but the keeper smothered it. Sharp missed a Demery free kick and was relieved to see Mabey sweep the ball back across goal and wide of the post. Within 4 minutes of joining the game as a Substitute Hayley Wood-Thompson powered down the left and cut in before hitting a cross/shot that pinged off the post and with Palace still trying to regroup Brandon crossed for Taspinar to head over. Oliver played a give and go with Wilding and Wilding return saw Oliver take the ball in her stride before steering it through Sharp’s legs and into the net. 4-2 (79 min)
Palace struggled with a succession of Demery corners and when one dropped to Brandon in the area it was dispatched calmly back the way it had come from and inside the post. 5-2 (81 min)
Mabey benefited from a Wilding pass as she went through the defence but was narrowly off target with a shot and then Brandon drove in another low cross that was met on the run by Oliver but unbelievably once again the ball rebounded off the post.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Leanne Mabey for another performance of running, tackling, passing and being unlucky not to get on the score sheet.
Enfield Town Team; Gooch, Browne (Demery), Pavett, (Wood-Thompson), Herrett, Mabey, Hughes, Oliver, Lovell, Brandon, Wilding ©, Coleman (Taspinar)
Crystal Palace team; Sharp, Michelmore, Lowen, Burton, Warner, Morris ©, Wallace, Dyer (Ford), Johnson (Lecomber), Wessell (Holbourn). Unused Sub; Scorza
Next Sunday 16/09/2012 Enfield town travel to Tilbury FC to play Brentwood Town. 2pm
Enfield town reserves opened up their league season with 4-0 home victory over Katabella in Greater London Womens Football League.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
MK DONS 0 ENFIELD TOWN 1
Enfield Town Ladies secured their first away win of the season as they overcome Milton Keynes Dons at Newport Pagnell FC. Holly Brandon struck the only goal early in the second half reacting quickest to a loose ball in the area. Joint manager George Norman said “It was a tough game and we had a few players missing but our defence looked solid and mobile even with two reshuffles during play owing to injuries. We still need a recognised keeper and will be everything possible to bring one to the club as soon as we can. Overall though John (Abbott) and I are pleased with how things are shaping up.” Enfield moved up a place to 4th.
Both sides started the game playing the ball around and trying to force an opening but it was 4 minutes until the first chance appeared as Sophie Bailey laid the ball back to Kelly Hughes and a home defender was forced to head the incoming cross out for a corner ahead of Katie Wilding, Wilding and Hughes worked a short corner and again a Dons defender headed away for a corner. Kelly Herrett misjudged a through ball that allowed Tammy Scrivens a run and shot at goal but stand in keeper Claire Gooch pushed the ball wide and recovered to block a follow up shot at the foot of the post. A run by Elizabeth Stanton saw Sheree Oliver block the forthcoming and then get up to block Jo Brandon’s follow up effort. A Dons player ran onto a loose ball and rifled a shot through a crowd but Gooch was perfectly positioned to collect the ball. J.Brandon was sent clear but again Gooch stood up to the task saving with an out stretched foot.
Enfield were forced to use their only available sub as Hayley Wood-Thompson made her club debut in place of Regan Colman. Dons continued to attack but failed to threaten Gooch as players shot wide or straight at Gooch. Cally Browne ploughed through two challenges in the area before losing possession but Leanne Mabey was onto the loose ball only to shoot narrowly over. Gooch caught and then dropped the ball as she collided with Scrivens and was relieved to see Scrivens put the ball wide of the post as Herrett challenged.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first and after a few minutes an Enfield attack was broken up but Browne immediately won the ball back and slipped it through to Wilding, Wilding turned smartly on the edge of the area and fired a shot across the keeper and although Trippoli Witney got a hand to it H.Brandon was rewarded for supporting the attack as she reacted first to it and fired in off the keepers body. 0-1 (49 min)
Gooch failed to hold on to a shot still managed to clear the danger. Bailey managed to get in behind the home defence and forced Witney into a strong punch to clear as Enfield players lined up in the centre. There was a long delay as Enfield centre back Herrett hurt her ankle and required treatment before returning to hobble around up front with Browne returning to defence from midfield only this time in the centre rather than the right where she had started the game. Scrivens had to wait for the ball to drop in the visitor’s area before turning and firing to Gooch. Wood-Thompson laid the ball back to Bailey who crossed just wide of the far post as Enfield players tried to reach it. Heather McDonnell curled a shot over the bar with Gooch confident enough to just stand and watch it go over.
A Dons corner dropped to Hannah Barrat in the six yard box and she stabbed the ball goal wards where Mabey was positioned to clear it off the line. Wilding picked out Herrett who swung in a cross that Mabey met on the run with a sweet half volley but Witney pulled off a great stop blocking it almost off the Enfield player’s boot. McDonnell fought for the ball with a Town defender before shooting wide with Gooch relieved to see the shot off target. Deep into added time Enfield had a corner that was cleared to the edge of the area where Mabey hit a thunderbolt of a shot that looked a goal all the way until Witney managed to throw herself full length and got a hand to the ball, Bailey following up collected the loose ball and hit the ball over the recovering keeper but it deflected off the face of the crossbar and away. Herrett won the ball from the keeper wide on the left and passed to Wilding who controlled the ball before shooting towards goal, Witney just managed to regain her ground and field the ball on the line.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Cally Browne who was outstanding at Right back/Midfield/Centre back as she was moved around to plug gaps in the team and winning the ball to set the move for the only goal under way.
Enfield Town Team; Gooch, Browne, Oliver, Herrett, Brandon, Mabey, Bailey, Lovell, Hughes, Wilding ©, Coleman (Wood-Thompson)
MK Dons Team; Witney, Henton, Wright, Scrivens, Robinson, Brandon, Linnell, Stanton, McDonnell, Mann, Cudone. Subs; Levitt, Barrat, Kaczopowski, Mulvile, Goodier.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 4 LUTON TOWN 1
ABANDONED 75 MINUTES.
Enfield Town ladies were leading 4-1 when referee Martyn Cannon decided that he had had enough of the visiting manager complaining about almost every decision and abandoned the game. Regan Coleman, Kelly Hughes and Leanne Mabey put the hosts 3-0 ahead at half time and after Nicola Henman had pulled one back for Luton, Coleman rounded off the scoring with her second goal. Enfield Town joint manager John Abbott said “It was a far better performance than last week but unfortunately the events with the official will overshadow things which were nothing to do with us. I just don’t know what to make of it and we will just put it behind us and move on with our season. We had a few outstanding performances today and hopefully the girls can keep it going.” Hopefully as the game had reached 75 minutes the result will stand. Enfield Town moved up to 5th in the table.
The beginning of the game gave no hint of what was to come as it started slowly with Luton’s Amy Summerfield running onto a throw in only to shoot wide and keeper Randi Reynolds beating Enfield’s Bilge Taspinar to a Beth Demery pass in the first ten minutes but all that changed as Leanne Mabey was quickly onto a loose Luton pass in the middle of the pitch and took it forward before laying a pass on to Regan Coleman who composed herself and waited for Reynolds to commit before stroking the ball past the keeper to open the scoring. 1-0 (12 min)
Cally Browne won a strong challenge and fed Taspinar who fired low and forced Reynolds to save and then gather the ball in as Coleman sniffed a chance. Zara Carroll picked out Jessica McKay who shoot early from distance but too high. Carroll turned outside the area and looped in a shot but stand in keeper Claire Gooch was ready for it and safely caught it. Taspinar was fouled in the centre and Demery took the free kick to Coleman close to the area and Coleman drew another foul as she headed for goal, Katie Wilding took the free kick and got it over the defensive wall and it then skipped up off the turf in front of Reynolds who failed to hold it with Kelly Hughes reacting quickest to slam the loose ball home. 2-0 (25 min)
Luton won a free kick in front of the bench’s but hit it straight through to Gooch. Luton continued to press forward and a cross to McKay was a fraction too high at the far post and a well-timed tackle by Sheree Oliver in the area to prevent a shot by Carroll but Luton were stopped in their tracks when Rebecca Wilson-Kane reacted after failing to controlling the ball in front of Luton’s bench and stormed off the pitch. Before Luton could get a sub on Coleman attacked down the left and won a corner which Demery played short too Mabey and the midfielder swung in a delightful ball which beat everyone and nestled in the top corner of the net. 3-0 (37 min)
Rebecca Fhalora replaced Reynolds between the posts for Luton at half time and Sophie Bailey replaced Taspinar at the same time. The second half had an explosive start as a shot by a Luton player was too hot for Gooch to hold and Nicola Henman was immediately on hand to lift the ball over the keeper to reduce the deficit. 3-1 (46 min)
Luton piled forwards from the restart and won a corner the Kelly Herrett managed to clear up to Coleman, Coleman laid the ball off to Claire Pavett and set off for goal, Pavett put a sweet perfectly weighted pass into the path of Coleman and when Coleman spotted the keeper coming out to her she lifted the ball over the custodian and inside the far post. 4-1 (49 min)
A good move involving Henman saw Rebecca Scott fire across the face of goal and then Henman forced her way between two defenders and shot against the angle of bar and post. Herrett blocked a shot and then won a battle with Scott to keep the opposition out. Henman won another battle in the area with a defender but Gooch was equal to the shot as Luton continued to try and force a way back into the game but the constant questioning of every decision given was starting to break up the game.
Coleman, Wilding and Bailey were all involved in a move across the visitor’s area but the defence held firm before they quickly broke away and McKay had a shot divert out for a corner by Oliver. A few challenges were starting to go a touch over the top and when a couple of players got into a wrestle off the ball the referee decided to red card them both. The Luton manager wanted his player to be allowed to sit on the bench but the referee correctly wanted her to leave the playing area and the Luton manager Dave Baker took his complaints too far which caused the referee to abandon the game and leave the pitch on 75 minutes.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Leanne Mabey for a strong but controlled performance in midfield topped off by a well-deserved goal.
Enfield Town Team; Gooch, Demery, Pavett, Herrett, Mabey, Hughes, Oliver, Browne, Taspinar (Bailey), Wilding ©, Coleman. Unused Subs; Kline, Kent.
Luton Town Team, Reynolds (Fhalora), Scott, Radley, Doherty, Summerfield ©, Livingstone, Henman, Byrne, Carroll, McKay, Wilson-Kane (Ramsey). Unused Subs; Charlton, Staples, Baker.
Next Sunday (2/09/2012) Enfield Town travel to Newport Pagnell FC to play MK Dons who are 3rd in the table.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 0 IPSWICH TOWN 0
Enfield Town Ladies began the new season with a 2-0 home defeat against Ipswich Town. After a goal-less first half Michelle Allum opened the scoring before Jess Taylor added a late penalty. Joint Enfield Manager George Norman said “It was a disappointing start to the season and we need to step up the training and get all the squad available and then we will might be able to make up for this slip up. This season the league looks far more open than last time when Lewes assembled a very strong squad and run away with the title, so a defeat isn’t as disastrous as a year ago.”
With both sides missing players from there squads it took a long time for the sides to settle down. Enfield had the first really threatening chance when Sheree Oliver sent Katie Wilding away down the right and her low cross was turned out for a corner at the near post as Lisa Kline stretched to try and bet a telling touch to it. A quick throw in was resulted in an Ipswich forward side stepping the home defence before shooting narrowly wide. Holly Brandon played the ball to Cally Browne and set off down the line as she received it back and then put in a cross the Alice Rayner was unable to hold at full stretch and Wilding managed to head the ball onto the bar behind the keeper and a defender cleared it away. Laura Dyer playing her first game in the home number 1 shirt reacted smartly to smother the ball as Kat Parnell chased it into the area. A Wilding run into the area was ended with a good tackle and Leanne Mabey following up hit the loose ball over the bar.
A Beth Demery corner dropped to Kline who tried to flick it over Rayner but the keeper took a smart catch on the line above her head. A long ball was helped on by Amanda Everett as it dropped over her shoulder and it was close enough to have Dyer worried about it but went wide. A free kick into the home area was headed out under pressure by Beth Lovell for a corner that was played too deep but Amy Howlett collected it and fired a shot that Dyer took as it thundered into her. Kline stopped a clearance and laid the ball in towards Wilding but a defender had read the danger and stabbed it out for a corner. Browne ended the half by swapping passes with Brandon but was muscled off the ball by Lindsay Smith as she bore down on goal.
The first action after the break saw Lisa Kline get behind the defence a long way from goal as she chased a long ball and although Kline got to the ball before the keeper or a recovering defender she was unable to gain control and ended up poking it wide as Rayner came off her line. Rose Webb took advantage of a poor Enfield clearance but shot wide. An Ipswich shot through a crowded area was dived on by Dyer as Webb closed in on it. A quick throw by Brandon gave Bilge Taspinar a chance to fire in a low cross that Rayner bravely collected among the flying feet as Wilding and Lovell plus a defender all went for it. A ball over the top appeared to have sent Taspinar in on goal but a well-timed tackle by Roxanne Small took the ball away as Taspinar steadied to shoot.
A move by Mabey and Demery ended with Taspinar shooting to Rayner. A run by Howlett, who ignored Webb calling for the ball in an off side position, was rewarded when she squared the ball across goal to Michelle Allum and Allum smashed the ball home giving Dyer no time to react. 0-1 (76 min)
Enfield brought on Nuala McKevitt from last season’s under 16s for her first team debut but suddenly started to look tired as Ipswich gained a spring in their step and Webb began to stretch the home defence. Enfield gained a free kick just outside the area and Wilding got the ball up and over the wall but also a fraction over the bar. A diagonal ball into the area by Webb ended with Dyer stretching for it but connecting with Lauren Cartwright first and the referee had the simple task of awarding a penalty. The official decided a talking to was sufficient punishment for the keeper and Jess Taylor stepped op to bury the spot kick. 0-2 (89 min)
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Shree Oliver who had an outstanding game and without her it could easily have been a lot worse for the team.
Enfield Town Team; Dyer, Demery, Brandon, Herrett (McKevitt), Mabey, Browne, Oliver, Kline (Kent), Wilding ©, Taspinar. Unused subs; Marlborough, Gooch.
Ipswich Town Team; Rayner, Small (Turner), Hartson, Smith (Cartwright), Taylor, Parnell, Howlett, Everett ©, Webb, Allum, Pannifer.
Next Sunday (26/08/2012) Enfield town are again at home but this time Luton town are the visitors. 2pm kick off.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
LEAGUE CUP FINAL
CAMBRIDGE WOMEN 0 ENFIELD TOWN 0 AET
CAMBRIDGE WON 3-2 ON PENALTIES
Enfield Town Ladies slipped to a penalty shoot-out defeat to Cambridge Women after both sides failed to score in 120 minutes of play. Enfield manager john Abbott said “It was a disappointing way to end the season and we have no complaints about the result, we had enough chances during the game to have won but we failed to take any of them or even make the keeper work. We will now take a break and come back stronger and more determined next season.”
Enfield started the game well and had the first chance as a Kelly Cooper kick was helped on to Emma Thomas who shot wide and then Claire Pavett headed a Cally Browne free kick to Cambridge keeper Verity Crook. Thomas got away down the right and crossed for Sara Sinclair but Crook blocked the shot. Laura Baker attacked down the Cambridge right and hit a cross the evaded everyone in the centre going out for a throw in. A Pavett corner was sent towards the goal by Kelly Herrett but was cleared to Thomas who sent a measured shot towards the top corner but Crook easily caught it. Laura Browne caused Cooper a moment of worry as she chased down a short back pass and put the keeper under pressure.
Sinclair made her way to the corner and pulled the ball back to Thomas who cut in a hit a cross/shot that Leanne Mabey just failed to get a touch to at the far post. Sophie Thompson pounced on a back pass to Cooper and Cooper was relieved to snatch the ball away from the forward. A Pavett cross was cut out at the expense of a corner as Mabey and Sinclair were well placed in the area. A deep cross by Thomas was retrieved by Sinclair who turned and saw her shot blocked by a defender. Thomas attacked down the left and slid a pass inside to Sinclair but a defender managed to stretch to concede a corner which Sinclair stooped to head over the bar unchallenged in the centre. A free kick was cleared to Cambridge’s Natalie Richardson who shot high and wide.
In the opening minute of the second half Sheree Oliver swung in a corner that Sinclair headed towards and Crook caught it under pressure from Beth Lovell. Cambridge immediately switched the play to the other end and Cooper had to save from Thompson and then dive on the loose ball. Thompson almo0st profited from a Herrett slip but shot over as Cooper came out. Kelly Hughes broke up a Cambridge attack and sent Pavett on who then passed to Mabey and Mabey dragged the ball back to Sinclair who picked out Thomas, Thomas hit a shot over the opposition defence and was unlucky to see it clip the outside of the post with Crook a mere spectator.
Hannah Goodchild passed to Baker and received the ball back into her run before firing over Cooper and off the bar. Browne clipped a pass over a Cambridge player to Sinclair whose touch was too heavy allowing the ball to run to Crook. Laura Brown forced Cooper into a rushed clearance and the ball dropped to Baker who was too far out to take advantage of the vacant net. Sinclair won three challenges in quick succession to get away and bore down on goal but shot wide with only Crook in front of her. Crook took the ball off of Thomas’ toe as Lovell slid a pass in to the area. Regan Coleman came on for Enfield and her first touch was a cross to the far post where Lovell beat Crook only for a defender to hook the ball off the line.
Oliver hit a long shot that Crook watched all the way safely into her hands and Sinclair then saw a shot block by Crook. A brief flare up off the ball saw Browne and Richardson booked. Cooper was forced to punch an in swinging corner away. Enfield looked to have won the game with a minute to go as Sinclair won the ball before putting in a pin point cross to Oliver who thundered a header back past Crook but it thumped off the post and away. Lovell was called into action in added time to block a shot from Cambridge sub Emma Jenkins.
Baker had the first opening of the extra time period but shot wide and then Lovell helped a Sinclair cross on but over the on rushing Coleman. Faith Hewitt shot over the oncoming Cooper and the bar. Gooch clipped an Oliver corner on but a defender managed to scramble the ball away for another corner and from the corner Cambridge broke quickly with Enfield being thankful to Herrett who muscled Thompson out of her run as the ball went to Cooper.
Enfield had the majority of possession in the second period of added time but Cambridge had the best chances as Cooper misjudged a high ball into the area and was forced to slap the ball away from a Cambridge forward and then Coleman got a vital touch to deny a Cambridge player a touch at the far post with Cooper beaten. 3 minutes into added time a cross by Thomas was headed onto a defender by Lovell and after the ball ricocheted around the six yard box it was eventually cleared.
And so to the penalty shoot-out. Cambridge went first and Jenkins shot over, Browne for Enfield, Laura Bright for Cambridge, Oliver for Enfield and Baker for Cambridge all scored. Thomas saw her kick well saved by Crook, Gemma Clare hit the post, Coleman hit a weak shot against Crook’s legs and Cooper got a touch to Shannon Garner’s effort to see it onto the bar and out. Enfield Captain Claire Gooch stepped up with a chance to win the cup but put her effort over the bar. The two keepers took their turn as the shoot-out entered sudden death with Crook beating Cooper at the foot of the post and then standing up to save Cooper’s penalty to start the celebrations.
Sheree Oliver was named player of the game by the league but Enfield supporters’ player of the match went to Cally Browne.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Browne, Pavett (Coleman), Herrett, Gooch ©, Hughes (Taspinar), Oliver, Lovell, Mabey, Thomas, Sinclair. Unused sub; Wilding.
Cambridge Women Team; Crook, Clare, Bennett, Goodchild, Burt, Bright, Brown (Hewitt), Thompson (Garner), Baker, Richardson (Jenkins). Unused subs; Du Ploy, Beckett.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 3 IPSWICH TOWN 0
Enfield Town rounded off their league season with a 3-0 home win over Ipswich Town as Sara Sinclair netted twice to go with an Own goal. Enfield manager John Abbott said “It was satisfying to end our league campaign with a win but more important was to enjoy our football on a good pitch after last week and we did. I would also like to thank all those people at Enfield Town FC who helped us to stage our home games and welcome our visitor’s each time.” Enfield had already secured the runners-up position behind champions Lewes.
Inside the first minute of the game Kelly Hughes got in behind the Ipswich defence but only managed to cross the ball to Ipswich keeper Sophie Baxter and just seconds later a cross by Cally Browne was athletically sent narrowly wide by Sara Sinclair with an overhead kick. Enfield’s keeper Kelly Cooper was at full stretch with a cross from Ipswich’s right wing and was glad to see the ball go out past the far post. A ball over the top saw Vicki Steven get the better of Claire Gooch and then slide the ball past the onrushing Cooper but also past the post. Rebecca Vaughen was next to break from midfield for Ipswich but Sinclair had tracked her back and cut out the danger. Michelle Allum got in between two Enfield defenders but only steered the ball to Cooper.
Hughes and Cally Browne combined to send Claire Pavett away and her cross just evaded Sinclair at the far post. Amy Howlett caused a bit of confusion in the Enfield back line and Allum took advantage to clip the ball over the defence to Howlett but the Ipswich forward had strayed offside. Sinclair made a good run but was forced to wait for support and lost the ball. Allum Tried to escape from Kelly Herrett but the Enfield player forced her wide and the forthcoming shot was straight to Cooper. Howlett went past Browne and shot early but too high. Enfield won a corner on the left and although Baxter got a hand to it at the near post Sinclair was behind her and headed in from almost on the line. 1-0 (27 min)
Pavett went to the line after an exchange of passes with Browne and although Ipswich struggled they did manage to get the ball away. Leanne Mabey slipped the ball to Sinclair who cut in from the right but shot to Baxter. A Beth Demery corner dropped to Mabey who fired against a visiting defender and it was cleared. Sinclair cut in from the left and Baxter blocked her shot with the loose ball falling to Hughes who saw her cross go wide of the post. Browne crossed from deep on the left and Sinclair got a glancing header only for Baxter to save with her foot and Demery fired the ball at point blank range off the keeper raised hand and before Baxter could recover Demery stabbed the ball back across the goal where an unlucky defender diverted the ball over the goal line. 2-0 (34 min)
Nicole Pannifer picked out Allum but a touch off Gooch took the pace out of her shot allowing Cooper an easy save. Beth Lovell and Mabey combined to get in a cross that Sinclair headed against a defender and it was then cleared.
A Demery ball took a deflection off a defender into the path of Sinclair who took the ball on before firing over the bar. Steven worked a good position behind the home defence and fizzed in a cross that Howlett was first to but couldn’t turn it towards goal. Enfield failed to clear their lines but still prevented Howlett getting a clear sight of goal with Cooper saving easily. Browne fed Regan Coleman who tried to lay the ball into the path of Sinclair but Baxter was quick off her line too clear the danger. Danielle Bitien was fouled in the corner and she took the free kick herself picking out Allum at the far post who volleyed against a defender winning a corner, from the corner Enfield broke with lightning speed as Sinclair cleared from her own area and kept going as Demery took the ball on along the right before hitting a sweet cross field ball to sub Sheree Oliver on the left, Oliver went on and crossed low to the far post as Sinclair arrived to get the final touch. 3-0 (59 min)
Bilge Taspinar chased a long ball just a minute after entering the game and was just beaten to it by Baxter on the edge of the area. A dangerous cross into the Enfield area was dealt with by Oliver at the expense of a corner that nobody attacked when Bitien took it. Demery laid the ball off to Taspinar and her flick over the defence almost got Sinclair in but a defender cleared it. Sinclair let a ball from Taspinar drop over her shoulder before volleying it wide. Bitien strode onto a loose ball in midfield and hit a perfect pass into the run of Steven between two defenders and the forward thundered a shot on the run that gave Cooper no chance but it hit the bar and bounced down and out to a grateful Cooper. Oliver crossed to Taspinar who helped the ball on to Sinclair and Sinclair steered the ball past Baxter before turning to celebrate only to be stopped by an offside flag.
Ipswich continued to play their part in an entertaining game and Lauren Cartwright shot wide when well-placed and then she helped another pass on towards Bitien but Cooper took the ball away from the Ipswich player. Demery fired a loose ball into the side netting and then ended the game by taking a corner that Mabey volleyed narrowly wide.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was for the second week in a row Kelly Hughes.
Enfield town Team; Cooper, Demery, Pavett (Oliver), Herrett, Gooch ©, Hughes, Mabey, Lovell, Browne, Coleman (Taspinar), Sinclair. Unused Sub; Brandon.
Ipswich Town Team; Baxter, Taylor, Pannifer, Vaughen, Bitien, Turner, Everett, Cartwright, Steven, Howlett, Allum (Rex)
Next Sunday 29/04/2012 Enfield Town travel to the home of Arlesey Town to play Cambridge Women in the league Cup final. 2pm kick off.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
LUTON TOWN 0 ENFIELD TOWN 0
Enfield Town Ladies drew 0-0 away to Luton Town in their final away game of the season. Enfield Town manager John Abbott said “The pitch was awful with holes mainly in one corner but also all over the pitch and we didn’t get much protection from the officials against the way the home side tried to stop us playing, so I am just happy that we got away with no major injuries to any of our girls with the league cup final two weeks away. I don’t think anyone on our side enjoyed the game and that is the reason that we all got involved with the game in the first place” Enfield had already secured runners-up place in the league.
On a very poor pitch and in weather conditions that swung from summer to winter and back again the game started and in just the second minute Luton’s Zara Carroll ran head first into an Enfield defender and shouted for the ref to award her a decision in the area but the ref ignored her. Sara Sinclair sent Fran Boggi away on the left but the cross by Boggi was too high for the Enfield forwards. Sheree Oliver flew down the right wing with the ball only to cross to Luton’s keeper Randi Reynolds and then a minute later Emma Thomas did the same but this time Reynolds had to work for the ball with Sinclair and Boggi putting pressure on her. Carroll hit a long range free kick wide of Kelly Cooper’s goal and then another Luton free kick dropped to Jodie Whitford-Stark who fired through a crowded area to the well placed Cooper. Sinclair fed Boggi who made the line and crossed low where the ball hit the post and went through Reynolds legs with the keeper then gratefully dropping on the loose ball.
From an Enfield free kick Oliver had a shot blocked, Holly Brandon blocked the clearance and tried to fire towards goal and a defender then completed a clearance. Jessica McKay tried to escape the Enfield back line but Kelly Herrett stuck with her and forced the Luton player to shot wide from distance. McKay again went away and this time support arrived to help but Lydia Radley could only hit a shot that looped to Cooper. Cooper came out of her area to head a long ball away from danger but was then caught late with a knee high challenge that the ref deemed to only need a free kick instead of the minimum yellow card that was deserved for the Luton player involved. Carroll took a free kick from about 25 yards out that Cooper looked to have covered even though it clipped the outside of the post.
The second half took a while to get going with the hosts’ content to just break up play wait while the only available ball was retrieved from the running track again and again. A ball into the Luton area was headed by Beth Lovell and it dropped for Boggi who saw her shot deflect off a Luton players foot to safety. Sub Claire Pavett passed to Lovell and her pass in behind the home defence forced Reynolds into swift action to smother the ball as Thomas bore down on her. Pavett slid the ball to fellow sub Bilge Taspinar who swivelled and help the ball on to Sinclair but a defender managed to intercept the pass. Poor defending by Luton saw the ball drop to Pavett near the penalty spot but Pavett snatched at the shot and it went wide.
Kelly Hughes spotted Taspinar free down the right and Taspinar cut in before crossing behind the goal with Luton struggling to get players back. Thomas picked out Sinclair who took the ball on and then waited for support to arrive before lifting the ball toward the back post but Reynolds took the ball and held it at the second attempt as Boggi tried to win the loose ball as Reynolds had fumbled it. Sinclair again laid the ball off to Boggi who cut in from the wing and cannoned the ball off the post with Reynolds rooted to the line and a mere spectator. Luton had the last chance as Enfield lost the ball and Nicola Henman strode on before shooting straight to Cooper.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was right back Kelly Hughes who remained calm and in charge despite some questionable challenges on her and her team mates around her.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Browne, Brandon (Taspinar), Herrett, Gooch ©, Hughes, Oliver (Pavett), Lovell, Boggi, Thomas, Sinclair. Unused Sub; Demery.
Luton town Team; Reynolds, Livingstone (L.Howe), Spendalow, C.Howe (Scott), Ramsey, Carroll, Henman, Byrne ©, Radley, McKay (Kosky), Whitford-Stark.
Next Sunday 22/04/2012 Enfield Town return the QE Stadium to host 3rd place Ipswich Town in the final league match of the season, the return fixture ended in a 2-2 draw. 2pm kick off
Sunday 29/04/2012 Enfield Town finish off the season with the league cup final against Cambridge Women. Enfield won away to Cambridge 2-1 at the start of the season with the return ending in a stalemate 0-0 draw. The venue will be Arlesey Town with a 2pm kick off.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
NORWICH CITY 0 ENFIELD TOWN 2
Enfield Town Ladies secured the runners up place for the season as they won 2-0 away to Norwich City. Sheree Oliver and Sara Sinclair netted the late goals and manager John Abbott said “It’s good to tie up 2nd place with 2 games still to go and in many other seasons we could have secured the title but Lewes gained some backing and built a very good side. We will now have a week’s break and start to build to the league cup final where I hope we can get the silverware our season deserves.”
In the opening minute a cross by Emma Thomas was a touch too high for the players in the middle but Sheree Oliver retrieved the ball and laid it back to Leanne Mabey who drilled in a shot that Norwich keeper Fiona Coombs saved and Regan Coleman hit he side netting with her follow up shot. Megan Todd hit a shot from just outside the area and it skipped up off the dry ground forcing Kelly Cooper to adjust her positioning and save the shot. Beth Lovell tried to slide a pass through the home defence but a defender poked the ball out for a corner. A smart pass sent Chelsey Garrett away and she took her shot early but wide of Cooper’s post.
Mabey slipped Sara Sinclair away and Sinclair shot with her weaker left foot wide of the post. Oliver pounced on a loose ball across the home back line and took the ball on before shooting to Coombs. Jodie Drake got under a shot and it ballooned to Cooper. A ball in by Garrett was flicked towards the goal by Todd but Cooper was perfectly placed to gather the ball in. Todd got around behind the visiting defence and shot from a tight angle and although she beat Cooper she couldn’t beat the face of the crossbar as the ball bounced away. Enfield were awarded an indirect free kick as the referee judged that Coombs had held the ball for too long but the kick was wasted as Coleman touched it to Sinclair who fired wide.
An Enfield corner was cleared and played back in to Claire Gooch who knocked it down to Thomas and Thomas laid it into the path of Coleman and her shot was to Coombs. Oliver won the ball in defence and was fouled but the ref waved play on as Oliver received the ball back from Beth Lovell and strode down the wing before then playing the ball in to the area where Coombs beat Sinclair and Coleman to it. Garrett tried to get away but Cally Browne stuck with her and Cooper came out to meet them as she blocked the ball with Kelly Herrett clearing the ball. Lovell was fouled after she released the ball to Mabey and again the ref played on allowing a run at goal and cross but it was ahead of Sinclair and Coleman. Oliver made the line and cross in where Sinclair improvised as her positioning as behind the ball by heading the ball with the back of her head and Coombs was forced into scrambling the ball away from the foot of the post.
Mabey blocked to clearance to Thomas and her cross was volleyed wide by Sinclair. Garrett got away and shat to Cooper. Kelly Hughes crossed in for sub Bilge Taspinar to knock down to Oliver who fired over. Thomas clipped a cross over Coombs and it bounced off the unsighted Oliver and went wide. Todd broke clear from the middle and passed to Shannon Greening who took a shot very early and was well wide of the target. From out of nothing Garrett hit a rocket of a shot from about 40 yards out and it was heading for the top corner until Cooper took off and got both hands to the ball and pushed it away for a corner. Taspinar and Lovell worked hard to win the ball from Norwich and then picked out Thomas who crossed to Sinclair, Sinclair had her route to goal blocked and helped the ball on to Oliver who took it a step to the right before beating Coombs low down at the near post to put Enfield ahead. 0-1 (87 min)
Taspinar again took the ball off a home defender and passed to Sinclair who released the ball quickly to Oliver and received it back as she went through the home back line and then slotted the ball past the keeper. 0-2 (90 min)
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Sheree Oliver for her tireless performance up and down the wing and her richly deserved goal.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Herrett, Gooch ©, Hughes, Oliver, Lovell, Sinclair, Mabey, Browne, Coleman (Taspinar), Thomas. Unused sub; Halil.
Norwich City Team; Coombs, Hippeson, Radley, Whitehurst, Larkens, Diston, Arnoup, Morns, Garrett, Drake, Todd. Used Subs; Parsons, Greening.
Enfield Town have a week off before travelling to 7th Place Luton Town on 15th April.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINAL
ENFIELD TOWN 2 MK DONS 0
Enfield Town Ladies booked their place in the league cup final where they will play Cambridge Women with a 2-0 semi-final victory over MK Dons. Regan Coleman in the first half and Sara Sinclair in the second scored the goals. Manager John Abbott said, “It’s been a very good season and we are going to end it on a cup final but Mk Dons made us work for it. I want us to have something to for all our hard work and the league cup plus runners up in the league will be reward for the girls. We just need to finish the last 4 games as we have played the majority of the season.” The league cup final between Enfield Town and Cambridge women will take place 29th April at Arelesy Town FC.
Enfield were given an early chance when Sara Sinclair was fouled in the second minute but Beth Demery put the resulting free kick just over the bar from about 25 yards out. Charlotte Wright Elizabeth Stanton on but the Dons forward shot wide. Kelly Herrett headed a long ball back to Kelly Cooper but a Dons forward was still chasing on but Cooper calmly chested the ball down and side stepped the challenge outside the area and cleared it. Lauren Goodier took the ball into the area and Herrett waited for the right moment to nick the ball away from the forward. A defender put the ball out for a corner after Cally Browne had tried to feed Sinclair and from the corner Browne hit a shot through a crowd of players and although Emma Kirby couldn’t hold onto it a defender cleared as Sheree Oliver stretched for the loose ball.
Sinclair helped a cross by Claire Pavett on and over the bar. Cooper pawed a header by Wright off the line while crowded by players of both sides at a corner. Christie Turner missed a free header in the centre at another Dons corner. A tussle between Herrett and Danielle Borrelli ended with the forward tumbling as Herrett pulled her and the referee pointed to the penalty spot but after consultation with his assistant he amended it to a free kick just outside the area. Goodier saw her free kick bounce off the bar and over. A mix up in defence allowed Stanton a chance to run on into the area but Cooper smothered the ball. Kirby and a Dons defender got into a muddle as a high ball dropped to them and Sinclair nicked the ball and rolled it back to Oliver who shot narrowly wide of the empty net from 30 yards out.
Goodier and Cooper both misjudged a long ball allowing Herrett to tidy up behind the keeper. Sinclair turned and fired wide and then Sinclair ran into a Don as two good chances went begging before Leanne Mabey passed to Sinclair who then passed to Regan Coleman who hit the ball against Kirby and got lucky as the ball broke back to her behind the keeper, Coleman hit the ball goal wards and although a defender managed to head the ball onto the bar it still dropped over the line. 1-0 (43 min)
Enfield won a free kick in the early stages of the second half and Demery saw her kick go just over the heads of Claire Gooch and Sinclair in the middle. Enfield failed to clear a corner and were fortunate to see Turner fire over. Turner played a ball on and Goodier swept it on forcing Cooper into a full length diving save. A ball into the area saw Gooch putting it behind for a corner but a very late challenge by a Dons forward left Gooch in a heap and a free kick to the home side. Jo Brandon had a free header at a Dons corner but put it over the bar. Sub Bilge Taspinar kept the ball in in the corner and laid it back to Mabey and she passed to Pavett who forced Kirby to stretch for the ball at the far post on the line. Taspinar slipped the ball to Mabey who thundered a shot off the bar, Beth Lovell followed it in and hit the keeper with a shot and Taspinar was crowded out as she tried to force the loose ball home.
Kirby did well to take a low Sinclair cross under pressure from Taspinar with Pavett waiting to clear up behind them. Mabey won the ball and passed to Kelly Hughes and Hughes’ cross was given up as going wide by Kirby and her defence but Oliver had other ideas and stretched to keep it in and then picked out the unmarked Sinclair almost on the line behind Kirby and Sinclair had the simplest task of tapping home. 2-0 (78 min)
A Sinclair cross was cleared to Mabey and she fired back through the crowd, if the shot had been a foot either way she would have scored but the ball thumped into the grateful arms of a surprised Kirby. With Dons now looking tired Sinclair went down the right and cut in before firing straight to Kirby with Taspinar and Holly Brandon waiting unmarked for the ball to be played back to them.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Leanne Mabey with a usual 90 minutes of all action play.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Demery, Pavett (Brandon), Herrett, Gooch ©, Browne (Hughes), Oliver, Lovell, Mabey, Coleman (Taspinar), Sinclair.
MK Dons Team; Kirby, Betts, Robinson, Brandon, Turner, McDonnell ©, Tarrant, Wright, Goodier, Stanton, Borrelli. Used sub; Steward. Unused sub; Tanare.
Next Sunday Enfield Town travel to play 3rd place Norwich City as the battle for runners up position continues. Enfield Town won the return game 1-0 before Christmas.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
BRENTWOOD TOWN 0 ENFIELD TOWN 4
Enfield Town ladies moved up to second place in the table with a 4-0 victory away to Brentwood Town. Regan Coleman scored in each half with Emma Thomas in the first and Sara Sinclair in the second adding to the total. Enfield manager John Abbott said “It was a lot to ask for the girls to play again just two days after a tough match at Lewes but they did themselves proud with a very good performance and now they deserve a break. This victory now leaves us needing one win from our last 3 games to secure the runners up position but we can put that to one side for now and concentrate on this Sunday’s league cup semi-final which is our last chance of silverware.” Enfield sit in second place a point ahead of Norwich who have one game left which is home to Enfield.
Enfield started a touch slower than normal and it was Brentwood who had the first chance as Danielle Kite was sent away and she outpaced Sheree Oliver but Kelly cooper was quickly out to block Kite who then retrieved the ball but shot wide under pressure from Kelly Herrett. Oliver won the ball left back and with an exchange of passes with Cally Browne she set off up field and crossed to Sara Sinclair who shot across goal. Sinclair was unable to bring the ball under control in the home area and Brentwood counter attacked and just as it looked like Kite would have a run on goal Herrett came across and put the ball out for a throw in. Mabey snapped into a tackle on the half way line and when she received the ball back from Emma Thomas she sent Sinclair away to chase a ball into the corner where a smart turn left two defenders behind, a quality cross to Regan Coleman arriving at the far post was hammered back across the keeper and inside the post. 0-1 (10 min)
Sinclair had a cross blocked for a corner, Sinclair was crowded out as a corner by Demery dropped to her, Coleman set up Leanne Mabey who went around one defender before another conceded a corner, A Thomas cross from the wing was taken by Layla Prior at the second attempt and Sinclair swung at a cross and although she failed to get a clean connection it still required a save by Prior. Danielle Robertson had the opportunity to relieve the pressure on her side she met Cooper just inside Enfield’s area and the keeper won the battle.
A Claire Pavett cross was cleared to Sinclair who shot over and then another Pavett cross had the ball pining around the home area and eventually out for a corner. Stand-in captain Beth Lovell pounced on a loose ball and drove into the area before unleashing a shot that Prior did well to get hands to and was helped by a defender blocking Sinclair’s follow up. Oliver and Thomas combined for Thomas to slid a pass towards Sinclair but Prior had read it and cleared from outside her area. Coleman took the ball off a defender and picked out Thomas on her left in the area and although Prior got a hand to Thomas’ shot it still had too much power in it and dropped inside the post. 0-2 (40 min)
Enfield were straight on the attack after the break and just two minutes in Thomas made a run to the line and drove the ball low and hard towards Sinclair but a defender cleared the ball just outside the area where Coleman met it with a sweet volley that flew into the top corner giving Prior no chance to even move. 0-3 (47 min)
Sinclair made the line and drove in a low cross but Browne was unable to get the vital touch that would have sent the ball over the unprotected goal line. Kite pulled a cross back but sub Nikita Whinnett could only just head it goal wards where Cooper easily collected it. Coleman chested a ball down to Thomas who fired it across the goal mouth where Sinclair threw herself at it but couldn’t reach it. Whinnett crossed from out wide but Kite was too far past the post to get in a decent shot. A Pavett corner resulted in Mabey shooting from distance but it went narrowly wide with Lovell desperately trying to get her head to it. Coleman rolled the ball into a Mabey run and after riding a challenge Mabey crossed towards Sinclair and although a defender touched the ball away from Sinclair a goal kick was given.
Whinnett managed to get around the outside of Oliver but Herrett headed the ball away as Brentwood players streamed onto the area for the cross. Whinnett passed to Danielle Butler who had just come on but her shot deflected off Oliver to Cooper. Thomas picked out Mabey who strode through the middle before sliding the ball to Sinclair behind the home defence and the forward helped the ball on past Prior as the keeper tried to reach it. 0-4 (80 min)
Whinnett hit a shot that bounced once before landing in the arms of the waiting Cooper. Sinclair passed to Thomas who crossed in to sub Bilge Taspinar who headed the ball wide but fellow sub Semma Halil retrieved the ball and was unlucky to see a defender knock it away from her. Lovell turned on a loose ball and fired narrowly wide from about 30 yards out and then in the past minute Taspinar chested a pass down and forced Prior into a good save.
Enfield town M.O.M. was Sheree Oliver who was filling in at the back for regular Captain/centre back Claire Gooch and didn't look out of place.
Enfield town Team; Cooper, Demery (Hughes), Pavett (Halil), Herrett, Mabey, Browne, Oliver, Lovell ©, Coleman (Taspinar), Thomas, Sinclair. Unused subs; Gooch, Worsfold
Brentwood Town Team; Prior, Tuffen, Allen, Trimby (Brown), Manning, Faraday, Kite, Lipley-Hinton, Robertson (Whinnett), Rose ©, Turner (Butler). Unused sub; Vian
Enfield town return home on Sunday 25/03/2012 to host MK Dons in a league cup Semi-final to find out who will play Cambridge Women in the final.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
LEWES 5 ENFIELD TOWN 1
Enfield Town Ladies lost at Lewes for the second time in 10 days as they tumbled to a 5-1 league defeat by the new champions. Beth Lovell put Enfield ahead but Naomi Cole levelled before the break with a twice taken penalty, Lesley Smith edge Lewes ahead and then after a long break following a nasty looking injury to Katie McIntyre, Andrea Veiga, Cole again and Holly Grogan wrapped up the scoring. Enfield manager John Abbott said “They are worthy champions and it was a good close game but they handled the long break in play better than we did. We are now on a losing streak that we need to break as soon as possible. Congratulations to Lewes on their title and best wishes to Katie McIntyre.” Enfield are still third in the table.
The game started with Lewes trying to push forward and Enfield being content to soak it up and it was 6 minutes before either side had a clear scoring opportunity when from a free kick Kelly Cooper was unable to hold onto the ball while under pressure but she still managed to block one shot before Holly Grogan was able to stab the ball past the keeper but Holly Brandon was well positioned and calmly took the ball away from the goal line and winning a goal kick off an incoming forward. Enfield won their own corner and Claire Pavett appeared to hit it too deep but Brandon retrieved it and floated it a wonderful cross that Beth Lovell got her head to and steered home from a couple of yards out. 0-1 (9 min)
Lewes tried to hit back immediately Naomi Cole fired wide from Grogan’s corner. Regan Coleman won the ball off a Lewes defender and attacked the area but then shot straight to Layla Young. Georgia Bridges nipped in between two Enfield defenders but dragged the ball away from them and over the line for a goal kick. Coleman and Pavett combined and then Lovell passed to Leanne Mabey but her shot was wide of the target. Cole played a free kick wide to Katie McIntyre and her cross was headed over the bar by Lesley Smith, A corner dropped to Charlotte Bennett but Cooper plucked her shot out of the air, A Grogan shot deflected to Cooper off Claire Gooch and Brandon blocked a shot back out to Bennett who shot to Cooper. Bennett chased a quick ball over the visiting defence only find Cooper racing out of her area to clear the danger and Cole and Bennett both shot missed the target when set up by Grogan. McIntyre and Bennett worked their way into the Enfield area and after Brandon managed to knock the ball away referee Mike Castle pointed to the spotted for what he must have thought was a foul but even the Lewes players seemed surprised by the decision. Cole stepped up and sent Cooper the wrong way but the referee called for a retake from which Cole went the same way and narrowly beat Cooper. 1-1 (29 min)
Grogan work a corner well with a team mate and fired in a low cross that Smith got a touch to but Cooper also got a hand to it and pushed it away across goal, Cooper collected the corner and held on even while being bundled over onto the post. Enfield broke away and after Mabey and Cally Browne worked it through the middle to Pavett a Lewes defender blocked the Enfield players’ progress to concede a foul. Beth Demery took the free kick form almost 30 yard out and was unlucky to it bounce off the bar with Young beaten. Mabey and Pavett had shots blocked before the ball was cleared. Grogan decided to go for a shot ignoring two better placed team mates and was rewarded for it by giving away a throw in! Lovell collected a loose ball and shot against a defender with Pavett seeing her follow up effort deflected behind for a corner.
Lewes flew out of the blocks after the break and Gooch did well to head a Grogan corner away but Grogan’s ensuing corner found Smith making a late run into the area to powerfully head home. 2-1 (47 min)
Gooch stretched between two Lewes players in the area to concede a corner and McIntyre fired over when it was cleared to her. Bridges took the ball into the Enfield area but Brandon managed to get between her and the ball with Lewes calling for a penalty as Bridges tripped over Brandon and the referee correctly ignore the shouts. Brandon picked out Coleman in the area and as Coleman was forced out of the area she passed to Mabey but a defender pushed Coleman and a free kick was awarded on the line of the area. Demery hit the free kick into the Lewes wall. McIntyre jumped to head a Demery free kick away and as play went on McIntyre failed to get back to her feet and the game was stopped with urgent attention called to the stricken player who had complained of a neck injury before drifting in and out of conciseness.
After almost an hour of waiting for an ambulance and treatment on McIntyre plus discussion of abandoning the game play resumed.
Grogan was quickly onto a pass in the area but Cooper was on her as she shot and blocked it before Grogan tried again only for Cooper to again block the shot with Bennett then flagged off side trying to turn the loose ball home. A Ricochet sent Bennett on and her cross was put wide by Cole. Sub Sara Sinclair was forced away from goal and then lost the ball after Mabey and Pavett sent her clear with the ball. A cross into the area should have been dealt with by another Enfield sub, Semma Halil but she was out muscled by Andrea Veiga who then clipped the ball over Cooper and inside the far post. 3-1 (81 min)
Mabey and Halil slipped the ball to Lovell but a defender blocked the shot. Bilge Taspinar gave Sinclair a chance to run at the Lewes goal and after riding a rash tackle Sinclair shot to Young. A Grogan corner was cleared by Pavett but Grogan put in another cross that Enfield failed to deal with allowing Cole to fire into the roof of the net from close range, 4-1 (90 min)
Cooper pulled of another great save from Grogan and was smartly up to claim the loose ball but Grogan wasn’t to be denied for much longer as Bennett won the ball and gave her the chance to slip the ball through the legs of Cooper to complete the scoring. 5-1 (90+3 min)
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Keeper Kelly Cooper.
Enfield Town team; Cooper, Demery (Taspinar), Pavett, Herrett, Gooch ©, Mabey, Oliver, Lovell, Brandon (Halil), Coleman, Browne (Sinclair)
Lewes Team; Young, McIntyre (Wood), Cole, Smith, Hinshelwood, Newton ©, S.Baker, Bennett, Bridges (O’Reilly), Grogan, K.Baker (Veiga). Unused subs; Waine, Gower.
This Tuesday 20/03/2012 Enfield Town travel to Tilbury Fc to play 10th place Brentwood Town 7.45pm and then next Sunday return home to play 9th MK Dons in a league cup semi-final tie to find out who plays Cambridge Women in the final, Enfield managed to do a league double against MK Dons during the season 2pm.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
CRYSTAL PALACE 2 ENFIELD TOWN 1
Enfield Town Ladies slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace and handed the league title to Lewes. Ibe Valentine and Josie Elliott gave the hosts a 2 goal lead before Sara Sinclair pulled one back. Enfield manager John Abbott said “our preparation was poor with three players arriving late after going to the wrong place and it was a very small pitch which didn’t suit our game but we should have still had enough to win the game. Congratulations to Lewes on their promotion and we will now concentrate on securing the runners up position.” Enfield Town remain in third place just two points behind Norwich City with 4 games in hand.
Enfield had a great chance to get an early goal as a Beth Demery corner was dropped by Palace keeper Sam Sharp but Beth Lovell and Sara Sinclair were unable to turn the ball over the line at the post. Valentine Ibe made it to the line and cut the ball back towards Josie Elliott but Kelly Herrett cut it out and cleared. Lovell crossed and Sinclair headed it back across goal and Lovell stretched but not enough to reach the ball. Ibe looked to have got away from Enfield’s defence but Holly Brandon tracked her all the way and even managed to win a goal kick. Lovell fired low into the 6 yard box and a defender did extremely well to clear.
Sinclair had a few stabs at a Demery corner before Palace eventually managed to get the ball away and Gooch appeared to be shoved in the back as she was lining up a header at another Demery corner. Sherelle Walters chased a free kick to the line and lifted the ball beyond the far post and then Elliott got behind the visiting defence and played the ball across the area where Ibe got in front of Brandon to leave Kelly Cooper with no chance as she fired home. 1-0 (24 min)
Walters was allowed to run by Enfield but shot across goal. Brandon put in a good cross that was cleared to Cally Browne who shot well wide. A clever turn on the edge of Palace’s area by Bilge Taspinar saw her upended by a Palace player and Demery hit the resulting free kick into the defensive wall. A Brandon cross was just over Taspinar and Sinclair had little time to adjust before volleying wide. Palace continued to live dangerously in their area as Lovell was shoved in the back as a corner came over but the referee once again refused to make a decision. A Demery free kick dropped to Lovell to help the ball onto the bar and Sinclair kicked at thin air as it dropped down. Gooch fired against a defender from a Demery corner but somehow a goal kick was awarded. Palace had the last chance of the half but Kelly Newbound couldn’t get enough of a touch to an Abi Jackson free kick to turn the ball in.
Herrett stopped a run by Elliott and Sarah Callaghan hit the bar after pouncing on the loose ball. A free kick was flicked on by Browne and Sharp took the ball as Sinclair challenged. Sub Claire Pavett steadied herself and picked out a lovely cross but Sinclair could only glance her header wide. A Demery free kick rebounded off a defender to Sharp. Gooch crossed in and again Sinclair couldn’t get a firm enough head to the ball to divert it in. A cross by Sheree Oliver seemed to deceive Sharp and the ball rebounded away off the keeper’s feet. An Oliver throw-in found Leanne Mabey who was unable to control the ball and shot before a defender cleared. Herrett tracked to the by-line with Walters and both Herrett and Cooper stopped when the Palace player ran the ball over the line but with the referee and Assistant referee nowhere near the play Walters crossed the ball back to the unmarked Elliott who knocked the ball into the net and the goal was given. 2-0 (60 min)
Browne slid the ball to Taspinar on the edge of the area and she helped the ball into Sinclair between two defenders and before either could react the forward turned and lifted the ball over Sharp’s legs as the keeper dived. 2-1 (62 min)
Enfield won the ball back from the restart and a Pavett cross was headed to Sharp by Taspinar. After yet another poor decision by the referee Herrett kept up her protest for too long and was cautioned. Lovell had a shot blocked and Sinclair passed to Mabey on the right who crossed deep to Oliver but Oliver saw her shot thump straight into Sharp. Mary Onianwa got away from the Enfield defence but was help up by Cooper long enough for Herrett to get back and the defender was then able to stop the goal bound shot after Onianwa had made room for it past Cooper. Sinclair burst between two defenders only for one of them to bring her down from behind and Demery put the free kick over the bar. Herrett clipped a pass on to Regan Coleman but Sinclair ran into a defender as she tried to get to Coleman’s pass. Gooch passed to Pavett and her cross was headed wide by Sinclair. Deep into added time Palace had a final chance as Ibe nipped in between Cooper and Herrett but shot over.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Cally Browne was is consistently playing with great ability, strength and control.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Demery, Herrett, Gooch ©, Mabey, Lovell, Taspinar (Coleman), Sinclair, Brandon (Oliver), Halil (Pavett), Browne.
Crystal Palace Team; Sharp, Michelmore, Michalski, Newbound, Jackson, Mitchell ©, Callaghan (Martins), Galea, Walters (Onianwa), Elliott, Ibe.
Next Sunday 18/03/2012 Enfield travel to League winners Lewes for a league game hoping to gain revenge for the 3-0 home defeat earlier in the season and then on Tuesday 20/03/2012 Enfield visit Tilbury FC to play 10th place Brentwood Town who they beat at home when they met early in the season.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
RYMAN WOMEN’S CUP SEMI FINAL
LEWES 2 ENFIELD TOWN 1
Enfield Town lost their grip on the Ryman Women’s cup after holding it for the past three years as they lost 2-1 away to South East Combination rivals Lewes. Naomi Cole scored twice in the first half for the hosts with a late Claire Pavett penalty after a foul on Bilge Taspinar setting up a close finish. Enfield Town joint manager George Norman said “We went behind in the first half but with a slight change of tactics after the break we prevented any further goals and at the end we had the chances to have levelled the scores. We were missing a few first team regulars against a very strong Lewes side and learnt a few things about our team and for the league visit to Lewes next week.” Lewes will now play Eastbourne Town, who Enfield beat in the final for the last two years, in the final. The attendance for the game was an impressive 121.
Enfield started the game being pressed back by Lewes and in the very first minute Naomi Cole and Kate McIntare combined to set up Katie Baker who shot wide. Lesley Smith sent Cole away who set up Baker but her shot was to Enfield keeper Kelly Cooper, Holly Grogan picked up a loose ball and shot over her shoulder and the bar, a free kick into Enfield’s 6 yard box saw both Cally Browne and Kelly Hughes block shots before the ball was cleared, Grogan picked out Baker as Enfield struggled to get the ball away and Baker fired towards the goal past Cooper but Enfield Captain Claire Gooch was back on the line and managed a stunning interception turning the ball over the bar, McIntare went down easily as Beth Lovell tackled her in the area and Cole turned and shot in one movement from outside the area but Cooper calmly knocked the ball down from above her head and picked it up.
Enfield had their first opportunity of the game as Emma Thomas went around a defender and headed for the goal but another home defender managed to get back across and conceded a corner. A cross in by Grogan was put out for a corner by Sheree Oliver with a Lewes player well placed behind her waiting for the ball and from the corner Cooper caught Smith’s header on the line whilst under pressure from Lewes’ players. A quick long ball got Tammy Whine behind the Enfield defence as she got the better of a challenge by Kelly Herrett and then played the ball across the area into the path of Cole coming in at the far post and Cole made no mistake hammering the ball past Cooper. 1-0 (23 min)
Smith played the ball through the visiting defence but Whine let it run too far and Cooper smothered it. In an almost identical situation to the opening goal Grogan crossed for Cole to again beat Cooper with a strong shot at the far post. 2-0 (27 min)
Enfield now started to get a bit more of the game and a Thomas free kick bounced through a crowded area to home keeper Kayla Young and then Thomas played a pass to Sara Sinclair but Sinclair crossed too close to Young. Claire Pavett slid a pass to Sinclair and Sinclair went past a defender only for a covering defender to block the forth coming shot for a corner. The half ended with Grogan eventually making just enough room for a cross after a battle with Gooch only for Jo Gardiner to mishit her shot into the ground allowing Cooper to scramble across and save.
Lewes flew out of the traps after the break and Whine exchanged passes with Kelly Newton and then shoved an Enfield player out of the way before beating Cooper but not the post as the ball rebounded away. Grogan chipped the ball forward and Cooper was quickly out of her area to head the ball away as Whine clattered into her. Pavett played the ball wide to Holly Brandon and received it back then she went on and crossed the ball but a defender stretched to clear it just ahead of Sinclair. Grogan again tried to slide in Whine but once again Cooper came outside her area to clear and then for a third time in just 10 minutes Grogan passed for Whine and again Cooper snuffed out the danger smothering the ball just inside the area. Grogan headed a Gardiner cross to Cooper. Whine created her own opening in the area but this time it was Herrett who got the better of her to clear. Lovell and Oliver attacked down the right and McIntare was forced to cut out the cross to Thomas. Cole and Gardiner looked to have got away but they hesitated and Oliver snapped back to clear the ball.
A Thomas free kick was flicked on by Gooch but Pavett could only knock the ball against Young at full stretch and Whine hacked the ball away under pressure from Oliver and a following Enfield player then had their shot deflected out for a corner. Good work by Sinclair stopping Lewes clearing a free kick and then picking out sub Bilge Taspinar in the area ended with a desperate attempt by Cole to tackle the Enfield player from behind and conceding a penalty which the referee thought sufficient punishment even though Taspinar had only the home keeper in front of her! Claire Pavett took responsibility and scored with the spot kick. 2-1 (80 min)
With Enfield now have the better of the game Lewes made a couple of changes and resorted to desperate tactics of keeping the ball in the corners for as long as possible. The game ended with a misunderstanding between Cooper and Oliver when they appeared to leave the ball to each other and saw Charlotte Bennett nip in but Cooper redeemed herself with a fantastic one handed save as Bennett fired goal wards.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Captain Claire Gooch, a rock at the back and an inspiration to her team.
Enfield town Team; Cooper, Gooch ©, Herrett, Pavett, Hughes (Taspinar), Oliver, Brandon, Lovell, Browne (Donnelly), Sinclair, Thomas.
Lewes Team; Young, McIntare, S.Baker, Smith, Hinclewood, Newton ©, Whine, Cole, K.Baker (Vega), Grogan (Bridges), Gardiner (Bennett). Unused Subs; Wood, O’Reilly
MIDDLESEX WOMEN’S SENIOR CUP SEMI FINAL
BARNET 7 ENFIELD TOWN 1
Enfield Town crashed out of the Middlesex cup with a 7-1 defeat at Underhill. Sheree Oliver gave Enfield an early lead before Emma Davies (2), Jess Trimnell (2), Sally Wade, Stacey Sowden and Danielle Murphy netted for the hosts. Enfield Town manager John Abbott said “we went into the game with a plan and it looked good for a while but once they scored everything just went wrong and no matter how hard the girls tried we just couldn’t turn it back around, the two league difference between the sides showed.”
Enfield started the game brightly and inside the first minute Emma Thomas sent Claire Pavett in but Pavett tried to beat one defender too many and the chance was lost without a shot, Holly Brandon chased a ball towards the corner and even though the Barnet defence looked favourite it was her persistence that won the ball and allowed her to get in a shot that went across the goal and past the far post and then Brandon again got to the corner and cut the ball back to the edge of the area where Sheree Oliver shook off a defender and rifled the ball past the despairing grasp of keeper Cherie Rowlands. 0-1 (4 min)
Barnet now began to impose their selves and Kelly Cooper had to be quick to take the ball off Stacy Sowden’s foot as the forward attacked, Oliver intercepted an Emma Davies cross with Barnet players waiting for it, Cooper save a long range effort, Cally Browne cut out a Cheryl Williams cross and Williams fired wide when the ball returned to her and Cooper pushed a Williams shot out for a corner. From the resulting corner Barnet had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for an offence. A Williams was stopped by Cooper and cleared away by Kelly Herrett as Claire Gooch kept Sowden away from the ball. Barnet kept upping the pressure and Cooper had to push a corner away from under the bar.
Enfield had been holding on but a crazy ten minutes changed everything as a cross from Williams found Emma Davies running in to slide the ball under Cooper 1-1 (28 min), Enfield failed to clear a corner and Sally Wade thumped home the ball from close range 2-1 (31 min), Wade crossed in for Jess Trimnell to glance a header home 3-1 (35 min) and Trimnell shot from outside the area and it took a wicked deflection off Kelly Herrett to leave Cooper having to change direction and even though the keeper got a hand to the ball it still went in at the post. 4-1 (38 min)
Sowden fired in a shot that Cooper did extremely well to save at the expense of a corner. Another cross in ended with Enfield unable to clear the ball and Sowden eventually managed to get a clear shot in to increase the lead. 5-1 (43 min)
The first half ended with a clumsy challenge on Claire Pavett in the area and the referee awarded Enfield a penalty but Cally Browne was unable to turn it into a goal as Rowlands saved it.
Barnet brought on Danielle Murphy at the break and it took her just 6 minutes to have a hand in setting up a goal as she sent Sowden away down the right and Sowden’s shot looked like it was going to narrowly miss the far post until Davies arrived to tap the ball home. 6-1 (51 min)
Brandon gave Emma Thomas a ball to chase but Rowlands was quickly out to it and even though she sliced her kick it fell kindly to a team mate who was able to take the ball away as the keeper retreated to her goal. Davies slid a pass to sub Zoe Lance in the area and Lance tried to lift the ball over Cooper but the Enfield custodian stood up and took the ball easily. Goal number seven wasn't long in coming though as Murphy sent a clearance back in from just outside the area and it skipped past the dive of Cooper. 7-1 (61 min)
Barnet failed to clear an Enfield corner but Thomas could only shoot straight to Rowlands. A pass through the Enfield defence resulted in Cooper taking the ball off Sue Kumaning’s toe as the Barnet player looked up to pick a spot for her shot. Davies put in a ball that went across the goal when any touch would have resulted in a goal. The final chance came when Murphy got her head to Williams’s corner and Cooper punched the ball away off the line. Both sides settled down to play out the last ten minutes without anyone threatening to add to the score line.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Holly Brandon who kept on trying to help out Enfield’s defence and attack never giving up.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Herrett, Hughes, Gooch ©, Pavett (Taspinar), Oliver, Lovell, Mabey, Browne (Sinclair), Brandon, Thomas (Coleman). Unused subs; Halil, Worsfold.
Barnet team; Rowlands, Keown, Wade ©, Prosser (Murphy), Reidy (Lance), Rudman, Davies, Trimnell, Sowden (Boardman), Kumaning, Williams. Unused sub; Inniss.
This Wednesday night 7/03/2012 Holders Enfield Town travel to Southeast Combination Rivals Lewes for a much delayed Ryman Women’s cup semi-final match to see who plays Eastbourne Town in the final.
Next Sunday 11/03/2012 Enfield Town travel again this time to 8th place Crystal Palace with league points at stake.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
FA WOMEN’S CUP 4th ROUND
ENFIELD TOWN 0 MANCHESTER CITY 2
Enfield Town Ladies bowed out of this season’s FA Women’s cup with a home 2-0 by Premier League Northern Division Manchester City in the 4th round. Becky Grocott and Sarah Buffel scored the goals for City. Enfield town manager John Abbott said “We gave it a good go but they were just that little bit better than us and their higher league placing showed. We never gave up and I’m happy that we never collapsed and we can see what we need to attain when we finally get up to that level again. George (Norman) and I are proud of the girls and what has been achieved this season.”
Enfield knew they were in for a tough game as City came flying out of the blocks and only good pressure by Captain Clair Gooch prevented a City forward getting onto the end of a Danni Young cross. Sara Sinclair almost got Emma Thomas almost in as Enfield briefly threatened but Kelly McLellan had read the situation and cut out the pass. Enfield were forced back though as Gooch was forced to head out a Sarah Buffel cross for a corner, from the corner it was a Young cross that put Kelly Cooper under pressure but a City player fouled the keeper. Enfield’s Candice McNeil won the ball as the City defence were put under pressure and passed to Sinclair but Sinclair sliced the shot wide. City had the next effort when McLellan fed Lindsay Savage but her shot drifted wide.
Thomas tried to get Sinclair in but an alert defender cut it out and then Thomas spotted Sinclair getting behind the visiting defence but an Abbie McManus header cut out the pass. A Buffel cross was helped on and out by McNeil but was soon back with Buffel who cut in a rifled in a shot was heading for the top corner until Cooper got two hands to it and pushed it out for a corner. Rebecca Lee burst into the Enfield area but before she could get in a shot a perfectly timed tackle by Gooch took the ball away. Another Buffel cross went flew across the goal and Kelly Hughes helped it on away from an approaching attacker. McManus headed a Demery corner clear and City broke quickly but the danger seemed to have been ended when Holly Brandon chased Amanda Goodwin down and put the ball out for a throw in, City took the throw quickly and Becky Grocott was on it in a flash and helped it over Cooper and inside the far post. 0-1 (38 min)
Enfield tried to get back into the game early in the second half and a cross by Sinclair was a fraction too high for an unmarked Brandon in the centre. The game was flowing from end to end and Beth Lovell pounced on a poor clearance to shot narrowly wide from distance. A Savage cross was headed on by Young and Cooper pulled off another good save to concede a corner. Sinclair took advantage of a throw in to hit a shot that dipped just over the bar. A Savage cross skipped up off the pitch into the path of Goodwin who headed over the bar, Gooch headed out a Young cross, McManus headed over a Goodwin corner, Cooper took a pass off Goodwin’s toe and Sub Krystle Johnston drove in a low cross that Demery put out for a corner as City started to turn up the pressure.
A now rare Enfield attack ended with Emma Thomas firing wide after a Demery corner. Savage knocked a ball on to a team mate behind the home defence but the following shot went across the goal. Johnston whipped in another cross from deep that went between forwards and defenders to the far post where Buffel arrived late and slotted the ball past Cooper. 0-2 (70 min)
Gooch cut out another Buffel cross, Buffel steered a Johnston cross wide of the post, Johnston held up a ball into her feet before turning and shooting to Cooper and then Cooper got both hands to a shot at full stretch to push the ball away for a corner. Enfield had the final chance of the game as a free kick by Thomas was headed over the bar by an unmarked Gooch.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Captain Claire Gooch who was outstanding in both a defensive role and as the captain but there were many strong performances from the team.
Enfield Town team; Cooper, Demery, Herrett, Gooch ©, Hughes, Lovell, Sinclair, Brandon (Oliver), McNeil (Pavett), Browne (Coleman), Thomas.
Manchester City Team; Brown, Farrel, McLellan, Lee, McManus (Green), Nightingale, Young (Worthington), Goodwin, Savage ©, Grocott (Johnston), Buffel.
Fixture changes see Enfield Town continue in cup action as next Sunday 4/03/2012 they travel to play Premier league Barnet at Underhill in the Middlesex Cup Semi-final and then travel the following Wednesday 7/03/2012 to Lewes in the Ryman Women’s cup which is also a semi-final.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
FA WOMEN’S CUP 3RD ROUND
ENFIELD TOWN 2 MSA 0
Enfield Town Ladies secured a home tie next Sunday against Premier league Northern Division Manchester City with a 2-0 win over MSA. Holly Brandon and a Beth Demery penalty after Beth Lovell was brought down in the penalty area. Enfield manager John Abbott said “It was a relief to finally get the game played and full credit to MSA who gave us a good game making us fight all the way for the result. We now have another wonderful tie to look forward to and that’s what the cup is all about.”
After a 3 week break following the bad weather that had delayed the game it took a while for the teams to settle and the first chance didn’t come until 12 minutes were on the clock and Beth Demery almost caught the visitor’s out with a low free kick to the near post but an Enfield team mate was just unable to get a telling touch top the ball. A Demery free kick caused chaos in the area as it rebounded off a defender and Sara Sinclair before Natalie Burnett dived on the loose ball as Claire Gooch tried to turn it home. MSA attacked and after Ose Onaghino ran straight into Sheree Oliver the ball broke free to Safina Omari but Kelly Herrett blocked the cross for a corner. Kelly Cooper had to be alert to take the ball as Irisha Smith stretched. A short back pass looked to have put Cooper into trouble but quick reactions saw her clear under pressure.
A Holly Brandon cross was smothered by Burnett as a defender and Sinclair tangled in their efforts to reach it. Beth Lovell chased a ball that was going out and crossed after keeping it in and although it was cleared it was only to Demery who drove it back forcing a well-placed Burnett to save. Sinclair appeared to be bundled over as a Demery free kick was played in but nothing was given and Brandon had a dangerous cross out behind for a corner, Demery’s ensuing corner was cleared off the line. Demery played a free kick down the line to Brandon and Brandon cut in before unleashing a dipping shot from a tight angle that gave Burnett no chance as it went over her. 1-0 (42 min)
MSA almost caught Enfield cold after the break as Emma McIntosh sent Smith clear but just as Smith was closing in on Cooper, a perfectly timed tackle be Gooch resulted in a goal kick for the hosts as the ball rebounded off Smith and out. Cally Browne strode through the middle before picking out Lovell who hit a drive early but it faded away from the target and wide of the post. Demery tried to catch Burnett out with another near post free kick only for Burnett to react well and push the ball out for a corner, from the corner Gooch headed across goal. Leanne Mabey rolled a pass to Lovell who then slid a pass through to Sinclair but after bearing down on goal Sinclair hesitated and was tackled wasting a great chance. A defender looked to have handled a Demery free kick but only a corner was awarded and from the corner with Enfield players queuing up at the post it was Browne who headed wide. Cooper easily went down and collected a long ball into the area but then Smith slid into a late challenge on the keeper and earned a talking to off the referee.
Enfield were now looking the most likely to score as MSA looked to start tiring and only a great tackle by Ayo Okunuga cut out a run by Sinclair. Browne failed to get a clean connection to an excellent cross by Brandon. A now rare chance for MSA was when a cleared corner was played back in over the defence but Cooper was straight onto the ball before Nikki Wright could even move towards it. Enfield sub Regan Coleman caused panic in the MSA area and the ball was played out to Gooch who knocked it back wide to Coleman and Coleman played it low into the area to Lovell but Lovell had her back to goal before a smart turn resulted in a clumsy challenge that brought the Enfield player down leaving the ref with no option other than to award a penalty. Beth Demery stepped up and buried the spot kick. 2-1 (83 min)
Late Enfield sub Bilge Taspinar caused MSA a few problems for the last few minutes as her running at a tired defence and balls into the area pulled players around and out of position but by then the result was already settled.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Cally Browne for a strong performance of tackling and passing in midfield.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Demery, Pavett, Herrett, Gooch ©, Oliver, Lovell, Sinclair (Taspinar), Brandon, Mabey (Hughes), Browne (Coleman).
MSA Team; Burnett, Shipley, Smith, Heivary ©, Okunuga, Onaghino, Omari, McIntosh, Smith, Callaway, Bereket. Subs used, Berthe, Wright. Unused subs; Andrews, McKenna, Gordon.
Next Sunday Enfield Town host Manchester City in the FA Women’s cup 4th round. City sit second in the Premier League Northern Division appoint off the top with two games in hand. Kick off 2pm. There will be £3 admission plus programme and concessions £1.
The following Wednesday 29/02.2012 Holders Enfield Town travel to Lewes in the Ryman Women’s cup semi-final. 7.45 kick off.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES
Sunday's FA Women's cup game with MSA LFC once again fell to the weather and will now hopefully be played this Sunday at the same venue and time.
The winners will host Manchester City on 26th Feb
3rd time lucky!!
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 0 CAMBRIDGE WOMEN 0
Enfield Town Ladies dropped two points for the second week in a row as they played out a scoreless draw at home to Cambridge Women. Enfield Town manager John Abbott said, “it was a fair result on the day but we only have ourselves to blame as for some reason we seem to have gone a bit flat in our play and need to step it up to avoid the season fizzling out, we are missing a couple of very good front players and need others to step up to the mark and fill the gaps.” Enfield Town remain 3rd in the table.
Both sides started the game with the defences on top but Enfield had the first clear chance as Sara Sinclair chased down a back pass to Cambridge’s Verity Crook who hit her clearance against Sinclair and was relieved to grab the ball as it bounced up to her. At the other end minutes later a corner by Natalie Richardson was played back to her and her second effort to get the ball across was sliced over the Enfield bar by their own Kelly Herrett. Sinclair volleyed a cross by Sheree Oliver well wide of the target. The ball was helped over the Enfield defence to Laura Baker who stabbed the ball on but only to keeper Kelly Cooper. Claire Pavett set up Sinclair who shot weakly to Crook and then Crook beat Sinclair to a cross in the area as Enfield tried to up the pressure.
Beth Demery sent Holly Brandon to the corner and supported her before receiving a return pass and putting in a great looking cross that Pavett stretched for but couldn’t get a firm enough touch to turn it home. Herrett did well to recover after Laura Brown had got away and put in a fine tackle to prevent a clear shot. A corner by Baker was headed towards the goal by Brown but Kelly Hughes was well positioned to clear off the line. Baker got in behind the home defence only for Claire Gooch to get back and block the cross with Sophie Thompson waiting in the middle. Demery passed to Oliver who whipped in a cross that Pavett headed up into the air and Crook caught the loose ball. Baker headed a dangerous looking cross over Enfield’s bar and then Oliver crossed too close to Crook as play moved from end to end. A Cambridge corner surprised Jade Beckett in the centre and the ball bounced off her to Cooper and the Beth Lovell had a header cleared off the line from a Demery corner.
Enfield were quick out of the blocks in the second half and Sinclair got behind the visitor’s defence but put her cross behind the goal. Gooch did well to head a cross out of Enfield’s area and was then fouled to relieve a bit of pressure. A quick throw in saw Sinclair shoot across goal. Thompson tried to escape the home defence but Herrett stuck with her and forced her to shoot early to Cooper. A Cambridge corner ended with Cooper making a smart save down to her right as Emma Jenkins got in a header. Kayleigh Burt stuck close to Sinclair in the area and stopped the Enfield player from turning and getting in a shot from close range. Oliver had two attempts at a cross with Crook stretching to take the ball with Sinclair behind her. A weak touch by an Enfield defender was chased by Baker but Cooper was alert to it and snuffed out the danger.
A Pavett cross was cleared to Mabey who helped the ball back in and Crook was forced to backpedal and take the ball on the line. Crook was in fine form and was well positioned a few times to take either shots or crosses by Enfield players. A Demery free kick was headed down by Oliver to Lovell who got under the ball and ballooned it over the bar. Gooch threw the ball to Lovell who passed to Sinclair and after an exchange of passes with Oliver Sinclair fired straight to Crook. Demery and Sinclair combined to set up a chance for Pavett but again the shot was too close to Crook. Into added time Cambridge’s Shannon Garner burst into the Enfield area but Gooch timed her tackle to perfection and won the ball. Hughes slid Sinclair in for the final chance but as before the shot failed to trouble Crook and the game ended in stale mate.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Beth Lovell for her usual all action non-stop 90 minutes.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Demery (Halil), Pavett, Herrett, Gooch ©, Hughes, Oliver, Lovell, Mabey, Brandon (Browne), Sinclair. Unused Sub; McNeil
Cambridge Women Team; Crook, Beckett, Gare, Goodchild ©, Geoghan, Burt, Jenkins, Brown, Thompson, Baker, Richardson. Subs used; Hewitt, Garner.
Next Sunday 5/02/2012 Enfield Town return to The Qe Stadium to host London and South East Division one side MSA LFC in the 3rd round of the FA Women’s Cup. MSA sit 7th in the table but have only played 8 games winning 4 and drawing 4, they reached this stage beating Crawley Wasps on penalties last time out.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
EBBSFLEET UNITED 2 ENFIELD TOWN 2
Enfield Town returned to league action for the first time since the Christmas break with a hard earned draw at Ebbsfleet United. Sara Sinclair gave Enfield the lead midway through the first half only for Kelly Philpott to tie it up at the break and then Lisa Fulgence put the hosts ahead before Emma Thomas secured a share of the points. Enfield Town manager John Abbott said, “It was good to welcome Emma Thomas back to the team after her injury early in the season and although we only made one change from the last game with Emma replacing Lisa Kline the team just didn’t gel for some reason but we know that we can play better than this and we will do.” Enfield are third in the table.
Enfield received an early warning that their task wasn’t going to be easy as Kelly Philpott set up Fran Ferrari who chip a shot at keeper Kelly Cooper and then Ferrari fired over after jumping on a poor clearance from Enfield. Sara Sinclair got behind the home defence and fired in a low cross that a home cleared ahead of Holly Brandon in the centre. Claire Gooch had a header cleared off the line from a Beth Demery free kick with Sinclair and Cally Browne having their attempts blocked as they tried to force the ball over the line. Home keeper Faye Baker kicked Sheree Oliver as they both came together at a Demery corner and Baker then saw the loose ball pop up and into her arms as players from both sides tried to get a touch.
An exquisite through ball by Browne saw Sinclair escape the home defence and then draw Baker off her line before she slipped the ball past the keeper but unfortunately the ball struck the post and was eventually cleared from danger. Cooper had to be alert and take the ball off a player’s head as Ebbsfleet’s Ferrari swung in a corner. Sinclair took the ball into the area and as she turned towards the goal a wild challenge by a defender took her legs out from under her but referee Kirk English choose to ignore it completely. Holly Brandon chased what looked like a lost cause and forced a corner that Demery took and Sinclair climbed above the defence to power in a header to give Enfield the lead. 0-1 (18 min)
Sinclair sent Brandon away and although her attempt to cross was blocked she picked up the loose ball and forced Baker to stretch and hold a firm shot. Jen Poole swung in a great cross that Lisa Fulgence did everything right with by heading the ball down but Cooper dived low and saved it. Brandon cut in a hit a shot that Baker fumbled and was relieved to see cleared off the line behind her. An Ebbsfleet player pounced on a loose ball by an Enfield player and Fulgence drew Cooper off her line before squaring for Kelly Philpott to fire home. 1-1 (34 min)
Sinclair created an opening for herself by taking the ball across the area away from two defenders but shot wide as Baker narrowed the angle. Ebbsfleet won a corner and after the ball was headed towards goal it was Fulgence who got the last touch almost on the line in front of Cooper to divert the ball past the keeper. 2-1 (50 min)
A smart lay off by Sinclair in the middle of the pitch sent Thomas away but Baker stayed on her feet to the last moment and saved from Thomas. Thomas returned the favour and Sinclair fired narrowly over. Mary Flint attacked down the hosts right and fired across the goal. In a virtual copy Leanne Mabey got away and fired across the goal for Enfield. Brandon took on the defence and fired low to forcing Baker into a simple save. Thomas sent Sinclair away again and Sinclair’s shot was going wide but Thomas refused to give it up and reached the ball wide of the post and steered the ball home from a tight angle beating a defender who had got back onto the line. 2-2 (66 min)
Cooper had to punch two Ferrari corners off the line within a minute with one coming from the right wing and one from the left. Flint cut in and fired to Cooper with Fulgence in a great position unmarked in the centre and then a few minutes later Flint shot over after collecting a loose ball just outside the area. Sheree Oliver chased a ball to the corner and laid it back to Thomas who fired in a wonderful looking cross that Ebbsfleet were unable to defend but it was just out of the reach of two Enfield forwards and just wide of the far post. Sinclair took the ball into the area and hit a cross shot that had Enfield players waiting for it at the back post but Baker took it out of the air at full stretch.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Emma Thomas who was involved with almost every Enfield attack in her first full game of the season just three months after breaking her foot in her only other game this season.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Demery (Lovell), Pavett, Herrett, Gooch ©, Mabey, Oliver, Browne (Hughes), Brandon (Halil), Thomas, Sinclair.
Ebbsfleet United Team, Baker ©, Cheedy (Welch), Martin, Perolls, Gibbons, Phillips, Poole, Flint, Fulgence, Ferrari, Philpott (Longhurst). Unused subs; Feagan, Coll, Chater.
Next Sunday 29/01/2012 Enfield Town return to The QE2 Stadium to host 4th place Cambridge Women in a South East combination match. Enfield won the away match 2-1 at the start of the season. 2pm kick off.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 1 NORWICH CITY 0
Enfield Town Ladies and Norwich City exchanged league places as Enfield won at home 1-0 and climbed to second place. Captain Claire Gooch netted the only goal midway through the second half. Enfield manager John Abbott said “It was a very competitive game with a few clear chances for both sides and as you would expect from two clubs battling it out near the top of the table neither side gave less than 100% so it was satisfying to win, Norwich must be disappointed not to take a point away with them. It nice to go into the New Year break on such a high.”
The match started in awful conditions and it was 10 minutes before Enfield managed a decent attack as Beth Lovell won the ball and passed to Katie Wilding who tried to send Sara Sinclair in but Anna Larlens timed her tackle well to stop the attack. Claire Pavett played the ball across the area to Lovell who shot wide. Norwich’s Chelsea Garrett threatened but Kelly Herrett had tracked her back and conceded a corner. Garrett slipped in a ball to Joan Drake and Drake shot low and hard forcing Kelly Cooper to dive to her right and save. Sinclair chased a long clearance from Gooch but the ball went through to Norwich keeper Emma Fletcher.
Nikita Morris went past two defenders and shot across goal under pressure from Herrett, Chantelle Branch was quickly onto a loose ball and whipped in a cross that Kelly Hughes was well positioned to cut out, Sasha Diston slipped through the home defence and was met by the onrushing Cooper who saved with her foot and got up to collect the dropping ball, Herrett blocked a Drake shot at the expense of a corner and Branch played in Drake who shot first time but Cooper dived right and palmed the ball round the post as Norwich enjoyed a period on top.
Enfield took over the balance of the game as Cally Browne gave Sinclair a ball to chase but Bryony Radley won the race, Tried to put a pass over the visiting defence only for a defender to get a vital touch with Sinclair lurking behind, Sinclair and Lovell created a chance for Leanne Mabey to shoot wide and Pavett crossed from the corner for Wilding to scoop across goal. Garrett attacked down the right and cut in to shoot but Cooper pulled of yet another quality save as Norwich had the last chance of the half.
Garrett pounced on a loose ball and tried her luck but again Cooper was alert to it and collected the ball. Wilding slipped a reverse pass towards Sinclair but Fletcher had spotted the danger and smothered the ball. Garrett over hit a cross but Drake retrieved the ball and fired a low shot to Cooper. Enfield made a double substitution that changed the pattern of the game as Holly Brandon and Fran Boggi replaced Pavett and Browne and both went out wide. Brandon’s first action saw her cross for Wilding her shot went wide. Garrett crossed to the far post where Drake was waiting but she mishit her shot and Herrett managed to put it behind for a corner. Boggi attacked the line and crossed but Sinclair just failed to get enough of a header behind the keeper. Brandon combined with Sheree Oliver but Wilding volleyed wide when the ball was crossed in.
Brandon again gave the Norwich defence problems and Larlens seemed relieved to concede a corner but the relief was short lived as Oliver’s corner dropped to Wilding at the edge of the area and Wilding thundered a low shot through the crowded area and Fletcher couldn’t have seen it until late but still pulled off a fantastic save and deserved better luck than to see Gooch rifle the ball past the defender on the line clipping the post. 1-0 (65 min)
Sinclair had a header cleared off the line from an Oliver corner and had her follow up shot blocked for another corner. Boggi pulled a pass back and a defender stretched to block Sinclair’s shot with Fletcher well beaten. A Gooch free kick sent Sinclair away and her cross was taken down low by Fletcher as Wilding slid in. A quick counter attack by Norwich ended with Drake shooting into the side netting. An in swinging corner by Oliver was punched away by Fletcher and Gooch headed the resulting corner across goal. Mabey took the ball off Boggi and crossed from the line but Brandon just couldn’t get the ball out of her feet before a tackle cleared the danger. Enfield struggled to clear a free kick from their area and Garrett looked to control the ball with an arm but was allowed to carry on and hit a dipping shot to Cooper. As the game entered added time Boggi received a late challenge and was down when the ball fell to Branch who looked to the ref to stop the game and ignored the shouts from the Norwich bench to play on. Boggi had to be stretchered off.
Nikita Morris crossed in low and Cooper was brave to grab the ball as Nadine Besson slid in a fair challenge. Beeson had the last chance of the game but wasted it by shooting wide as Cooper raced out to meet her.
Enfield Town M.O.M was their keeper Kelly Cooper for some brave and some very smart saves.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Browne (Brandon), Pavett (Boggi (Halil)), Herrett, Gooch ©, Hughes, Oliver, Lovell, Mabey, Wilding, Sinclair.
Norwich City Team; Fletcher, Radley, Larlens, Morris, Parsons, Diston, Garrett, Branch, Creamway, Drake, Peverley. Subs, Love, Besson.
Enfield Town now take a break to the New Year when they will host Premier League Southern division QPR in the 2nd round of The FA Women’s cup, 8th January 1pm.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
FA WOMEN’S CUP 1ST ROUND
BRACKNELL TOWN 0 ENFIELD TOWN 5
Enfield Town ladies progressed to the second round of the FA Women’s cup with a 5-0 victory over Bracknell Town Ladies. Katie Wilding put the visitors a goal up at the break before a Sara Sinclair hat-trick and a Beth Demery strike sealed the tie. Enfield Town manager John Abbott said “The pitch didn’t really suit our style but the team kept plugging away until we adapted to it. Bracknell looks a decent side and it took time to overcome them, they are going well in their division and would be a welcome addition at our level.”
The pitch played a big part in the game early on and it was the 7th minute before either side looked to have created a chance but Enfield’s Claire Gooch stretched to cut out a dangerous cross and diverted the ball back to Kelly Cooper and Cooper set a counter attack on its way that ended with Claire Pavett setting up Sara Sinclair to shot just wide. Libby Shuttle played the ball into the area and Emma Constable swept the ball on but Cooper was on top of her and smothered the ball. Beth Demery put a free kick just wide of the far post with 4 Enfield forwards just unable to get a touch to it. Wilding and Pavett combined to give Cally Browne a shooting opportunity but Browne slipped as she shot and the ball went straight to Bracknell’s Jo Anderson. Sinclair chased a long ball over the top and tried to lift the ball over the oncoming keeper but Anderson blocked the shot with her body outside the area and Wilding looped the loose ball into the area where Anderson grabbed it after recovering her position.
Sheree Oliver passed to Wilding who laid it into the path of Pavett, Pavett clipped a shot on the run and Anderson managed to get a glove to it and conceded a corner which Gooch headed narrowly wide. Bracknell’s Caz Bisson shot over the bar from distance with Cooper content to watch it all the way. Two Enfield defenders let the ball go past them and Tracy Corkett was onto it but Kelly Herrett had read the danger and cleared it. Oliver helped a throw in on to Sinclair who hit a shot that was heading for the top corner until Anderson clawed it out for a corner and from the corner Wilding was lurking on the edge of the area and when the ball was partly cleared to her she took it a step away from a defender and then dispatched it just over Anderson’s reach and under the bar to open the scoring. 0-1 (36 min)
Beth Lovell rolled the ball to Sinclair who turned and shot over the bar. Emma Constable escaped from the Enfield defence and laid the ball across to Corkett but before Corkett could get in a shot Leanne Mabey snapped in with a vital tackle but the ball dropped to Constable and Herrett did well to block her shot allowing Cooper to pick up the ball. Corkett again looked to have set up a scoring opportunity only for Gooch to block the shot and again Cooper cleared up.
Browne and Lovell sent Oliver away on the right and Chakira Graham did brilliantly to cut out the cross with a corner the outcome and Anderson was called on to push the in swinging corner over the bar. Pavett and Wilding presented Sinclair with a chance but Sinclair sliced her effort wide. Enfield kept the pressure on and Oliver crossed to the keeper with Wilding and Sinclair waiting and then Oliver won the ball back from the keeper’s clearance and shot low forcing Anderson to kick the ball away at the post. Enfield brought Holly Brandon on and her first touch was to win the ball and then cross it in where Sinclair volleyed it home with Anderson given no chance. 0-2 (53 min)
Mabey cut out a clearance and Wilding was immediately onto the ball and took it on before shooting weakly with her left foot to the keeper. Sinclair put in a cross from the right which was too deep and Wilding retrieved it and laid it back to Oliver who crossed it in where Sinclair was just under the ball but a defender headed it up into the air and it dropped to Sinclair who fired home. 0-3 (59 min)
Sinclair went away down the left and crossed to Wilding but Wilding again shot wide with her left foot. Bisson tried to attack down the right and Herrett went with her and then in the area Herrett timed her challenge well with the ball rebounding off Bisson for a goal kick as Bisson went down claiming a penalty that the referee rightly ignored. Enfield were awarded a free kick about 30 yards from goal for a trip on Sinclair and Demery stepped up to place the ball over Anderson on the line and just under the bar. 0-4 (70 min)
Bisson tried the direct route to goal but met Cooper at the near post who conceded a corner and from the corner Bisson shot over the bar. Wilding sent Gooch away from the centre but Gooch decided to shoot early and failed to get enough power on to trouble the keeper. Sinclair hit a shot that Anderson saved with Lovell having a follow up shot saved and Semma Halil twice being denied before the ball was eventually cleared. Wilding clipped a ball over a defender to Sinclair who steadied herself before firing in past a helpless Anderson to complete the scoring. 0-5 (87 min)
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Sara Sinclair for her well taken hat-trick.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Demery, Pavett (Brandon), Herrett, Gooch ©, Oliver (Halil), Lovell, Wilding, Sinclair, Mabey, Browne (Hughes).
Bracknell Town Team; Anderson, Burgess, Gardner, Mulleady, Shuttle, Constable, Holloway, Hedley-Smith, Atkins, Corkett, Bisson. Used Subs; Davies, Peterson, Graham. Unused Sub; Lewis.
Next Sunday 3rd place Enfield Town host 2nd place Norwich City in the final league match before the New Year break at the QE Stadium. Kick off 1pm.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
MK DONS 0 ENFIELD TOWN 3
Enfield Town ladies remained third in the table with 3-0 victory at MK Dons. Sara Sinclair opened the scoring in the first half before Katie Wilding and Claire Gooch added further goals after the break. Captain Claire Gooch said “after last week’s great win at Lewes we were disappointed with our performance but we are able to dig in and grind out the odd result, the girls believe in themselves and confidence is high. My goal might not have been the most spectacular strike but they all count the same.”
Enfield almost opened the scoring in the first minute as Sheree Oliver put in a cross from the right and Katie Wilding flicked it on for Sara Sinclair who knocked it down but Leanne Mabey was beaten to the ball by a defender. Sinclair sent Claire Pavett down the left and Pavett put in a cross that was deflected out of the reach of Wilding and arrived at Oliver who snatched at it and put it over the bar from very close in. Pavett returned an over hit Oliver cross but Wilding managed to slice the ball away from goal. Dons’ keeper Charlene Ward took a cross off of Pavett’s foot and Mabey shot over after a corner was cleared to her all in the first 6 minutes.
Dons Captain Heather McDonnell looked to have escaped from the Enfield backline but Kelly Herrett recovered to force her away from goal and Jade Linnell shot over the bar from the resulting corner. Pavett took a quick throw in to Beth Demery who swung in a cross first time to Beth Lovell who flicked it on and Sinclair got across the front of Ward to head in at the near post. 0-1 (20 min)
Herrett again forced McDonnell away from goal when she was threatening. Demery tried a low corner to the near post but a defender managed to turn it behind almost on the post and from the resulting corner Sinclair headed the ball into the ground where it bounced up to Ward. A Demery free kick just cleared the head of Claire Gooch and bounced off the foot of the unsighted Pavett with the Dons defence nowhere near to her. McDonnell held up the ball on the edge of Enfield’s area before rolling it into the path of Linnell but Kelly Cooper was perfectly placed to safely take the ball in. Sinclair was beat to a Wilding cross by Ward. A Dons corner was forced goal wards by Kelly Robinson and Pavett cleared off the line at the expense of another corner that a Dons helped over her shoulder but it looped to the grateful arms of cooper. McDonnell again tried to force an opening but this time it was Gooch who came to the rescue and cleared the danger.
The second half started with Cooper misjudging a cross and dropping it in front of herself but just a Charlotte Wright was about to hit a shot it was a fine block by Gooch that looked to prevent a goal. Holly Brandon joined the game from the bench and was immediately into the action as she crossed to Wilding who hit a first time shot that flicked off a defender and then the post for an Enfield corner with Ward a mere spectator and the corner kick by Demery dropped to Mabey who fired over. Wright was allowed to attack down the left and Gooch was called into action to put the resulting cross out for a corner which ended with Jo Brandon shooting through a crowded area to Cooper. A clever pass by Gooch sent Sinclair away on the left to get around behind the home defence and cross in to Wilding who took a touch to control the ball and a second to dispatch it past Ward to double Enfield’s lead. 0-2 (73 min)
Enfield had Dons defence all over the place and Sinclair took advantage to shot from distance but it was straight at Ward and then Enfield won a corner that Demery curled in and Ward should have caught easily but she fumbled it and was unlucky to see it bounce off Gooch’s knee and into the net. 0-3 (75 min)
Mabey put in a cross that Sinclair volleyed over, Demery put in a cross that Ward waited for but Robinson took deceive action and headed it out as for a corner as Wilding closed in, Semma Halil fed Wilding who had a shot blocked for a corner that Demery curled to the far post where it was headed off the line by Nikki Tarrant and then deep into added time a low cross by Sinclair was touched wide by Wilding with the home defence looking weary and flat footed.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Leanne Mabey who gave a 90 display of energy and determination.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Demery, Gooch ©, Herrett, Oliver (Halil), Lovell, Browne (Hughes), Mabey, Pavett (Brandon), Wilding, Sinclair.
MK Dons Team; Ward, Betts, Robinson, Brandon, Wedebury, McDonnell © (Thompson), Tarrant, Wright, Borrelli (Dean), Linnell, Stanton (Ford). Unused Sub; Turner.
Next Sunday 11/12/2011 Enfield Town travel to Southern Region Women's Football League Bracknell Town for an FA Cup first round tie. 1.30 pm kick off.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL
LEWES 1 ENFIELD TOWN 2
Enfield Town Ladies progressed to the league cup semi-finals as they inflicted Lewes’ first defeat of the season in all competitions with a hard fought defensive display. Andrea Veiga gave Lewes a 71st minute lead before a late double by substitute Sara Sinclair turned the tie around. George Norman who is joint team manager with John Abbott said, “John and myself went with a plan to frustrate Lewes before pushing forward later on and even though we went behind the team believed in themselves and executed the plan to perfection. It was a solid team display rounded off by our very own super sub.” Enfield will host MK Dons on 4th March in the semi-final with Luton Town hosting Cambridge Women in the other tie.
Tammy Waine escaped down the right in the first minute but wasted the chance by dragging her shot wide. Both defences had control of the game with Lewes seeing three promising attacks ending with off side flags and Kelly Cooper took the ball off the head of Joanna Gardner following a cross and Naomi Cole went across the area before shooting weakly to Cooper. Enfield’s first chance came as A Beth Demery free kick was headed against a defender by Katie Wilding. Waine pulled the ball back for Andrea Veiga to shoot wide of the far post, Veiga advanced from the centre circle only to shoot to Cooper, a cross by Gardner was coolly headed down by Claire Gooch to Cooper, Veiga shoot wide following good work by Gardner, Kelly Newton helped the ball into the path of Waine but Waine’s first touch was too heavy allowing the ball to run through to Cooper and a Gardner cross was pushed out low down by Cooper with Cole clattering into the Enfield keeper and Demery clearing the ball as Cooper needed treatment for a facial injury. Waine wasted another chance by again shooting wide and the last incident of the first half saw Emma Wood run into Enfield’s Cally Browne and throw herself to the ground with the referee rightly choosing to ignore Lewes’ penalty claims.
As the second half started Enfield cleared a corner to Cole but she fired over and then a few minutes later Enfield struggled to clear a corner and Cole again fired over when it was cleared. Kelly Herrett failed to get a strong enough connection on the ball and allowed Waine to attack the Enfield goal but just as Waine was lining up a shot Gooch put in a perfectly timed challenge to rob the forward and concede a corner. Cole again shot to Cooper as the corner was cleared. Waine fed Gardner but as before it was a well-timed tackle by Gooch that ended the danger. Holly Grogan got a touch to a cross and Cooper dropped on to it as Waine slid in towards the ball. Cole saw a shot deflect off an Enfield defender and Cooper scrambled across to save the corner. Gardner failed to get a head to a Grogan corner with Cooper stranded, Gooch stretched to touch a cross away from Waine, Veiga looked odds on to open the scoring as she steered the ball towards the net from just a yard out but Cooper stuck out a foot as she dived in the opposite direction to prevent the goal.
Sara Sinclair replaced Leanne Mabey for Enfield and almost immediately had a great chance but elected to cross to Wilding when a shot looked the better option. Enfield now started to get a grip on the game and a Demery corner punched back to her by Layla Young and Demery drove the ball low forcing Young into a save low at the post. Gardner escaped down the right and crossed in to the area where Grogan left the ball for Veiga who fired into the roof of the net over Cooper from 6 yards out. 1-0 (72 min)
Pavett ran at the home defence and a won a free kick close to the area which Wilding took and fired over. Sinclair received a pass with her back to goal and laid the ball back to Wilding before turning and getting the ball played back into her run, Sinclair then steadied herself as she allowed Young to come off her line and shot past her to level the scores. 1-1 (79 min)
Sinclair got away again but crossed behind Sheree Oliver as she continued to give the home defence a few problems. A Lewes corner was cleared to Grogan who rifled a shot in that crashed back off the bar with Cooper a spectator. Lewes had yet another corner and Enfield twice had defenders block shots before it was finally cleared up field to Wilding who helped it on to Sinclair who outpaced the defence and cut in to slide the ball past Young. 1-2 (87 min)
Enfield made two further changes as they were awarded a free kick and from the kick Sinclair headed against a defender and the newly arrived Regan Coleman forced Young to save with her feet from the rebound. A poor challenge by Beth Lovell brought down Naomi Cole and Cole kicked out at the Enfield player which resulted in both players receiving yellow cards when the home player should have probably received more. Waine fired the resulting free kick over the bar.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Captain Claire Gooch for leading her team brilliantly and some vital interceptions in the area.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Demery, Pavett, Herrett, Gooch ©, Browne (Coleman), Oliver, Lovell, Mabey (Sinclair), Wilding, Brandon (Kent).
Lewes Team; Young, Wood, O’Reilly, Smith, Baker, Newton ©, Waine, Veiga, Cole, Grogan (Trafford), Gardner (Arrowsmith). Unused Subs; York, Bennett, Gower.
Next Sunday 4/12/11 Enfield travel to 9th placed MK Dons in a league match, Enfield won the game 3-1.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
MCFA WOMEN’S SENIOR CUP
ENFIELD TOWN 11 OLD ACTONIANS 0
Enfield Town Ladies secured a Middlesex Cup semi-final place with an 11-0 victory over Southeast combination opponents Old Actonians in their first home game at their new home venue of the QE Stadium. Katie Wilding scored 4 times with Regan Coleman adding 3 plus goals from Claire Pavett, Lizzie Kent, Semma Halil and Holly Brandon. Enfield town manager John Abbott said “It was a great way to Christian our new home and we really need to keep this up to do justice to such a magnificent venue. Although we have now beaten Old Actonians 3 times this season scoring 25 times without reply they never give up and keep us honest.” Enfield will visit Barnet in the semi-finals on 19th February 19/02/1012.
Enfield Town got off to a dream start for their new era at their new home as after just 45 seconds Claire Pavett advanced down the left and crossed for Katie Wilding to slot the ball past Old Actonians keeper, Jane Pearson. 1-0 (1 min) and then Pavett again got down the left to the line and crossed for Regan Coleman who scored at the far post, 2-0 (3 min) but still Enfield weren’t ready to let up as Beth Demery clipped a free kick over the visiting defence for Coleman to run onto and slip the ball past Pearson. 3-0 (6min)
Coleman played the ball wide to Holly Brandon who took it on down the right and crossed in where Wilding met it with a header that was just too high. Cally Browne fed Brandon on the right and Brandon’s cross was met with a smart side volley by Lizzie Kent to give Pearson very little chance of even moving before the ball was in the net. 4-0 (13 min)
Brandon went on another run down the right and after cutting in she elected to shot but was off target with Wilding perfectly placed for a pullback instead. Enfield were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area and although Pearson looked to have positioned her defensive wall perfectly Wilding still scored with a direct shot just under the bar. 5-0 (16 min)
Demery strode out of defence down the left and put in a wonderful cross that Wilding stretched to and put over the bar, Pavett chipped a ball over the defence to Coleman who could only divert it to Pearson on the stretch and Wilding shot narrowly wide of the post after a corner was only half cleared. Acton finally threatened the home goal after 32 minutes but only managed to win a corner kick for their trouble. A defender cleared a goal bound shot from Wilding away after a good cross by Coleman. Acton’s defence was caught out trying to push forward and Coleman had a clear run from just over the half way line and after drawing Pearson off her line Coleman calmly stroked the ball past her to complete her hat trick. 6-0 (43 min)
Wilding tried to send Pavett in but Pearson and a defender appeared to have the situation under control but as they both hesitated, Pavett nipped in and took the ball away and rolled it into the vacant net. 7-0 (44 min)
Enfield made three changes at half time but they still kept Acton pinned back in the first Minute Sara Sinclair was sent clear but Pearson stuck out a foot and diverted Sinclair’s shot wide. A long ball gave Acton their best chance of the game as Chelsea Berlin helped it on over Enfield’s Kelly Cooper but also over the bar. Beth Lovell stooped to head a Brandon cross but Pearson was well placed to collect it. Wilding played the ball wide to Brandon and carried on her run to volley in the return ball from the winger. 8-0 (56 min)
Sinclair chased a back pass to the line but was beaten by a defender who appeared to accidently kick Sinclair as she cleared the ball but the referee decided to award a penalty that Wilding stepped up to take and saw Pearson save it. Sinclair and two Acton players collided in the centre but the ball still arrived in the path of Semma Halil and she took advantage of the space created to run on and draw Pearson before slotting home. 9-0 (59 min)
Enfield kept pouring forward but their shots were going just wide or over until a bad back pass left Pearson stranded and Brandon seized the opportunity pounce on the loose ball behind the keeper and knock it into the empty net. 10-0 (82 min)
Wilding split the Acton defence with a pass for Halil and Halil saw Pearson save her first shot before Lauren Mills cleared her second effort, which was lifted over the prostrate keeper, off the line. Enfield caused all kinds of confusion in the Acton defence before Coleman laid the ball back to Wilding who rifled in from the edge of the area. 11-0 (85 min)
Enfield tried to add further goals in the last few minutes but Pearson did well to take the ball off Sinclair and then Brandon shot over as she burst through the Acton defence that was now looking tired.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Regan Coleman for a well taken hat trick and some good attacking play in an all too infrequent appearance.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Demery, Oliver, Herrett, Brandon, Pavett (Sinclair), Mabey (Lovell), Kent, Browne (Halil), Wilding ©, Coleman.
Old Actonians Team; J.Pearson, Mills, Wylie, H.Pearson, Regan, Fox ©, Jones, Randall, Keeka, Amarquave. Berlin.
Next Sunday 27/11/2011 Enfield Town travel to league leaders Lewes for a league cup quarter final tie.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB
WOMEN’S FA CUP
3RD QUALIFING ROUND
HETHERSETT ATHLETIC 0 ENFIELD TOWN 5
Enfield Town Ladies began this season’s Women’s FA Cup with a comfortable 5-0 victory away to Hethersett Athletic. Katie Wilding secured a hat-trick with Sara Sinclair and Claire Pavett adding a goal each. Enfield manager John Abbott said “We didn’t know what to expect and started with a defensive line up but after we switched to our normal formation we shifted up a gear and coasted through although our hosts never gave up and look a promising outfit. We now look forward to Monday’s draw.”
Enfield Town almost made a dream start in the opening minute as a quick exchange of passes allowed Claire Pavett to escape down the left and put in a cross that Sara Sinclair could only put over the bar. A cross was cleared to Cally Browne but she snatched at the shot and fired over. A Sinclair run ended with a cross that Hethersett keeper Amy Bell took at full stretch with Enfield players waiting behind her. Hethersett had a chance Captain Jenna Cannell tried her luck with a long range free kick but it failed to trouble Kelly Cooper who was well placed to collect the ball. Pavett and Sheree Oliver exchanged passes and set up Beth Lovell who shot over. A slight mix up saw Claire Gooch put the ball past Cooper and as Hethersett’s Emma Mulley tried to take advantage Kelly Herrett calmly got back and cleared the danger. Pavett again attacked down the right and with the Hethersett defenders backing off she cut in and hit a shot that clipped a defenders
heels and rebounded to Katie Wilding who to a touch to turn past an opponent and fired into the net. 0-1 (24 min)
A Beth Demery corner was headed goal wards by Gooch but Sophie Lubbock was perfectly positioned to head it off the line but the reprieve didn’t last for long as just two minutes later a pass was helped on by Wilding into the run of Sinclair who took the ball around Bell and slotted in as Hethersett defenders desperately tried to get back. 0-2 (37 min)
A smart pass through Enfield’s defence sent Grace Birchall in and she shot low towards the far post but was thwarted as Cooper got down and stopped the ball dead. Pavett and Browne linked up with Pavett seeing Bell doing well to push her shot around the post for a corner and from the corner Enfield had a couple of chances with Hethersett unable to clear the ball and when it finally came to Oliver she looped in a cross that Sinclair headed toward the far corner and Bell could only get her finger tips to it and saw the ball drop to Pavett who thumped the ball into the vacant net from two yards out. 0-3 (43 min)
A dangerous looking cross into the Enfield area saw Herrett and Birchall both challenge for it and the ball bounced safely to Cooper. A Demery free kick was headed on by Gooch and Bell just managed to palm it behind for a corner at full stretch.
Enfield were forced into a change at half time as Demery was unwell but the shuffle around had very little effect on Enfield with Wilding pouncing on a poor goal kick to advance and shoot wide. Birchall was immediately onto a sloppy Enfield pass and exchanged passes with Mulley before heading for goal but Cooper was swiftly out to smother the ball. Pavett put in yet another good cross but this time Bell was quicker than anyone else and beat Wilding to it. Enfield received a free kick on the right and with Demery off the field Wilding tried her luck and was rewarded as Bell seemed to lose the ball in the sun and fumbled over her head into the net. 0-4 (54 min)
Mulley put in a cross that Birchall reached before Cooper but put it over. Wilding took another free kick this time short to Browne who fired through a crowd and Bell did well to push it out for a corner when she couldn’t have seen it until very late. A Free kick into Enfield’s area dropped to Mulley but all composure deserted her and she fired over. Birchall again found herself bearing down on Cooper but once again Cooper dived at the right moment and took the ball. Sub Semma Halil ran and crossed deep to Sinclair who returned the ball to the centre and Wilding was the first react by taking a touch to control the ball and a second to fire home. 0-5 (68 min)
Holly Brandon slipped a pass to Wilding who put in a cross that Sinclair should have buried but a defender managed to get back and block the shot after Sinclair hesitated. Brandon powered down the right wing skipping over a number of challenges and put in a great cross that Sinclair fired to Hethersett keeper Bell. Birchall raced onto a pass and lifted the ball over Cooper into the net but an off side flag ruled her effort out. Enfield started to get a touch sloppy in defence and a poor pass let Mulley have a chance that she blazed over the bar and then another chance that Cooper rook off the toe of Mulley as she was about to shoot.
Halil picked out a lovely cross from the left that Sinclair somehow managed to head away from the goal. The final chance of the game came after Sinclair returned a pass to Brandon and Brandon hit a wonderful cross that Wilding couldn’t stretch the extra inch to poke home and Halil couldn’t turn past a defender at the post.
Enfield Town M.O.M was an easy choice with Wilding netting a richly deserved hat-trick.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Gooch ©, Demery (Brandon), Herrett, Oliver, Mabey, Lovell, Browne (Kent), Pavett (Halil), Wilding, Sinclair.
Hethersett Athletic Team; Bell, S.Lubbock, V.Lubbock, Cannell ©, McCrory (Annison), Swann (Brister), Rutherford, Ramm (Beckett), Birchall, Mulley, Kelly. Unused Subs; Buhler, Todd.
Next Sunday 20/11/2011 Enfield Town finally get to play at their new QE Stadium home as they host South East Combination rivals Old Actonians in the Middlesex Senior Cup. Enfield won both league games between the two clubs this season, 9-0 away and 5-0 home. Kick Off 2pm.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 0 LEWES 3
Enfield Town Ladies lost for the first time this season as league leaders Lewes took advantage of the sending off of Claire Gooch for the hosts to win 3-0. Two goals by Naomi Cole, one a penalty and a third by Joanna Gardiner secured the points. Enfield manager John Abbott said “It was already going to be a tough task against Lewes but until the sending off and the penalty there was very little between the sides and no clear scoring chances for either side and after we held them to only a couple of chances. I am happy with the way we battled when many teams give up when things don’t go their way.” Enfield Town stay third in the table.
The game started without either side creating many clear chances and it was Lewes’ Lesley Smith who had the first effort as she headed a Tammy Waine corner over the bar. Sheree Oliver headed a cross out of Enfield’s area to Waine who shot wide from outside the area. Claire Pavett saw her cross cleared to Katie Wilding who hit Enfield’s first chance over. Waine chased a long ball over the top and decided to shot early but it went wide and didn’t trouble Kelly Cooper. Holly Grogan managed to force the ball through to Waine but the shot went over the bar. A quick pass by Wilding sent Pavett away and her cross saw Oliver get in front of the visiting defence and steer the ball goal wards but it lacked power to beat Layla Young in Lewes’ goal.
A Waine corner was fired in by Andrea Veiga but an Enfield defender blocked it and Cooper saved the follow up Naomi Cole. Enfield gave away a cheap free kick wide on the right and were made to pay for it as the kick was played short down the side of the defensive wall and crossed in where Kelly Newton had a shot saved by Cooper and then beat Cooper with the rebound but Claire Gooch dived on the line and struck the ball with her arm. Referee Peter Jago had no option other than to award a penalty and send Gooch off. Naomi Cole stepped up and scored the penalty high to the right. 0-1 (42 min)
The second half was almost the same as the first with Lewes being kept to shooting from distance and not troubling Cooper in Enfield’s goal until Waine put in a cross towards a team mate but Cally Browne had tracked back and put the ball out for a corner. Waine picked out Joanna Gardiner but Pavett block her route to goal and forced her wide. Waine hit a diagonal cross that an Enfield defender misjudged and Grogan hit a great volley that clipped the bar as it went over. Enfield’s Sara Sinclair started to get more involved with the game and won the ball in midfield before advancing and shooting from long range to Young. Cole out foxed Oliver on the half way line and bore down on goal where she was met by Cooper and Cooper stood up until the last moment and dropped onto the ball as Cole tried to poke it past her.
Enfield had a wonderful chance to level the score as a Wilding free kick found Leanne Mabey and Oliver get away from the Lewes defenders but get in each other’s way and Mabey headed across the goal. Wilding flicked a ball on into the path of Sinclair who elected to shoot early as defenders struggled to reach her but the shot went wide. Sinclair again appeared to have outpaced the defence but one of them just got back in time to block her shot. Holly Brandon got away down the right and put in a cross that was just too close to Young who took it out of the air.
Lewes won a corner and as Enfield struggled to clear it Cole found the ball at her feet on the edge of the area and threaded a shot through the crowd and past the unsighted Cooper to double the lead. 0-2 (74 min)
Sheree Oliver to a knock as she conceded a corner and was made to leave the pitch despite not asking for treatment and from the corner Joanna Gardiner took advantage of the extra space to turn on a loose ball and fired it into the net from close range. 0-3 (77 min)
Cole again raced away from the Enfield defence and once again Cooper met her on the edge of the area and blocked the forward progress by winning the ball cleanly. Veiga had the final shot of the game but Cooper saved it and then gathered in the ball before a Lewes player could reach it.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Captain Beth Lovell who ran and tackled all game but every player gave their best.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Browne, Pavett (Halil), Herrett, Gooch, Hughes (Brandon), Oliver, Lovell ©, Mabey, Wilding, Sinclair. Unused sub; Demery.
Lewes Team; Young, Wood, O’Reilly, Smith, Baker, Newton ©, Waine, Bennett, Cole, Grogan, Gardiner. Subs used; Arrowsmith, Veiga, Trafford, Subs Unused; York, Gower.
This Wednesday 2/11/2011 Enfield town host bottom of the table Old Actonians at Cheshunt Fc, Enfield won the away game 9-0, with a 7.45 kick off. Next Sunday 6/11/2011 Enfield travel to 2nd place Norwich City at Norwich United 2pm.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 6 CRYSTAL PALACE 1
Enfield Town Ladies returned to league action with a 6-1 victory over Crystal Palace after trailing at half time. Josie Elliott gave the visitors the lead before the break and Sara Sinclair (2), Beth Demery, Semma Halil, Kerrie Marlborough and an own goal replied for Enfield. Enfield manager John Abbott said “for some reason we always seem to struggle against Palace and at half time it was a familiar looking story but suddenly after a slight tactical change by George Norman and myself everything went right and the goals flew in, we were rewarded for our adventure.” Ahead of next week’s visit of league leaders Lewes Enfield remain third in the table.
Enfield started well and in the second minute as Holly Brandon slid a pass to Sara Sinclair who passed to Beth Lovell and Lovell laid the ball back to Leanne Mabey who shot narrowly wide of the post. Sinclair made her way to the corner and crossed to Lizzie Kent who shot wide. A free kick by Palace evaded everyone in the centre when a touch could have easily resulted in a goal. A Beth Demery corner caused confusion and desperate defending before Palace tried to break away quickly but Mabey halted their progress with a foul. Mabey hit a dipping shot that also swerved and Palace keeper Amy Merricks managed to get a hand to it and deserved her luck as the ball dropped to a defender and was cleared. Palace won a corner on a rare excursion into the Enfield area and when the corner was played Enfield couldn’t clear it and the ball dropped to Josie Elliott who calmly dispatched it past Enfield’s Kelly Cooper. 0-1 (22 min)
Palace were now full of confidence and Valentine Ibe bore down on goal but Cooper pulled off a good save when facing down the forward with the ball spinning away for a corner. A Kent cross was headed on by Sinclair but it was straight to Merricks, Claire Pavett set up Kelly Hughes storming through from the back but Hughes shot wide and a Demery corner was helped on by Sheree Oliver but Hughes was unable to force it over the line behind her. A quick break by Palace resulted in another one on one battle between Enfield’s Cooper and Palace’s Ibe with Cooper again winning. Elliott returned a cleared free kick back over the defence to Cooper and then Enfield ended the half with Lovell sweeping a Demery corner over the bar.
Enfield almost got back on level terms as the second half started but after good work by Lovell and Oliver Brandon got under the ball and could only put it over the bar. Najina Campous had a free header at the back post but put it wide of the post as Palace threatened. Enfield won a free kick wide on the right and Demery’s delivery was perfect for Sinclair who headed the ball down and between Merricks’ legs where although Merricks quickly turned to grab it the Referee’s Assistant signalled it was over the line. 1-1 (49 min)
A defensive error allowed Mabey a chance that she hit against a defender before a short back pass by Oliver required quick work by Cooper as Ibe looked to gain an advantage. A Demery corner found Sinclair unmarked in the penalty area and Sinclair headed home without challenge. 2-1 (55 min)
Palace briefly threatened again and Demery dived full length to head over her own bar with a forward behind her. Demery was advancing down the right and hit a cross towards the far post and although like all good forwards Sinclair claimed a touch, the ball went straight in unaided. 3-1 (59 min)
Demery hit a high ball into the area and as Merricks fumbled the ball and then grabbed it under pressure as two Enfield players challenged. Another Demery free kick was met with a thumping header as Jay Blackie put it past her own keeper. 4-1 (66 min)
Kelly Newbound headed a free kick by Enfield sub Kerrie Marlborough over her own bar. Merricks did very well to dive to her left and divert a Mabey shot from a Demery corner around the post. Oliver headed a Demery free kick straight to Merricks. Mabey sent sub Semma Halil down the right and although a heavy touch looked to have favoured Merricks it was a brave stretch by Halil that steered the ball home before the forward and keeper collided. 5-1 (74 min)
Halil made the corner and crossed low to Marlborough who tried to sweep the ball in while sitting on the ground. Marlborough didn’t have to wait long though as Enfield won a free kick and after carefully setting the ball she fired in off the bar with Merricks getting a touch to it that only damaged the keepers fingers and couldn’t keeper. 6-1 (79 min)
Palace were forced to replace Merricks with Lucy Galea giving up her defensive duties to take over the gloves. Cally Browne put a Halil pull back wide and spooned an effort into the air that Galea grabbed. Sinclair hit a dipping shot that just cleared the bar and the last chance of the game went to Palace but as Ibe closed in on goal Kelly Herrett got back to nick the ball and concede a corner.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Sheree Oliver who worked tirelessly for 90 minutes but Beth Demery also deserves a mention for her high quality delivery time and again.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Demery, Pavett (Halil), Herrett, Hughes, Mabey, Oliver, Lovell ©, Kent (Browne), Brandon (Marlborough), Sinclair.
Crystal Palace Team; Merricks (Byrton), Michalski, Campous, Newbound, Galea, Mitchell ©, Blackie, Ibe, Elliott, Butts.
Next Sunday Enfield Town host league leaders Lewes in their first game at their new Queen Elizabeth Stadium home, kick off 2pm before returning to Cheshunt FC for a final time to host bottom of the table Old Actonians who they beat 9-0 in the away match last month. 7.45 pm kick off
RYMAN WOMEN’S CUP
LOWESTOFT TOWN 2 ENFIELD TOWN 4
Enfield Town Ladies ended a disappointing week when their two victories over Tooting and Mitcham had been expunged from the records when their opponents withdrawn from the league, which saw Enfield dropped to third in the table, with a successful start to the defence of the Ryman Women’s Cup that they have held for three years with a 4-2 win away to Suffolk Women’s League Division One Lowestoft Town. Sara Sinclair scored twice with Katie Wilding and Cally Browne getting one each while Charlotte Eastwood and Broghan Scully netted for the hosts. Enfield Manager John Abbott said “It’s always difficult to play at your best when the opposition are from a lower league and as a consequence we made it hard for ourselves. The officials also seemed to struggle to reach the standards that we set for ourselves and the ensuing stop start nature of the game was frustrating but we are through and that is the main thing.” Enfield will now have to wait until
later in the year for the next round draw as the match was brought forward to fill a blank Sunday instead of the usual midweek date for the competition.
Enfield Town began with plenty of attacking purpose and as a Lowestoft defender tried to clear the ball she was quickly shut down by Semma Halil and Halil’s interception fell perfectly into the path of Sara Sinclair as she strode into the area Sinclair to a touch to steady and then stroked the ball in low to the right of the keeper. 0-1 (4 min)
Enfield received an immediate warning that Lowestoft wouldn’t take it laying down as Kelly Cooper had to race off her line to clear a long ball as two attacks closed in. Sinclair dinked a ball over the defence to Holly Brandon who cut back and picked out Katie Wilding but Lowestoft keeper Niki Wigg pulled off a good save at the foot of the post. A wonderful through ball by Leanne Mabey was ended by a good tackle on Sinclair in the area. Shortly after the game resumed Sinclair saw a shot cannon off the bar and over when set up by Halil. Sinclair looked about to have a shot only for Chantelle Keevil to recover and get in a tackle at the expense of a corner but the reprieve was brief as the ensuing corner was spectacularly volleyed against a defender on the line by Wilding and after Halil played the ball back in, it was Wilding who was alert to it and rifled the ball past the defence on the line. 0-2 (30 min)
Brandon wriggled free to the corner and then looked up before crossing towards Wilding and Sinclair but a defender got a touch to take it out of their reach. Charlotte Eastwood attacked the Enfield area but Kelly Herrett used all her experience to ease her off the ball and allow Cooper to collect it. Sinclair won the ball before shooting over and then Cally Browne won the ball and strode on to shoot over. Enfield struggled to completely clear a corner and Broghan Scully hit a shot on the run that Cooper caught under the bar. Sinclair picked a pass to Brandon and Brandon took on and beat Sian Wright at the corner before cutting in and passing to Browne who couldn’t see a clear shot so passed to Wilding who played the ball back to Browne who shot past Wigg at the near post. 0-3 (45+6 min)
Returning captain Claire Gooch timed a run to perfection onto a free kick and elected to pass to Brandon instead of shooting and again a good tackle by Keevil cleared the danger and the half finally ended after an hour of play with Sian Manthorpe presenting Clieo Stephenson a chance but again Herrett came to Enfield’s rescue.
A Sinclair began the second half by outpacing the home defence and crossing to Wilding three yards out but Wilding managed to scoop the ball over the bar. A corner was a fraction too high for Gooch but it dropped back towards her and she swept the ball on only for Wigg to pull off a smart save with her legs. Wigg got her fingertips to a Demery cross which was vital as Sinclair and Wilding waited behind her. Stephenson was closing in on goal but Herrett put in a challenge which allowed Cooper to take the ball. Sheree Oliver curled a shot over the defence and Wigg punched it away from under the bar to Sinclair who crashed a shot off the bar and Browne fired the loose ball over the bar.
A free kick awarded after what looked like a perfect tackle by Browne that also earned Browne a booking dropped eventually to Charlotte Eastwood in the area who thumped the ball home but the referee ruled it out and gave Enfield a free kick for offside as the assistants flag was raised but then the referee went over to the assistant and changed his mind awarding a goal. 1-3 (75 min)
Oliver put in a teasing cross that Wigg gathered in with Sinclair inch’s away. Oliver slid the ball forward to Browne and after taking the ball on she passed to Sinclair who steadied and shot into the top near post corner. 1-4 (81 min)
Oliver and Kelly Hughes exchanged passes before Oliver forced a save by Wigg. The game ended as a diagonal cross into the area was cleverly lifted over Cooper dive by Broghan Scully and it beat Demery’s effort to get back to it. 2-4 (90 min)
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Kelly Herrett for a calm performance with a couple of vital interceptions in her own area.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Brandon, Kent, Herrett, Gooch ©, Hughes, Mabey (Oliver), Halil (Demery), Browne, Wilding, Sinclair.
Lowestoft Town Team; Wigg, Knights, Keevil, King, Cotterill, Dyson, Davies (Scully), Eastwood, Stephenson, Rivett, Manthorpe (Baster). Unused sub; Lee.
Next Sunday 23/10/2011 Enfield Town return to Cheshunt FC to Host sixth place Crystal Palace in a league game which is a quick return for Palace after Enfield’s penalty shoot-out win two weeks ago in a League Cup tie.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 4 EBBSFLEET UNITED 0
Enfield Town maintained their place at the top of the table as they beat 4th place Ebbsfleet United 4-0 at home. First half goals from Beth Lovell and Sara Sinclair were added to by Kelly Hughes and Katie Wilding after the break. Joint Enfield Town Manager George Norman said “Ebbsfleet had a good result last week which must have given them confidence but I knew that if we got on with our game we would beat them and that is exactly what happened as we didn’t let them build up a head of steam. They came at us for a while in each half but we soaked it up and then imposed ourselves on them.” Enfield remain a point ahead of Lewes.
Enfield started with a bout of possession and waited for their chance and the first one came as Holly Brandon passed to Beth Lovell and her touch found Lizzie Kent but Kent’s cross drifted out of play as Sara Sinclair attack the area. A long clearance by keeper Kelly Cooper was flicked on by Katie Wilding into the path of Sinclair who took the ball on but shot wide without challenging Ebbsfleet keeper, Chloe Baker. A rare poor touch by Beth Demery let in Claire Williams but the chance was wasted as Williams crossed too deep and by the time Lisa Fulgence retrieved the ball Enfield had their defence back in place and they forced the play away from their goal. Kelly Herrett hit a ball forward that was flicked on by Sinclair and Claire Pavett was away to cut in and force a good save from Baker who gathered the ball in before Wilding could reach it. Wilding picked out Brandon who hit a cross that Sinclair tried to connect with by a bicycle kick but she
could direct it towards goal. Sheree Oliver looking more comfortable in the back line every game hit a pass to Pavett and she picked out the run of Sinclair but Baker again did well to save the shot and Sinclair fouled a defender as she tried to win back loose ball.
Williams looked to have fouled Oliver but the referee thought otherwise and Williams tried to drive in a low cross but Herrett put it behind for a corner. Wilding sent Brandon away on the right and after cutting in and beating two defenders Brandon kept her head and drove in a low cross to the near post where Beth Lovell got in front of Baker to get a touch that even desperate defending couldn’t keep out. 1-0 (37 min)
Wilding received the ball in midfield and held on to it until Sinclair made a run and Wilding put the ball over Ebbsfleet’s defenders and Sinclair reached the ball just before the oncoming Baker at the edge of the area with the result that Sinclair lifted the ball over the keeper and watched as with on bounce it hit the back of the net. 2-0 (39 min)
Another smart touch by Wilding freed Sinclair and Sinclair was only disposed by two tackles in the area, the first of which looked like a strong penalty appeal, and Ebbsfleet broke quickly and with Fulgence in support Williams elected to shoot from distance and failed to trouble Cooper.
Early in second half Demery drove in a low free kick that Lovell couldn’t quite get a firm enough touch to and Kelly Herrett thumped a shot against a defender who cleared the ball. Wilding shot weakly to Baker after work by Pavett, Sinclair fed Wilding in the area but a defender managed to get the ball out for a throw in, Leanne Mabey got too much of a connection to a Demery free kick and headed over the bar, A defender conceded a corner as another Demery free kick caused chaos in the area and Wilding turned on a pass from Pavett and forced a save from baker who grabbed the loose ball as Brandon tried to reach it. Demery clipped a ball over Ebbsfleet’s defence to Wilding but Wilding failed to connect cleanly with a swing which allowed Baker to make the save.
Williams hit a free kick from distance that had the power but not the accuracy to trouble Cooper in a rare chance for Ebbsfleet. Lizzie Kent won the ball and passed to Brandon who played a ball to Wilding, Wilding waited for a gap to appear before hitting a shot that forced a very good save from Baker who couldn’t have seen the ball until late conceding a corner and from the Demery’s corner Kelly Hughes who had only been on the pitch for a minute met the ball with a thumping header at the near post giving Baker and her team no chance. 3-0 (72 Min)
Yet another Demery free kick was met by a team mate as this time Beth Lovell headed at Baker. Brandon was swiftly onto a loose ball in the corner and turned it back to Lovell who hit a diagonal cross that was just over Sinclair but perfect for Wilding level with the far post to head in past Baker. 4-0 (79 min)
Brandon who is really growing into senior football calmly held the ball until the right moment before slotting the it through the defence to the run of Sinclair where only a good tackle prevented a goal by giving away a corner. Wilding got in a cross to Sinclair who got too far under it and volleyed about twenty yards over the bar. Semma Halil who came on as a late sub set up the final chance as she picked the ball up in Enfield’s half and headed straight for goal before stopping and laying the ball back for Wilding who was crowded out before getting in a shot.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Katie Wilding who was pulling the strings all game between the midfield and Sinclair with almost every attack involving Wilding somehow.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Demery (Marlborough), Pavett (Hughes), Herrett, Brandon (Halil), Mabey, Oliver, Lovell ©, Kent, Wilding, Sinclair.
Ebbsfleet United Team, C.Baker, Martin, Wells (Coll), Chambers, Perolls, Philpott, Stewart (Longhurst), Lawrence ©, Fulgence, Poole, Williams. Unused Sub; F.Baker (GK)
Next Sunday 16/10/2011 Enfield Town have a rare Sunday without a league game and take the opportunity to travel to Lowestoft Town of the Suffolk Women’s League Division one to begin the defence of the Ryman Women’s Cup that they have won for the last three seasons. 2pm kick off at Lowestoft Town FC.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 1 CRYSTAL PALACE 1
(AET 1-1 90 MINS)
ENFIELD TOWN WON 3-2 ON PENALTIES
Enfield Town progressed to the quarter finals of the league cup with a penalty shoot-out win over Crystal Palace after 120 minutes failed to separate the sides. Valentine Ibe gave Palace the lead from the spot in the second half with Katie Wilding netting a free kick with the last kick of 90 minutes and with no further score during extra time it was Ibe who missed the final kick Ibe the shoot-out. Enfield manager John Abbott said “It was a tough 120 minutes in the heat but we finally made it through. Katie Wilding came up with the goods when we needed it late on and both sides had good chances during extra time with both keepers excelling to take it to penalties where we kept our heads to win, it was a baptism of fire for our new keeper Kelly Cooper.”
With Kelly Cooper making her first appearance in Enfield’s goal and Kerrie Marlborough reverting to her favoured defensive position it took a while for the hosts to settle and Palace had the first chance and Marlborough muscled Josie Elliott out of the area and away from goal, Elliott was flagged off side from a Sherelle Walters cross and Kelly Herrett deflected a shot by Elliott to Cooper. Enfield’s Sara Sinclair hit a shot from outside the area that lacked power but still caused concern for Palace as keeper Sam Sharp slipped and could only watch the ball roll past the post. Sheree Oliver cut out a cross but then lost the ball to Walters who got in to the area and shot against the bar with Valentine Ibe retrieving the ball forcing Herrett to give away a corner.
Claire Pavett looked to be fouled in the area but kept her feet to set up Katie Wilding to shoot to Sharp, Oliver ran on and shot against a defender with Mabey having a follow up blocked. A Palace corner saw Lizzie Kent block a Walters shot with Beth Lovell clearing off the line and Cooper grabbing the ball as Walters tried to sweep it in while sat on the floor. Pavett shot across the goal with no Enfield forwards gambling to get on the end of it, Lovell played the ball wide to Holly Brandon and her cross was saved by Sharp as Wilding shot and Pavett had a shot blocked before Leanne Mabey thundered a shot off the bar. Ibe tried to attack down the right but Brandon tracked her all the way back and ran her out of play for a goal kick. Brandon crossed and a defender managed to put the ball behind as Sinclair closed in and from the resulting corner Oliver headed over.
A Palace corner by Amy Merricks was played back to her and she fired narrowly over. Sinclair chased a hopeful ball forward and flicked the ball wide of the post after beating Sharp to it. Cooper came off her line to save at Elliott’s feet and Ibe shot wide as she was first to the loose ball and the net was empty. Enfield had a great shout for a penalty as a Wilding corner looked to come off a defenders hand to Sharp but the referee ignored the claims. Sinclair was fouled just outside the area and played on only to cross to Sharp. Pavett took a throw to Wilding who turned and shot but Sharp managed to save low to her right. A clever touch saw Elliott burst into the area and a challenge by Marlborough saw her bring down Elliott for a penalty that Ibe scored to the right. 0-1 (70 min)
A Marlborough free kick was knocked down by Wilding for Sinclair and her shot hit a defender going out for a corner. A diagonal ball in by Lizzie Kent was pushed off Regan Coleman’s head by Sharp. Sharp did well to take a Wilding free kick at the post. Kirsty Mitchell had a chance smothered by Cooper, Kent picked out Sinclair who shot to Sharp and the keeper threw the ball out to Wilding who hit a snap shot against the bar. Deep into added time with time running out Semma Halil set off on a direct run at the visitors defence only to be brought down just outside the area for a free kick, Wilding stepped up to fire home the free kick off the bar with Palace claiming it didn’t cross the line even though Sharp had to turn around on the line to grab the ball. 1-1 (90+4 min) There was just time to kick off before the final whistle.
Extra time took a while to get going and Palace thought they had taken the lead as Ibe saw her cross turned in by Hannah Crater but the official’s flag was raised for offside. Ibe used her pace to get away and rounded the challenge of Cooper before shooting but Herrett got back to clear it by the post. Sinclair got to the corner and crossed in where a defender appeared to put the ball behind with her hand but only a corner was awarded, Kent took the corner and Lovell was a fraction away from forcing the ball in at the post. A Palace corner dropped to Carter who powered in a shot that rebounded clear off a team mates head.
Hesitating but shooting to Sharp, Coleman picking out Sinclair but her shot went off a knee for a corner, Coleman took a throw to Sinclair who turned and crossed for Wilding to head wide, A Kent corner fired into a crowd of players by Coleman and then Wilding was felled from behind in the area but no penalty was awarded. Palace had two late efforts with Cooper taking one under the bar and the other being straight to her on the line. With no more scoring it was down to penalties.
Palace went first and Kelly Newbound fired over, Wilding scored, Kirsty Mitchell scored, Kelly Hughes scored, Jay Blackie had her penalty saved by Cooper, Coleman had her kick saved, Elliott scored, Oliver scored even though Sharp got a hand to it and then Ibe fired wide of the post to give Enfield the victory.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Beth Lovell for 120 non-stop minutes but Kelly Herrett also deserves a mention.
Enfield Town Team; Cooper, Marlborough © (Hughes), Pavett, Herrett, Mabey (Coleman), Brandon (Halil), Oliver, Lovell, Kent, Wilding, Sinclair.
Crystal Palace Team; Sharp, Merricks, Warner, Newbound, Jackson, Mitchell ©, Blackie, Galea, Walters, Elliott, Ibe. Subs; Carter, Campous, Byll.
Next Sunday 9/10/2011 Enfield Town are again at home this time to 4th place Ebbsfleet United in a league game. 4pm kick off.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
TOOTING & MITCHAM UNITED 0 ENFIELD TOWN 8
Enfield Town Ladies kept hold of top spot with another comprehensive victory this time away to Tooting & Mitcham United. Their eight goal win means in a week they have won 3 games scoring nineteen times with conceding any. Manager John Abbott said “While it’s pleasing to see the younger players getting their names on the score sheet along with the more experienced players, we must still remember that there are some far more difficult games to come and to keep our focus.” The lead remains at a point as Lewes and Norwich City also won.
Having beaten Tooting 9-0 earlier in the season Enfield looked to be heading for a similar score from the opening minute as Claire Pavett ran onto a pass from Sara Sinclair and hit a rasping drive that cannoned off the crossbar. Katie Wilding and Pavett set Semma Halil clear but the ball went loose to Tooting keeper Layla Prior. Wilding had a shot blocked as she pulled the trigger, Beth Lovell shot to Prior after good work by Semma Halil, Wilding and Holly Brandon, Lizzie Kent picked out Sinclair who exchanged passes with Pavett before forcing a save out of Prior. Kerrie Marlborough received a back pass and managed to hit Tooting forward Melissa Finn with her clearance and got lucky as the ball looped into the air and was an easy catch.
Kent and Pavett combined to set up Brandon but Brandon volleyed narrowly wide, A Brandon cross was sliced by Lovell to Prior, Sinclair elected to shoot early when sent away by Halil but it went wide, Brandon strode into the area and rode a challenge before crossing a fraction too high for attackers in the middle, Halil worked herself a good position to cross from but Kay Swygart managed to head it behind for a corner Kent chested down a Beth Demery free kick for Lovell to hit a drive to Prior and Sinclair was quickly onto a poor clearance and shot across goal before finally in added time Enfield got the goal that they had been threatening as Kent slid a pass to Brandon and her cross found Pavett who put the ball perfectly into the path of Lovell and Lovell made no mistake burying the ball past Prior. 0-1 (45+1 min)
The second half had barely began when Brandon and Wilding helped the ball on to Kent and from outside the area Kent hit a shot that dipped over Prior and in. 0-2 (46 min)
Wilding picked out Pavett in the area with a free kick and Pavett hit her shot against Prior and with the ball going loose across the goal it was Halil who reacted first to beat a defender to it and fire home from a yard out. 0-3 (48 min)
Halil made yet another run to the corner and cut it to cross to Wilding and Wilding saw Prior get a hand to her shot but it hit the post and crossed the line before the keeper could recover. 0-4 (50 min)
Halil’s last action of the game saw her shoot narrowly across goal after Sinclair slipped her in. Pavett held her run to beat the offside trap but a defender did very well to get back to block her cross, Pavett passed to sub Regan Coleman and Brandon was an inch away from getting in a touch at the far post to the forthcoming cross and Sinclair volleyed a Demery cross over the bar. Kent sent Pavett away down the left and when the cross came in Coleman got a touch to take it over the desperate challenge of Prior and tapped the ball home. 0-5 (75 min)
Sheree Oliver came forward out of defence to win the ball and slide the ball into the path of sub Leanne Mabey who took the ball on before smacking the ball in past Prior. 0-6 (76 min)
Brandon shot across goal and Sinclair pulled the ball back in but Lovell was penalised as she ran straight into Charlotte Nash, leaving Nash in a heap. Enfield kept up the pressure and Tooting thought they had cleared the danger but Kent ran forwards and hit a perfectly placed dipping shot from about 30 yards. 0-7 (81 min)
Enfield were unhappy when after countless fouls throughout the game by Ellen Swygart they had Leanne Mabey booked for her first challenge on Swygart. Brandon was still full of running and went clear down the right and cut in before clipping a shot over Prior and just inside the far post. 0-8 (89 min)
Enfield had on final chance to match their midweek total when Brandon chipped the ball over the tired home defence for Coleman but Coleman shot across and wide of the far post.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Lizzie Kent for a strong midfield performance and two very well taken goals.
Enfield Town Team; Marlborough ©, Demery (McNeil), Pavett, Herrett, Halil (Mabey), Brandon, Oliver, Lovell, Kent, Wilding (Coleman), Sinclair. Unused sibs; Worsfold, Coulson (gk)
Tooting & Mitcham United Team; Prior, Garman, K.Swygart, Malone, Davies, Spooner ©, Nash, E.Swygart, Marney Wellbelove, Finn, Stepto. Unused sub; Tahain.
Next Sunday Enfield Town take a break from league action to host Crystal Palace in a league cup tie at Cheshunt FC. 2pm kick off.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
OLD ACTONIANS 0 ENFIELD TOWN 9
Enfield Town went to the top of the table as they hit their second 9-0 win of the season, this time away to Old Actonians. Katie Wilding opened the scoring in the first half and added a second just after the re-start before the flood gates opened and Sara Sinclair netted four times along with Semma Halil, Holly Brandon and a first for the club by Olivia Worsfold. Enfield manager John Abbott said “ It’s was only one nil at the break but I knew as we were playing well that we just had to be patient and the goals would come but even then I was pleasantly surprised by the amount we scored. Sinclair needed a goal to get her season off and running and it’s great to see the younger players, Holly Brandon and Semma Halil, getting their names on the score sheet.” Enfield Town top by a point but Lewes have a game in hand.
Old Actonians kicked off and tried their luck with Linda Fox chasing the ball down the slope and shooting wide in the first minute. A Beth Demery free kick was headed down to Leanne Mabey but she fired wide. Claire Pavett set up Sara Sinclair but the chance was wasted. Hayley Johnson took a throw in to Carla Williams who mishit the ball straight to Enfield’s Kerrie Marlborough. Beth Lovell and Semma Halil sent Holly Brandon away and Brandon took the shot early but a fraction too high. Halil had a shot blocked and Mabey had a shot well caught by Acton’s keeper Jane Pearson. Halil took a pass in her stride and made the corner before cutting in and picking out Katie Wilding in the area where she took a touch and dispatched the ball past Pearson. 0-1 (13 min)
Pavett shot to Pearson after a move also involving Mabey and Wilding, Wilding was fouled wide on the right and Sinclair headed in Demery’s free kick but it was ruled out for offside, Kelly Herrett calmly headed a bouncing ball back to Marlborough during a rare moment of Acton pressure. Sinclair failed to trouble Pearson with a few shots, Wilding swept a Pavett cross over the bar, Brandon gave Pavett a chance that went wide and Pavett set Sinclair up for a run at Pearson that the keeper won as she stayed on her feet to the last moment and took the ball off Sinclair, Halil was free in the centre with an open net in front of her. Lovell and Pavett set up Brandon and her shot was well saved by Pearson. Sinclair had another effort that took a deflection off a defender and rolled to Pearson.
After just 46 seconds of the second half Pavett found Wilding and Wilding put a shot over Pearson and inside the far post from close in. 0-2 (46 min)
Halil shot across goal after Sheree Oliver cut out a pass in midfield and fed her, Wilding played in Sinclair who shot early forcing another good save by Pearson. Brandon won the ball in the middle and slipped the ball behind the defence to Halil who headed for goal and drew the keeper out before she stroked the ball in with her weaker left foot. 0-3 (54 min)
Johnson bundled her way between two Enfield defender and hit a firm shot that Marlborough dived right to push away and then got back to her feet as Williams retrieved the ball and shot, Marlborough again dived to save this time holding on to the ball. Sinclair chased down Pearson as she went to deal with a back pass and the ball went to Brandon who looked up and fired home above two defenders covering on the line. 0-4 (61 min)
Hannah Pearson took a shot towards Enfield’s goal but the ball dropped to Marlborough’s arms and Marlborough quickly sent a massive kick down field which was perfectly into the path of Sinclair who left the defence for dead before drawing out Pearson and slipping he ball past her to net a much needed goal.0-5 (70 min
Pavett passed to Sinclair who again drew Pearson out and slid the ball past her for another goal this time from an angle. 0-6 (76 min)
Alex Coulson replaced Kerrie Marlborough in goal to give her a bit of first team experience with the gloves. The first thing Coulson did was to tidy up and grab the ball after initially misjudging it. Mabey picked a pass to Brandon who made the line and waited for the defenders to come to her before giving Sinclair a simple tap in in the centre. 0-7 (79 min)
Johnson was trying to get on to the end of a cross into the Enfield area but Oliver read it well and headed away. Wilding took a free kick from the left and almost on the line Sinclair jumped highest to thump home a header for her fourth goal of the game. 0-8 (83 min
Rebecca Sandford hit a cross into the visitors area and Johnson took advantage of a slip by Coulson to fire in a shot but Oliver dive in to block at the expense of a corner. , from the resulting corner Suzana Keeka headed narrowly over. A minute into added time Enfield won another free kick that Wilding fired into the defensive wall and sub Olivia Worsfold was first to react by striking the ball into the top right hand corner of the net. 0-9 (90+1 Min)
Enfield’s last attack saw Sinclair cross for Wilding but she missed it and Brandon retrieved the ball and fired in a great cross that Sinclair dived head first at and it cannoned away off a defender
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Sara Sinclair for her four goal haul but it could and should have been mor
Enfield Town Team; Marlborough (Coulson), Demery (McNeil), Pavett, Herrett, Mabey, Brandon, Oliver, Lovell, Halil (Worsfold), Wilding, Sinclair.
Old Actonians team; J.Pearson, Sandford, Kelly, H.Pearson, Johnson, Fox, Caham, Randall, Keeka, Williams, Richards (Dutrieu).
This Sunday 25/09/2011 Enfield Town travel to play 12th place Tooting and Mitcham having won the return fixture 9-0 last month.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 2 LUTON TOWN 0
Enfield Town Ladies returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Luton Town. Despite losing Captain Claire Gooch to injury in the previous game they still managed maintained their great start to the season with second half goals from Semma Halil and Katie Wilding. Captain Claire Gooch said “It’s awful watching a game when you would rather be playing but the girls did well against a team that we normally have a battle with, we took our chances and got a well-deserved and very welcome victory.” Enfield Town are now in third place after Norwich won during the week.
Both teams started circling each other like a couple of fighters and Beth Lovell set Katie Wilding up for the first chance but Wilding failed to connect properly and Randi Reynolds was untroubled as she collected the ball. Jessica McKay took a corner for Luton and Lovell cleared it only for McKay to retrieve the ball and fire in a shot that Enfield’s keeper Kerrie Marlborough collected. Fran Boggi and Claire Pavett combined to get the ball to wilding but she was crowded out before getting in a shot. A diagonal ball to the corner set Holly Brandon free and she picked out Boggi but her shot was wide. A Demery corner was just over the onrushing forwards and was cleared to Pavett who hit a rasping shot that was rising all the way but still only just cleared the bar.
A high ball towards Enfield’s area saw stand in centre back Sheree Oliver head the ball away under pressure from Laura Day and McKay hit the loose ball over the bar from 25 yards out. Lovell sent Boggi on to exchange passes with Wilding and then hit the ball over the bar. Nicola Henman won the ball on the edge of Enfield’s area and then ride a couple of tackles only to then shoot straight to Marlborough. Henman slid a pass through Enfield’s defence to Michelle Byrne but Marlborough had spotted the danger and was quickly out to save the first time shot and then Marlborough recovered to dive on the loose ball after it had hit Day and rolled towards the goal. Luton attacked down their left side and McKay swept the ball wide when it was crossed in conceding a goal kick although it looked like Kelly Herrett had got the last touch when trying to block the shot. Byrne crossed the ball in and two Luton players appeared favourites to get the ball but
Brandon nipped in between them to clear.
Early after the break Day was chasing a bouncing ball in to the area but Sheree Oliver calmly got in front of her and headed the ball back to Marlborough. Wilding turned smartly in the area with the ball at her feet and looked to be upended by a Luton defender but the referee seemed to have a different view and ignored the home team’s claims for a penalty. Wilding and Sub Sara Sinclair combined well but Sinclair dangerous cross from the bye line was put behind for a corner and from the corner Luton’s Henman stooped to head away as Enfield’s Brandon tried to shoot with the result that Henman took a nasty looking but accidental kick to the head, Thankfully after a bit of treatment Henman was able to re-join the action.
Wilding hit a looping shot that dropped to Reynolds arms as Sinclair closed in. Luton cleared a ball but Lizzie Kent following up hit a drive that gave Reynolds an anxious moment before it went narrowly wide. A poor clearance by Enfield saw McKay pounce and go on but she dragged her shot across goal and wide. Semma Halil joined the game on 72 minutes for the tiring Brandon. Luton attacked down the right and McKay swept the incoming cross wide when she should have done better. McKay had a good sight of goal but just as she was about to pull the trigger Leanne Mabey slid in with a beautifully timed tackle. Halil forced the ball through to Sinclair and Sinclair cut in only for a defender to block the shot at the expense of a corner that Beth Demery took and Beth Lovell headed wide unchallenged. Enfield won a free kick wide on the right and Demery played it into the area and chaos in the centre saw the ball arrive at Halil’s feet past the far post and
after a touch to control she fired in to the net back across the keeper and in despite a desperate effort on the line by a defender. 1-0 (77 min)
Both sides now seemed to go for the next goal with Halil and Sinclair put Wilding through but the ball run on to Reynolds. McKay robbed Pavett and went on to pass to Day but Oliver robbed Day as she lined up a shot. McKay turned on the ball in area but Herrett took the ball away off her toe. Anne Folan went on a run from the back and reached the bye line and crossed the ball in where Day somehow managed to head wide of the far post with the goal gaping. Sinclair chased a long pass but Folan put in a big effort to get on level terms with her and conceded a throw in. As the game entered added time Sinclair stumbled over a challenge in the area and the Rebecca Kane had a good chance to level at the other end but Marlborough took the ball easily. Wilding was sharply on to a loose pass in the Luton half of the pitch and looked up to see Reynolds a few yards off her line so she hit a shot from about 40 yards that dipped over Reynolds and under the bar despite
the keepers frantic efforts. 2-0 (90+3 min) There was just time to re-start before the final whistle.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Kelly Herrett for a cool and commanding performance at the back that the team used to build from.
Enfield Town Team; Marlborough ©, Demery, Pavett, Brandon (Halil), Coleman (Mabey), Herrett, Oliver, Lovell, Kent, Wilding, Boggi (Sinclair). Unused subs; Coulson (gk), Worsfold.
Luton Town Team; Reynolds, Livingstone, Spendalow (Tambini), Summerfield, Ramsey, Folan, Henman, Byrne ©, Day, Whitford-Stark (Kane). Unused sub; Staples (gk), Scott.
This Wednesday 21/09/2011 Enfield Town travel to Kingsbury Fc to play 11th place Old Actonians and next Sunday 25/09/2011 travel to bottom of the table Tooting and Mitcham, Enfield won the reverse game 9-0.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
IPSHICH TOWN 2 ENFIELD TOWN 2
Enfield Town Ladies dropped their first points of the season as they were held to a 2-2 draw away to Ipswich Town. Lauren Cartwright gave the hosts the lead before a brace from Katie Wilding put Enfield ahead only for Vicki Steven to tie up the scores. Enfield manager John Abbott said “Unfortunately we seem to be losing vital players to injury with each win this season and it finally caught up with us today. We never have it easy at Ipswich and it was no different today but we are still unbeaten and full of confidence in our ability to keep the results coming our way.” Enfield stay in second place in the table.
In bright but windy conditions the two sides took a while to settle with Ipswich Town’s Vicki Steven having a threatening run ended on the edge of the area but a well-timed challenge by an Enfield defender after 5 minutes. Steven steered a pass through the Enfield defence that left Lauren Cartwright in the area with only keeper Kerrie Marlborough to face and after steadying herself she took the ball on a yard and dispatched into the top right corner giving the keeper no chance. 1-0 (12 min)
Both sides were resulting to long distance free kicks with Enfield’s Beth Demery and Ipswich’s Nicole Pannifer both failing to find their range. Enfield’s best chance came when Claire Gooch headed down a free kick in the area and Katie Wilding fired over the bar. Kelly Herrett sliced a back pass and although Marlborough failed to get a clean boot to it she still got enough on it to clear it. Sheree Oliver won the ball in the middle of the park and exchanged passes with Beth Lovell to create the space to advance and hit a ball towards the corner and Holly Brandon who collected the ball and cut in where she rode a challenge and played the ball across to Katie Wilding who swept it home before Ipswich keeper Sophie Alice-Baxter could turn and try to save it. 1-1 (32 Min)
A Demery free kick was eventually cleared back to Demery after bouncing around the area and she drove a shot wide that Oliver tried to divert goal wards with her head but failed to do so. Cartwright slipped a pass to Amanda Everett who took the shot early on the turn but Marlborough was calm and well placed to safely collect it.
The teams again struggled to stamp their authority on the game in the second half and it took 7 minutes before either team had an effort on goal and it was Claire Gooch who headed a Demery corner wide of the far post with everybody standing watching. Kelly Hughes strode forward and forced her way past a couple of tackles before trying to send in Wilding but a defender just beat Wilding to the ball and conceded a corner. A long ball forward by Ipswich was misjudged by Demery and Steven appeared to have got away but Gooch never gave it up and recovered to force the Ipswich player wide and snuff out the danger. Enfield won a corner and after shots by Oliver and Lovell were blocked the ball was cleared to Hughes who played it back in over the home defence who were charging out and Wilding timed her run to perfection to stay onside and lifted the ball over the keeper at the near post and into the net. 1-2 (62 min)
Ipswich sub Amy Howlett strained to reach a ball into the corner and swung in a cross that bounced off the top of the bar. Everett tried her luck from distance and Marlborough dived left to get her hands to it but the ball squirmed loose behind her and she quickly recovered to collect it as it crept towards the goal line. Howlett put in a good low cross that Gooch had to intercept as Cartwright waited for it and then moments later Howlett was fouled wide on the right and won a free kick, The free kick was taken short to Steven who curled the ball to the far top corner and found Marlborough too far forward and unable to do anything about it. 2-2 71 min)
Everett played in Jade Skillen and her shot was dealt with by Marlborough at the near post. Skillen pulled the ball back to Cartwright who helped it across to Howlett and although Howlett looked odds on to score it was saved by Marlborough low to her left. Marlborough kicked the ball away as two attackers tried to get on the end of a cross. Enfield had the final chance of the game as subs Oliver Worsfold and Sara Sinclair combined well but the home keeper was quickly out to take the ball away from Sinclair.
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Holly Brandon in just her third first team game as she was up against a far more experienced opponent but had a lot of input in the game.
Enfield Town Team; Marlborough, Demery (Coleman), Oliver, Herrett, Gooch ©, Hughes, Mabey, Lovell, Kent (Sinclair), Wilding, Brandon (Worsfold) Unused Subs; Panayiotou, Coulson (GK).
Ipswich Town Team; Alice-Baxter, Vaughen, Smith, Pannifer, Cook, Whitehurst, Bitten (Howlett), Everett, Skillen, Cartwright (Rex), Steven. Unused Subs; Bird, Gage.
Next Sunday 18/09/2011 Enfield Town return home to Host 6th place Luton Town at Cheshunt FC, 3pm Kick off and the following Wednesday evening travel to play Old Actonians.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 2 BRENTWOD TOWN 0
Enfield Town joined Lewes as the only two sides with 100% records this season as they beat league newcomers Brentwood Town 2-0 at their temporary Cheshunt home. Beth Lovell opened the scoring early in the game before Katie Wilding added the second with the last kick of the game. Enfield manager John Abbot said “We are missing a few players but the squad is strong enough to cope and four wins from four games is a pretty impressive start to the season. Kerrie Marlborough is looking a very solid keeper who is organising the defence well in front of her. We just need to keep playing our game and the results will look after their selves.” Enfield Town sit second on goal difference to Lewes in the table.
Missing Emma Thomas and Claire Pavett Enfield took little time to get into the game as Sheree Oliver made the right hand corner before crossing low and hard to the centre where Katie Wilding was arriving but Brentwood’s Nicole Manning got to the ball first and turned it past her own keeper and was relieved to see it bounce away off the far post. A Beth Demery corner caused confusion in the area as Danielle Kite turned the shot towards her own goal and saw it clip the bar and drop to Oliver who returned it to the centre for Beth Lovell to score by sweeping it in. 1-0 (5 min)
Enfield tried to turn up the heat and Oliver looked to have acres of space to run into but Georgia Allen earned herself a talking to for a wild and high challenge that stopped the run. Brentwood were trying to get into the game and from a corner by Lucy Faraday that Claire Gooch managed to head away only as far as Nicola Allen, Allen tested Kerrie Marlborough from distance. Danielle Aken did well diving to her left to hold on to a fierce Wilding drive. Cally Browne fed Wilding for another shot that was saved but Aken threw the ball out to Fran Boggi who cut in to cross and although it beat everyone in the centre Oliver took control of it before being dumped on the ground by a challenge that the referee thought fair despite Enfield’s appeals. Nikita Whinnett fed Faraday to turn and shoot wide of Enfield’s goal. Boggi was continually getting the best of the opposition down the left and causing a few moments for the centre backs and keeper of Brentwood.
A quick break by Brentwood from an Enfield corner was wasted as the ball was played in field to Kite who was swamped by Enfield players when Carla Rose was free down the right. Manning recovered well to tackle Boggi after the ball had been played in behind her. Lovell saw a cross deflected up and Aken collected it under pressure from Wilding. A Demery corner was too high for Lovell but Kelly Herrett met it with a firm shot that beat the keeper but not Georgia Allen who was well placed on the post. Marlborough pushed an inswinging corner out and a Brentwood player shot off target. The half ended as Demery and Wilding combined to set up Oliver to shoot past Aken but an Offside flag ruled out the goal.
Boggi continued to unsettle the visiting defence and was brought down for a free kick that a defender headed out as Enfield players lined up for it in the centre. Boggi weaved her way to the line and rolled the ball into the path of Browne who hit the ball perfectly with power but Aken managed to save with her legs from close range. Minutes later Boggi again twisted and turned into the area before being upended by Jessica Tuffen but again to Enfield’s despair the official waved away the appeals for a penalty with Brentwood looking relieved. Whinnett got free of the home defence and shot to Marlborough even though she was off side and as the Enfield keeper had the ball when he finally spotted the flag he waved play on. Lizzie Kent sent Oliver away down the right with a sweet pass over the opposition players and Oliver cut in before firing a low shot that Aken saved with her right foot.
A late and high challenge on Browne by Trimby left her in a heap after she had played the ball to Wilding and as Wilding fired a dipping shot over the keeper and under the bar the referee pulled the game back for the foul and booked the Brentwood player. Demery hit the free kick with power and appeared on its was into the top corner until Manning bravely got her head in the way and from the resulting corner kick Lovell had a header that skimmed the top of the bar. Oliver hit a shot that deflected off a defender and then the bar with Aken a mere spectator.
A Brentwood corner dropped to Manning but she snatched at the chance and fired over from ten yards out. Stacey Turner seemed to have been set up with a great chance but Oliver had tracked her back and tackled her in the area as she lined up a shot. Whinnett slipped in a cross to sub Danielle Robertson who looped a shot in and Marlborough back peddled and stretched to tip it onto the bar as she collided with the post and a defender cleared the danger. Aken dived at Wilding’s feet to bravely collect a cross from Oliver. Three minutes into added time Boggi was again brought down just out side the area on the left and Katie Wilding stepped up to curl the free kick into the far top corner with virtually the last kick of the game. 2-0 (90+3 min)
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Fran Boggi who was a constant thorn in the side for the visitors.
Enfield Town Team; Marlborough, Demery, Kent, Herrett, Gooch ©, Hughes, Oliver, Lovell, Browne (Coleman), Wilding, Boggi. Unused Subs; Worlsfold, Panayiotou, Mabey.
Brentwood Town Team; Aken, Tuffen (Cowan), G.Allen, N.Allen (Robertson), Trimby, Manning, Kite, Faraday, Whinnett, Rose ©, Turner. Unused subs; Butler, Vian, Brown.
Next Sunday 11/09/2011 Enfield Town travel to 10th place Ipswich Town.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
ENFIELD TOWN 9 TOOTING & MITCHAM UNITED 0
Enfield Town Ladies cruised to a nine nil victory over league newcomers Tooting & Mitcham United who could only field nine players for the game. Beth Lovell hit a Hat-trick with Emma Thomas, Claire Gooch, Katie Wilding, Beth Demery, Fran Boggi and Stavroulla Panayiotou netting one each, Emma Thomas was later stretchered off after receiving torn ligaments and tendons plus a fracture to her foot. Enfield Town manager John Abbott said “It was a comfortable victory over a short handed side but you can only beat what is put in front of you. The only down side was the injury to Emma Thomas who was playing her first game of the season for us and we all send her our best wishes for a speedy recovery.” Enfield Town have now climbed to second in the table only behind the leaders Lewes on goal difference as both clubs have won three out of three games.
Enfield knew from the start that they should win and twice in the opening minute Emma Thomas put in crosses from the left that Fran Boggi shot at the keeper and then Beth Lovell headed over. Thomas measured a cross from the right after a corner had been cleared and picked out Claire Gooch who chested the ball down and hit a fierce shot that Tooting keeper Layla Prior turned over the bar. Prior was already looking like the only thing standing in the way off a very high score. Leanne Mabey tried a shot from distance and was unlucky to see it dip just over the bar. Beth Demery sent Thomas in but Prior was quick out to block the effort. Boggi and Thomas combined to set up Claire Pavett but Prior was in the right place again to save. From a corner Beth Lovell finally got a header past Prior but Melissa Newton cleared off the line by the post. Katie Wilding slipped the ball through the visiting defence and Thomas ran on to it and after rounding the keeper she
knocked the ball into the empty net. 1-0 (15 min)
The game carried on as before with Enfield taking on Prior and Lovell had a number of headed chances either saved or were just off target. Pavett headed a goal kick back into the path of Thomas and forced a save from the keeper and from the corner Gooch was denied by a good defensive header but the reprieve was temporary as from the resulting corner Gooch was left unmarked to power in a header. 2-0 (23 min)
Enfield kept piling forward and Lovell kept up her battle to head a goal and Wilding combined with Demery at a corner to get in a cross that Gooch just missed and Pavett stabbed wide of the post. Boggi had two bites at a shot but saw the keeper save the second one after a defender had been hit with the first. Thomas skipped round a challenge and pulled the ball back from the line and Wilding steered the ball home from about three yards out. 3-0 (34 min)
The second got under way with Lovell again having a header saved by Prior and then floating a shot over the bar. Kelly Hughes ventured down the right and crossed for Wilding to volley wide with the defence in disarray. Gooch clipped a ball over the defence for Thomas to get away and then put the ball in for Lovell who hit the keeper with her first shot but gave Prior no chance with the rebound. 4-0 (53 min)
A clumsy challenge by Kay Swygart on Thomas left the Enfield player in a heap and Hughes rushing in to shove the Tooting player before players from both sides calmed everything down, when the dust had settled Emma Thomas was carried off and taken to hospital, Swygart received a yellow card and Kelly Hughes was shown a straight red for her reaction and the referee, Dele Sotimirin looked to have got it all spot on.
When the game restarted after 7 minutes Beth Demery rifled the free kick in from about 30 yards out. 5-0 (62 min)
Fran Boggi worked herself the space for a shot in the area but saw it crash off the bar and bounce away. A low cross by Stavroulla Panayiotou was somehow turned over the bar by Wilding. Boggi again thumped the woodwork after doing well to create the opening and Pavett hit the loose ball against Prior. Gooch pinged another ball over the opposition back line and Boggi raced on to it and looked to have gone too far after rounding the keeper but a quick stop and turn ended with a shot into the top far corner from a tight angle. 6-0 (75 min)
Pavett escaped down the left and then squared across the area to Lovell who shot first time inside the right hand post. 7-0 (76 min)
Demery went on a run from the back and hit a diagonal cross that Panayiotou forced past the keeper and then a defender on the line with her unfavoured left foot from close in. 8-0 (85 min)
Wilding passed to Lovell who shot from about twelve yards out and although Prior got a hand to the shot she wasn’t able to prevent another goal. 9-0 (86 min)
Despite eight minutes of added time and repeated attacks Enfield were unable to add to their score as Prior did well with some shots and rode her luck with others and then in the very last minute of play Kerrie Marlborough in Enfield’s goal was finally tested but stood firm to collect a looping shot on her line.
Enfield M.O.M. was Beth Lovell for her hat-trick which were all from her feet despite a large number of headers at the goal.
Enfield Town Team; Marlborough, Demery, Pavett, Herrett (Oliver), Gooch ©, Hughes, Thomas (Panayiotou), Lovell, Mabey (Browne), Wilding, Boggi. Unused Sub; Kent
Tooting & Mitcham United Team; Prior, Newton, Swygart, Malone, Davies, Palmer, Price, Witham, Cambridge.
Next Sunday (4/09/2011) Enfield Town are again at home with 10th place league newcomers Brentwood Town providing the opposition. Cheshunt FC 2pm
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
ENFIELD TOWN 3 MK DONS 1
Enfield Town Ladies maintained their 100% start to the season with a home victory over MK Dons to add to last week’s success at Cambridge Women. Fran Boggi netted twice along with a debut goal from Holly Brandon for the hosts while Heather McDonnell scored from the spot for Dons. Enfield Town Captain Claire Gooch said “I ended up with bumps, bruises and aches everywhere but the whole team did their jobs with Kerrie Marlborough’s outstanding save being the turning point that helped to inspire us on to the win.” Enfield now sit third in the table with Lewes and Norwich City also having won two out of two.
Mk Dons had a corner in the very first minute but Enfield were happy to see Hannah Barrett fire wide of Kerrie Marlborough’s goal. Enfield’s Claire Pavett was fouled on the halfway line but with the referee playing a good advantage Fran Boggi took the ball on and crossed towards Sheree Oliver and managed to get the ball to her team mate at the second attempt only for Oliver to shoot wide of the target. Kelly Bingham was proving to be Dons main attacking threat and Kelly Hughes had to be alert to head a dangerous looking cross away. Oliver should’ve really hit the target after a great cross by Leanne Mabey but her bearings were slightly off. Pavett won a corner after a strong run was ended with a good tackle and Boggi took the corner she saw Claire Gooch duck under it on the near post to deceive the Dons defenders and keeper with the result that the ball went directly into the net. 1-0 (13 min)
Cally Browne picked out Mabey who in turn played in Pavett and her cross was headed wide by Oliver. A cross into the home penalty area was headed out of danger by Hughes and Gooch had to force Lauren Goodier away from goal as she shaped up to return the ball to the danger area. Bingham took advantage of a Gooch stumble to gain the space to hang up a cross but Marlborough took the ball at full stretch near the far post as a Dons forward challenged.
Dons almost caught Enfield cold in the opening seconds after the break but Goodier knocked the ball too far in front of herself and Marlborough raced to the edge of her area to take the ball. Barrett headed across goal from a corner as Dons tried to get level and then from another corner that was played over to the edge of the area Christie Turner hit a sweet volley that looked a goal all the way as it rocketed towards the net but Marlborough dived full length to her left and got both hands to it and pushed the ball away to concede a corner. This seemed to give Enfield a new lease of life and Oliver attacked down the right and over hit a cross that Pavett retrieved before shooting wide. Pavett was pulled back by a Dons player close to the area and Substitute Katie Wilding hit a free kick that dipped just over the bar.
Goodier went past one home defender but before she could turn and hit a shot Gooch nipped in and knocked the ball away from her. A good run by Goodier was wasted as Bingham could only steer the ball into Marlborough’s arms. A high ball into Enfield’s crowded area was looking like it might cause trouble until Oliver calmly headed it back to Marlborough. Kelly Herrett challenged Bingham in the area and Bingham went down claiming a foul but the ref awarded a goal kick. Pavett and Wilding combined to send Boggi away and Boggi was unlucky to see her effort beat the keeper but not the bar and with Charlotte Wright blocking Oliver from heading home at the far post. Dons sub Mikaela Welford was adjusting herself for a shot in the area but Browne nipped in and took the ball off her toe.
Gooch did well to head a low corner over her own bar as Dons tried to get on level terms. A quick break by Enfield saw them have a three on two player advantage but Boggi delayed the pass fraction too long and Wilding strayed off side. Wilding played the ball between two players to Boggi who took aim and beat the keeper but as before the woodwork looked to have come to dons rescue as the ball rebounded off the inside of the post but Holly Brandon making her league debut was following up and calmly side footed the loose ball home. 2-0 (78 min)
A free kick dropped to Brodie Betts but she fired over Enfield’s bar. Gooch drove a clearance into the ground and it spun up to hit Browne on the arm and the ref harshly awarded a penalty which Dons captain Heather McDonnell stepped up to score. 2-1 (84 min)
A tangle between the two number eights saw Beth Lovell win the free kick and Charlotte Wright a booking for her reaction to the decision. Pavett flicked a ball over for Boggi to run with and her low cross had to be cleared as Wilding tried to reach it. A poor goal kick by Marlborough ended wait Bingham’s shot hitting a defender and rolling safely to Marlborough. As Dons pushed forwards in added time Brandon took the ball off a defender and feed in Boggi who went on and drew the keeper out before slotting the ball home from an angle. 3-1 (90 min)
Enfield Town M.O.M. was Captain Claire Gooch who kept getting knocked down but got up every time to inspire and push her team on.
Enfield Town Team; Marlborough, Browne, Pavett, Herrett, Gooch ©, Hughes, Oliver (Brandon), Lovell, Kent (Wilding), Mabey, Boggi. Unused sub; Panayiotou.
MK Dons Team; Ward, Betts, Cunningham (Welford), Brandon, Turner, McDonnell ©, Tarrant, Wright, Barrett, Goodier (Dean), Bingham. Unused Sub; Wedgbury
Next Sunday 28/08/2011 Enfield Town travel to league newcomers Tooting & Mitcham who sit in 9th place in the table. The game will take place at Tooting & Mitcham FC with a slightly later than normal kick off time of 5pm.
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES F.C.
SOUTH EAST COMBINATION
CAMBRIDGE WOMEN 1 ENFIELD TOWN 2
·Enfield Town Ladies began the new season with a 2-1 victory away to Cambridge Women. Fran Boggi put the visitors ahead and Samara Nche levelled for Cambridge in the first half before Kelly Herrett smashed in a rare goal to secure the win. John Abbott who is now joint team manager with George Norman said “We were without half a dozen of our squad but still managed to take a step along this season’s league venture, we have a foundation to build on and bright hopes for when we move into our new home. The Girls dug in to take all three points and promise a lot for the months ahead.” Enfield Town have left their previous home at Brimsdown Sports club and are playing home games at Cheshunt FC until The Queen Elizabeth Stadium is ready.
·With Jo Ayre having left the club and a replacement not available for the game it was left to centre back Kerrie Marlborough to don the gloves and keep goal, Claire Pavett and Olivia Worlsfold made their debuts and Lizzie Kent and Kelly Hughes returned to the club.
·Enfield made their customary attacking start to the game and Fran Boggi won a corner after 2 minutes that ended up with Sheree Oliver having a shot blocked as it was played short to her. A dangerous cross by Cambridge’s Emily Ingle was cleared by Claire Gooch as Laura Brown was lining up a shot. Oliver crossed to Clair Pavett but her shot was charged down. A free kick by Nicola Geoghan was headed backwards by Oliver and a diving header by Jordan Holland flew narrowly over Enfield’s bar. Pavett and Beth Demery combined well on the right and Holland headed the resulting cross up into the air and Verity Crook snatched the ball as Boggi looked for it. Pavett did very well to win a throw for Enfield and Demery took it quickly to Boggi in the area where Boggi turned past one defender before crashing a shot in off the bar from a tight angle. 0-1 (19 min)
·Oliver tried to work space in the area for a shot but was crowded out and passed to Boggi who was tackled as she shot and the ball spun clear. An in swinging corner by Ingle forced Enfield’s Marlborough in a crowded goal mouth to just help the ball on and out the far side of the area. A ball down the right saw Samara Nche get the better of Gooch and cut across the area past Kelly Herrett and shoot giving Marlborough no chance. 1-1 (32 min)
·Oliver and Pavett switched wings and Oliver pinged a ball over the defence for Boggi to run on to but Crook was quick off her line and saved the shot as Boggi raced in on goal. Crook made a mess of a corner at the near post Gooch dived full length to head the ball over the line but the ref declined to award the goal as it was cleared from behind the line but Gooch stuck out a foot and put the ball over the line again only for it to be cleared from behind the line again and the ref also declined to award the goal again!!
Brown helped the ball over the visiting defence but Marlborough was alert to it and collected as Nche stretched to it.
·A deep cross to Oliver shortly after the restart was played back to Cally Brown and her cross towards the far post was inch’s in front of a diving header by Beth Lovell and rebounded narrowly past the post as a defender hit a clearance against Pavett. Enfield were incensed as Lovell was shoved over in the area before Nche dragged a shot wide of the far post. The second half play was becoming broken up as too many questionable challenges flew in from both sides.
·A long range free kick by Holland went close with Marlborough happy to watch it. An Enfield free kick dropped loose in the area but Crook was the first to react and gathered it in. Oliver headed a Demery corner to Crook after out jumping everyone in a packed area. Another Demery corner was headed by Oliver and it hit Gooch before Lovell helped it on to the post where Kelly Herrett was on hand to smash the loose ball into the back of the net as others hesitated. 1-2 (74 min)
A Cambridge free kick saw a looping header drop into the waiting arms of Marlborough and then as the game entered added time and Cambridge were throwing everything forward Gooch was booked for a foul as Nche and a team mate tried to battle their way through the visiting back line and the resulting free kick was too high to trouble Marlborough and the last chance of the game was gone as Enfield dug deep and kept the ball away from danger for the 6 added minutes.
·Enfield Town M.O.M. was Beth Lovell for a committed but controlled performance helping out her defence as well getting forward to assist the attack.
·Enfield Town Team; Marlborough, Demery, Pavett (Panayiotou), Herrett, Gooch ©, Hughes (Worlsfold), Oliver, Lovell, Kent, Browne (Halil), Boggi.
·Cambridge Women Team; Crook, Clare, Du Ploy, Goodchild ©, Holland, Geoghan, Ingle (Jenkins), Bright, Nche, Brown (Baker), Bennett (Dochra). Unused subs; Beckett, Hewitt.
Next Sunday 21/08/2011 Enfield Town host MK Dons in a league game at their temporary home venue of Cheshunt FC. 2pm kick off.