Match report: Enfield Town v Burgess Hill

Enfield Town FC 1-0 Burgess Hill Town

Saturday 22 August 2015
Ryman League Premier Division

Enfield v Burgess Hill 22aug15by Ken Brazier

Enfield Town clawed their way up the early-season league table following a hard-earned1-0 win against Burgess Hill Town at the QEII Stadium on Saturday.

On a sweltering day, it was always going to be difficult for both sides to maintain early momentum, and there was plenty of action in the early stages to keep fans interested.

Corey Whitely headed a Joe Stevens cross into the side-netting on four minutes and then fired just wide after beating Lee Harding for pace a few minutes later. Hillians’ goalkeeper Josh James was quick off his line to gather the ball ahead of Nathan Livings in the 21st minute after good work from Tyler Campbell, and then shortly afterwards he palmed away a right-foot flick from Aryan Tajbakhsh, who had come on as a substitute for the injured debutant Connor Witherspoon.

Bobby Devyne headed wide in the 35th minute as Enfield tried to make their superior possession count, although Nathan McDonald in goal had to be alert to keep out a header from Phil Johnson.

Half-time: Enfield Town 0 Burgess Hill Town 0

Whitely and Devyne both had further efforts in the early stages of the second half, although Josh Jones and Phil Johnson kept Hill in with a shout getting on the end of further chances.

As the game progressed, there was only going to be one winner though and the defining moment came with a quarter of an hour to go. Finding himself with a man to beat on the edge of the box, he turned the defender superbly and found the net from an acute angle. It was third time lucky for Whitely who had been in similar positions twice before and shot agonisingly wide. With the clock ticking down, Tajbakhsh had a shot beaten away by James. Five minutes of additional time gave Hill scope to fashion an equaliser, and they came close when a close range header was missed by Chris Smith. Whitely meanwhile, running himself into the ground, was blocked twice by the visitors’ rearguard at the death, and the final whistle sounded amidst scenes of great relief.

Full-time: Enfield Town 1 Burgess Hill Town 0

Attn: 329


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Photo courtesy: Tom Scott, Enfield town FC website




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