Match report: Enfield Town v Ipswich Wanderers

Enfield Town 1-0 Ipswich Wanderers

Saturday 26 September 2015
FA Cup qualifying round

enfield town v ipswich wanderers 26sept15by Ken Brazier

Enfield Town progressed into the next round of the FA Cup but were indebted to a solitary Bobby Devyne goal after 22 minutes as Thurlow Nunn League Ipswich Wanderers gave a good account of themselves.

There were plenty of chances for the home side in the first period. Harry Ottaway and Jordan Lockie both had early efforts that tested visiting keeper Jack Spurling, and Town might have had a penalty as Bobby Devyne appeared to be shoved in the back when about to shoot.

George Brislen-Hall had a shot deflected onto the bar, and then Devyne played in Ricky Gabriel to force another save out of Spurling. Ipswich were by no means overawed, however, and Matt MacKenzie had a shot saved by Nathan McDonald after 20 minutes.

The crucial goal came in the 23rd minute when Tayshan Hayden-Smith, who went on to win his third successive man-of-the-match award, chipped in from the right, Ottaway and Devyne went up for it with Wanderers’ defender David Head, and Devyne got the decisive touch.

After Ricky Gabriel had hit the side netting for Town, at the other end Ross Myhill hit a dipping volley that flew just wide in the 34th minute. Ryan Doyle’s goal-bound header was then tipped over by Spurling just before the break.

Half-time: Enfield Town 1 Ipswich Wanderers 0

Six minutes into the second half Nathan McDonald just got to the ball ahead of Craig Jennings as the Wanderers showed no sign of flagging. Billy Holland headed narrowly wide from a corner in another attack, but Wanderers were also defending for their lives at times, with both Devyne and sub Tyler Campbell having shots blocked.

Hayden-Smith was wide in the 80th minute and, just before the end, Harry Ottaway had a chance to make the game safe but fired over with only Spurling to beat. Campbell had one more final effort for the home side when his left foot shot was again saved by Spurling.

Town had by far the majority of the game’s chances, but with only one goal in it Wanderers were in the hunt until the death and will remember that on the day they put in enough effort to gain an ovation from the home fans at the final whistle.

Attn: 342




Photo courtesy: Enfield Town FC website
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