Enfield Town FC 0-0 Hitchin Town
Saturday 10 October 2015
FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
by Ken Brazier
In front of Enfield Town’s highest competitive home gate of 883, these two well-matched sides couldn’t be separated at the QEII, and the tie goes to a replay on Monday night at Hitchin’s Top Field ground.
Hitchin made the livelier start with a shot by Dan Webb charged down, and then Jonny McNamara couldn’t quite connect with a cross from the left. But Enfield had chances of their own, with Harold Joseph having a header well saved by Hitchin ‘keeper Charlie Horlock after 25 minutes.
In the 40th minute, a wayward back header by Jordan Lockie almost let in Hitchin’s Robbie Burns, but keeper Nathan McDonald just managed to keep it out, and the referee’s whistle then went for an infringement in any case.
A couple of minutes later, Harry Ottaway couldn’t connect properly with a header, which went into the ground and then, at the other end, Ricky Gabriel made a crucial last-ditch tackle to prevent John Frendo from opening the scoring.
Just before the break, Ryan Doyle had a rasping first-time shot from Tayshan Hayden-Smith’s corner tipped over the bar superbly by Horlock. Tyler Campbell shot over from the subsequent corner.
Half-time: Enfield Town 0 Hitchin Town 0
There remained very little to choose between the sides in the second half, with both defences nullifying most threats, but Nathan McDonald was called upon to make a couple of saves. Firstly, he dealt with a deflected effort from Alasan Ann, and then he made another stop to deny Webb.
Campbell was blocked by Kane Smith and then Joseph foiled McNamara with a timely tackle. A driven inswinging corner by Campbell evaded everyone in the 74th minute, and then another corner from the same player was punched clear by Horlock. Corey Whitely was then well off target as he tried to curl the ball in from a promising position.
Harold Joseph and Matt Lench clashed heads following another home corner, but both players continued after treatment. After McDonald had thwarted once Webb again, he made one final crucial save from McNamara, who had been played in by Frendo, to preserve the clean sheet and take the tie to a replay.
Full-time: Enfield Town 0 Hitchin Town 0
Photo courtesy: Tom Scott Enfield Town website here
Read more here: http://www.enfieldtownfootballclub.co.uk/teams/65370/match-centre/2-29263