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Harlow Town
Enfield Town
Full time
Unknown (28', 83' Pen)
Tue 26 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 260

Hawks inconsistencies rumble on

Harlow Town failed to build on a good win in the previous outing with a subdued performance against local rivals Enfield Town.

Despite seeing periods on top, the Hawk were unable to convert their chances as the visitors went ahead with almost half an hour played.

A penalty in the second period killed off the spirit of the Harlow Town side whose festive hangover saw them slump to defeat.

The visitors had a gilt-edged chance to take an early lead when Ryan Blank crossed for Aaron Greene, but somehow the winger put the ball over the crossbar when he was just five yards in front of goal.

Alex Read then nearly finished to put the Hawks ahead with a close range effort of his own, but his toe-poke was saved by Joe Wright in the Enfield Town net.

The two sides traded blows for the next 20 minutes with neither side managing to get a foothold in the game, before Enfield were slightly lucky to take the lead. A shot deflected kindly and fell at the feet of Liam Hope, who took full advantage as he slid the ball home.

Ryan Blake’s effort nearly doubled the lead immediately when he latched onto a long ball forward, but the shot was straight at David Hughes who held onto it.

At the other end Tommie Fagg’s good footwork make space on the edge of the box, but Wright kept it out with a diving save.

Enfield finished the half strongly with Aaron Greene and Sam Youngs both trying to convert half-chances, but they weren’t able to test David Hughes.

HT: Harlow Town 0-1 Enfield Town

The Hawks came out after the break looking to make amends, and almost did so straight away. A fantastic cross from Toby Ajala caught out the Enfield Town defence, but it was just in front of Alex Read with the goal gaping.

Former Harlow midfielder Mario Noto almost came back to haunt the Hawks when his free kick flew inches wide of the post as Enfield started to create a string of opportunities.

Ryan Blake dragged a shot wide after a good passing move, and when Liam Hope got behind the defence he put the ball into the side-netting when he really should have tested the goalkeeper at the very least.

Harlow began to move the ball around better and had a period of 20 minutes when they were in the ascendancy. A good counter-attacking move finished with Toby Ajala cutting in from the left, but his shot from the corner of the goal area went just over the bar.

Ajala then went close again when he met Jey Siva’s cross with his head, but defender John Kyriacou was there to block the shot.

Ajala was a handful and when Kyriacou lost possession in his defensive third, Ajala released a shot that was heading inside the post, only to be denied by a good diving save from Wright.

The Hawks were unable to take their chances, and on 83 minutes their hopes of a comeback were dashed when Jared Small fouled inside the box. Darren Purse stepped up to take the spot-kick, beating David Hughes to take the lead.

Harlow Town were left to lick their wounds as yet another inconsistent performance means they remain in a battle to avoid the drop.

FT: Harlow Town 0-2 Enfield Town

The result leaves the Hawks in 21st place with 24 points from 24 games.

Next up, Harlow Town host Hendon on Saturday 30th January. Kick off is at 3pm.

Toby Ajala

Player of the Match

Toby Ajala

Key moments

Goal Goal for Enfield Town
Scored Penalty Penalty scored by Enfield Town


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90:00 +4:00 Yellow Card
Toby Ajala is yellow carded for Harlow Town
89:00 Sub Off
Syrus Gordon is substituted off for Harlow Town
89:00 Sub On
Charlie Edwards is substituted on for Harlow Town
83:00 Yellow Card
Jideofo Maduako is yellow carded for Harlow Town
83:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 2
Penalty scored by Enfield Town
79:00 Sub Off
Jey Siva is substituted off for Harlow Town
79:00 Sub On
Leon Antoine is substituted on for Harlow Town
53:00 Sub Off
Andréa Mayasi is substituted off for Harlow Town
53:00 Sub On
Bamba Ngamb is substituted on for Harlow Town
End of period 1
45:00 +49:00 Player of the Match
Toby Ajala is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
28:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Enfield Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Harlow Town
  • Enfield Town
  • 0
  • Goal 28:00'
  • Andréa Mayasi Sub Off 53:00'
  • Bamba Ngamb Sub On 53:00'
  • Jey Siva Sub Off 79:00'
  • Leon Antoine Sub On 79:00'
  • Jideofo Maduako Yellow Card 83:00'
  • Scored Penalty 83:00'
  • Syrus Gordon Sub Off 89:00'
  • Charlie Edwards Sub On 89:00'
  • Toby Ajala Yellow Card 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Hughes, David Hughes, David
Small, Jared Small, Jared
Siva, Jey Siva, Jey
Maduako, Jideofo Maduako, Jideofo
Sonko, Ibrahima Sonko, Ibrahima
Ajala, Toby Ajala, Toby
Mayasi, Andréa Mayasi, Andréa
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Gordon, Syrus Gordon, Syrus
Fagg, Tommie Fagg, Tommie
Read, Alex Read, Alex

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49
20. Brightlingsea Regent 46 48
21. Harlow Town 46 47
22. Lowestoft Town 46 43
23. Burgess Hill Town 46 36
24. Tooting & Mitcham United 46 36

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