Southend Manor 2 Enfield 1893 2 – Premier Division
Wednesday 25th October
On a nice autumn’s evening at Southchurch Park, Enfield 1893 were the the visitors as they took on Southend Manor in another Essex Senior League encounter.
After a fairly even start to proceedings, Enfield were awarded a spot-kick as the referee adjudged there was a handball in the area on ten minutes. Forward Danny Jones stepped up and duly converted to give the visitors an early advantage. Manor almost responded two minutes later though as forward Jacob Cleaver’s shot was saved by visiting stopper Michael Corderoy. The hosts did level on 28 minutes as from Jamie Brown’s corner, full-back Alfie Lindfield snuck in to get a tap-in, beating Corderoy to the ball.
Matt Hanning’s side nearly re-took the lead on the half-hour though forward Carl Mullings had his strike saved by home custodian David Leader. Mullings was giving the home defence something to think about but defender Ross Johnson did well to snuff out the threat on 33 minutes as the ball trickled out for a goal-kick. Enfield did re-take the lead ten minutes before half-time. Jones made a good run and was well-found and the forward passed the ball into the net when one-one-one with Leader to grab his second of the evening.
Manor had a few chances to level before the break though Brown couldn’t find the target and Cleaver’s close-range effort was saved by Corderoy.
The second half began with both sides trading chances, Jones could have put the visitors further ahead though couldn’t find the target eight minutes after the interval. Soon after, Manor full-back Robbie Norris blazed his shot over the bar and Lindfield was also denied by Corderoy. Manor felt aggrieved when with twenty minutes to play forward Bayley Newell made a surging run and whilst battling with a visiting defender in the area, went down though the referee did not award a spot-kick, much to the consternation of the home bench.
In the latter stages, both Jones and Mullings missed chances for Enfield to put the game to bed, being denied by Leader. The hosts were running out of time though but pushed for an equaliser and got it in the nick of time as substitute Rhys Fatt’s ball into the area was seized on by Newell who slotted home past Corderoy who was unable to keep it out.
Manor maybe deserved the point for their endeavour though Enfield will feel they should have won this match. They looked comfortable at times though they also had enough chances to prevail here.
Southend Manor: David Leader, Robbie Norris (Taj Hussein 62′), Alfie Lindfield (Ryan Kelland 75′), Lee Delf (Capt), Ross Johnson, Jamie Alexandrou, Jamie Brown, Charlie Barlow, Jacob Cleaver, Bayley Newell, John-Joe Slater (Rhys Fatt 84′).
Scorers – Alfie Lindfield (28′), Bayley Newell (90+1′)
Enfield 1893: Michael Corderoy, Matt Claxton, Joe Clark, Matt Thoma (Matt Duberry-Lawrence 33′), James O’Brien (Capt), Jacob Dixon (David Ottley 72′), Joe Johnson, Joe Staunton, Danny Jones, Carl Mullings, Ben Bradbury (Abiola Balogun 81′).
Scorer – Danny Jones (10’p, 35′)