Ilford 4 Enfield 1893 2 (Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy 1st Round)
Report by Scott Lanza
Allan Fenn said in his programme notes that there was not time to dwell on the recent spell that had seen the Foxes lose three games in a row; however at the same the Ilford gaffer said it was time for his players to show their character. The players responded by progressing into the next round after overcoming the challenge of Enfield 1893.
George Whitelock had an early effort for the hosts when he unleashed a blistering shot that looked like it was sailing into the net until Michael Corderoy was able to back pedal quick enough to catch the ball on the goal line. The Enfield keeper was also called upon to come claim a ball that was directed towards James Peagram.
Enfield first chance also came with a bit of misery as Josh Sykes saw himself played in by Carl Mullings, but ended up not only being disposed of the ball before he could unload and was also injured in the process. He was not able to continue and so was replaced by Ben Bradbury.
Soon afterwards Ilford took the lead when Whitelock struck a cannonball from outside the box that left the Enfield keeper standing before crashing into the net.
Enfield immediately picked themselves up and Bradbury was soon testing Tom Jackson with a shot that the Ilford keeper saved and then Miguel Lopes De Matos had a spectacular volley that was only an inch or so wide of the post. This spell of Enfield pressure also saw them win a free kick after Mullings was bursting his way towards the Ilford goal before being fouled by Jonah Gregory. The free kick ended up being blasted high and wide.
However it looked like it was only a matter of time before the visitors equalised and they duly did so in the 41st minute when Mullings came to haunt his former side by finishing off a move that had worked its way across the Ilford goalmouth.
There was enough time left in the half for Bradbury to put over a well-taken free kick that Ilford’s defence were able to clear; then he struck a swerving shot that Jackson was able to knock away. Enfield were ending the half very strongly and then went in at the break with a 2-1 lead when Andrew Tirivanhu was able to bundle the ball across the line seconds before the half time whistle.
The second period saw Ilford regrouping and working the ball around the Enfield box. They were unable to produce anything of real note until the 52nd minute when a well-delivered cross was finished off by Paul Oshin.
Having drawn level the hosts then found Enfield back up their end as James O’Brien got his head onto Bradbury’s cross from the right wing, only narrowly missing. Luke Thomas then almost hurt his former clubs with a header from a free kick that once again missed, but not by much.
Ilford however took heed from Enfield’s attacking prowess by battening down the hatches and keeping possession of the ball. From that foothold they then started to press themselves and duly took the lead in the 70th minute when Isaac Nkosi was able to win a challenge in the air, heading the ball into the path of Peagram who slotted the ball past Corderoy.
Enfield however soon had Ilford in a panic when a ball pinged around dangerously in the Foxes’ six yard box; two shots had to be blocked until eventually the ball was lofted clear.
Ilford then sealed the victory in the 87th minute when Peagram was able to exploit some space and hit a curling shot that sailed past Corderoy.
Ilford: Tom Jackson, Sam Baffour, Billy Rix, Paul Oshin, Karolis Atutis, Jonah Gregory, Liam Burgess, Isaac Nkosi, James Peagram, George Whitelock (Jamie Hart 79’), Chris Lockwood (Alex Akambi 62’).
Scorers – George Whitelock (21’), Paul Oshin (52’), James Peagram (70’, 87’)
Enfield 1893: Michael Corderoy, Matt Caxton, Jacob Phillips (David Ottley 72’), Ryan Cosson, James O’Brien, Andrew Tirivanhu, Luke Thomas, Tony Da Silva, Josh Sykes (Ben Bradbury 22’), Carl Mullings, Miguel Lopes De Matos.
Scorers – Curl Mullings (41’), Andrew Tirivanhu (45+1’)