Town up to 6th
Kingstonian 0 Enfield Town 0
Two sides with similar records in the current form table locked horns at St George’s Field and played out an entertaining goalless draw which could have gone either way on the night.
There were immediate chances to worry the goalkeepers at both ends in the first couple of minutes, with Gus Sow’s effort shaving Nathan McDonald’s post and Bobson Bawling with a great chance to beat Rob Tolfrey but hesitating fractionally and the veteran stopper doing well to block his shot.
The pace continued to be fast and furious and end to end on a well-grassed surface. Dan Bennett was next to show, firing just wide, while a Sam Youngs effort was off target from Bawling’s pass. McDonald saved from Bennett and, at the opposite end, there were some muted appeals for a foul in the box by Ollie Cook on Billy Bricknell, but referee Stephen Oakey was rightly unimpressed.
Sam Hatton, operating in midfield, put in a high diagonal ball from the right after 27 minutes, and Bricknell opted to hit it first time with his left foot, but Tolfrey wasn’t unduly alarmed as the ball drifted wide of the mark. On 34 minutes Sam Youngs, feeling a tight hamstring, gave way to Junior Mubiayi and, shortly afterwards, Mumammadu Faal worked his way into a shooting position but his effort lacked power and Tolfrey gathered easily. A Sam Hatton free kick flew over the top as the sides changed round.
Half-time: Kingstonian 0 Enfield Town 0
Skipper Marc Weatherstone failed to emerged for the second half having taken a knock to his ankle, – both he and Youngs will need to be assessed in advance of the FA Trophy tie against Maldon & Tiptree at the weekend – and Ken Charles replaced him, with Mubiayi dropping to right back and Jon Muleba moving into the centre.
Bennett was soon setting Sow on his way, but McDonald stood tall in the consequent one-on-one situation. From the resulting corner Cook headed back to Simon Cooper, but the Ks captain missed his kick. Then Dan Hector found Bennett to his right who beat his man but fired over. A Fabio Saraiva free kick failed to test McDonald, but then a golden opportunity fell to Sow, latching on to Bennett’s pass and avoiding an offside flag, but he somehow put his effort wide as covering defenders caught up with him.
After Bricknell had dragged an effort wide of an upright, Faal couldn’t get past Tolfrey with a low near-post shot from an acute angle. Home sub Reece Hall brought McDonald into action before a well-flighted Hatton free-kick was grabbed by Tolfrey before Faal could intervene. Faal then had a low drive saved after a good flowing move from the visitors.
As the clock ticked down, Charles was firstly denied by Tolfrey and then he shaved the bar with a powerful effort from the left hand side for pretty much the last meaningful action of a well-matched contest. Town will almost certainly feel it was a point gained rather than two lost after a difficult midweek fixture.
Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Harry Osborne, Fabio Saraiva, Simon Cooper, Ollie Cook, Tom Kavanagh, Dan Bennett (Dan Thompson 86), Kenny Beaney, Louie Theophanous, Gus Sow (Reece Hall 67), Dan Hector (Youssef Bamba 67). Unused subs: Sean Clohessy, Jerry Puemo.
Enfield Town: Nathan McDonald, Jon Muleba, Joe Payne, Scott Thomas, Marc Weatherstone (Ken Charles 46), Glenn Wilson, Sam Youngs, Sam Hatton, Billy Bricknell, Muhammadu Faal, Bobson Bawling. Unused subs: Samson Esan, Kyle Lynch, Steve Wales. Booked: Payne, Hatton.
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