Enfield Town 0 Bracknell Town 0
Report By Martin Bentley
Enfield Town played out their second consecutive goalless draw in pre-season against Southern League Bracknell Town on Saturday, although this game was of a different nature to Tuesday’s stalemate with Tottenham Hotspur’s Development squad.
Against opponents of equal standing to us, Town were able to attack more, and were unlucky not to get on the scoresheet, particularly in the first half.
Playing a passing game aimed at getting behind the visitors’ defence, Town succeeded in fashioning several good scoring chances, with Reece Beckles-Richards (pictured left), twice, and Sami Bessadi all having one-on-ones saved by visiting keeper Michael Eacott.
In addition, Joe Payne’s clever free-kick was well saved and Oliver Knight’s cross from the left curled on to the top of a startled Eacott’s cross bar.
Bracknell’s main attacking threat came from their wingers Zidan Akers and a triallist, with the former’s shot hitting the side netting and the triallist’s effort being well saved by Rhys Forster.
The mass second half substitution did not come until 65 minutes had passed, and the game unsurprisingly became more disjointed at this point.
Town still fashioned a few half-chances, mostly from the triallists on show, as well as Kian Wilkes’ far post header that was grabbed by Eacott.
Encouragingly, the second string Town defence succeeded in protecting Adi Connolly from any direct second half threat.
All-in-all, Town’s performances continue to be encouraging. All we need now is a few goals!
“I was pleased with the way we played. There are new concepts being added as we develop and I’m seeing pretty much what I want to see for pre-season at Step 3,” said Gavin Macpherson.
“I am however fully aware that we all like to see some goals and from the number of clear chances we created we should win the game comfortably. So the in-possession creativity is on schedule but we need to start taking responsibility in front of goal whilst continuing to look solid.”
First half line-up: Forster, Parcell, Payne, Thomas (c), Bailey, Richmond, Bessadi, Youngs, Beckles-Richards, Triallist, Knight
Subs at 65 minutes: Connolly, Birch, Wyllie, Wilkes + 7 Triallists