RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION
ENFIELD TOWN 1 KINGSTONIAN 1
Attendance - 432
With all the talking points and both goals scored
Saturday afternoon's game versus Kingstonian at The Queen Elizabeth Stadium was highly entertaining and had some controversial moments that were debated by both sets of supporters long after the final whistle was blown. In a sense it was why we love football? Both teams attacked and playing some good football with talking points a plenty.
The game swung on the sending off of Enfield Town's Joey O'Brien early in the second half. A long clearance up field saw Andre McCollin clear through on goal with the Town midfielder putting in a superb last ditch tackle to break down the attack. The referee blew and signalled for a penalty kick at first even though it was clearly outside of the area. After consultation with his Assistant he signalled for a free kick just on the edge of the box but brandished the red card towards O'Brien who took the decision well and left the pitch. The Cold End doesn't like to have a go at referees and if your a regular reader you'll know TheColdEnd is a firm supporter of the respect campaign. My first thought on seeing it live was it was a great tackle and my thoughts now are unchanged after seeing the reply. The referee's interpretation was different which is how it goes sometimes. Enfield Town have appealed to The FA over the decision so we'll see what happens.
The K's had already had a number of decent chances with the attacking pace of McCollin and Nathan Koranteng impressing prior to the sending off but Town had looked dangerous also especially Jey Siva attacking from left back combining well with Tyler Campbell. Scott McGleish also led the line up front well with support from Adam Wallace and Bryan Hammatt. I think Mark Henry also had his best game for the club since joining us from Wingate and Finchley. He was really busy in midfield alongside O'Brien.
|THE BIG SENDING OFF DECISION |
1) JOEY O'BRIEN GETS HIS FOOT TO THE BALL FIRST
2) AND COMES TOGETHER WITH...
3) ....... WENT TO GROUND DUE TO THE CONTACT MADE
Town had taken the lead from a penalty kick by Scott McGleish after Matt Somner had tangled with Mark Henry in the box. The K's fans and players appealed the decision to no avail. It was a difficult one for the referee who let the play go on before blowing up for a spot-kick. It was a case of seen them given and seen them not given?
TEAM LINE UPS
|1. NOEL IMBER||1. ROB TOLFREY|
|2. DAVE KENDALL||2. JACK BARTON|
|3. JEY SIVA||3. TOM BIRD|
|4. LEE WHITE||4. KIERON MURPHY|
|5. MARK KIRBY||5. AARON GOODE|
|6. MARK HENRY||6. MATT SOMNER|
|7. TYLER CAMPBELL||7. MATT PATTISON|
|8. JOE O'BRIEN||8. LEWIS TAYLOR|
|9. SCOTT McGLEISH||9. PAUL VINES|
|10. BRYAN HAMMATT||10. ANDRE McCOLLIN|
|11. ADAM WALLACE||11. NATHAN KORANTENG|
|12. LEE ALLEN (ON FOR 2)||12. JAMIL OKAI|
|14. MICHAEL BARDLE (ON FOR 10)||14. LUKE WANADIO (FOR 2)|
|15. JONATHAN HUNT||15. SIMON HUCKLE|
|16. LIAM HOPE||16. DEAN LODGE (FOR 11)|
|17. WALID MATATA (ON FOR 9)||17. LOUIS BRAGG|
|TOWN'S PENALTY DECISION |
1) and 2) show Mark Henry tangling with Matt Somner
3) K's player's appeal the decision...have you ever seen a referee change his mind?
|Penalty or not a Penalty - Lee Allen fouls Dean Lodge outside the box??|
Town had defended heroically at times throwing bodies in the way of the ball and closing down well. Lee White was given the sponsors man of the match but my award would go to Captain Mark Kirby who was immense throughout the game. He made so many cleared headers and just seemed to be in the right place at the right time on numerous occasions to clear the ball from the attacking away side. To single Kirb's out on this occasion is a little bit unfair as every team member worked so hard to gain a well deserved point against a side who will be in the play-off mix up at the business end of the season.
|Above - Travelling K's fans at The Lane|