Hill Take The Points From An Off-Colour Enfield Town
By Ken Brazier
Burgess Hill strangled the Town attack at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Saturday afternoon and, once they had scored, rarely looked like relinquishing their lead.
The hosts started brightly enough, with Harry Ottaway firing wide and Hill’s keeper Max Huxter making good saves from strikes by Scott Shulton and Bobby Devyne. Ricky Gabriel then had a shot charged down as Town looked odds-on to score. But there followed an uneventful flat period during which the visitors grew into the game.
Billy Medlock had a low effort for the Hillians which missed the far post by inches. But Town failed to heed the warning and, five minutes before the break, Tyrell Richardson-Brown had a straightforward task to beat Nathan McDonald in a one-on-one situation after picking up a pass from Medlock on the right.
Town’s situation became even more difficult in the 53rd minute when midfielder Scott Shulton was yellow carded for a foul, and, seconds later, received a red for dissent.
All was not lost, however, and, after Devyne had been thwarted by an offside flag after being played in by Ottaway, Mickey Parcell had a great run and shot blocked, followed by another effort over the top. Sub Samir Bihmoutine also had a couple of low drives kept out by Huxter.
In between, Hill could have increased their lead when danger man Richardson-Brown’s cross-come-shot was headed clear by Harold Joseph, and when Medlock scuffed his shot wide when well placed.
This was a bad day at the office for the hosts and a dent in their play-off ambitions. But credit should go to the Hillians for a disciplined display on the day which reaped its reward and boosted their fight against relegation.