Ryman U21 League
Enfield Town 2 Wingate & Finchley 2
A match between local rivals and a match of high importance to Enfield Town who are still likely to win the league saw a first half that North London Senior football should be proud of.
Wingate, struggling through suspension and injury, had only 14 out of a possible match day squad of 16 available.However, the match started in an exciting and high quality fashion. Enfield started like a train and pushed Wingate back for the first fifteen minutes, however commitment and winning initial individual battles allowed Wingate's flair players to get the ball on the floor and to start playing football . Once this happened Wingate inevitably went ahead through Jack Read when a quick one two and then a great through ball by Gavin Suddell left him with the goalkeeper to beat. A few minutes later may have seen the game slip away when a searching fifty yard pass by Joe Sharpe spilt Enfield Town in two and was expertly controlled by Harry Tew Robinson who then failed to put the ball away with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Enfield then came on strongly with centre forward Jermaine Osei causing huge problems and fully deserved of his equaliser five minutes prior to the break.
The second half saw the home team take the initiative and dominate once again for the first twenty minutes, when an Enfield player managed to deceive the referee but not anyone else in the stadium as he pushed the ball past all of the Wingate defenders and buried it in the back of the net.
The initiative of this see-saw match turned to Wingate who equalised through a wonderful low shot which nestled into the corner of the Enfield goal and towards the end the game could easily have been won by Wingate, as Andreas Kyprianou received the ball but was unable to slip the ball through to his unmarked team mate .
All in all the draw was the right outcome for an attractive match which North London should be proud of.