Blues’ double defeat

Arlesey Town round-up The Blues suffered double disappointment to play-off contenders over the Easter weekend. Enfield Town won 4-1 at the Raj Villa Stadium on Easter Monday following Arlesey s 1-0 defeat at Canvey Island on Good Friday. An even start in

Arlesey Town round-up

The Blues suffered double disappointment to play-off contenders over the Easter weekend.

Enfield Town won 4-1 at the Raj Villa Stadium on Easter Monday following Arlesey's 1-0 defeat at Canvey Island on Good Friday.

An even start in Monday's match did not give an indication of things to come.


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The Blues actually went in front on 24 minutes when Ashley Townsend's low, bouncing shot was spilled by keeper Jerome John and Paul Barnes reacted quickly to tap the ball home.

Enfield drew level four minutes later when a cross from the right struck Steve Dogbe's arm at close range. Rudi Hall stroked the penalty home to give Enfield a fortunate equaliser.

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After more action at both ends, Enfield scored their second when the luckless James Gray headed a vicious shot into his own goal.

Luke Bliss was then called into action again to palm a curling shot around his far post.

Arin Fehmi came on for Wayne Mills (hamstring) for the start of the second half, while player-manager Darran Hay also replaced Barnes (damaged toe).

Arlesey were creating the better chances but Enfield were awarded their second penalty on 63 minutes as Bryan Hammatt went to ground as his shooting options evaporated. Again Hall made no mistake with his spot-kick.

Tempers were fraying as Arlesey found it as hard to contain their disgust, Enfield showing their joy regarding the two penalty incidents.

Paul Bloss laid a chance on a plate for Hay but his shot was always rising over the top.

Arlesey kept Enfield under pressure but the visitors were happy to soak it up and always quick to break.

They added a fourth on 81 minutes when a hard low cross went beyond the reach of Bliss and Dave Bastian was at the back post to tap the ball home.

Blues: Bliss, Beckett, Bloss, Clark, Dogbe, Gray, K Fehmi, Tekell, Townsend, Barnes (Hay), Mills (A Fehmi).

P There was not much goodness about in Friday's ill-tempered clash in Essex at Canvey Island.

The hosts took the lead in the 63rd minute when Bliss brought down Ian Luck and Craig Davidson scored from the penalty spot.

Tempers flared after home striker Jay Curran clashed with Dogbe with a minute to go which led to a 10-man brawl.

Both players and Arlesey captain Gray were sent off for their part in the melee.

Player-manager Hay and assistant Mike Brooks also saw red for protesting too strongly on the touchline.

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