Blues misfire badly

Things could not have gone worse for Arlesey Town in their 3-0 home defeat by Enfield. Despite the Blues having most of the possession, it was Enfield that took the three points. Arlesey made a good start, putting the visitors goal under siege for the fi

Things could not have gone worse for Arlesey Town in their 3-0 home defeat by Enfield.

Despite the Blues having most of the possession, it was Enfield that took the three points.

Arlesey made a good start, putting the visitors' goal under siege for the first 10 minutes. A couple of Lee Tekell free-kicks failed to prise open a rigid defence.

Enfield's Martin Standen lashed out at a loose ball and it flew into the net past Sean Griffith for an 11th minute lead.


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The Blues responded as Michael McKenzie drew keeper Paul Daley out towards the corner flag.

No one was there to meet his cross and Kaan Fehmi rifled an angled shot across the face of the goal.

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Enfield broke quickly and Griffith palmed a goalbound effort upwards and then beat the ball away while he was on the ground to prevent another goal.

The visitors had the ball in the net again but it was ruled out for offside.

Arlesey were poor in front of goal as they dominated the last 10 minutes of the half but they had nothing to show for it.

Then, on 45 minutes, Enfield broke out and scored their second goal, Paul Oshin finishing off a good move with a simple tap in.

Ozie Foster replaced Stuart Beevor at half time and he opted to slide the ball across goal rather than shoot only to see a defender nick the ball away from the incoming forwards.

Standen could and should have made it three when he fired over from six yards.

A goalmouth scramble resulted from Arlesey's next attack and frantic defending cleared the ball as far as Martin Williams whose shot was deflected for a corner.

Wave after wave of Arlesey attacks came to nothing as the forwards were unable to muster a shot at goal.

Then, on 79 minutes, Standen scored his second goal as a perfect lob over the Blues defence exposed Griffith who got a hand to the ball but was unable to keep it out.

Enfield now looked more likely to score than the hosts and only poor finishing on their part stopped it being a total rout.

The visitors saw a shot come back off the bar and scrambled away as ineffective Arlesey could do nothing in response.

As if to sum up the preceding 90 minutes, Foster took the ball into the Enfield area from the left and opted to slide the ball across goal rather than shoot.

Blues: Griffith, Fehmi (Clarke), Rydeheard, McElroy, Read, Dogbe, Tekell, Williams, Mills (Hay), McKenzie, Beevor (Foster).

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