POOR DEFENDING PROVES COSTLY FOR THE VICKERS
ENFIELD TOWN 3 VCD ATHLETIC 0
Having taken the points in the fixture at Oakwood the Vickers went into this game with confidence, but some poor defending plus a lack of a goal threat saw the team come away empty handed against a side who it has to be said were better all round on the day. On a dry bobbly pitch with a strong biting wind, a passing game was at a premium as both sides struggled to keep the ball down, but things might have been different if VCD had been able to take a chance in the opening minutes when Frantz Tchonang’s ball over the top reached Ricky Sappleton who made ground into the area, but home keeper Nathan McDonald did well when rushing off his line to block the shot. Enfield had a chance of their own at the other end when a free kick fell loose and was cleared as far as Tyler Campbell, but his neatly curled effort round Rob Budd hit the outside of an upright. The game was end to end with Sappleton firing narrowly wide from Ashley Probets’ free kick, before Enfield took the lead on 21 minutes when a harmless ball forward was not cleared, and Campbell chased it down to tuck it into the path of Corey Whitely who fired across Budd into the far corner. The VCD midfield were working hard with Alex Kelly and Mathias Bakare looking to create chances and when the latter set up new signing Malachi Hudson things looked promising, but he was unable to get enough power on his shot to trouble McDonald. Enfield had a couple of half chances before the break but VCD weathered the storm to go in a solitary goal behind.
With the wind at their backs Enfield attacked from the resumption, keeping VCD pegged back, and with only 10 minutes gone they doubled their lead when the Vickers lost the ball in defence and it was played wide for Bobby Devyne to fire low past Budd. Just five minutes later things got worse for the Vickers when a ball forward was missed by Tchonang, leaving Whitely to run on in space to tuck the ball home for his second goal of the afternoon. VCD now had their backs to the wall, giving the ball away cheaply, and were finding the going tough with Whitely, Campbell and the impressive Ottoway pulling the strings for Town as they caused a number of problems for the visitors. The Vickers’ one chance of the half came when Ashley Probets’ free kick picked out Ricky Sappleton, but he headed straight at grateful keeper McDonald. The hosts were playing some attractive football as they kept VCD pegged back and it was only some resolute defending that prevented further goals. Town continued to control the game but they were unable to add to their tally, running out deserved winners on the day.
VCD Athletic: Budd, Tchonang (Barnes 69), Probets, Tejaite, Bruce (Joseph) 69), Avery, Bakare (Figura 40), Kelly, Sappleton, Nwokeji, Hudson
Subs not used: Menga, Arbaut