Enfield take away the point(s) of Christmas

Two late goals saw Lewes fall to a disappointing defeat against mid-table Enfield in a game played in terrible conditions at the Pan reports Tom Harper.

Darren Freeman named an unchanged side after the Rooks recorded only their second league win of the season against Farnborough on Saturday, with George Landais fit to start despite going off injured after 20 minutes of his debut three days previously.

Lewes got off to a bright start and could have taken the lead inside the first minute, with a right-wing Henry Muggeridge cross being headed just wide at the far post by Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe.  They could and perhaps should have had a penalty soon after, as James Fraser appeared to be barged over off the ball just inside the penalty area as he looked to make a run across an Enfield centre-back.

The Rooks were enjoying most of the possession early on and looked to make the most of playing with the wind as they tried to build on Saturday’s victory.  The closest Lewes came to taking the lead before the break saw Ogedi-Uzokwe hit the top of the crossbar with a curling shot from the edge of the area that had beaten visiting goalkeeper Nathan McDonald.

Having enjoyed so much of the play throughout the first half, the Rooks were under pressure from the early stages of the second and were grateful to Chris Winterton for keeping out a powerful close-range header after a deep Ryan Doyle free-kick was not cleared.  There was little goalmouth action for much of the half, with Enfield posing more of a threat than they did in the first and Lewes unable to see enough of the ball to cause the well-organised visiting back four many problems.

Winterton had to be alert again heading into the final 15 minutes to keep out a powerful effort from Tyler Campbell, after the winger had cut inside from the left.  The deadlock was broken with eight minutes remaining, as Harry Ottaway met a dangerous free-kick from Doyle and beat Winterton at his near post with an accurate header to give the visitor’s the lead.

Enfield made the points safe after 89 minutes, with Ottaway latching onto a lofted through-ball, turning Steve Brinkhurst on the edge of the area and sending a left-foot shot across Winterton and into the bottom corner.

Conceding twice so late on was harsh on the Rooks, who still tried to find a route back into the game during stoppage time and saw Muggeridge send a half-volley from the edge of the area just over.  There was very little between the two sides for long periods of the game, but Lewes were ultimately made to pay for not making the most of playing with the wind during the first half, something the visitors were able to do in the closing stages to win them the game.

The Rooks will hope to put this disappointing defeat behind them when they make the short trip to Bognor Regis Town on Boxing Day, kick-off at 3pm.

Lewes: Winterton, Brinkhurst, Redwood, Appiah (Coppola 84), Freeman, Malins, Muggeridge, Cotton, Landais (McCreadie 37), Fraser, Ogedi-Uzokwe.

Unused Subs: Breach, Strong, Stroomberg.

Booked: Appiah, Cotton, Fraser.

Enfield Town: McDonald, Doyle, Stevens, Vilcu, Joseph, Muguo, Campbell, Livings (Lewen 69), Devyne (Parcell 79), Ottaway, Bihmoutine (Kouassi 72).

Unused Subs: Hayden-Smith, Wynter.

Booked: None.

Referee: Gregory Read

Attendance: 377