The Non-League Football Paper - - BOSTIK LEAGUE - By Ken Bra­zier

A GAME low on qual­ity was de­cided by a first-half free-kick that found its way past home keeper Joe Wright off the de­fen­sive wall.

Af­ter a scrappy open­ing 15 min­utes, with half-chances at ei­ther end, En­field’s Sam Youngs had the ball in the vis­i­tors’ net but he had been flagged offside in the build-up.

Loa­nee keeper Manny Ag­boola col­lected a high ball im­pres­sively un­der pres­sure from Ryan Blake as Town’s at­tack failed to spark. A cou­ple of min­utes later, mid­fielder Ryan Black­man raced through but his left foot ef­fort was tipped over the bar by Ag­boola.

Ten min­utes be­fore the break, hav­ing con­ceded an un­nec­es­sary free kick near the edge of their own box in a cen­tral po­si­tion, Town were made to pay when Tom Richards drove the ball low past the de­pair­ing dive of Wright.

Town had the wind at their backs in the sec­ond pe­riod but strug­gled to make any real head­way. Blake and Liam Hope had ef­forts kept out by Ag­boola. At the other end Jack Mid­son beat Taofiq Olo­mowewe to the ball but drilled his shot wide. Mean­while Blake was again thwarted by Ag­boola be­fore Hope had the ball in the Tan­ners’ net but again from an offside po­si­tion.

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