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Enfield Town 11 Old Actonians 0
Enfield Town's first match at their impressive new ground was a Middlesex FA Senior Cup quarter final against South East Combination rivals Old Actonians.
The home team celebrated the event with eleven goals to earn a tilt at Premier League Barnet in the semi finals. Five goals in the first fifteen minutes set the tone for a relentless performance by the hosts against a team which is having a very difficult season, but will be disappointed with the margin of defeat, having restricted Enfield to five less than a month ago in a league match.
Katie Wilding and Regan Coleman, with two each, and Lizzie Kent set up Enfield's early lead, the pick of these being Kent's volley from Holly Brandon's cross. Actonians belatedly got to grips with the match at this point and held the hosts for fully thirty minutes, although Wilding went close on several occasions. It was Coleman who won the race to her hat-trick with a good finish right on the break and there was still time for Claire Pavett to add a seventh after a defensive mix up.
Actonians came out with renewed determination after the break despite being under almost constant pressure from a very attacking Enfield line up where three substutions had been made,. Having just the eleven players, the visitors needed full effort from every player, which was exactly what was given. Even so, Wilding drove home her hat-trick on 55 minutes but keeper Jane Pearson then produced a diving penalty save to deny Wilding another just afterwards.
Number nine arrived on the hour with a fine finish from sub Semma Halil as another avalanche of goals semmed inevitable against an overworked defence.
However, Actonians then had their best period of the match. Suze Wiley, who was outstanding all game in defence, held the back four together, Sue Keeka, Nathalie Randell and Linda Fox in midfield, Chelsea Berlin up front and Lydia Amarquaye on the right wing were all able to get on the ball more and give the defence some respite, though a consolation goal did not come.
Just when it seemed that Enfield would be restricted to single figures, a mix up gave Holly Brandon the goal which her performance deserved. Wilding then closed the scoring with her fourth, a fine 15-yard shot on 89 minutes.
Whilst the score was emphatic, both sides played with determination and good sporting spirit, Enfield never easing off and Old Actonians fighting for each other to the end.
Enfield Town: Kelly Cooper, Beth Demery, Sheree Oliver, Kelly Herrett, Holly Brandon, Claire Pavett, Leanne Mabey, Lizzie Kent, Cally Browne, Katie Wilding, Regan Coleman. Subs: Beth Lovell, Semma Halil, Sara Sinclair.
Old Actonians: Jane Pearson, Lauren Mills, Suze Wiley, Hannah Pearson, Jody Reagan, Linda Fox, Carla Jones, Nathalie Randell, Sue Keeka, Lydia Amarquaye, Chelsea Berlin.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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