Mitchell the two-goal hero for Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 09:42 16 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:16 06 July 2010

Enfield Town 2, Lowestoft Town 2

A STRONG wind blowing straight down the pitch made life difficult for the players but did not prevent the game producing an abundance of goal mouth thrills.

Enfield Town 2, Lowestoft Town 2

A STRONG wind blowing straight down the pitch made life difficult for the players but did not prevent the game producing an abundance of goal mouth thrills. Despite the torrential morning rain there was no sign of water on the pitch when the game kicked off.

The goalmouth incidents started in the very first minute with David Blower underhitting a back pass and as Matt Nolan challenged keeper Rob Blackburne raced out to kick clear. With the strong wind behind them Lowestoft were making most of the running and took the lead in the 16th minute. The Blues got the ball down on the deck as the ball was played between Dale Cockrill, Gary Holt, Matt Nolan and Adam Smith. Smith played the ball to Scott Mitchell who cut inside Blower and sent a cross shot beyond Rob Blackburne into the far corner of the net.

The Blues were close to adding their lead as Scott Mitchell again worked his way through but this time the effort was wide of the mark. Scott Mitchell was in the midst of most of the action and he played the ball to Gary Holt whose 30 yard drive rose inches over the bar. As the first half came to a close Enfield started to probe the Blues defence and they levelled the scores five minutes before the break. A cross from the right was retrieved by Michael Bardle on the left who sent a swirling cross into the danger area. Andy Reynolds could only punch the ball out and Paul Marks slammed the ball back into the met.

Playing against the wind Lowestoft started the second half better and a Gary Holt cross was knocked down to Scott Mitchell whose volley curled wide. Another Holt cross found Gary McGee who shot across the face of the goal. Neil Plaskett joined the attack and fed Jamie Godbold whose 25 yard shot was held by Rob Blackburne.

The Enfield goal held a charmed life as an Adam Smith free kick was pushed against the post by Rob Blackburne, Matt Nolan's follow up was cleared off the line by David Bastian and a third effort from Scott Mitchell was hacked off the line by Mark Kirby.

The game changed Enfield's way in the 64th minute when substitute Stuart Blackburne was introduced to replace Liam Hope. He was on the pitch for just two minutes when a long ball forward was misjudged by the Blues defence and the substitute shot past the exposed Andy Reynolds.

With 20 minutes left Enfield were reduced to 10 men with Paul Marks receiving a straight red card for elbowing Matt Nolan. With a man advantage Lowestoft pushed forward looking for an equaliser but left gaps at the back which were exploited by the pacy Stuart Blackburne. A long high ball forward saw the substitute get behind the Blues back for and he lobbed the advancing Andy Reynolds but Matt Halliday raced back to clear off the line.

Lowestoft thought they had equalised as substitute Craig Bussens and Scott Mitchell combined to find Darren Cockrill who spun and shot into the net only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.

With two minutes left there was a final twist to the game. Stuart Blackburne looked set to add a third Enfield goal as he took the ball round Andy Reynolds and Adam Smith but Matt Halliday was again in the right spot to clear off the line. The ball was immediately switched to the other end where Scott Mitchell was played through to shoot past Rob Blackburne to level the scores.

Lowestoft Town: Reynolds, Plaskett, Smith, Holt, Crane, Halliday, Godbold, Dale Cockrill (Sub Bussens 84), Nolan, McGee (Sub Darren Cockrill 77), Mitchell, Subs (not used) Fisk, Hunn, Potter.

Attendance: 255

Terry Lynes

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