Stow bounced back from defeat at Brentwood Town with a confident display against Enfield. There were returns to the starting line-up for Te Wihongi and Ollie Sotoyinbo, while Kymani Thomas made his debut on the left wing after signing from Ashford United.
The last time the two sides met here there were 371 in attendance creating a raucous atmosphere. This evening it was a faction of that, but they were treated to some free-flowing attacking from Stow, who could have scored more than just the two they did.
Following the same pattern since Vinny Murphy was appointed as manager, Stow opened on the front foot and were causing Enfield real problems with some intricate passing play around the home side’s box. Sotoyinbo repeatedly tested George Edgeworth in the Enfield goal with efforts just inside the box while Bilal Sayoud also went close. The closest Stow came in the opening half an hour was when Sayoud’s driven cross was deflected agonisingly past Brian Moses who was charging in at the back post.
The deadlock was broken on 36 minutes when a soft free kick given away by Billy Purdy gave Sayoud the opportunity to send another ball into the box, and he picked out the totally unmarked Sotoyinbo who headed into the bottom corner from 12 yards.
Stow came out firing for the start of the second half too, with Eman Okunja fording a smart save from Edgeworth with a dipping effort from just outside the box. Sotoyinbo was then tantalisingly close to doubling his tally with another header from a Thomas cross, but Edgeworth was equal to the effort, spectacularly turning around his right-hand post. Kevin Songolo got his head to the resulting corner, but his glancing effort didn’t trouble the goal.
There was a passage of 20 minutes or so midway through the second half when Enfield were on top, and could well have scored but for a combination of a good low save from Ashlee Jones and a goal line header from Jarred Small who was in the right place to stop Jay Nash’s follow-up effort.
Enfield’s task became increasingly difficult when Farai Tsingano was given a second yellow card for wrestling Moses to the ground 20 yards from goal with ten minutes to play. This completely opened the game up, and time after time Sayoud and substitute Callum Ibe found themselves free in the final third. But they were thwarted by some last ditch defending and Edgeworth in the Enfield goal.
Positive, attacking play has been a feature of this Stow side since Vinny Murphy took over as manager, and as the game entered injury time most Stow fans were urging their side to head for the corner flag. But Ezra Agyiri had other ideas, driving forward and cutting the ball back to Brian Moses who’s spectacular overhead kick made sure of the three points.