Higley’s delight as APSA make point
ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE London APSA 1 Enfield 1893 1 LONDON ASPA manager John Higley paid tribute to the hunger and determination of his players following their 1-1 draw with Enfield 1893. After Saturday s game, Higley saluted his players, who play for fre
ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE
London APSA 1
Enfield 1893 1
LONDON ASPA manager John Higley paid tribute to the "hunger and determination" of his players following their 1-1 draw with Enfield 1893.
After Saturday's game, Higley saluted his players, who play for free, for stifling the promotion chasing E's at the Terrence McMillan Stadium.
With the financial backing of his chairman, Kevin Lucas is able to attract quality semi-pros to Goffs Lane, but they couldn't overcome a spirited ASPA side.
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"Once again, I can't fault the effort and endeavour of the boys," said Higley.
"Enfield are a good team with a budget to pay their players, whereas we are simply reliant on the players' hunger and determination.
"We have beaten them twice this year, but I think that on the balance of play, a draw was a fair result."
It was APSA who started the stronger with Gregory Akpele inches away from making a telling connection to Stuart Houghton's wicked delivery.
For all their dominance the home side could not make the most of their possession.
Isaac Aubynn was forced to fill in at centre half alongside Stephen McCallagh and the pair stood firm against Enfield's attacks.
The breakthrough for APSA came in the 41st minute. Houghton linked with Akpele once again, but this time the latter finished with an inventive overhead kick.
The visitors came out in the second half with renewed vigour and in the 60th minute they drew level through Jerry Nkrumah.
The draw has left APSA in 13th position in the Essex Senior League.
London APSA: Brown, Langton, McCallagh, Aubynn, Gabor, Mustapha, Mpalampa, Haleem, Dakri, Houghton, Akplele. Subs: Dixon, Shah, Dado.
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