Steve Newing believes his Enfield Town will stay in the Ryman Premier Division if they win eight of their remaining 20 games

Enfield Town boss Steve Newing believes the Towners will remain in the Ryman Premier Division if they win eight of their remaining 20 league matches.

A 1-0 victory over Hastings United on Saturday lifted Newing’s men to 17th in the table but despite the narrow win they still sit just two points above bottom of the division Carshalton Athletic.

Newing was pleased with his side’s display against the Arrows and hopes the Towners continue to battle for every point.

He said: "It was nice to get the win and end that run of six straight losses, although we should have got points in three of those matches.

"It was a very good performance from us. I thought it was going to be one of those days where we couldn’t get the goal that we deserved.

"We hit the post and had the ball cleared off the line. But we did make the breakthrough and we thoroughly deserved it and it could have been more."

He continued: "We are at the half way point in the season now and we have 20 games remaining. Every one of those games we need to approach like a final and if we can win maybe eight of those matches then we should be ok. Win ten of those matches and we will be fine.

"What we need to do is to work our socks off every game and if everyone does that for the remainder of the season, then no matter what happens, you can’t have any complaints."

Town dominated much of the game against Hastings and threatened their goal on several occasions.

Liam Hope and Michael Bardle both had efforts strike the woodwork before Scott McGleish fired past his on loan Barnet goalkeeper Liam O’Brien to seal the win in the 77th minute.

It was McGleish’s fourth goal in four games for the Towners and Newing is delighted with the striker’s work-rate.

He said: "Scott works so hard chasing down and closing down the opposition. That attitude then rubs off on the other players in the side because they see a 38-year-old, who has scored plenty of goals in the Football League, putting that effort in for the team."

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