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Enfield Town boss insists side will be fine if they reproduce Wealdstone performance
Enfield Town boss Steve Newing insists his side will not be relegated if they perform as they did against Wealdstone.
The Towners were unlucky to lose 2-1 on Saturday when visiting manager Gordon Bartlett admitted Enfield were the better team. Newing’s side are currently 18th in the Ryman Premier Division but he has faith his team will pull away from trouble.
The manager, whose side entertain Metropolitan Police this evening, said: “If we’d taken the opportunites we’ve had this season then we would be in mid-table and wouldn’t have any worries about relegation.
“It does show that there are fine margins in this league. We are not in a false position but we believe that we can win each game that we go into.
“The last five games have all been tight and we haven’t been outplayed in any of them. It’s nice to get recognition from an opposition manager and if we keep playing like that then we will be fine.”
The hosts had a decent opportunity in the first half when Joe O’Brien dragged his shot past the post.
Wealdstone grabbed the lead after the restart when Wes Parker headed in a corner.
But Enfield netted a deserved equaliser when Adam Wallace struck the crossbar and Tyler Campbell bundled in the rebound.
The Stones struck the winner 15 minutes from time after Alex Dyer fired home but Enfield nearly earned a point when David Kendall’s shot was tipped over the bar late on.
Newing, whose side won 5-1 at Cray Wanderers last week, said: “We deserved at least a point from the game. We played better in the defeat than we did in the win over Cray.
“We were the better side in the first half but then they got on top at the start of the second half. They went in front from a corner where the referee was the only one that thought it was a corner.
“It was an even game after we equalised and only poor defending and a decent finish has cost us.”
The Towners boss added: “We deserved at least a draw if not a win and that bodes well because Wealdstone are a very good side who still have a chance of winning the league.
“We acquitted ourselves very well and the performance was really good. Everyone was bitterly disappointed that we got nothing from the game.
“We are looking a lot better defensively but you still get punished for the slightest mistake.
“We are not leaking as many goals as we have been and we will always create chances. We’re 18th in the table but the seventh top scorers so we’re good going forward.”
It does not get any easier for Town this weekend as they host promotion challengers Kingstonian before travelling to Lowestoft Town.
Newing said: “We just need to start getting a bit of luck against the top sides. But we’ve shown that we’re more than capable of competing at this level.
“Kingstonian are in a good run of form and score a lot of goals. It should be very entertaining because both teams are better at going forward than defensively. We have a real tough couple of games coming up.”