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Enfield Town boss Steve Newing says his side can consolidate their position in the Ryman premier this season
5:44pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in Sport
Enfield Town manager Steve Newing hopes his side can consolidate their status in the Ryman Premier this season and feels he has a stronger squad at his disposal than 12 months ago.
Newing’s men begin their league campaign on Saturday as they welcome Metropolitan Police to the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium. An away match against Kingstonian on Monday evening follows and Newing is looking forward to the challenges he and his side will face this season.
He said: “We have 21 players who have registered and I am happy with those that are here.
“We have got a stronger squad than the one that started last season so I think we can aim for a mid-table position. There is no reason why we can’t improve on what we did last season.
“We want to consolidate our position in this league. We’ve added some players and those who were at the club last season will be better for the experience of playing in the division.
“We need to make sure that we are difficult to score against like we were in the second half of last season because I’ve got no concerns about scoring goals. We will be fine at that end of the pitch.”
While Newing is pleased with his squad he admits a couple of players could still be added before Saturday’s match.
The Towners have been handed a tough start and four of their first five opponents finished in the top half of the table last season.
Newing insists there are no easy matches in the division but ackowledges the fixture list could have been kinder to his side.
He explained: “We have been handed a tough start, there is no doubt about that. “Three of the first four games are against sides who I expect to be in and around the race for promotion.
“Metropolitan Police are a strong side and then we face Kingstonian away on Monday and that will also be a tough test for us.
“Margate will be challenging and then we have got Hendon who I think could be dark horses this year after they ended the last season very well.
“It could have been kinder to us but we have the ability in the squad to get results against those sides.”
Enfield recorded a 3-1 friendly victory against Witham Town last Saturday. A goal from Liam Hope and a Jermaine Osei brace secured the win for the Towners.
Osei is a new addition for the Towners after he joined from Enfield 1893 Football Club.
Newing says the 17-year-old is a great prospect and hopes he can make an impact for the Towners throughout the campaign.
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