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Steve Newing says his side must start taking their chances if they're to pick up wins in the Ryman Premier
3:45pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Sport
Enfield Town boss Steve Newing felt his side produced their best half of football this season against Wealdstone but once again lamented his side’s finishing as the Towners were beaten 4-1.
An early strike from Joe O’Brien put Enfield ahead in the Ryman Premier clash and they dominated the opening half hour.
Newing’s men created several chances to extend their advantage but they were wasteful in front of goal.
It proved costly. The introduction of Glen Little helped Wealdstone take control of possession and they levelled when Chris Moore found the net.
A minute before the break, the Stones went ahead as Chris Wild put the ball into his own net.
“The first 30 to 40 minutes of the game was the best we have played by a long way,” Newing said.
“Our problem remains the same though; we are not taking our chances and that is costing us.
“After going ahead we had several good opportunities to add to our lead and we could and should have been two goals ahead.
“We were in control but then they made a change and brought on Glen Little who has played in the Premier League.
“He helped them in possession and they got the two goals before half time. It was very frustrating because up until that point it was very positive for us.”
The second period saw Wealdstone add two further goals. The first came from former Enfield forward Scott McGleish and the second arrived five minutes before full time as Tom Pett headed home.
Newing continued: “Glen Little and Scott McGleish are two players with plenty of Football League experience and they make the difference.
“Scott was obviously here last season and it would have been fantastic for us to keep him.
“However, Wealdstone are challenging for promotion every season and can pay the bigger money for players at this level.”
There were better fortunes for Enfield on Saturday as a last minute penalty from Liam Hope secured a 3-2 victory against Hendon.
Adam Wallace put Enfield ahead early in the contest but poor marking from a corner allowed Dave Diedhiou to convert.
The Towners regained the lead shortly after the interval as Hope curled home a superb free kick but the Greens levelled for a second time as Diedhiou headed in a corner.
It seemed as if the points would be shared but in added time Wallace was bundled over in the area and Hope fired home the resultant spot kick. The Enfield striker was dismissed as he received a second yellow card due to his celebration.
“It was an interesting game,” Newing explained.
“The first half was as bad as we have played but we went in at half time level.
“The second half was a much more even contest and we got the goal to go back ahead. Then poor marking from a corner let them equalise.
“I made a couple of substitutions and that changed the shape of the game.
“It could have still gone either way but we got the penalty and Liam Hope obviously scored.
“He was a little bit overzealous with his celebration, which can happen, and was sent off. That is a shame because we will be without him for a game.”
Enfield sit 14th in the Ryman Premier table and have accumulated seven points from their first six matches – the same return as at this stage last season.
Newing believes his side have improved dramatically over the last 12 months, however, and that view has been backed up by other managers.
He said: “Speaking to opposition managers, players and fans, they all agree that we are a much better team than last season.
“We have played some tough sides but are creating chances. What we must do is start to take them. “The players are good enough and are good finishers. We need to make our chances count. If we do that we will win games.
“We have conceded a few goals away from home but I think if we can win two-thirds of our home matches then we will be fine.”
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