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Enfield Town manager Steve Newing was impressed by the club's Under-21 players after they beat the senior side 3-1
2:38pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Sport
With no league or cup action for Enfield Town on Saturday, the Towners took on the club’s Under-21s and suffered a surprising 3-1 defeat.
Manager Steve Newing was pleased with the result however and believes it has proved Enfield’s younger players are capable of slotting into the first team if required.
He said: “The senior side only had two players who started our last league game; it was a chance for the fringe players to stake a claim for a place.
“But the younger players were very good. It showed that if we need to bring a player up to the first team, that they could do a job if needed.
“The only disappointing aspect was the performance of the fringe players and perhaps I don’t need as big a squad if the Under-21 players are capable of stepping up.”
With two months of the season now completed, Enfield sit 16th in the Ryman Premier with 12 points from 11 matches.
It was a difficult September for the Towners who failed to win a game and only took two points from a possible 12.
Newing admitted his side’s performances were inconsistent but believes Enfield remain on track for a mid-table finish.
“It wasn’t an easy month,” he explained. “There were some good performances and the less said about others, such as Canvey Island, the better.
“But I still feel that if we improve defensively over the season then we will finish comfortably in mid-table.
“The league is starting to take shape and while there are one or two exceptions, most of the sides are where they are expected to be.
“We have a tough October coming up and then in November the fixtures are a little easier. What we have do to is to perform well against the more fancied sides and pick up points against teams we are expected to.”
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