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Enfield Town boss Steve Newing says his side threw in the towel against Bognor Regis Town
Enfield Town manager Steve Newing believes his side have been handed a reality check in recent weeks and admits his players “threw in the towel” during their 5-1 Ryman Premier defeat to Bognor Regis Town.
Newing’s men have not claimed three points from a league match since August 31 and have slipped down to 19th in the table.
Saturday’s loss was their heaviest Ryman Premier defeat of the campaign and the Towners manager says his side “have been found wanting at times” during the past month.
He continued: “We’ve not won in the league now for five matches and admittedly they haven’t been the easiest fixtures.
“I think the last month has been a little bit of a reality check for the players. We started off well and took ten points from our first seven matches but, while we have played well in certain matches, we have struggled to get the results.”
“We knew it wouldn’t be easy because they are one of the form sides in the division,” Newing explained. “We had a game plan and for the first 25 minutes it worked fairly well, but we shot ourselves in the foot by making poor mistakes and giving the ball away in silly areas.
“They have scored three goals in 15 minutes and that is the game pretty much settled. I told the players at half time they had nothing to lose and that they had to play for pride.
“To be fair to them, they’ve got the goal back and we missed a chance to make it 3-2, if that went in then who knows what might have happened.
“But once Bognor got their fourth, we threw in the towel and that is unacceptable. The last 30 minutes were an embarrassment and the players were told that after the game.
“There is no excuse for not working hard in a game at any level of football and we didn’t do that.”
Against Bognor, Enfield fell behind in the 14th minute as Arron Hopkinson smashed a fine volley past the helpless Noel Imber.
Oliver Pearce then doubled the lead with a header and he grabbed his second after a clever pass from Hopkinson allowed him time to fire home.
The Towners pulled a goal back after the restart thanks to a solo strike from Corey Whitely. The striker collected the ball, found a way through the hosts’ defence and slotted past Mark Zawadsk.
Liam Hope and Whitely missed further chances to reduce the deficit and the Rocks added a fourth and a fifth through Terry Dodd.
Defensive errors have been a recurring theme for the Towners this season and Newing accepts improvements have to be made to his backline.
“Defensively we haven’t been good enough in recent weeks,” he said. “That is partly down to errors at the back and partly down to everyone not working hard enough off the ball.
“We have a ten-day break from league football [after Saturday] and we’ll see what we can do during that time - we need to get our house in order.
“I am always looking to bring players to the club that can improve us and that is still the case.”
Enfield welcome Billericay Town to the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium this Saturday and will hope to end their winless run.
Billericay have won just one of their last six matches in all competitions but Newing expects a stern test against a side that were relegated from the Conference South last season.
“They have had to rebuild. I know their manager well and he said it would take some time for the team to get going.
“That has proved right but it will be a tough game for us. However, despite our recent form we will go there with a positive outlook and hopefully we will get a victory.”
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