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Enfield Town boss Steve Newing believes team can prove a match for leaders Maidstone United
1:20pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Sport
Enfield Town boss Steve Newing believes his side are more than capable of pulling off an upset at Ryman Premier Division leaders Maidstone United this weekend.
The Towners will be underdogs when they travel to the early pacesetters on Saturday but the Enfield manager thinks his team can be more than a match for their opponents.
Newing said: “They are a good side and are top for a reason. We are under no illusions about how tough it will be but the boys are a match for anyone if they are on their game.
“We are more than capable of upsetting them and if we apply ourselves then we give the better teams in the league problems.”
Enfield progressed in the FA Trophy after a 2-1 first qualifying round over Lowestoft Town on Saturday. Their reward is a home tie in the next round against either Grays Athletic or Herne Bay.
Newing said: “The result was very pleasing and it gives us a chance to progress in a national cup.
“The draw for the next round is a decent one for us because a home tie is what you're looking for. It gives us a decent chance to progress.”
The Towners got off to a slow start in a first half dominated by Lowestoft. The visitors opened the scoring after the restart following a mistake from keeper Noel Imber. The shot stopper was then forced off with a shin injury but with no goalkeeper on the bench, Enfield were forced to throw on defender Lee White.
Newing said: “We didn’t have a sub keeper on the bench because I decided to go without one. Lee White is a capable stand in.
“You fear the worst when you are 1-0 down and have an outfield player in goal. It was very pleasing because I did fear the worst.
“Lee made one comfortable save and one really good from a one on one situation. I know what he is capable of and I quite often gamble because I know he is a very dependable.”
Enfield improved after falling behind and an excellent team move resulted in their equaliser after Tyler Campbell sent a half-volley into the net.
The Towners grabbed a late winner when Liam Hope volleyed home at the far post.
Newing said: “It was a strange one because in the first half we weren’t very good at all. Lowestoft were much the better side but for all the possession they only really tested our keeper once.
“On the day we took our chances and they didn’t. Lowestoft will probably feel the game should have been over at half-time. But we played Grays off the park earlier in the season and ended up losing 2-0 so it happens in football. Unless you take your chances you are always in danger of the opposition fighting back.
“It would have been easy for the boys to feel sorry for ourselves.
“We were fortunate to be in the game at half-time but I think we were worthy winners on the basis of our second-half performance.”
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