Enfield Town ready to scrap for relegation survival in Ryman Premier Division despite miserable run of form

Enfield Independent: Margate keeper Craig Holloway punches clear from Enfield's Mark Kirby. Margate keeper Craig Holloway punches clear from Enfield's Mark Kirby.

Enfield Town manager George Borg insists his players will “fight all the way” to avoid relegation from the Ryman Premier Division but admits it will be difficult to bring in more new recruits to help their survival bid this season.

The Towners have not won in the league since August 31 and are second from bottom after a 1-0 loss at Margate on Saturday.

There have however been some encouraging signs in recent performances and Borg, who is pictured below and replaced Steve Newing as manager at the start of the month, is adamant his team will keep fighting to avoid the drop.

“When I took the job I knew it was a massive challenge,” he said.

“Nobody here is under any illusions – teams that get beat 3-0, 4-0, 6-0 that’s not a good team, that’s a team in relegation form but we’ve brought in some players, introduced a system and that is starting to show in the results.

“I have to pay tribute to the players for that. They have been absolutely brilliant. They have gone to Margate and given a great account of themselves and on another day we could easily have come away with something.”

Borg added: “It’s a massive challenge for all of us, we know that but we’re not going to give up the ghost, we are going to fight all the way and give everything to survive.”

The Towners boss signed defenders Sam Griffiths and Newman Carney along with midfielder Bradley Quinton soon after his appointment.

Borg however believes it will be difficult to bring in more players and is happy to place his faith in some of the club’s youngsters.

“The trouble is all the better players are at the bigger clubs and playing in the first teams,” he said.

“So we have to make the most of what we have and we have some really good young players here.

“They need nurturing and encouraging and that takes time. We can’t just keep bringing in players because they have experience - we have good players here who can learn and improve.”

In November, Town lost all three of their matches and conceded 13 goals in the process.

Borg’s side have tightened up though in recent games, picking up a 2-2 draw against Carshalton Athletic at the start of the month before losing twice by a one-goal margin.

The Enfield boss says the spirit in the dressing room is strong and paid tribute to the club’s supporters for their commitment to the cause.

“The supporters have been absolutely brilliant for us, I can’t praise them enough,” he said.

“They keep cheering on the team and banging their drums and they are giving the players that extra push they need and the players are responding to that.

“When you’re getting beat by five or six every week it’s difficult to keep spirits up but it hasn’t been like that recently.

“The teams we’ve been playing against have been in the top ten in the league – they haven’t been easy games when you’re rebuilding a team and we have gone to those games and have come close to picking up some results.”

Enfield travel to tenth-placed Hendon tomorrow (Wednesday) and Borg is optimistic about his team’s chances.

“We now go into all of our games believing we can get something whereas before we were approaching games thinking we’re going to lose,” he added.

“Hendon will be a difficult game, no doubt about that, but the players believe in themselves and we think we can get something there.”


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