George Borg believes his Enfield Town side are beginning “to look like a proper team” after the Towners claimed their first Ryman Premier win for over four months on Saturday.
A 1-0 win at home against bottom of the table Cray Wanderers sealed victory for Enfield who hadn’t collected three points since August 31.
Bertie Brayley’s second-half strike from distance was enough for the Towners who remain in the drop zone but closed the gap on the sides above them.
Borg was delighted with the performance from his players and said: “It has not been easy since I arrived at the club but the lads have been brilliant and credit to them because they have persevered with things and it was a much deserved victory for them.
“The first half was close. I like to make sure that we will always stay in the game in the opening period, that’s why Tyler Campbell, who has been one of our best players this season, started on the bench.
“We opened up more in the second half because I knew we had more to give. Bertie has scored a wonderful goal and he had a couple more chances.
“But the scoreline wasn’t overly important, what was important was we got the win and hopefully now we can build on that and confidence amongst the players will continue to build. We are beginning to look like a proper team now.”
Enfield have conceded the second highest amount of goals in the Ryman Premier this season but on Saturday they kept a rare clean sheet.
Borg believes it is important his side continue to remain solid defensively and is pleased the efforts of his players on the training pitch were rewarded with a victory.
He explained: “I don’t want to be disrespectful to the previous management team but we have tried to address certain problems and work on things.
“We still have a difficult task ahead of us and there are lot of games to play that we need to get results from.
“But I am really pleased at what we have been able to do and the players have worked very hard. They’ve been out on the training pitch for three hours in the pouring rain, thunder and lightning.
“They have been soaked through but that work has paid off because our clean sheet at the weekend was the first since last March I believe.
“We showed character, determination, were organised and fought for everything against a team that is fighting for their lives.”
Borg’s next task is to address Enfield’s poor away form. The Towners have played away from the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium on ten occasions during the campaign but have claimed just a point on their travels.
Enfield travel to 20th place side East Thurrock on Saturday in what is another clash between two sides battling against relegation.
“I am sure we will start to pick up points away from home,” Borg said. “We deserved something from the game at Margate.
“However, it won’t be easy for us. I live fairly close to East Thurrock and I have seen their pitch, it will certainly be a tough game for us.
“Hopefully we can get a good result and take momentum from the win at the weekend. If we can do that then I am sure the away form will improve and we will be more confident.”