Enfield Town claimed a rare away point on Saturday as they drew 1-1 with East Thurrock

Picture: Phil Davison

Picture: Phil Davison

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Enfield Town claimed just their second away point of the Ryman Premier season on Saturday as the Towners drew 1-1 with East Thurrock.

George Borg’s men have struggled on the road throughout the campaign but the Enfield manager praised his side’s “quality defending” against the Rocks.

The visitors had taken the lead shortly before the interval as Liam Hope dispatched a penalty but an early second half spot kick was scored by Tom Stephen to level the contest.

Both sides had chances but were unable to find a winner. Borg felt the Towners more than deserved their point but felt the penalty awarded to East Thurrock was “soft.”

He explained: “Against East Thurrock we knew it was going to be difficult because they are organised and hard working.

“We got our noses in front through a penalty but I was wary about the second half because it seemed like the referee wanted to even things out.

“The penalty that was given against us was pretty soft in my opinion but that got them back into the game and level.”

He continued: “On the whole I think a draw was the fair result. Both sides had a couple of good chances but only very good goalkeeping from both keepers meant they were not taken – Noel Imber made one stop in particular which was magnificent.

“After they scored though they pushed forward looking to try and win the match but quality defending meant we were able to get back into the game in the last five minutes.

“We changed a couple of things late on to try and win but in the end we deserved a draw.”

Enfield have found it difficult to secure points away from the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium this season and, prior to Saturday’s match, only had a 3-3 draw at Bury Town to show for their efforts.

Borg believes it “doesn’t matter if we’re playing home or away” but admits every point his side collect on the road is important in their battle against the drop.

He said: “Any game away from home where you can pick up one or three points is good for us.

“As a manager though I would rather lose one match and win two than settle for three draws.

“I will always try and go to win a match but we have to be careful not to lose games because every point is important to us at the minute.

“Playing home or away isn’t that important. You put out your best team wherever you are and you hope that they will be able to win the match or take something out of it.”

Enfield sit 22nd in the table and are six points away from safety. Borg admits his side remain in a difficult position but has been encouraged by their recent performances.

“What we are doing is taking teams all the way in matches and that wasn’t happening before I came in,” he said.

“So the players deserve credit for that and they have worked very hard in the last few weeks.

“I am still trying to strengthen the squad and am looking to add a little bit more quality.”

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