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Enfield Town boss Steve Newing admits defensive mistakes cost his side against Bishops Stortford
5:19pm Monday 24th September 2012 in Sport
Enfield Town boss Steve Newing acknowledged basic mistakes cost his side as the Towners exited the FA Cup after a 4-1 defeat against Bishops Stortford in the Second Qualifying round.
It was always going to be a tough ask for Newing’s men to secure a victory against the Conference South side but they make the perfect start as Tyler Campbell curled a strike past goalkeeper Jorg Stadelmann.
However, Jesse Waller-Lassen netted an equaliser before Ricky Sappleton was on target to put the Blues ahead at the interval.
After the break Sappleton headed home his second of the contest before sealing his hat-trick late on with Enfield pushing forward looking for leveller.
While Newing admits his side didn’t perform badly in the defeat he was disappointed with the defensive errors from his side.
He said: "The performance wasn’t too bad but it wasn’t as good as it could or should have been. But we were undone by our own mistakes.
"After going ahead we have then made two defensive mistakes that they have scored from. They are basic mistakes and if you defend poorly you will then get punished.
"Even so, we went in at half time 2-1 behind but their manager certainly wasn’t happy with their performance.
"Their third goal was a little bit controversial because the linesman has given a corner that we weren’t sure was actually over the line, but they scored a good header from it and then sat back and defended.
"Then we had a good chance to make it 3-2, they’ve broken up the pitch and their striker has got his hat-trick.
"He was the real difference between the two sides which you would expect because he has played in the professional game but they were deserved winners."
Enfield have only claimed victory in one of their last six outings in all competitions but Newing insists he remains confident his side can compete in the Ryman Premier Division.
"As a manager I don’t mind losing a game if the team is better than us," the Towners boss explained.
"In the last two matches we have lost to Margate and Bishops Stortford and both sides are expected to beat us.
"But I know we can compete at the level we are at. What we need to do at the moment is cut out the errors we have been making because our own short comings have been our downfall."
Enfield remain on cup duty as they take on Cambridge City in the FA Trophy first qualifying round this Saturday.
While Newing admits the league campaign is the primary focus for his side, he hopes the Towners will remain in the competition for as long as possible.
He said: "It is another cup competition that has FA prize money at stake. It doesn’t have as much as the FA Cup but it is still good for the football club.
"I would quite like us to have a good run in the Trophy but our focus is the league this season and making sure we stay up.
"But we certainly want to stay in the Trophy for as long as we possibly can."