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Steve Newing pleased with Enfield Town collecting a point at Bognor Regis Town
3:37pm Monday 22nd October 2012 in Sport
Steve Newing was pleased his Enfield Town side stopped a run of five straight league defeats with a 0-0 draw against Bognor Regis Town but admitted it was a game the Towners should have won.
In an even opening half both teams created good opportunities to go ahead. Jordan Lockie saw an effort rebound of the post for the Rocks before Tyler Campbell found the net for Enfield, only to be flagged offside.
However, Newing’s men took control after the interval and had several chances to secure victory.
Joe O’Brien sent a looping header over the crossbar and Campbell struck the post as Enfield applied pressure on the Bognor goal.
In the final minutes, a deflected pass from O’Brien hit the underside of the Rocks crossbar, only for goalkeeper Craig Stoner to smother the ball and seal a point for the hosts.
Reflecting on the game, Newing stated: "The draw halted that run of games without a win but even in the games we’ve lost, we have played well, except for against Margate.
"So after five losses it is good to stop that run but it was a game we should have won. We put in a good performance, especially in the second half.
"In the opening half they had the best chances but we were much better after the break. We hit the bar and the ball bounced down on the line and then we had an effort which rolled across the line.
"Even so, a point away from home is a good result for us and hopefully we can now build on that going forward."
The Towners were without Leon Osei for the weekend clash after he decided to leave the club and join Northwood.
The midfielder signed the Towners two seasons ago and played an important role in Enfield’s promotion to the Ryman Premier Division.
Newing accepts Osei’s decision to leave the club and added: "He has been with us for two seasons but he wasn’t enjoying his football as much anymore, so he needed to change something.
"He has been a very good player for us but I completely understand that he needs to go somewhere different because if you are not enjoying it then you have got to move on.
"So I wish him well. He still knows a few people from his previous spell at Northwood. We will still keep him on Ryman forms but he will definitely be their player."
When asked whether Newing will be looking to strengthen his squad following the departure, he replied: "I will not be looking to bring in a direct replacement because we have players who play in Leon’s position.
"However, I am working towards something so we shall see how that works out."
Enfield return to cup action this weekend as they travel to Concord Rangers in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy.
The Towners boss is expecting a tough contest but hopes he can guide his side into the next round.
He said: "It will certainly be a difficult match for us. The games that I have faced them as a manager have been very close.
"They had a bad result last weekend but by all accounts the result didn’t reflect the performance that they put into it.
"It is a tough place for us to go and we have had battles against them before. But hopefully we can progress in the competition."