Enfield Town completed an unbeaten festive period and started 2018 on a winning note with a 3-0 home victory over Harrow Borough on New Year’s Day.

Following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Metropolitan Police, the Towners made it eight points from their four games over the holiday season and now sit 12th in the Bostik Premier Division table.

With Darren Purse and Mark Kirby unavailable through injury, Taylor McKenzie returned to take his place in a back three alongside Dan Rumens and John Kyriacou.

The home side started positively with Sam Youngs and Aaron Greene having a couple of early efforts on goal that didn’t test Melvin Minter, but the Boro keeper was soon to be picking the ball out of his own net.

After Harrow centre-half Adam Pepara had chested the ball down next to his arm leading to some half-hearted penalty appeals, Greene passed inside to Youngs and the midfielder’s effort had just enough pace to beat the retreating defenders to put the Towners in front in the ninth minute.

Minter’s afternoon was to become increasingly busy and he blocked another Youngs effort with his legs, before Ryan Blake fired wide.

Rumens then shot over and Blake couldn’t connect with a ball into the box from the left as the likelihood of a second Enfield goal grew, although Charles Banya forced Joe Wright into a double save shortly before the interval.

Boro briefly threatened to get back on terms after half-time, with Sahr Kabba shooting straight at Wright after David Taylor had played in a dangerous ball, but the Enfield keeper was to have one of his quieter afternoons.

However, the home side were able to relieve the pressure that having only a one-goal lead can bring when McKenzie met a Youngs delivery from the right ahead of everyone else in the six-yard box to score the second goal as the hour-mark approached.

The Towners were to have the ball in the net for a third time through Blake, but the referee’s whistle had already blown for a foul on the keeper, before Youngs sent a dipping volley just wide.

But Enfield did make certain of the points when a Blake run down the right ended with a good cross and David Longe-King deflected into his own net after getting to the ball just ahead of Simon Thomas.

Longe-King did try to make amends soon after, but was well wide of the target with a header from a corner, before Ant O’Connor was pushed sufficiently wide by Mickey Parcell for his eventual shot to hit the side netting.

The Towners are due to return to action on Saturday with a trip to Worthing, and they are on the road again on Monday for an away game at Kingstonian.