Enfield Town are looking to end a run of five consecutive defeats in all competitions tonight when they travel to Maldon & Tiptree.

A second-half goal from James Daly was enough to give Kingstonian a 1-0 victory at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium on Saturday as the Towners slipped to seventh in the Bostik Premier Division table.

The young forward’s strike saw The K’s climb up to second in the league, just three points behind leaders Dorking Wanderers.

Boss Andy Leese was set to make changes to his starting XI for the Velocity Trophy third round tie as the visitors sought their first victory in a month.

The hosts started brightly on Saturday and were on the attack within the opening minute. Nobody could get on the end of Sam Chaney’s low cross and a succession of corners were dealt with by the Kingstonian defence.

However, the visitors were proving to be tough proposition and were creating early chances of their own. Elliott Buchanan grazed outside of the post and Delano Sam-Yorke’s effort was gathered by Joe Wright.

For all of their hard work and possession, Enfield created very little as the first-half wore on and Kingstonian started to look as though they would break the deadlock. Wright saved again from Sam-Yorke and Alfie Doughty’s effort was also collected by the Enfield stopper.

Enfield came into this game without a win in their last five games and their task of ending that run became much harder just after the break as the visitors finally found the net.

Daly, on loan from Crystal Palace, picked up the ball centrally and beat two defenders before tucking a finish neatly under Wright to give Kingstonian a lead they thoroughly deserved.

Leigh Dynan’s side had plenty of chances to put the game to bed, most notably when Louie Theophanous blazed over a glorious opportunity, but it was Enfield that were pressing hard in their hunt for an equaliser. Sam Youngs couldn’t keep his effort on target and they had a number of attempts blocked by a resolute Kingstonian back-line.

The home side fought right until the final whistle, with the referee controversially blowing for full-time as the ball pinged around in the Kingstonian penalty area, but they couldn’t squeeze it over the line and the visitors held on for an important away win that saw them climb up the table to within three points of league leaders Dorking.

Enfield, though, dropped out of the play-off places into seventh with their sixth consecutive game without a victory. While they are only three points off fifth-placed Bishop’s Stortford, the team in sixth, Bognor Regis, have two games in hand on both of them.

Following last night’s cup clash, Enfield are on the road again on Saturday when they visit a Carshalton Athletic side who are just one place behind them and level on points in the table.