ENFIELD TOWN will be desperately hoping to get their Ryman Premier Division play-off bid back on track this weekend following a hugely disappointing few days for the side.
Having only lost twice in 23 league matches to climb up to fifth, Town have seen their hopes suffer a double setback with successive defeats against teams in the lower reaches of the table – with a 1-0 defeat at home to Burgess Hill Town on Saturday followed by a 3-0 reversal at Metropolitan Police on Tuesday night.
Although other results have largely gone in Town’s favour, the two defeats have seen them slip to seventh place ahead of a crunch clash on Saturday (3pm) at a Wingate and Finchley side who are one place and one point above them in the table with two games in hand.
Town’s performances in the past two games have been every bit as disappointing as the results, and manager Bradley Quinton is demanding a big improvement from his side.
“It was disappointing to put in a performance like we did against Burgess Hill,” said manager Bradley Quinton. “We just didn’t play our normal game and we gave ourselves an uphill task by having to play virtually the whole of the second half with ten men [following Scott Shulton’s sending off for dissent].
“Even when we went down to ten men I thought we could have snatched a point, but we overplayed at the wrong times and passed the ball sideways too much.
“We’ve been on an excellent run, but we have now let other teams back in it and it’s very important that we get back on track. The hard work starts now and I’ll be expecting a big response.”
Town will have to make do without Shulton against his former club Wingate as he is suspended as a result of his dismissal over the weekend, while striker Harry Ottaway could also be a doubt after missing the Metropolitan Police game through injury.