ENFIELD TOWN are facing an uphill task in their quest to keep their Ryman Premier Division play-off hopes alive following another disappointing week for the club.
Having suffered successive defeats at the end of January to deal a blow to their hopes of securing a top-five finish, Town had appeared to get back on track with a hugely impressive 5-1 victory at in-form Wingate and Finchley.
But Bradley Quinton’s men were unable to build on that triumphed as they slumped to a last-gasp 3-2 loss at home to struggling Merstham on Saturday before being comprehensively beaten 3-2 at fourth-placed Tonbridge Angels.
Although Town remain in seventh place in the table, they have played more matches then all but one of the other teams challenging for promotion and are now five points adrift of fifth-placed Leiston having played five games more.
Town’s sudden loss of form is all the more surprising given that they had only lost two of their previous 22 league matches prior to their recent poor run, and they now have little margin for error if they want to stay in the hunt for promotion.
Town’s task at Tonbridge was made harder by the unavailability for various reasons of Mark Kirby, Ricky Gabriel, Percy Kiangebeni and Dernell Wynter, but manager Quinton should have a stronger squad to pick from for Saturday’s crunch trip to a Worthing side who lie a point behind them with two games in hand (3pm).
Quinton has already taken action to try and improve Town’s fortunes by signing the versatile Blake Thompson, who made his debut as a second-half substitute against Merstham before starting Tuesday’s match at Tonbridge.
The 23-year-old Australian – who can play in midfield or at the back – moved from Queensland, where he had been playing with Brisbane Wolves, to England in 2012, signing a contract with Birmingham City’s academy later that year.
He has also spent time with Crew Alexandra and had been playing for Dutch first division outfit Dordrecht since last summer.
“I’m pleased to be able to bring Blake into the squad following all the necessary clearances,” the manager said. “He can play at centre or left-back or as a central midfielder, so he is very versatile, and he is joining us at a crucial time as we look to push on in our remaining league games.”