Town Out To Test Scholars

By Andrew Warshaw

Enfield Town will attempt to build on their fine opening day win when they visit Potters Bar on Tuesday for the first derby of the season (kickoff 7.45)

While we were winning 3-0 on Saturday, Bar were crushed 5-0 at Carshalton but Gavin Macpherson expects a reaction and has warned his players against complacency.

No fewer than nine players have departed the Scholars in recent days  but Max Mitchell has also recruited a fair few and games between us are invariably tasty affairs.

Gavin said he wanted a decent return of points from the first few games to put us in a good place for when crucial players who have been unavailable are back.

One of those, Ollie Knight, is expected to return to the squad as Town attempt to maintain the form showed against Concord Rangers when Gavin’s front-foot philosophy was richly rewarded.

“If we can get a foundation going in the first week in respect of points, then it gives you a platform,” he said.

That means continuing to try and take the game to the opposition, whenever possible of course. “If there is chance to go forward, it’s one of the markers we have put down for this team,” added Gavin.

Even if it doesn’t always come off?

“We use the terminology in training that we give them permission to make mistakes as long as they are sticking to what we ask them to do. Players worry about things like that.”

What they specifically need to heed against Potters Bar, says Gavin, is not to think the job is already done.

 “We give every side we play the respect they deserve. The last thing I said to the players in the dressing room after Concord was that complacency will be their biggest enemy.”