ENFIELD TOWN’S hopes of securing a place in the Ryman Premier Division play-offs are very much in their own hands heading into the final game of the season.
A fantastic Easter weekend for the club saw them beat Folkestone Invicta 3-1 on Saturday and Harlow Town 3-0 on Monday, while a number of other results went in their favour as they climbed up to fourth place in the table.
This all leaves them needing just a draw at home to sixth-placed Leiston, who are three points behind them with a superior goal difference, on Saturday (3pm) to guarantee a top-five finish and a place in the play-offs for the first time at this level following narrow misses in each of the last two years.
Town would even make the play-offs with a defeat if fifth-placed Wingate and Finchley – behind them on goal difference – are also beaten in their match at home to third-placed Dulwich Hamlet.
Victory for Town would guarantee them a fourth-placed finish, while they would climb to third and secure a home tie in the play-off semi-finals if they win and Wingate beat Dulwich or if they triumph by a two-goal margin and Dulwich claim no more than a draw against Wingate.
And manager Bradley Quinton is desperately hoping they will be able to get over the line this time around after two seasons of last-gasp anguish.
“Everyone is very level headed and we know what we’ve got to do,” he said. “We know that a point will do it, and I don’t mind who we play if we get into the play-offs.
“It’s been gut-wrenching to get so close to for the last two years only to be denied right at the end, and we really want to make it this time.
“We’ve won seven games in a row and no-one will want to play us if we get into the play-offs. The lads have really listened to what we’ve been telling them and have worked hard in training and we’re seeing the benefits of that on the pitch.
“If we hadn’t been so inconsistent earlier in the season then we could have been challenging Havant and Waterlooville and Bognor Regis Town for the title, but we’ve still done fantastically well.”
Meanwhile, Billy Crook was the big winner when Town held their annual awards evening on Saturday, being named players’ player and supporters’ player of the year and sharing the management player of the year prize with Jonathan Muleba.
Percy Kiangebeni was the young player of the year, while Bobby Devyne won goal of the season for his spectacular effort in the home win against Grays Athletic.