Harrow Borough boss keeps faith with his squad after heavy defeat to Enfield Town

PUBLISHED: 07:25 05 January 2017 | UPDATED: 16:46 11 January 2017

Harrow Borough manager Steve Baker. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Harrow Borough manager Steve Baker. Pic: Paolo Minoli


Harrow Borough boss Steve Baker has no plans to add to his squad in the wake of their 5-1 thrashing by Enfield Town.

Borough, who had been on a three-match winning streak ahead of Monday’s clash at Earlsmead, crumpled in dismal fashion as they slid to their joint worst home defeat of the season.

However, Baker sees no need to seek reinforcements and has urged his players to regain the winning habit when they continue their Premier Division campaign at Leatherhead on Saturday.

“We got spanked,” admitted the Harrow manager. “Enfield were very good and we were poor. But sometimes you just have to draw a line under it and hopefully we’ll get a reaction on Saturday.

“If someone said to me we’d play four games over Christmas and the new year, win three and lose one, I’d have taken that all day long. But it’s about how we bounce back now because we can’t afford to go on a run of three or four defeats.

“We’ve got a tough one at Leatherhead – since Jimmy Bullard’s taken over he’s turned them round and they’re a good footballing side.

“I’m happy with the personnel in the squad and I’m not looking to bring anyone else in at the moment. But there are certain things we can work on in training with regards to shape and game management.

“Against Lowestoft Town, we were 1-0 up. Within two minutes we never got the ball back and let them back in the game, and we did the same at Hendon – so sometimes we need to manage the game better.

“We seem to have gone from one extreme to another. One minute we couldn’t score and we weren’t letting many in, then in the last few games it’s been the reverse. It’s about trying to get the balance right.

“From where we were a couple of weeks ago – bottom of the table, albeit with games in hand – we’ve picked up good points and if we keep doing that, we’ll be absolutely fine.”

Borough, who had beaten Lowestoft 4-2 on New Year’s Eve, were caught on the counter-attack two days later, with Scott Shulton sidefooting home to give Enfield a 12th-minute lead.

Further disaster struck immediately as the home side lost possession from the kick-off and Billy Crook slotted past the exposed Luke Williams to make it 2-0.

Dernell Wynter turned in Ricky Gabriel’s cross to stretch Town’s advantage further just before half-time – and Gabriel then got on the scoresheet himself in the second period, volleying in from close range.

Wynter added his second with a neat finish after Borough’s brittle back line had been exposed again and, although substitute Marc Charles-Smith set up Sahr Kabba to scramble home soon afterwards, it was no more than a consolation for the home side.

Kabba, who is on a month’s loan from neighbours Wealdstone, has found the net four times in three appearances and Baker confirmed he is keen to extend the striker’s stay at Earlsmead if possible.

“We weren’t scoring many goals and that’s an area we were looking to liven up. Fortunately we were able to do a deal with Wealdstone,” added Baker.

“I think he was quite tired. He hadn’t played a lot of football at Wealdstone lately and this was his fourth game in a short space of time, but he still popped up with a goal.

“He’s a good lad, he seems like he’s enjoying it here and his attitude has been good. We’ll see how things are at the end of the month and if there’s a possibility to keep him on I certainly would.”

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