Harrow Borough boss isn’t bothered where points come from in survival battle

PUBLISHED: 14:14 03 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:14 03 April 2013

Dave Anderson, manager of Harrow Borough

Dave Anderson, manager of Harrow Borough


Harrow Borough boss Dave Anderson says he will not target specific games as his side battle to secure Premier Division survival.

Borough’s 2-0 defeat at neighbours Wealdstone on Easter Monday left them just five points clear of the relegation zone, while rivals Thurrock and Hastings both have two games in hand.

Anderson’s side host Enfield Town on Saturday and travel to Hastings next week, with a home match against fellow strugglers Lewes to come on the penultimate weekend of the season.

But, while Harrow have lost to Thurrock and bottom side Carshalton in recent weeks, they have also defeated champions-elect Whitehawk and taken points off other promotion chasers such as Lowestoft and Bury Town.

“I do have a points target,” Anderson told the Times. “I spoke to a couple of managers the other night about what we thought the figure would be. I know what figure I’d like and I know what I think would be enough.

“I’m a bit long in the tooth to start giving out that sort of information, because it can only trip you up. We’d probably have wanted to get four points out of our last three games and we’ve only taken one.

“But this thing of judging where you take your points and where you’re expected to is nonsense in our division and we’ve proven that by beating some of the teams we’ve beaten.

“Every game is difficult – every week you look at the results and say ‘wow, I didn’t expect that’. I try not to earmark games for anything other than saying to my players ‘do your best’.

Anderson admits he was disappointed by Borough’s failure to put their hosts under sufficient pressure on Monday after going 2-0 down to Sean Cronin’s header and a Danny Leech own goal just before half-time.

“If we’re all honest, the weather ruined the game,” the Harrow manager added. “It was difficult with the wind. My goalkeeper felt he was impeded for the first goal, it should have been a free-kick, and as for the second – these things happen.

“I was more disappointed that we couldn’t get a head of steam up coming down the hill in the second half. We tried everything we could, but we never really affected their box as much as I wanted to.

“Wealdstone’s a difficult place to come and I like their movement. I think they’re a bright side, they don’t complicate things and they’re up there for a reason.”

Anderson is hopeful that midfielder Rob Wolleaston, who hobbled off on Monday, will be fit to face Enfield, but striker Charles Ofusu-Hene is likely to miss out with an ankle problem.

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