Play-offs still possible

ARLESEY Town boss Jon Taylor is not giving up on reaching the play-offs this season. The Blues sit 10th, six points away from sixth placed Dartford but with a game in hand. Taylor said: I still aim to get into the play-offs this season, although it s a f

ARLESEY Town boss Jon Taylor is not giving up on reaching the play-offs this season.

The Blues sit 10th, six points away from sixth placed Dartford but with a game in hand.

Taylor said: "I still aim to get into the play-offs this season, although it's a faint possibility.

"If we can win our next few games we can still get up there.

"We've under-achieved this season, it's fair to say, and we've dropped some silly points.

"Consistency and continuity has been a problem. On our better days, we're one of the best sides in the league. But also when we're bad, we can be one of the worst.

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"I'm bringing in a few players but we're still probably one or two short.

"Whatever happens, I'm already looking forward to next season.

"I will have a good young side in place with just a few older heads."

Taylor's side visit Harlow on Saturday and then travel to Leighton Town on Tuesday night for the Beds Senior Cup semi-final.

With 11 games remaining, the Blues need to produce their best run of the season to remain in play-off contention.

The Blues have conceded eight goals against Enfield Town in just two league meetings this season. Saturday's 4-1 defeat followed the 4-2 reverse at Hitchin Road on New Year's Eve.

The scoreline did not do them justice on the events of the 90 minutes.

Dave Hatchett was back from holiday in place of the suspended Mark Njosta and Danny Bowgett was given his first start at the expense of Darran Hay.

Playing against a strong wind, Arlesey looked vulnerable to the long ball and the pace of the home attack was always likely to prove decisive.

The Blues were unlucky not to take the lead when a fierce shot from Bowgett cannoned back into play off the underside of the bar.

Nick Bussey made a fine save to deny Hammatt but was beaten in the 37th minute when a long ball predictably caught the Blues defence square for Forbes to open the home account.

Bussey again denied the home attack early in the second half only to be beaten in the 49th minute from a direct free-kick from Hitchin old boy Rudi Hall.

This second goal looked decisive for the early play suggested that Enfield would also struggle against the elements.

It was obviously not going to be a good day for Arlesey when a left-wing move ended with Paul Bloss seeing his shot rebound off the underside of the bar and scrambled away to safety.

With time running out, Arlesey were dealt a further blow when Bussey appeared to win the ball in a challenge with Hammett, only to be adjudged to have fouled the Enfield striker.

A penalty was awarded and Bussey was shown the red card.

Hall beat substitute keeper Stefan Shamlian from the spot, Bloss being sacrificed in the reshuffle.

With Arlesey at boiling point following their keeper's dismissal, Kaan Fehmi was involved in a scuffle. In the ensuing ruck, assistant manager Scott Houghton was asked to watch the remainder of proceedings from the other side of the barrier.

In the 85th minute, Arlesey clawed a goal back when Michael Cox netted from close range.

There was still time for Stevenage Boro old boy John Morgan to make it a thoroughly miserable afternoon with number four in added time.