Enfield Town 2
Harrow Borough 0
JAMES Burgess has promised Harrow Borough fans he is not about to join twin brother Mark at Northwood after his sibling landed the manager’s job at Chestnut Avenue.
Instead, the 35-year-old midfielder, who only signed from Hendon back in August, wants to concentrate on dragging Harrow away from the Ryman Premier drop zone.
Burgess returned from a three-match ban in Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at Enfield, a third straight league defeat for Dave Anderson’s men.
The loss left them 17th in the table, just four points off the relegation places, ahead of Saturday’s trip to fellow strugglers Lewes.
Burgess said: “Any team my brother manages will be a hard-working one – but before you ask, I won’t be going to Northwood!
“I’ve got no ambitions to manage like him for now, either – I’m still enjoying playing. I’ve just come back from suspension so my focus is on getting my match fitness levels up.”
In a fairly even game at Enfield, the deadlock was broken on 65 minutes when former Birmingham City, Sheffield United and Derby County midfielder Jonathan Hunt showed he has lost none of his skill with a classy finish from outside the area.
Hunt, who also played a few games for Harrow three years ago, left Harrow keeper Elvijs Putnins with no chance, but the Borough custodian was at fault for Enfield’s second, allowing his clearance to be charged down by Adam Wallace, who then tapped into an empty net.
Burgess believes his side defended well but are lacking in confidence up front, which would make Anderson’s move for experienced Chalfont St Peter striker Scott Fitzgerald all the more important if it comes off.
Burgess added: “There’s not a lot wrong, but we’re finding it a struggle to score at times. It was the sort of game we would have won if we had gone a goal up.
“Fitzy would be a useful addition – anybody that can score would be. We defended well but we’re not doing it up top, there seems to be a lack of confidence among our strikers.
“Danny Buckle has just come back from a broken arm, so he will be more of a threat once he gets himself fit.”
Buckle, in fact, came closest for Harrow, when his shot on the turn in the six yard box was deflected over, although Simeon Akinola’s cross-shot from near the left touchline skimmed the top of the crossbar late on.