Nu­gent’s wait for first win con­tin­ues

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Oli Gamp

BAR­NET man­ager Kevin Nu­gent was op­ti­mistic about the team’s for­tunes, de­spite seeing his win­less streak con­tinue as Ja­mal Campbell-Ryce’s stun­ning lob sealed a point late on against Craw­ley.

Rhys Mur­phy put Craw­ley ahead with a sim­ple tap in, be­fore the Bees drew level through Simeon Aki­nola’s sub­lime over­head kick.

Enzio Bold­ewijn re­gained the lead for the away side with an an­gled ef­fort but Campbell-Ryce stunned fans with two min­utes re­main­ing.

“Ob­vi­ously we want to win ev­ery game but I can’t worry about that,” said Nu­gent.

“All I can do is make sure we work harder.

“There’s work to be done and it is some­thing we’ll have to con­tinue to work with. Once we get that win and the be­lief comes in again, hope­fully we’ll get on a run.”

Craw­ley had the bet­ter chances in the open­ing stages and went ahead after a ball was zipped in from Bold­ewijn on the right and fell to for­mer Arsenal young­ster Mur­phy, who had the sim­ple task of con­vert­ing.

A counter at­tack saw Bar­net re­ply as Campbell-Ryce cut in from the left and drifted an inch-per­fect cross for Aki­nola with his back to goal. The for­ward leapt up and pow­ered the cross into the bot­tom right cor­ner with a fan­tas­tic over­head kick.

Craw­ley went ahead again just ten min­utes after the in­ter­val. Bold­ewijn was key as he forced his way into the area from the right, out­muscling El­liot John­son, and fired in from an an­gle.

With Bar­net look­ing dead and buried, Campbell Ryce came up with a re­mark­able ef­fort – clip­ping an au­da­cious chip over the head of Glen Mor­ris from the left wing. Nu­gent couldn’t hide his de­light for the player.

“I’m re­ally pleased for (Campbell-Ryce) be­cause he works re­ally hard. To get a goal like that, it’s great for him. He’s con­fi­dent enough to get on the ball and can make the dif­fer­ence.” Craw­ley man­ager Der­mot Drummy was dis­ap­pointed by the late strike and feels it could end the club’s faint hopes of a pro­mo­tion push.

Drummy said: “I think we needed three points to keep our glim­mer­ing hopes of any­thing alive per­son­ally, then you are think­ing, ‘we are in the driv­ing seat here it will be a good win’, but that’s football.

“It was a tough game and they had a lot of play in the sec­ond half. We didn’t keep the press up that we had in the first 45 min­utes.”


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