Basingstoke Town face fight to retain services of star striker Liam Enver-Marum

Liam Enver-Marum rounds the Weston-super-Mare goalkeeper on his way to opening the scoring on Monday.

Liam Enver-Marum rounds the Weston-super-Mare goalkeeper on his way to opening the scoring on Monday.

First published in Sport Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

BASINGSTOKE Town manager Jason Bristow admits that Liam Enver-Marum’s excellent form may result in the striker being snatched from his grasp.

The 26-year-old scored two goals in Town’s 3-2 win over Weston-super-Mare on Monday to take his tally to six in six starts for the Camrose club.

It’s an impressive record for a player in a struggling side – and Bristow accepts that it could lead to other sides bidding for the services of the former Forest Green, Ebbsfleet and Braintree Town man over the summer.

“Hopefully, Liam has enjoyed his time at the club and wants to stay, but scoring six goals in six games will raise awareness of him,” Bristow said.

“He came to us at a time when the team was struggling but he has still scored six goals in six starts. We could not ask for more and he’s not just a finisher, he contributes around the box and creates chances as well.”

Monday’s victory ended a run of six games without a win for Bristow’s men. There was a marked improvement in their performances over the bank holiday weekend, something that coincided with Matt Partridge and Simon Dunn being paired together in the centre of midfield.

Bristow said: “Matt Partridge is a fantastic player, who we missed when he was out because of his off-field and injury problems. He’s not fully fit yet, but he offers us something different.

“Simon Dunn is one of those rare players who can waltz past people in the centre of the park and he always gives 100 per cent. We have been asking him to play out of position, but he’s really showing what he can do in the middle of the park now.”

The victory over Weston meant that Town were mathematically safe from the threat of relegation ahead of Wednesday night’s visit of Concord Rangers.

Their final league game of the season is on Saturday, when they travel to in-form Staines Town, who have lost just one of their last 12 games, recording eight wins.

“We have to make sure we finish the season well on Saturday,” Bristow added. “Staines are in really good form and will come at us with lots of energy.

“We will have to match that, but it should be a good game. I don’t see it being an end-of-season bore draw.”

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