8:54am Friday 29th March 2013
By James Colasanti
SOUTHEND Manor boss Russell Faulkner says he's delighted with his side's stunning return to form as they recorded a fifth straight win to move into a season-high position of seventh in the table on Wednesday evening.
Goals from Jamie Salmon, Eddie Hart, Yew Danso and Mark Sisson earned them a 4-1 victory over visitors London Bari, and Faulkner admits on current form they feel they'll be a match for anybody in the run-in.
That came on the back of four games in which they’ve scored 17 goals and conceded just three, and confirmed quite a turn-around for last season's Essex Senior League runners-up, who had been lingering around mid-table this campaign.
Faulkner said: "It's been a year of re-building because we lost about 50 per cent of our players from last year.
"But momentum is massive in football, and at the moment it is with us. The main thing now is we have some end product because if you look at our early season results we were often just losing by the odd goal.
"A turning point for us came against Haringey last month when we lost 2-0 at home to 10 men. I sat down and talked to them afterwards and said that was not acceptable.
"We tinkered with a few things and brought in a couple of new players and that sparked a few we had here into life.
"And I set them a target then of finishing in the top six because that is where I think we should be in this league, and they've responded in the right way."
Stansted are the visitors to Southchurch Park tomorrow, and Faulkner said it was a game in which they'll be looking to set the record straight.
He said: "We lost 2-1 at their place earlier in the season and it was a poor performance from us, so we want to put that right on Saturday."
Great Wakering are technically away to Eton Manor, but the game will be played at Rovers' Burroughs Park ground, which has stood up brilliantly to the recent bad weather.
Basildon United are away to Enfield 1893, and Hullbridge Sports go to Takeley.
Bowers & Pitsea are not in action tomorrow but played on Wednesday evening and lost 5-1 at home to league leaders Burnham Ramblers. Lloyd Wilson scored Bowers' goal on 75 minutes, with Billy Hunt helping himself to four for the visitors.
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