GREAT Wakering Rovers manager Iain O’Connell says his team must be at their best to defeat Tower Hamlets and keep the heat on the Essex Senior League leaders.

Wakering will be looking to break the 50 point barrier this weekend after continuing their impressive pre-Christmas form in their first game of 2018.

And O’Connell says their levels can’t drop against Tower Hamlets, who are two places and nine points off Wakering.

“It is very important to keep the pressure on the leaders,” said O’Connell. “We cannot afford to let the gap get too big.

“Tower Hamlets are on a good run of form so we need to be at our best to get the points.”

Charlie Seaden and Aaron Russell are injured, while Jimmy Cook is suspended and Steve Butterworth is on holiday.

Basildon United will be confident of taking the points in a home clash with Hackney Wick, the division’s bottom club.

While Hackney are rock bottom, the Bees are third and can climb to second with the points tomorrow.

Basildon will need to be wary as Hackney did crush Burnham Ramblers 4-0 in their last league win in November and their last away win was just down the road - 3-0 at Southend Manor.

Hullbridge Sports will be looking to get over their disappointing FA Vase reverse when they do battle with West Essex.

Sports are second bottom and need points on the board as they bid to avoid the drop this season.

But eighth-placed West Essex, who drew at Basildon earlier this month, are likely to prove a tough nut to crack.

“A reaction to the Vase game is massively important,” said manager Darren Manning. “I have questioned the players’ attitude and desire to play at this level so a performance is vital.”

Matt Rose has joined on loan from Aveley, with Sam Kimmence sent out on loan. Charlie Buffin and Ashley Pibworth return.

Southend Manor travel to Wadham Lodge bidding to get over the disappointment of Wednesday’s 3-3 draw at Woodford Town.