ADAM Vyse feels Canvey Island’s improved confidence and work-rate has been the main reason for their recent rejuvenation.

The Gulls, who host third place Aveley in Isthmian North this weekend, are unbeaten in their last five games, taking 13 points from a possible 15.

But Vyse is keen to keep the good run going as Canvey look to work their way into the push for promotion.

“The main reasons the results have improved are probably because of our improved confidence and work-rate so we have to make sure we keep that going,” said the Gulls striker.

“If we match anyone’s work-rate in this league then our quality will always come through so we have to make sure we give all we can.”

Canvey’s improved results since the turn of the year have seen them work their way up to seventh in the standings.

But Vyse is determined to close the gap on the teams above the Islanders in the table.

And that makes another victory essential this weekend.

“The game at the weekend is massive for us,” said Vyse.

“It’s always fun to play in big matches especially as it’s coming down to the business end of the season so it’s one we’re looking forward to.

“But it’s not really a case of showing we should be up there with the top teams.

“We know within the dressing room it’s where we should be and we’re still below par in the league standings so for us this is another three points we need.”

But Vyse, who had spells with Great Wakering Rovers and Tilbury before making the switch to Canvey earlier on this season, remains convinced the Islanders can work their way up the table.

“As a group of players we are very confident and excited for our run in to the end of the season,” said Vyse.

“We go into every game expecting to play well and to win.

“Our aim this season has to be to win the play-offs but it’s just about taking it one game at a time so we won’t be looking too far ahead.

“But for me personally I want to be among the goals and do all I can to help the team pick up as many points as possible.”

Vyse has scored five goals in 12 games so far this season.

Elsewhere in the Isthmian North this weekend, 10th placed Basildon United are at home to bottom of the table Dereham.

Great Wakering Rovers, who parted company with manager Garry Kimble earlier on this week, head to 12th placed Barking.

Wakering are currently 17th.