STEVE Butterworth says he is pleased with the balance of his squad ahead of Great Wakering Rovers’ Isthmian North run-in.

Butterworth, who replaced Garry Kimble as interim player-manager in January, has led the reigning Essex Senior League champions to the brink of safety thanks to a four-match unbeaten run.

And Butterworth believes a mixture of experience and exciting young talent has paid dividends at Burroughs Park.

“Since we have got everyone back from injuries and suspensions, we have drawn three games and won one to go on a four-match unbeaten run,” said Butterworth.

“In all honesty, we probably should have won all four.

“We’re enjoying a good spell at the moment and I think the boys are starting to realise that not many teams are going to come and beat us now.

“We have ball players and also players who will put their foot in.

“It’s important to have the right balance and we have that.

“We have experienced players in the squad and also younger, up-and-coming players.

“There are the likes of Martin Tuohy, Simon Glover and myself who have been in the game for a long time and would like to think we could help the younger players.

“Then we have the players like Marcus Milner, who came in from Aveley a couple of weeks ago and can create plenty of chances for those around him.

“I think the balance is right and hopefully that will help us to finish the season in a strong position.”

With five fixtures left to play before the end of the campaign, Wakering require just four more points to ensure they will not return to the Essex Senior League at the first time of asking.