ROB Small is eager to see Bowers & Pitsea clinch the Isthmian North title when Dereham Town visit the Len Salmon Stadium tomorrow.

Just one more point, with five fixtures still to play, is required for Bowers to be crowned champions.

And a late win over Soham Town Rangers - along with other results going their way - means Bowers could be celebrating with their fans come the final whistle this weekend.

“The players don’t need reminding of how important the fans and people behind the scenes have been, so it would be fantastic for everyone involved with the club if we officially won the title at home,” said Bowers boss Small.

“Although we know that we will be crowned champions if we get at least a point, we have prepared for this game like we have every other game.

“As long as we eventually win the title, I will be happy.

“But it would be particularly satisfying if we did it tomorrow because I want all of our fans to be there and I don’t want to have to wait another week.”

However, Dereham make the trip to south Essex having enjoyed an upturn in form.

Having been in danger of the drop for the majority of the campaign, seven victories in their last 10 outings has seen Dereham climb up to 14th place in the standings.

And Small insists Bowers will not go into the clash thinking a positive result is a given.

“We will show Dereham the utmost respect and try to get at least the point that everyone craves,” added Small.

“They will not turn up and roll over. They won’t just let us have our day and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“We have always considered Dereham as one of the best teams in the division.

“They have some great attacking players and are third in the form table over the last 10 games, so it will by no means be an easy game.”

Small also claimed the Isthmian North manager of the month prize for the third time this season after sealing five consecutive wins in March - including a 9-0 hammering of Barking.

But Small believes the whole club deserves credit for the achievement.

Small admitted: “If I am going to take any of the credit it’s for getting the right people into the club.

“I have brought in the right players with the right mentality.

“If you get the players that want to win, buy into the culture and run through brick walls then you can win the league.”