ROB Small was pleased to see Bowers & Pitsea bounce back from two consecutive defeats by recording a 3-1 win over Tilbury.

Although the Dockers’ George Sykes cancelled out James Thomas’ opener, goals from Jamie Dicks and David Knight ensured the Isthmian North champions would triumph on the final day of a memorable campaign.

And the Bowers boss was delighted to bring the curtain down on the season by bagging three points at the Len Salmon Stadium.

Small said: “It would have been a real shame to have lost three games in a row at the end of the season after winning the league.

“It was good to right a few wrongs from the defeats to Heybridge Swifts and Great Wakering Rovers.

“The game had an end of season feel to it and I was getting a bit frustrated in the first half, but we scored three really good goals.

“Tilbury were very well organised and it was difficult to break them down.

“But JT and Dicko scored two good goals from outside the box and, after the season he has had, I think it was fitting that David scored the last goal of the season.”

Bowers broke the deadlock inside 14 minutes as Thomas found the corner of the net.

But former Canvey Island striker Sykes got Marc Harrison’s Tilbury back on level terms eight minutes after the interval.

Dicks restored Bowers’ advantage with an impressive long range strike on 73 minutes.

And Knight wrapped up all three points by scoring his 36th league goal of the season with 10 minutes remaining.