ROB Small has been encouraged by a positive week for Bowers & Pitsea.

The Isthmian Premier League new-boys followed up a fine win over Lowestoft Town win a 1-1 draw against Chesham United in their latest pre-season encounter.

And, with just one more friendly to go ahead of getting the campaign underway against Wingate & Finchley, Small is in positive mood.

The Bowers boss said: “It’s been a really good couple of games for us in terms of us learning a hell of a lot about teams at this level and players.

“We know where we need to improve in order to be competing in this league and we have had two positive workouts.

“I’m pleased with how the week has gone and hopefully we can build on that heading into the new season.”

Although Ronny Mfinda gave Southern Premier South side Chesham a fifth minute lead at the Len Salmon Stadium, Bowers responded with Brad Warner finding the back of the net.

And Small felt there were plenty of pros and cons to come from the outing.

“It was a below-par Bowers performance,” added Small, whose side finished 12 points clear at the top of the Isthmian North standings last season and are are preparing for a first ever term in the third tier of non-league football.

“I don’t know whether that’s because we weren’t at the races or Chesham were good without the ball and stifled us.

“It was a frustrating evening performance-wise, but we managed to hold on for a draw against a side that will be fighting to go up in their division.”