JOHN Sussex says Basildon United must work on their shape in training if they are to enjoy a memorable season.

The Bees recorded a 3-2 victory over Essex Senior League outfit Sporting Bengal United in their most recent pre-season outing.

But Sussex felt the friendly highlighted some weaknesses which must be rectified before they do battle with FC Romania this weekend.

“It wasn’t a disaster, but we weren’t quite good enough,” said the Basildon chief.

“We had quite a strong line-up and also used a few trialists, but we weren’t as good as we would have liked to have been.

“I am upset about conceding two goals and there weren’t any standout performers, but it was good in a sense because it allowed me to see what we need to work on.

“Because the players know there are starting places up for grabs with the new season approaching, I think they tried too hard.

“They wanted to win every ball rather than playing like it was a normal game and that sometimes resulted in us being exposed if they didn’t win the ball.

“There are some things we need to put right in training and we need to press together.

“We made some poor decisions, were guilty of trying to get the ball forward too quickly and took extra touches when they weren’t needed.

“It’s important that we work on our shape and style, but that will just involve some coaching on the training pitch.”

Harry Norman, Adam Vyse and Ayo Olukoya were on target for the Bees as they overcame a resolute Sporting Bengal United side.

And Sussex was pleased to see Vyse follow up his hat-trick against White Ensign with an impressive volleyed effort from 25 yards out.

Sussex, who took charge of Basildon in March, added: “Vysey got on the scoresheet and got an assist for Harry’s goal, so that was pleasing.

“Vysey not only scored but did well with holding the ball up and his link-up play, so that was encouraging.

“The players can feed off him and he will be a great asset for us.

“It was also great that Ayo came off the bench and scored the winner because we want everyone to contribute when it comes to getting on the scoresheet.

“Goals will breed confidence and it was fantastic that Ayo came on as a substitute and made a big contribution.

“Hopefully our attackers can build on their form in front of goal because we want to be in a good position come the opening day of the season.”