ROB Small is eager for Bowers & Pitsea to head into the new Isthmian Premier League following another victory.

Bowers head to Whitstable Town for their final outing of pre-season tomorrow.

And Small feels Bowers must take advantage their final opportunity to remedy any weaknesses before the big kick-off.

“We want a result, first and foremost,” said the Bowers boss.

“I know it is classed as a friendly, but results are important - especially when you are this close to the season.

“The players are fit and raring to go.

“We need to use this last chance in a no-pressure environment to fine tune some things so that, come August 10, there are no surprises for the players and no new questions being asked.”

Bowers will make the trip to Isthmian South East side Whitstable following a positive week.

A 3-1 victory over Lowestoft Town was followed up by a 1-1 draw with Chesham United.

Brad Warner was on target as Bowers came behind against Chesham in midweek and Small was pleased to see the friendly play out in a similar fashion to a league fixture.

“Both teams only made three substitutions, so it felt like a proper game,” added Small.

“We have played Chesham United and Lowestoft Town over the course of the last week.

“I think they will both be challenging for promotion in their respective leagues and, if you look at it like a league situation, we would have taken four points.

“If we take four points from our opening two games against Wingate & Finchley and Brightlingsea Regent, that would be unbelievable.”

Bowers are preparing themselves for a maiden season of Isthmian Premier League football after romping home to the Isthmian North title last term.

And Small deployed a 3-4-1-2 formation against Chesham as he feels Bowers will need to be versatile in non-league football’s third tier.

Small, who has now won promotion twice in his five years at the helm, admitted: “We tried something different, which is good.

“We decided to go with three centre-backs and two wing-backs because we wanted to see how that would work.

“It’s good to have that versatility because there may be matches or situations within matches where we have to adjust our style and how we’re set up.

“With it being pre-season, this was the time to try new things and I think it worked well at stages.”