ROB Small admits Bowers & Pitsea’s 2-0 victory over Lewes is among his best results since taking over as the club’s boss five years ago.

Brad Warner and Lewis Manor grabbed the all-important goals as Bowers’ impressive start to their first ever campaign in the Isthmian Premier League continued.

And Small was delighted to see his newly-promoted side, who finished 12 points clear at the top of the Isthmian North standings last term, triumph at the Dripping Pan.

The Bowers chief said: “It is a brilliant result and the most important thing is it is another three points towards safety.

“It’s a massive bonus that we have already got seven points out of a possible nine at this stage of the season.

“It is probably among my best results as Bowers’ manager.

“I haven’t had a chance to digest it but going to Lewes and winning is a fantastic achievement.

“There were 410 supporters watching the game. It’s great that little Bowers went there and upset the odds.”

Bowers, who went into the clash having recorded their first victory of the campaign at Brightlingsea Regent in midweek, broke the deadlock nine minutes before the break.

Tom Stephen’s inviting cross was headed home by Warner to give Bowers the lead.

It looked as though one goal was going to be enough for Small’s charges, but Bowers ended Lewes’ hopes of claiming a late equaliser as Manor doubled their advantage with four minutes remaining.

And Small was pleased to see Manor make an impact off the bench.

“It was fantastic that Lewis marked his birthday with a goal,” added Small.

“He has scored two goals after coming off the bench already.

“Lewis was on the bench at Brightlingsea and then came on to score.

“He missed out on making the starting line-up at Lewes, but he made an impact by scoring another goal.

“I may have a new super-sub on my hands.”

Small is overjoyed to see Bowers continuing to adapt to life in the third tier of non-league football.

“Hopefully we can have more days like that,” admitted Small.

“It was a great day for the club and the performances have gradually improved since the season started.

“We got our first Isthmian Premier League point on the opening day of the season, registered our first win at Brightlingsea Regent on Tuesday and now we have claimed our first clean sheet.

“Hopefully we can build on what we have achieved so far.”