SOUTHEND Manor are set to be involved in their first Essex Senior League encounter in close to a month tonight.

Manor, who were last in domestic action when they recorded a 2-0 win over Hashtag United on August 7, will make the trip to St Margaretsbury.

Since then, Manor have crashed out of the FA Cup, Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy, Essex Senior Cup and FA Vase, so boss Adam Peek is looking forward to three points being up for grabs.

“It’s been frustrating with the amount of cup games we have had but we have to play who is in front of us,” said Peek.

“St Margaretsbury are like us in that they have only played two league games so far, but they go into tonight’s clash having gone through in the FA Vase at the weekend.

“They will be in good spirits because of that.

“We have failed to replicate the performance we put in against Hashtag United in our last league game.

“If we can replicate that, we will be alright.

“We need to find the right balance but the boys are learning on the job because they are so young and inexperienced.”

However, Manor head into the fixture on the back of a 3-0 defeat to FC Clacton in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase.

Although Jacob Adams saved a spot-kick, goals from Chris Ribchester, Jake Clowsley and Jordan Lartey ensured Manor were beaten.

And Peek was seething after the latest setback.

The Manor chief admitted: “We were awful from start to finish and got what we deserved.

“We weren’t at the races and didn’t do anything right.

“The players didn’t execute the gameplan and, for the first time this season, we looked well out of our depth.

“When you are playing against teams like that, you need experience. But the oldest player in our team was 20, so we got found out and it was a reality check.

“Clacton are a very good side and the scoreline probably flattered us.

“It could have been worse were it not for the goalkeeper making a penalty save and making three or four other good saves.”

And Peek is set to drop some of those who started at Clacton.

Peek added: “The players were given a piece of my mind after the game because I was not happy with how we played or our inconsistency so far this season.

“We were encouraged by our display in midweek and then, just a few days later, we put in a performance which was unacceptable.

“We will make some changes to the team because some of the boys need to be shown that the level of performance they put in at Clacton is not good enough.”