MICHAEL Walther is pleased with how his reign as Southend Manor manager has started.

Walther left his role on the coaching staff of Hullbridge Sports in order to replace Adam Peek, who resigned as boss, in the hotseat last month.

And, having recorded back-to-back victories, Walther is eager to maintain his 100 per cent winning start to life at Southchurch Park when Redbridge visit tomorrow.

“It has gone well so far and it’s a case of us trying to build on that start,” said Walther.

“We have got a nice little buzz at the moment.

“Considering the club was struggling before I came in, I have brought some experience into the squad and that seems to be paying off.

“There’s no reason why we can’t extend our good run of form this weekend because we have made ourselves hard to break down.

“Although we conceded against Ilford last time out, that goal was unlucky on our part and it came in the last minute.”

Walther took over as boss with Manor having only garnered one win since the start of the campaign.

But, following two consecutive victories, Manor could break into the top half of the Essex Senior League by picking up another three points.

Manor are currently 12th, while Redbridge are one point better off in 10th spot.

However, Walther believes Redbridge should be challenging at the top end of the division.

“Redbridge are in a false position,” added Walther.

“Looking at the players they have got, I’m sure they will be feeling they should be in a higher position than that.

“Since I took over as manager, this will be our toughest test in terms of the talent they have in the forward positions.

“But, if we are compact then there’s no reason why we can’t get a result.

“They have been scoring a lot of goals, but they have also been conceding a lot of goals.

“That shows there is a clear weakness at the back and we will look to capitalise on that.”

Having made his debut for Manor last weekend, Joshua Blackburn is expected to be between the sticks once again tomorrow.

And Walther was impressed with the 16-year-old debutant.

Walther, who also had a brief spell as joint-manager of Basildon United last term, admitted: “Josh was excellent.

“We have six or seven players in the team who are 6ft or taller, so they were able to help him when it came to defending corners.

“His goalkeeping was really good.”