DARREN Manning has been left frustrated as a host of postponements have resulted in Hullbridge Sports being unable to find any rhythm.

Sports are set to make the journey to Soham Town Rangers tomorrow and, following another fixture being called off last weekend, it will be Hullbridge’s first outing since the turn of the year.

And Manning stresses it is important for Sports to enjoy a run of competitive clashes.

“It’s been a very frustrating period,” said the Hullbridge boss.

“We are eager to build momentum and have a run of games.

“That will allow us to get a nice rhythm to our play and get the players’ match fitness and sharpness back to where it was.”

Sports, who are enjoying their first ever season in the fourth tier of non-league football after winning the Essex Senior League title last term, are currently 13th in the standings.

Although Soham are 17th, the two sides will meet at Julius Martin Lane with just a point separating them.

Soham suffered a late 3-1 defeat to Canvey Island in midweek, with them being reduced to nine men following two dismissals soon after the half-hour mark.

Hullbridge, meanwhile, recorded a convincing 3-0 win over Canvey last time out and Manning’s players are chomping at the bit ahead of their next contest.

“The lads have trained really well over the festive period and are keen to build on what we achieved at Canvey,” added Manning.

“Soham is a tough place to go but we have a game plan.”