DARREN Manning is confident his Hullbridge Sports side can ruffle a feathers when they head to title-chasing Maldon & Tiptree tomorrow.

The Jammers have suffered just one Isthmian North defeat so far this season and are playing catch-up having enjoyed extensive FA Cup and FA Trophy runs.

However, Maldon scraped home to a 1-0 win in their reverse fixture with Sports and Manning insists his side will be prepared for the contest.

“It is another tough game, as they all are in this division,” said Manning, who led Hullbridge to the Essex Senior League title last term.

“We will have a game plan in place and got there with the continued belief that we can mix it with anyone we come up against.”

Hullbridge, who are enjoying their first ever campaign in the fourth tier of non-league football, find themselves 19 points clear of bottom side Romford.

And Sports make the trip to Park Drive having suffered a late 3-2 defeat at Heybridge Swifts in midweek.

Maldon, meanwhile, are second in the standings and only two points adrift of table-topping Heybridge despite having a whopping seven games in hand.

The Jammers have scored nine goals in the last six days, having beaten Felixstowe & Walton United and Canvey Island.