ROB Small believes Bowers & Pitsea could go a long way towards securing their Isthmian Premier League status over the course of the next week.

Bowers head to Wingate & Finchley tomorrow and then host Brightlingsea Regent on Tuesday.

And Small feels maximum points against the division’s bottom two sides would take the pressure off his 14th-placed side.

“In the context of our season, there are two big games coming up,” said Small, whose side are enjoying their first ever campaign in the third tier of non-league football.

“It’s a huge week because we’re facing Wingate and then Brightlingsea on Tuesday.

“Both Wingate and Brightlingsea are below us in the table, so these next two games could affect what the rest of the season is about for us.

“If we can get two wins from those games, the distance between us and them will surely be too significant for them to drag us back into the relegation dogfight.

“Then we would be able to start looking at finishing as high as possible with a lot less pressure.

“It’s a huge couple of games and the win over Haringey has taken the pressure off a bit.”

Brad Warner has played a key role as Bowers have pulled away from the drop zone, with the frontman taking his tally for the season to 19 goals thanks to a brace in the win over Haringey Borough last time out.

However, Small is adamant there is much more to come from Warner, who is enjoying his second spell with the club.

“I don’t think Brad is playing anywhere near as well as he can,” added Small.

“That’s a huge positive because that means there’s more to come.

“I’m excited about what next season will hold because I have so much belief in Brad.

“He is a great person, player and character.”

However, Bowers have been rocked by the news Ade Osifuwa will miss the remainder of the season.

The right-back, who joined from Canvey Island in November, ruptured his Achilles in the draw with Merstham last weekend.