WHITE Ensign will be aiming to move a step closer towards the Eastern Counties League Division One South title when they bid for a 10th consecutive win at Hackney Wick on Saturday.

A four-point cushion - along with one game in hand - has White Ensign in pole position following a 5-0 thumping of Fire United at the weekend.

And player-manager Brett Munyard wants his side’s triumphant run to continue for as long as possible.

“Every game seems to get bigger and bigger,” said Munyard.

“Hackney Wick is a tough place to go. They are a good side with lots of young, promising players and we need to be at it if we are going to get the points.

“Recording 10 wins in a row would be a great achievement and, in all honesty, if we want to challenge for the title we have to claim three points on Saturday.

“It’s been a great run but it simply has to continue.

“It was pretty comfortable against Fire United, in all honesty.

“We were 3-0 up at half-time and, although we didn’t play too well, we were very clinical in front of goal.”

Hackney Wick will be eager to bring White Ensign’s eye-catching winning streak to an end, with them needing points to pull further clear of the drop zone.

Meanwhile, White Ensign suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat to Little Oakley in the Knockout Cup.

White Ensign clawed themselves back into the contest from a two-goal deficit despite Connor Barnby’s early red card.

Quickfire goals from Munyard and Luke Skinner late in the contest forced penalties, but White Ensign could not complete the stunning fightback.

And Munyard felt White Ensign would have triumphed had the tie gone to extra-time rather than straight to penalties.

“I had mixed emotions after the game,” added Munyard.

“We made a few changes again and utilised the squad.

“We should have been out of sight inside the first 10 minutes but failed to take our chances on numerous occasions.

“Then, of course, Little Oakley got two chances and took them.

“We then had a man sent off with an hour left to play.

“However, our performance in the second half was quite incredible.

“We scored two late goals, which were fully deserved, and should have gone onto win.

“If the game had gone to extra-time, I’m sure we would have won the game.

“Unfortunately, penalties are a lottery and it wasn’t to be but I was extremely proud of the boys.”