BASILDON United will make the trip to Dereham Town looking to climb off the foot of the Isthmian North table tomorrow.

The Bees dropped into the solitary relegation place as Romford secured a midweek win over promotion-chasing Tilbury.

A goal from former Billericay Town midfielder Danny Waldren allowed Romford, who are financially backed and managed by Glenn Tamplin, to climb out of the drop zone for the first time since August.

And, having seen his side suffer a harrowing 4-0 defeat to Aveley on Monday, Basildon boss Alex Salmon is seeking a reaction from his players.

“We didn’t really get going at Aveley and it was a really poor performance from us,” said Salmon, who featured for the Bees in his playing days before taking over as boss in January.

“It was a bad day at the office, if I’m honest.

“We were aware there were going to be one or two bumpy performances along the way, but we can’t play like that again.”

Basildon have 13 fixtures remaining to save their season and stave off relegation to the Essex Senior League after two campaigns in the fourth tier of non-league football.

However, Dereham will not show any sympathy as they are looking to make a late entry into the play-off places.

The Norfolk side are currently eighth in the standings and nine points adrift of Bury Town, who occupy the final play-off spot.

And Dereham will be in buoyant mood having not tasted defeat in close to a month.

Dereham’s latest positive result came against Hullbridge Sports as they sealed a 2-0 victory.