Great Wakering Rovers boss Dan Trenkel: We have got to beat Bowers

Echo: Dan Trenkel - admits tonight’s game against in-form Bowers at Burroughs Park is a must-win game for his title-chasing side Dan Trenkel - admits tonight’s game against in-form Bowers at Burroughs Park is a must-win game for his title-chasing side

GREAT Wakering boss Dan Trenkel admits tonight’s game against in-form Bowers at Burroughs Park is a must-win game for his title-chasing side.

Rovers top the division on goal-difference from Tower Hamlets, and Trenkel believes as many as five teams could win the Essex Senior League.

He said: “Sawbridgeworth have won 10 games in a row and can still get 89 points. Haringey are also more than capable, and then obviously Enfield will go level with us and Hamlets if they win their games in hand.

“It really is anyone’s to win and we’ve all got to play each other – so it will go right down to the wire.”

Wakering are on 64 points and Trenkel believes breaking the 90-point mark will be enough to see them crowned champions.

And Rovers will attempt to work towards that title at home to a Bowers side tonight who have three wins from their last four games.

Trenkel said: “Bowers is a must-win game for us – every game has to be a win now because I don’t want to be in a position where we are relying on others doing us favours.

“It will be a very tough game though because John Doyle has them organised and working hard.

“And beating Clapton 1-0 away on Saturday was a fantastic result for them and shows that they have made real progress this season.

“But we haven’t lost at home this season and I don’t want that to change.”

And despite Rovers creeping ever closer to a return to Ryman League football next season, Trenkel says he does not allow them to talk about promotion just yet.

He said: “We certainly don’t talk about it in the changing rooms, but outside of there I can’t stop players discussing what might be.

“I’ve got some players who have been in that league and done it, but I’ve got a lot who really want a crack at playing at the Ryman level and haven’t before.

“So it’s hard sometimes to keep people grounded but we’ve managed it so far and hopefully we can keep our focus for these last six weeks.”

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