JAY Nash has labelled the return of Great Wakering Rovers’ player/manager Dan Trenkel as “a massive boost” but believes they must start taking their chances if they are to compete in the division.
The Rovers striker has been a regular in the team this season and has scored twice despite their stuttering start to the season.
However, Nash believes a first league win of the new Ryman North campaign at Romford on Monday will prove to be the spark needed to propel Rovers to further success.
And he singled out Trenkel for praise, after his goal-scoring return following a ban for tweeting abusive messages about another team.
“Trenks coming back has given the group a massive boost,” said Nash. “It has helped me personally as well as he is the first manager I have had at non-league who has showed 100 per cent trust in me.
“After my scholarship at Dagenham I was unsure where to go next. But I was taken on at Wakering in the season they got relegated from the Ryman North (2011/12) and enjoyed the following year in the Essex Senior League.”
The 21-year-old said the gulf between the Essex Senior League and the Ryman North was “huge” and added Rovers needed to be more decisive in front of goal to stand a chance.
“We have noticed the difference mainly in front of goal as you have to take your chances. We have been creative this year so it is just about being that bit more clinical.
“We have lost by only the odd goal in a few games and that brought us closer together in the first week or so of the season.”
Nash says the intensity of the training sessions have also increased, and he adds he has never felt as confident in his game as he has this term, playing as the central striker in a 4-3-3 formation.
He added he was hopeful of adding to his tally against Spartan South Midlands side Hertford Town in the FA Cup preliminary round tomorrow.
“I have targeted 15 goals this year. Normally it would be more but my added role means I will be looking to get more assists as well – at least double figures.”
“I have enjoyed this new role. It has helped me develop as a player and I am now able to hold up play and bring in others which I am enjoying. I just want to help the team as much as possible.”