DANNY Kerrigan insists Basildon United will go into Monday's Isthmian North clash with Grays Athletic as the underdogs despite scoring 13 goals in their last two outings.

The Bees followed up their 6-0 thumping of Romford by recording a 7-1 mauling of Framlingham Town in the FA Cup preliminary round.

And Kerrigan insists Basildon cannot afford to become too confident despite shining in front of goal.

The Bees’ assistant manager said: “The Grays game will be completely different.

“It will be on an artificial pitch and we will enjoy the win against Framlingham, but it is shortlived because of having another game 48 hours later.

“It’s going to be a difficult game and we will treat it as if we are the underdogs.

“We will hopefully draw them out, entice them to play and then we can attack them.”

Tom Anderson, Ayo Odukoya, Gabby Adelowo, Harry Doyle, Kurt Smith, Ross Elsom and Danny Norton found the back of the net as Basildon ran riot despite Danny Smith’s late consolation goal for Framlingham at the Cousins Car Wash Stadium.

As a result, eight different Bees have already scored this term and Kerrigan is pleased with the club’s striking options.

Kerrigan added: “The idea at the start of pre-season was to make sure we have a good amount of attacking options on the pitch.

“We showed against Framlingham and Romford that we are not solely reliant on one striker, which is lovely.

“It’s very positive to have so many players already off the mark.”

Basildon created numerous goalscoring opportunities and could have won by an even more convincing scoreline were it not for some impressive saves from Framlingham goalkeeper Harry Lay-Fulcher.

And Kerrigan was overjoyed to see the Bees control the tie.

“The performance was very pleasing, along with the result,” admitted Kerrigan.

“More importantly, we approached the game correctly.

“It was a potential banana skin but we started nice and brightly, which we expected.

“The attitude and application of the players couldn’t be faulted.

“We were a bit nervy after scoring the second goal because they hit the crossbar and Turps (Joe Turpin) cleared one off the line.

“But, other than that, we were in control for the 90 minutes and we were very happy with the team.”