JOHN Coventry has warned that East Thurrock United cannot become complacent when they host Bognor Regis Town tomorrow.

Bognor have picked up just four points from their opening five Isthmian Premier League outings of the campaign and are 18th in the standings.

Although Rocks are just outside of the play-off places having made an encouraging start to the season following relegation from the National League South, Coventry is aware that Bognor are capable of claiming victory at Rookery Hill.

“Every time we have played against a Bognor side, we know what we are going to get because they play football the right way,” said the East Thurrock chief.

“They are a very structured side and I know what they will bring to the table.

“While they have not started the season well, we know that they have the ability to put a performance in which is good enough to pick up the points.”

Rocks head into this weekend’s contest after being knocked out of the FA Cup in midweek.

Goals from Frankie Merrifield and Ayo Olukoga were not enough as East Thurrock lost 3-2 to Peterborough Sports in the first qualifying round replay.

But Coventry felt positives came from the defeat.

“We have to take the good performance from the replay against Peterborough Sports into tomorrow’s game,” he added.

“Although we still have a lot of injury problems, I’m hoping that one or two players who were not available at Peterborough Sports will be able to be on the bench and get some minutes on the pitch.”