MARK Bentley insists Canvey Island can only focus on themselves when they make the short trip to Basildon United for a local derby tomorrow.

A number of changes have been made by the Bees over the course of the last week, with Alex Salmon being appointed manager a matter of hours after interim player-manager Kris Newby's departure while a number of players have also left.

As a result, Bentley's side, who are three points adrift of the Isthmian North play-off places, will go into the unknown against the third-from-bottom Bees.

“They have kept four or five experienced players and it’s all about what players they can bring in between now and tomorrow,” said Bentley.

“We have got to focus on ourselves and what we have got to do to get three points.

“I’m not sure that their pitch will be in the best of conditions after the weather we have had this week and their under-18s playing on it in midweek, but we will prepare properly.

“We’ll be hoping the game is on and we’ve got to make sure we do our jobs properly.”

However, Bentley - who will be without Lamar Johnson and Kane Gilbert for the derby - knows Basildon’s players will be looking to impress their new boss.

“When a new manager comes in, that brings more ambition and it may give their players an extra incentive to work a bit harder,” added Bentley.

“But we have our own agenda and hopefully they won’t have a new manager bounce.”