BOWERS & Pitsea have worked their way into Isthmian North title contention after securing nine victories in succession.

Saturday’s 2-1 win against near neighbours Basildon United means Bowers now sit just two points behind table-topping Lowestoft Town with just two games in go.

And defender Geofrey Okonkwo insists Bowers will continue to do all they can to finish the season on top.

“Of course we’ll aim for the title now it’s out of our hands but anything is possible,” said Okonkwo.

“Regardless of what happens, our form going into the play-offs is still hugely important so we’ll want to keep that momentum going by winning games our last two game.

“We’ll focus on ourselves and control what we can.

“Whatever happens it’s been a great season and we want to finish as strong as possible.”

Bowers host sixth placed Walthamstow this weekend before travelling to 12th placed Wroxham on the final day of the campaign.

Lowestoft are at 15th placed New Salamis on Saturday before they host Brentwood Town, who are fifth, in their last league game.

But Okonkwo is also focusing on Bowers’ form and is delighted by how well James Collins’ side have performed this season.

“The goal at the start of the season was to get in the play-offs and we’ve achieved that, so we’re pleased from that perspective,” said Okonkwo.

“We’ve been on a really good run of form recently which has helped us massively to secure a play-off spot.

“Over the course of the season we’ve been through ups and downs as a team but I think the tough moments have really helped us stick together in recent games.

“Everyone has been on the same page in terms of our goals and we’ve all been committed to achieving it.”

That togetherness helped Bowers beat Basildon last time out.

And Okonkwo - who was among the goalscorers - was pleased to pick up maximum points once again.

“Every game at this point in season is going to be difficult and Basildon was no different,” said Okonkwo.

“On paper we were expected to win and that’s when complacency can creep in but we didn’t let that happen.

“We started strongly, got two early goals and probably should’ve had more.

“They got one back from a set piece but the resilience we’ve built up this season helped us see the game out and get three points.”