GREAT Wakering Rovers host White Ensign in a ground-sharing derby at Burroughs Park on Tuesday night.

Landlords Wakering go into the Essex Senior League clash looking to edge closer to the play-off places.

But Rovers boss Marcus Bowers says he will not be treating the match against the club’s tenants any differently to normal.

“We’re expecting a tough game because every game in this league is tough,” said Bowers.

“I’m looking forward to it like every other game but if I’m honest I don’t see this as any different to any other game we play.

“ I see them as White Ensign like I see Coggeshall as Coggeshall.”

Wakering head into Tuesday night's encounter sitting eighth in the table, 13 points behind fifth placed Sporting Bengal United with four games in hand.

Rovers are still playing catch up due to their fantastic FA Vase run which will see them face Romford at Wembley in next month’s final.

But the hectic schedule - which also sees Rovers playing Thursday and Saturday - means Bowers will be forced to change things around where possible.

“We have to mix things around like we have for the last week or so,” said Bowers.

“It’s not healthy for the lads but it’s the situation we’re in.

“We seem to be a bit punished for being successful but that’s part and parcel of it.

“We’ll look at the squad and see what we’ve got.”

However, Bowers admits it will be tough for eighth placed Wakering to work their way into the play-off positions.

“We have five games left now and it’s out of our hands,” said Bowers.

“We have to win them all and hope other results go our way.

“Our play-off push looks slim if I’m honest but if someone offered us play-offs or Wembley the majority would’ve said Wembley.

“I wanted play-offs but we just have to win our games and see what happens.”

Ensign go into Tuesday's match sitting 14th in the table and midfielder Ethan Evison - who scored twice in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Little Oakley - says it has been a mixed campaign for Aaron Bloxham’s side.

“The season has been a rollercoaster with some amazing wins and moments as a team but also some bitter defeats where we feel we deserved more but that is football for you,” said Evison.

“The team has changed many times throughout but the core has remained the same and there is a real bond within the set-up that I hope can carry on to next season.”

Ensign still have two games left to play this season.

But Evison will not be placing extra significance on this evening’s encounter.

“As a club we will take the Wakering game like any other game,” said Evison.

“They are our opposition who we want to win against.

“Naturally both sides are going to want to win because it is a local derby.

“The only bonus is no one has the home advantage so it is anyone’s game and it is all to play for.”

Evison heads into the game in good form and he is enjoying his return to Ensign.

"I must say coming back to Ensign a couple weeks ago was a good decision," said Evison.

"I’m playing with confidence and feel good, scoring three in two since returning after stepping away for what I needed which was a change of scenery and routine.

"But after having that end in a long spell out with an injury it has been nice to return to the club and do my part for the remainder of the season.