GREAT Wakering Rovers boss Marcus Bowers will head into Saturday's FA Vase final boosted by a day behind the scenes at Southend United.

Bowers was welcomed to the Boots & Laces training ground by Shrimpers boss Kevin Maher.

And Bowers learnt plenty from the watching on. 

"I was invited down to watch a training session by Kevin Maher and the management team were all very welcoming," said Bowers.

"They gave me confidence and made me feel good to be honest.

"They gave me some tips and were really interested in what we did and our schedule.

"I watched training and took a lot from it.

"I've used a few bits in our training session this week so it was hugely beneficial."

Blues boss Maher is expecting to be among those watching at Wembley on Saturday.