Great Wakering Rovers boss Dan Trenkel warns of complacency

Basildon Recorder: Warning his players - Dan Trenkel Warning his players - Dan Trenkel

GREAT Wakering boss Dan Trenkel has warned his table-topping side against complacency, accusing them of turning up and “thinking we have already won”.

After Saturday’s 1-1 draw against south Essex rivals Basildon United, the player-manager said some of his players need to up their games.

A Dave Collins penalty in stoppage time saw Rovers salvage a point against the Bees and, with another derby with Hullbridge in the FA Vase on Saturday, Trenkel said he wants an attitude change from his Essex Senior League leaders.

Trenkel said: “I have said to the boys in the changing room over the first 15 or 16 games of the season we turned up determined and wanting to win.

“But in the last two or three games we’ve turned up thinking we have already won the game because we’re top of the league.

“I’ve said to them you cannot do that against any team and from now on we have got to go out there and earn the right to win the game.”

Wakering striker Ashley Hawkins was ruled out through a knee injury against Basildon, while defender Stuart Hepburn suffered a badly bruised foot.

Midfielder Joe Skeels also picked up an ankle knock and Trenkel said fresh legs could be brought in.

He said: “I watched the reserves the other day and there are two or three decent players there who could get a chance in the Vase.

“We’ll also be keeping our ears to the ground, though, and see if there are any other players around as we are hit by injuries at present.”

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