l RUNDOWN: East Thurrock United head into the closing seven weeks of the season with the pressure off, after manager John Coventry said he believed his team were safe from the drop.

Twenty points above the relegation places, Rocks now have the chance to express themselves and they have a good opportunity to do that against Oxford City.

Two places and five points below East Thurrock, Oxford are highly unlikely to be drawn into a relegation battle but know one more victory will all but assure their safety.

Rocks won the reverse fixture by a single goal in October. Can they move closer to assuring a top half finish with three points tomorrow?

l MANAGER’S VIEW: Rocks boss John Coventry said: “We can enjoy the rest of the season after we got to 45 points and I would imagine they feel pretty similar.

“Oxford might need a few more points to make sure of their place in the division but I think they are pretty much safe.

“I don’t see much changing in the closing weeks. Formation is dictated by personnel.

“We have the same amount of personnel as we do at Bishop’s Stortford. I don’t envisage any changes.

“We have done very well this season and I want the team to keep playing in the closing weeks and get as high as possible.”

l TEAM NEWS: Striking pair Sam Higgins and James Walker remain on the sidelines as they battle to be fit in time for the Essex Senior Cup final at the end of the month.

Ryan Sammons could be in line for his first home appearance in the league since November 19 after playing 60 minutes on his return from a broken collarbone.