EAST Thurrock United make the long trip to Poole Town looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the National League South season.

Nothing separates the sides early on, with both locked together on four points having scored and conceded the same amount of goals.

Rocks beat Whitehawk 3-2 on Tuesday, while Poole drew their first home match of term.

And manager John Coventry admits it will be a tough match, and that he already has a number of injury concerns.

“The squad is depleted with injuries and I don’t know what I am going there with,” he said.

“They are a very good side and it will be a tough afternoon. I have doubts over Lewis Smith, Femi Akinwande and Kye Ruel - who was substituted with a groin injury on Tuesday - while Sammy Knott is a long-term absentee.”

Coventry added he was pleased, on reflection, with the win at Whitehawk, with some satisfying moments - including a National League South debut for Ryan Boswell.

“After the game I was slightly disappointed but after sleeping on it I realised we had three points and that is what mattered.

“Ben Marlow came on to good effect and we have missed his energy for different reasons, and it was great for Lewis Smith to get back on the scoresheet, although he is still not at his best yet.

“Bos is a great lad and if anyone coming into non-league needs to look at a young guy’s attitude then look at him,” he added.

“I was pleased to give him his debut because as we have progressed, he has progressed.”