JAKE Pitty has set his sights on winning the Isthmian North title after joining Aveley.

The right-back has made the switch from divisional rivals Canvey Island and enjoyed a fine debut as the Millers claimed a 2-1 win over Basildon United.

And Pitty believes he has joined a side capable of competing in the Isthmian Premier League next season.

“Winning promotion and, if we can, winning the league is my aim for the season,” said Pitty.

“I think we’re more than capable of winning this league, so fingers crossed we will.

“I spoke to (manager) James (Webster) and the club has got such a big future.

“When you go through the boys we have, player-for-player, we have such a good team.

“We should be up there and I can’t see why we won’t be.

“I’m really looking forward to the future.”

Goals from Alex Akrofi and Tom Richardson resulted in Eljay Worrell’s late penalty not being enough as Aveley ended Basildon’s unbeaten start to the Isthmian North campaign.

As a result, the Millers closed the gap at the division’s summit down to four points, although Aveley have a game in hand.

And Pitty confirmed it was a must-win encounter.

“It was a massive three points for us,” added the full-back.

“We’ve got a game in hand now and we’re only a few points behind them, so it was a must-win game.

“I really enjoyed it. The boys are quality and they made me feel welcome straightaway so it was a great debut.”

Pitty has joined Aveley just a matter of weeks after a managerial change at Canvey.

Former Grays Athletic boss Mark Bentley has replaced Danny Heale, who has been named director of football, in the hotseat.

And Pitty admitted the change played a part in his decision to move.

He said: “It was probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.

“The change in management played a big part in my decision, to be honest.”