Rooks boss warns against complacency

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Lewes hosts lowly Concord Rangers in the league tomorrow. But despite the Rooks’ good run of recent form compared to the Beachboys’ modest league position, Steve King warned Lewes fans not to take the Canvey Island-based side too lightly.

“Former Braintree manager Rod Stringer has come in and brought some new players in, one of which is a big forward who is a handful.

“And Tony Stokes is a handful as well.

“They (Concord) have been hard to beat and have drawn quite a lot of games.”

And the Rooks boss tipped current mid-table outfit Carshalton Athletic, who Lewes travel to play next Tuesday, as a potential play-off team come the end of the season.

“They’ve got a very good forward line in the likes of Dean McDonald, who got 40 goals for me at Farnborough, and Paul Vines, who scores lots of goals.

And they’ve also got Tony Finn, Dean Lodge, Billy Crook and Tom Davis, who won the Blue Square South title with me back in 2008.

“Once they get started together they’re going to be difficult to stop. A draw at their place would not be a bad result.”

But King said tomorrow was a good opportunity to make up ground on top of the table rivals who are playing in the FA Trophy, such as AFC Hornchurch, Billericay Town and Lowestoft Town.

Last Friday, King signed Connor McLaren from Championship side Millwall for a month. The defender signed pro forms this summer and has been a key player in the Lion’s reserve side this season. McLaren was on the bench for Saturday’s league match at Harrow Borough and came on for the last seven minutes as a replacement for Christian Nanetti.