FC CLACTON defender Lee Peacock says it is “crucial” he and his team-mates have a profitable September.

The injury-ravaged Seasiders have had a difficult start to the new Thurlow Nunn League season, failing to win and also suffering FA Cup elimination.

They had more disappointment on Tuesday night, losing 5-1 at home to Felixstowe and Walton.

And that setback came just three days after their 2-0 FA Cup defeat at London Tigers.

Clacton are now looking forward to a busy month, with Saturday’s trip to Haverhill Rovers being followed by premier division fixtures against Diss, Brantham, Whitton United and Walsham-le-Willows.

And Peacock, back in the team for the first time since last season, wants his side to start putting points on the board soon.

“We’ve got to start grinding results out,” said the long-serving centre-half.

“We want to be a mid-table team and don’t want to be fighting relegation.

“We need that first win and we’ve got some winnable games coming up, so it’s crucial we start putting points on the board.

“Otherwise it could be another long, hard season."

For the full story and more FC Clacton news and views, including the thoughts of boss Glenn Eldridge, see this week's Gazette.