MANAGER James Webster says returning striker Robbie Rees will make a big impact both on and off the pitch at Brightlingsea Regent.

The front man has re-signed after a short spell away with Dagenham and Redbridge and Enfield Town.

Rees, who spent seven seasons at Brentwood Town, scoring in their play-off victory over Thurrock three seasons ago, played a big part in Regent's title success last season after joining in October from VCD Athletic.

“Robbie’s a fans’ favourite here," said Webster.

"They love him because he’s an honest boy and he works hard.

“He's already made a real impact since coming back.

“He’s a bag of energy and he’s good in the dressing room.

"He’s a good character and I’m pleased to get him back."

Regent suffered disappointment in the FA Cup on Saturday, losing 4-1 in their first qualifying round tie at Hanwell Town.

Matt Cripps scored their consolation goal just before half-time but the R's were well beaten by their Evo-Stik Southern League hosts.

"It was nowhere near good enough from us," added Webster.

"I apologise to our supporters that travelled and wish Hanwell the best of luck in the next round."

Brightlingsea host Enfield Town in the Bostik League premier division on Saturday before a trip to big-spending Billericay Town next Tuesday.

Before that, they have a Tolleshunt D’Arcy Memorial Cup tie at home to Coggeshall Town tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

Elsewhere in the competition, HALSTEAD TOWN have a home date with Hullbridge Sports.