FC CLACTON striker Matt Eve believes his side can kick-start another unbeaten run when they travel to runaway leaders Felixstowe and Walton United.

The Seasiders had lost just once in a dozen Thurlow Nunn League premier division matches prior to Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Fakenham Town.

They then suffered another setback when going down 1-0 at home to Brantham Athletic on Tuesday night.

Having become so hard to beat, Eve admitted being disappointed to lose twice in four days.

However, he firmly believes his team have the character to put things right – and says they have nothing to fear in tomorrow’s showdown at Felixstowe (kick-off 8pm).

“It’s frustrating but the good thing is that we’ve got another game tomorrow night,” said the recent recruit from Wivenhoe Town.

“We’re looking forward to it already and certainly won’t fear Felixstowe.

“Every game is hard in this league and we’ve already proved we can take points from decent sides like Saffron Walden and Newmarket.

“We’ve got a strong enough squad to cause problems for anyone and, just as importantly, we’ve got so much character.

“We’ve lost two in a row but I firmly believe we can start another run and there’s nothing to say it won’t start at Felixstowe.”

Ex-Clacton striker Sean Bartlett scored the only goal of the game, shortly before half-time, as Brantham pinched a narrow victory at the Rush Green Bowl on Tuesday.

Imps defender Ed Nobbs then inadvertently headed against his own bar as the hosts pushed for an equaliser.

“It was a scrappy game and it was disappointing to lose again, having been on such a good run prior to Saturday’s defeat at Fakenham,” said 25-year-old Eve.

“We didn’t take our chances and then at the other end conceded two sloppy goals.

“We wanted to put that right and genuinely thought we could get something from the game against Brantham.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game against a top-four side and it was annoying to concede what proved the winner just before half-time.

“There were few chances in the game but I still think we deserved something and had the game gone on for a few more minutes, we might have nicked an equaliser.”

Eve has enjoyed his time with the club and has no regrets about joining from Thurlow Nunn League rivals Wivenhoe.

“It’s been great so far,” he said.

“I’ve been in the team on a regular basis and I’ve enjoyed it.

“The lads have been fantastic.

“We get on well, work hard for each other and there’s never any arguing or friction when things aren’t going so well.

“We know we can put things right – hopefully starting tomorrow.”

Former Clacton striker Michael Brothers is now player/joint-manager at Brantham and he was in the Imps team on Tuesday.

“We huffed and puffed and put in another shift, just as we did in Saturday’s draw against Felixstowe,” said the former Brightlingsea Regent man.

“It was a completely different game to the Felixstowe one.

“This one was scrappier but we still managed to defend well, nick a goal and keep another clean sheet.

“The prize is still the same when you win - three points – and we were more than happy to get another victory.

“There wasn’t a great deal of quality in the game but we produced a bit of it with the goal.”